Can you name these movie artists?
This year’s Deutsche Börse Prize winners put together this montage of Hollywood artists. Can you spot them all?
We’re great admirers of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, the photographic duo who continue to innovate and subvert the form. In their War Primer 2, they paired old texts by Bertolt Brecht with new images from recent conflicts, and won the Deutsche Börse Prize. They are also showing at New York’s Museum of Modern Art this at the moment, as part of the gallery’s New Photography show, and they are also in the Death of a Cameraman exhibition at the city’s Apexart gallery.
In addition, we like the young Belgian photographer, Max Pinckers, a view we share with the great Martin Parr who has just nominated Pinckers’ The Fourth Wall book for the Best Photo Book of the Year at the 6th International Fotobookfestival, in Kassel.
So, to honour them all, we thought we would draw your attention to a project Pinckers, Broomberg and Chanarin put together for the Kraków Photomonth back in 2011. Not In Order of Appearance is a video montage of clips of artists in Hollywood films. There’s Dennis Hopper’s turn as mafia hitman, Milo, trying to make sense of some Jenny Holzer-esque art in Catchfire (1990), Karlheinz Böhm’s as the psychopathic photographer Mark Lewis in Peeping Tom (1960), and footage of the sub-Rauchenberg creations Vinnie Jones’ character Ray Barko is supposed to have made in Untitled (2009). It’s a fun few minute’s viewing, a diverting collage, and engaging meditation on the artist as portrayed in other media. Why are they always so pretentious, tortured and violent? Answers on the back of a piece of bloodied canvas to the usual address.
Watch the whole film above, find out more about Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin here, more about Max Pinckers here. And to understand how artists prefer to represent themselves, take a look at 500 Self Portraits, a compelling collection of self-portraits from throughout recorded history. Finally, to help comprehend Adam, Oliver and Max's practice a little better, consider our titles, The Photo Book: A History. Go here for volume one, and here for volume two.