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Actually, Iconic: Richard Estes

Admired by artists ranging from Salvador Dali to Chuck Close, Richard Estes is considered the “fathe

Overview

Genre
Arts, Portrait, and Biography
Synopsis

Admired by artists ranging from Salvador Dali to Chuck Close, Richard Estes is a humble icon of modern art. Despite having avoided media attention throughout his long career, he has been called the “king of photorealism,” a movement he helped launch in the late 1960’s. His break with abstract, non-representational art transformed modern painting. Now, at 87, he is ready to reveal the techniques and inspiration behind his art.

In “Actually, Iconic: Richard Estes” filmmaker Olympia Stone explores a rich survey of Estes’ masterpieces with unprecedented access to the artist including glimpses into Estes’ personal life, from his isolation as a child, always being a little “strange,” to coming out in the early 1960s in NYC and the “total wipeout” of the AIDS epidemic on his intimate and personal friendships. Stone creates a delicate portrait which does more than just explore Estes’ lifetime of creative output; it humanizes it.

Stage
finished
Running time
68 minutes

Credits

  • Olympia Stone ... Producer, Director, Editor
  • Jody Becker ... Writer
  • Adam Shanker ... Director of Photography
  • Fred Story ... Music Composer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Floating Stone Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
2013-2019
Locations
New York, NY, Maine

Distribution Details

Release year
2020
Language
English

Photos

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