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Make Me Famous

Make Me Famous

New art documentary Make Me Famous has just hit cinemas for a short window.

Director Brian Vincent’s debut documentary explores New York’s downtown art scene in the 1980s where “artists were inspired to make their own rules and not wait for the elites to choose them, they made their art and their own worlds until they got famous or died trying.”

Make me famous chair
New York in the 1980s. Women sitting on the Macadam Metal Folding Chair. Photo © Gary Azon.

While the 1980s made many artists famous and household names, Make Me Famous tells the story of the Lower East Side art movement through the eyes of well-connected painter Edward Brezinski.
Edward Brezinski painting in his studio with model in foreground left sitting on a Thonet chair. Photo © Jonathan Postal
 
 
Edward Brezinski worked alongside Keith Haring, David Wojnarowicz, and Jean-Michel Basquiat in the Lower East Side art scene, but never reached the same level of success as his contemporaries. Make Me Famous uncovers why such a well-connected yet peculiar painter never made it, despite being so maniacally focused in his quest for fame.
 
What begins as an investigation into Brezinski’s legacy and mysterious disappearance becomes a sharp, witty portrait of NYC’s 1980s downtown art scene. Gallery owners and fellow artists dish on insider gossip, name drop, and contradict each other in telling the story, resulting in an irresistible snapshot of an unknown artist that captures the spirit of an iconic era.
 
In London cinemas DocHouse and ICA from 17th February – see here.  
 
Watch the trailer:-
 

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