Magazine article The Spectator

A World Apart

Magazine article The Spectator

A World Apart

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Although the starving artist in the garret is no longer the favourite public stereotype, painters and sculptors remain something of a mystery even to those who spend time looking at their work. So a f i lm that help s to expla in thei r assorted motivations can only be a good thing, and one as lucid and entertaining as Jake Auerbach's latest offering, The Last Art Film (available on DVD at £16.99), should be welcomed with open hea r t s and m ind s .

Jake Auerbach is a distinguished film-maker with a string of successful artist documentaries behind him (his subjects have included Sickert, Freud, his father Frank and A l len Jones), and he has distilled all his experience of the strange ways of artists into this 94-minute film. It is thematically arranged, exploring the practicalities of art training and studio practice, juxtaposing interviews with various living artists (Tom Phillips, Michael CraigMa r t in, G rayson Per ry, Tracey Emin, Joe Tilson and his son Jake, Ga ry Hume , Cel ia Pau l) w ith quote s f rom the dead g reat (Delacroix, Degas, Matisse, Titian, Gauguin). …

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