Selfportrait, Central Park, New York (1967), 2015
Digital print on Da Vinci Fibre Gloss 300gsm paper
Edition of 35 + 3APs
42 x 29.7 cm
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Jonas Mekas (b. 1922) is a Lithuanian-born American filmmaker, poet and artists known as the “godfather of American avant-garde cinema”. When Mekas arrived in New York in 1949 he bought his first Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of the world around him.Mekas founded the Anthology Film Archives in 1964, which remains the world’s most important repository of avant-garde films.
Mekas has directed and produced numerous projects of his own, ranging from narrative compositions (Guns of the Trees, 1961) to documentaries (The Brig, 1963) and “diaries” (Lost, Lost, Lost, 1965). Mekas’s work in turn has inspired many artists and film-makers to follow in his footsteps. Mike Figgis, Jim Jarmusch, Harmony Korine and Martin Scorsese, among many others, have cited Mekas as a key influence. Subjects of his works include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassi, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon and Yoko Ono to name a few.
Mekas’s work has been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide, such as the 51st Venice Biennale, Documenta 11, the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA PS1, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Baltic Art Center, Sweden; and the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo. In 2005, Mekas shot 365 short videos for Apple Computer’s Video iPod, which he released once a day on his website. A lecturer on film at MIT, Cooper Union, and New York University, Mekas opened the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2007.
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