Richard Artschwager
Shut up and Look (2012)

A film by Maryte Kavaliauskas & Morning Slayter
Ended 8 May, 2020

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The film provides an intimate look at this extraordinarily gifted artist as he abandoned a reclusive life style to allow the camera into his private world for 8 years. In that time, Richard Artschwager, who had been known for his black and white work, turned to colour for the first time. The camera catches him working in his studio, playing the piano at home, music which continues in the soundtrack, walking in the canyons of New Mexico, traveling around the world to install shows and revisiting his colourful past.

At the heart of the film, Artschwager travels to Vienna to install a new series of sculptures. The visit to Vienna becomes a catalyst for Artschwager to journey through many of his memories of the years he spent in post war Vienna in Army intelligence. One day in the 1940s, his then wife shushed him during a concert saying “Shut up and listen!” The phrase stuck with him, he explains, “since then I’ve adapted that to ‘shut up and look,’ meant politely. What it really means is, I don’t know what to say.”


Richard Artschwager: Shut up and Look (2012)
A film by Maryte Kavaliauskas and Morning Slayter
57 min, English

Featuring Agnes Gund, Richard Armstrong, Jennifer Gross, Bob Monk, John Torreano, Joe Zucker, Malcolm Morley, Louise Neri, Georg Kargl, Linda Norden, Ann Artschwager

Directed and Produced by Maryte Kavaliauskas
Produced by Morning Slayter
Co-producer: Fred Murphy
Associate Producer: Willard Morgan
Editor: Kate Taverna