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Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Directed by Tyler Hubby
United States, 2016
Documentary, Biography, Avant-Garde


A non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad. One the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large Conrad remains criminally under appreciated.

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Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present Directed by Tyler Hubby
Otherworldly musical genius also formed the basis of two intriguing documentaries. Film was just one of many mediums for Tony Conrad, whose limitless capacity for invention is ably captured in Tyler Hubby’s Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present.
June 27, 2017
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Joyous, exhilarating, and transformative, it’s essential viewing for anyone involved in the history of music and visual art—and their interpenetration throughout the second half of the twentieth century right up to today’s web-based “goings on,” to borrow the phrase Conrad uses early in the film to describe how his $25.04 a month, Ludlow Street apartment saw the beginnings of the most subversive art of the first half of the 1960s.
April 06, 2017
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Hubby’s documentary may not be formally as startling as its subject’s work, but it is informative and appears to be fairly comprehensive, although one regrets the non-mention of a 2003 work called Putin’s Gas Station, which you’d imagine may be gaining some fresh currency right now. Conrad is someone who, above all, seems to have had a lot of fun, and is visibly still having it in front of Hubby’s camera.
March 30, 2017
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