Beauty Is Embarrassing | Chicago Reader

Beauty Is Embarrassing

88 minutes 2012

Multimedia artist Wayne White, best known for his design work on Pee-wee's Playhouse, has enjoyed success as a painter, puppeteer, and cartoonist, advancing a childlike pop sensibility. This documentary shows him looking back over his career and preparing new gallery installations. In a pleasant deviation from most art docs, the talking heads tend to be friends and family members rather than critics and curators, which gives the movie an intimate, amiable vibe. There's little sense of urgency—White seems to have experienced only minor setbacks on the path to happiness and creative success—but the subjects make for enjoyable company. Neil Berkeley directed.

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