Ma­rina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 10.20pm, ABC1 When our arts writer Tim Dou­glas flew to the Mid­dle East re­cently to meet per­for­mance artist Ma­rina Abramovic, he was feted on his re­turn as if he had touched the hand of a god. One arts maven of long stand­ing tweeted that his cool fac­tor had in­creased a bil­lion-fold. If you haven’t heard of Abramovic and would like to know what all the fuss is about, or even if you are well aware of her work and have fol­lowed each twist and turn across the past 40 years, this stun­ning fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary will not dis­ap­point. With ter­rific ac­cess to the artist and great in­ter­view ma­te­rial with fam­ily and team mem­bers, art crit­ics and friends, it fol­lows Abramovic as she pre­pares for a ret­ro­spec­tive at the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New York. ‘‘ There are many Mari­nas,’’ the artist says at one point. Af­ter this doc­u­men­tary you will feel as if you have met most of them.

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