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Movie Preview: My Kid Could Paint That

The description for this documentary caught my eye back in January when My Kid Could Paint That screened at Sundance. The film examines the school of thought that instead of being "genius," abstract art is really a sham, simple art that could easily be done by a child.

Four-year-old Marla started making paintings that were soon being compared to Picasso and other respected artists. "60 Minutes" aired a piece casting doubt on Marla's work, and her family's reputation changed instantly. Her work started selling for thousands of dollars.

Soon, however, this ability of Marla's was called into question: Is she an ordinary child just making paintings that are being misinterpreted by art critics? Or is she truly a child prodigy? And why are we so hungry for child geniuses?

The trailer for My Kid Could Paint That has hit the Web and it looks like an intriguing documentary. The movie comes out October 5 in limited release, so to watch the preview,


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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
thats a really good point millarci! i love the quote from picasso.
arrhythmia arrhythmia 9 years
marla looks really talented and she's adorable! i checked out a few of her pieces and they look amazing, i don't think i could've created something like that when i was a kid.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I really, really want to see this! How fascinating! Finally an in-depth look at something that has also bothered and boggled me. millarci - I like your Picasso quote! and I agree that Modern Art def makes people think more and talk about the piece.
millarci millarci 9 years
Okay, I can feel myself getting extremely pissed off here, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. I studied Visual Arts in college and graduated with a BFA. I am now a graphic designer. First of all, I am tired of people saying that modern art is pretentious. I admit some of it may be but sometimes I feel people don't give it a chance. I know what you're saying pinkflats. But you have to open your eyes and allow yourself to try to interpret what the artist is saying. There isn't any right or wrong answer. I appreciate the modern arts because it's not like a painting of a bowl of fruit. It makes you THINK about what it might be. It enhances conversation and creative thinking. I love the fact that it is so abstract. Modern artist set a new standard for art. You have to look beyond the splash of colors of Jackson Pollock or Marcel DuChamp's urinal. I believe Picasso was once asked what was the difference between his painting and a painting done by a child. He said that the difference was that he knew what he was doing and the child doesn't.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i have met people like that too pinkflats - this is also part of the reason why i didn't go to art school and just studied art history! to be fair, i don't like explaining to others about my art either. why should i ? i don't need to justify myself to anyone. i don't know how much people in the past explained their art to anyone - as in i don't know if there is proof that they did or didn't...but art prior to "modern" art was realistic for the most part so it is quite clear what the meaning is - although little meaning clues are added in that are mostly symbolic. ah, anyway, art is my hobby now too - i got sick of people only wanting to buy "pretty" things or weird abstract stuff with circles or something. boring - but i can see why someone would want something like that in their home.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
i think what junebrug (and me to some extent)was trying to say is that modern art today is a bit pretentious. i don't think she was trying to bring down modern art in general. i am a former art student in high school and in college and this is my personal take that aspiring artists and even some established ones can be a bit aloof/pretentious to the viewers of their art. sort of like "well i was feeling angry that day and that's why i painted it like that; people just won't get it." and they just leave it as that. instead of teaching their viewers of their art (like artists in the past) they tend to just leave their viewers out in the dust because "they just don't get it." and i think that's why people are somewhat put off with modern artists. believe me Tdamji, i've met artists who are like that and that's why i'm a FORMER art student today. lol. art now is my hobby while writing is my craft and career.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
how does modern art not mirror what was going on during the time? it was a time for artists to take a stance - getting away from traditional representation, moving away from only working at an easel etc. take Jackson Pollack for instance who used house paints, painting on the floor on huge pieces of canvas - his work draws crowds wherever it is displayed. Modern art took place during the 2 world wars and various wars in Europe. oh bother. nevermind, i won't get into it all. that being said, I am an art history (and anthropology) major and think this movie brings up a lot of interesting points - is art any less important/significant if someone who doesn't "know" what they are doing paints it? (while i've had art lessons over my lifetime i do not hold a degree in studio art - am i allowed to paint and sell my work? i used to live in an all-artist building of live/work studios and it really opened my eyes to the kind of work that sells. sad) also - i can't say i am particularly drawn to modern/abstract art aesthetically, but i had to defend it nonetheless. I really dislike when people say one type of art is more or less relevant than others - this sort of thinking kept non-western art and women's art out of art history textbooks for decades. Just because certain works of art are canonized does not mean those are the only important ones, the only ones that have a history. . . this really looks like an interesting movie Buzz!
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
junebrug, i agree with you. i love earlier art like during renassiance and the impressionist, for examples, because they seem to really mirror what was going on during those times.
junebrug junebrug 9 years
I love art and am self-educated on the subject. Though I make a few enemies everytime I say it, I just do not like modern art, specfically abstract art. People roll their eyes. I love that when you observe art from another era, you know by studying it when it was painted, who painted it, and what the point is or what the story is, what the artist was saying, what the attitude of the time was, if there was a war going on, etc. Maybe it's my own inability to understand modern art, but it seems to me, there's no story there. Every one of them seems to say, "People and society are messed up -- just like my color scheme." Yikes, I just don't get it.
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
This sounds really interesting...I will definitely have to check this out!
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