New to VOD this week:
BLURRED LINES: INSIDE THE ART WORLD
Hot Docs, DocuWest
A consideration of the art market and its continually increasing prices.
Using as a starting point the inflation of prices for an auction of new works by Damien Hirst in 2008 while the world financial markets dovetailed into the worst crisis since the Great Depression, the film launches into a broad exploration of the modern art market and its various players. Surveying artists, auction houses, critics, reporters, gallerists, museum directors, art fair regulars, and collectors, the film seeks to understand the complicated landscape and what the increasing commerce of modern art has done to the culture of modern art. While the topic is compelling, the execution is conventional, taking a talking heads-heavy survey approach that often becomes repetitious and gives the project a television feel.