BREER ON BREER
AN EVENING WITH ROBERT BREER
FEBRUARY 25, 2000,
$8 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS)
MEMBERS PAY HALF PRICE!
Best known as an animator today, Robert Breer was an American painter in
Paris during the 1950s when he began exploring the film medium. With roots
in the graphic cinema of Richter and Eggeling, Breer began creating animations
with his first series of films, Form Phases I-IV (1952-1954). Following
these first experiments, he moved on to study motion through his flip books
and then worked in collage films. At the end of the 1950s, he returned to
New York, where he continues to work as a filmmaker, painter, and sculptor.
With more than 40 films to his credit, Breer has established himself as
an entertainer and artist whose short, playful animations and self-propelled
sculptures possess an effervescent energy. He infuses his work with a dry
wit and visual cleverness that has delighted his following for decades,
despite being rarely screened in the United States. Anthology Film Archives
Artistic Director Jonas Mekas says, "We look at Breer's work and we begin
to smile lightly, inside, a happy sort of smile . . . like when you see
anything beautiful and perfect."
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to view a video clip.
||Films to be screened include Recreation (1956-1957), 2 minutes; Homage to Jean Tinguely's "Homage to New York" (1960), 10 minutes; Blazes (1961), 3 minutes; Pat's Birthday (1962), 13 minutes; 69 (1968), 5 minutes; Fuji (1974), 10 minutes; Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pidgeons (1980), 6 minutes; and Time Flies (1997), 5 minutes.