30 May 2016
Robert Breer A-Z is a self-portrait of the major contemporary artist Robert Breer. One of the key figures in the history of experimental film, Breer spoke and wrote eloquently over his long and prolific career about his radical approach that reconnected film to the core concerns of 20th century painting and sculpture.
For the first time a comprehensive collection of Robert Breer's film masterpieces are simultaneously being released on two DVDs, and are available individually or as a box set with the book.
Drawn from interviews, personal letters and public statements from 1957 to 2009, Robert Breer A-Z brings into a single volume Breer’s wide-ranging thoughts on the fundamental issues the contemporary artist must confront – from reconciling fine art and popular culture to surviving and preserving artistic integrity in an increasingly commodified art market.
Breer’s reflections on his life and work are presented as an imaginary lexicon, a form which he always admired as being emblematic of the joyous, unexpected, and chaotic nature of life itself.
The 164-page book is lavishly illustrated with detailed frame-by-frame sequences from his extraordinary films as well as examples of his multiple forays into painting, drawing and, most importantly, kinetic sculpture.
Edited by Scott Hammen with an introduction by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery director Simon Rees, Robert Breer A-Z is co-published by AFEA Editions, Re:Voir and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
‘Breer packs more into three minutes than most filmmakers put into two hours. And though the films at first seem whimsical or merely pleasant, they’re not. They have a strong sense of the imminence of chaos and catastrophe. Like all great comic artists, Breer knows that any move could end in disaster.’ - Amy Taubin, Soho Weekly News
Robert Breer A to Z
19 cm x 15 cm
164 pages, illustrations in full color
Publication date: 28 April 2016
Publishers: AFEA Editions, Re:Voir, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
DVD 1 Recreation
DVD 2 Un Miracle
About AFEA Editions
AFEA Editions publishes monographs on contemporary film artists in their own words. It continues a publishing initiative begun in 1991 by AFEA, the Archives du Film Expérimental d’Avignon which was founded in France by artist Rose Lowder and film theoretician Alain-Alcide Sudre to raise awareness of experimental film as an art form.
Re:Voir is a DVD label founded in 1995 in Paris by experimental filmmaker Pip Chodorov, who also contributed to this book Robert Breer A-Z.
About Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand’s contemporary art museum in the coastal city of New Plymouth, Taranaki on the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Since opening in 1970, the Gallery has dedicated itself to innovative programming, focused collection development and audience engagement. It has earned a strong reputation nationally and internationally for its global vision and special commitment to contemporary art of the Pacific Rim. The Govett-Brewster is also home to the collection and archive of the seminal modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye (1901–1980).
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"Breer packs more into three minutes than most filmmakers put into two hours" - Amy Taubin