Who Gets to Call It Art? | Chicago Reader

Who Gets to Call It Art?

This 2005 survey of the New York art world from the 50s through the 80s, centered on the 60s, is fun, lively, and a tad superficial. Director Peter Rosen gets at his subject by portraying curator Henry Geldzahler, a flamboyant art lover who was friends with the newest artists while working for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rosen gives us an old lecture and archival footage and photos, and we hear how Geldzahler rearranged his personal collection as he was dying in 1994. But sound bites, brief glimpses of numerous works, and thumping music make it hard to give the art the contemplative response it deserves. 80 min.

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