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Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present

Documentary . Biography . History

The film follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world's premiere museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more - it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: 'But why is this art?'

Actors: Marina Abramović , Ulay Biesenbach , Klaus Biesenbach , Marina Abramovic , Ulay , David Balliano
Directors: Matthew Akers , Jeff Dupre
Country: USA
Release: 2012-07-05
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  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Rare is the profile that captures so much oddness with so little judgment. You owe yourself a chance to be challenged.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    We're given an intimate seat to this wildly democratic - and creepily messianic - spectacle.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    "It is extremely difficult to be like a mountain, to create stillness in the middle of hell," is how Abramovic describes her task. The most resonant part of this surprisingly emotional film demonstrates how powerful this interaction is, how it expresses something that is no less moving for being, literally, beyond words.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Farran Smith Nehme

    The second half offers shot after shot of the people who sat opposite Abramovi - an unexpectedly enthralling record of reactions that range from stark agony to rather phony amusement.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    This may seem like a stunt, but the experience, with many of the sitters tearing up, or smiling beatifically, is overwhelming to watch.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    The documentary seems a little structureless and unfocused at times, as Akers moves from dramatic moment to dramatic moment, not always taking care to connect them.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Simon Kinnear

    Matthew Akers’ document of the event skews close to hagiography but is consistently informative in charting Abramović’s career, and genuinely engaging thanks to his subject’s witty, unpretentious presence.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    A little pretentious maybe, but then you've got to wonder at a woman who could sit motionless in a wooden chair, eight hours a day for three months.

    Empire Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

    An elegantly observed, sleekly packaged look at an artist whose career-long balance of enigma and self-exposure culminated in a 2010 retrospective at New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Sebastian Smee

    The oddest moment in this riveting documentary comes when Marina Abramovic, the performance artist, meets David Blaine, the illusionist.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Abramovic is a sensationally attractive narcissist and the filmmakers are clearly smitten with her, but the film goes a long way to establish the intellectual seriousness and dedication involved in her ambitious series of art stunts.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    An intelligent overview that makes a radical artist's work comprehensible to audiences with no previous awareness of her or her chosen path.

    Variety Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    The filmmaker's first-rate access feels like a kind of desecration.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Kenji Fujishima

    As entertaining as the documentary is, it never really measures up to the fascination and sheer force of personality of its subject.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This trip through the seminal performance artist's (often literal) body of work is sometimes too cozy, yet Abramovic might argue that objectivity is impossible if truth is the destination.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Matthew Akers' film is a personally revealing look at an artist most famous for maintaining stone-faced silence for three months.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    She's trying to access a shared humanity, to foster an unusual intimacy with viewers - to strip herself, often literally, to a naked and undeniable truth.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Like many other recent documentaries about artists, it is more celebratory than analytical, a kind of slick, extended promotional video for its subject.

    The New York Times Full Review
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