A wonderful short documentary that shows an artist, Harry Smith, and his eccentric living space. Boxes and boxes of rarities that one can't help but think must have inspired art, as in art inspiring other art. The only downside is that this is too short to mean anything or to further expand on what was going on. Succinct yet left me wanting more.
Do people like Harry Smith even exist anymore? Even if they do our acceptance of the eccentric has become nonexistent, certainly our support of it has, we’d rather they lived in the streets pushing shopping carts and collecting bottles. We’d rather they didn’t exist at all.A fascinating time capsule. I was glad to hear that his collections found homes.
How do you rate documentary shorts? Anyway, Smith's own films exemplify his collector's whimsy and this lovely voiceover/home video ushers the boho-centric NYC itinerant fetish right into its torn red velvet seat. Essence of kooky cool. Hipsterdom was an archivist's game at the twilight of modernity. This write up getting really pretentious.
A shitty situation made lighthearted - Harry Smith is obviously so devoted to his other priorities in life over his own living situation which is what made him so great. He's obsessed - look at his collection! It's a short but fascinating glimpse of a character.
Portrait of a Legend, Evicted. Robert Frank's wee Harry Smith morsel is hibernal impressionism and something like a gallant gesture. Smith is a 20th century original. An artist, a prodigious archivist, and, as he would have it, a philosopher. In temperament: a curmudgeon to rival even Frank himself. Like Smith, Frank is something of an archivist, generally on the outside looking in ... or inside looking further in.
I like some Robert Frank photographs. I have the Harry Smith anthology of American Folk music and it is great. I suppose if you needed to do a deep dive into their careers this would be helpful, but beyond that I don't see the point. When Ginsburg shows up it reminds me how tired I am of celebrations of the Beat Generation, especially by those directly connected to it. Enough.