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Art is Not A Solace – with post screening talkback

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lincoln Theater is pleased to welcome Artist Alan Magee and filmmaker David Berez for a special screening of their film Art is Not a Solace. We invite you to stay for a talkback with Alan and David following the screening.

Best known for his captivating realist paintings, artist Alan Magee also creates works that delve into the darkest aspects of human nature. His arresting images which comment on corporate greed, on cruelty and gun violence, and on civilian and military victims of war seem at odds with his serene paintings of nature and found objects, but through his distinctive visual language and interconnected themes, Magee suggests that these dual realms are inseparably interwoven.

​The documentary Alan Magee: art is not a solace explores the artist’s subjects, locales, and the historical sources which have sustained his work for five decades. Through his paintings, sculpture, monotypes, music, and short films Magee asks viewers to consider the breadth of human behavior and experience. As Barry Lopez observes, “Alan wants you to be attentive to the world around you, and being attentive to the world around you means you can’t just stare at what is conventionally beautiful— you must look at the whole panorama.”

​Shot on location, from Pemaquid Point, Maine to the streets of Berlin, the film examines the ways in which art can address the great challenges we face as a society. It features long-time friends and collaborators, including writer Barry Lopez, Berlin-based cellist Frank Dodge, labor-union director and historian Harris Gruman, Curator/Director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Suzette McAvoy, and artist Robert Shetterly, creator of the Americans Who Tell the Truth project.

“With compelling cinematography and sensitive editing, Art is Not a Solace tells the riveting story of artist Alan Magee as he moves through boyhood in rural Pennsylvania to heady days as a successful illustrator in New York City to finding his own voice as an acclaimed master of contemporary realism. We see the artist at work, hear his concerns and appreciate his admiration for the artists of the Weimar Republic, particularly Käthe Kollwitz, whose work, like Magee’s, finds beauty in both life’s darkness and light. Ultimately this is the story of an exceptional artist whose timeless art explores what it means to be human, whose art invites empathy, hope and understanding.” 
Suzette McAvoy, former Chief Curator and Executive Director, Center for Maine Contemporary Art
“Few films about the creative process have given me such privileged access to a gifted artist and his work and yet left me with the desire to know more about the work and the artist himself. Not only a feast for the eye and a journey of personal discovery, the film is a guide to living and an offering of hope in these troubled times.”
Robert Kenner, Director of “Food, Inc”. and the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “Two Days in October”

Running Time: 58 minutes




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