MR. BITCHIN' doc. film (alt-artist Robert Williams in person), July 30 7:30PM

AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

$11.00 Admission (click)

7:30 PM screening time

We will meet at 7:00 PM in front of the opening doors of the Egyptian Theatre.


Q&A and discussion w/ Williams following movie screening!!!

Discussion after the film with Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams and co-directors Nancye Ferguson and Stephen Nemeth, followed by a signing with Robert Williams.

 

 

Join me in seeing the documentary film 'ROBERT WILLIAMS, MR. BITCHIN'' on Tuesday, July 30. Williams was a founding member of the late 1960s Zap Collective, a group of underground cartoonists which included counterculture art icon Robert Crumb. Williams started Juxtapoz Magazine in 1994 to both help define and celebrate urban alternative and indie art.

Drawing from California hotrod culture, cinematic apocalypticism, and film noir Williams created a new genre of outsider art which has influenced punk/alternative rock culture, graphic design artists, street artists, and cartoon animators.  Reputable institutions in the world of fine art, such as The Getty, have exhibited and sold Williams' works. - CHARLES DAVIS



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ROBERT WILLIAMS speaks (insights, background, artistic influences, etc.)

*this is not the film trailer

 

 

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About "ROBERT WILLIMS, MR. BITCHIN'"documentary film...

"The best movie about an artist I've ever seen!" - Ed Ruscha

 

This new documentary profiles Robert Williams, whose rise from hot rod/underground comics illustrator to hotly collected conceptual realist offers a fascinating perspective on the contemporary art scene.

Robert Williams was an artist in search of a movement. A prolific oil painter whose painstakingly detailed work often featured naked women, death, destruction, booze and clowns, he didn’t quite fit the fine art mold. In the early 1960s he was confronted with trendy abstraction and superficial pop art.

Schooled in the Hot Rod Culture of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Von Dutch, he emerged as a leader in the Underground Comic revolution along with R. Crumb, contributing regularly to Zap Comix. His antisocial paintings of an alternative reality were marginalized by the art world for decades although he became a hero of sorts for underground artists. His notoriety exploded when his painting "Appetite for Destruction" was used (and much vilified) as the cover for that 1987 Guns N’ Roses’ album.

When he started Juxtapoz Magazine in 1994, his movement found him. Legions of artists looking for a place within the contemporary art world for their cartoonish realism identified with his “LowBrow” aesthetic. At the time, Williams predicted that, “Low brow and alternative art are the crack in the dam and with this leak the art world will never be the same.”

By 2010 the art world could ignore him no longer and he was included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. ROBERT WILLIAMS MR. BITCHIN documents this influential artist as he rises to the top of the art world, always an outsider.

 

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  • Charles

    Williams is a force of nature in the art world. His work defies category and is designed to invoke a reaction from the observer. If at first blush you feel repulsed or inspired to dismiss him as low-down-and-dirty, then you have resigned to a lazy approach to art criticism and ceded to a "gotcha moment."

    As they say,"the devil is in the detail" my friend. Look deeper to catch the mysterious element staring right at you. Satire and social commentary abounds.

    July 31, 2013

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