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Artists Using Film, from Dali to Mills

Posted June 16, 2011 to photo album "Artists Using Film, from Dali to Mills"

Mike Mills, the writer/director of Beginners, started as graphic artists. Many other artists have turned to film to expand and evolve their vision.

Mike Mills as Artist and Filmmaker
The Artist as Film Camera
Andy Warhol: Hollywood as Subject
Andy Warhol: Film as Concept
The Artist Takes on Moving
The Artist Takes on Moving
Andy Warhol: Hollywood as Subject

Andy Warhol: Hollywood as Subject

Andy Warhol, 1962, Marilyn Diptych

“It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented,” Andy Warhol is said to have once stated. “They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and how to look how to feel about it.” Appropriately, then, the 20th century artist most identified with cinema is Warhol, who not only made movies but portrayed movie stars and adopted the language of the film biz throughout his art practice. In Warhol’s silk screens, stars like Marilyn Monroe were reduced solely to their frozen images — empty signifiers in America’s commodity culture. He subverted traditional notions of fame by gathering a group of rebellious misfits, cast-off society girls, and downtown dopers and dubbing them “superstars.”