ELLSWORTH – Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will screen their new Maine-made film â€śJohn Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!â€ť atÂ 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at The Grand in Ellsworth. Tickets are $7. For more information contact The Grand at 207 667 9500.
Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras, this film tells the story of John Marin — one of the most important artistic figures of the first half of the 20th-century, and one of the undisputed fathers of American Modernism.
â€śFrom 1914 until his death in 1953, John Marin captured the visual and spiritual essence of the Maine coast in watercolors and oils that have no peer in American art,â€ť said Maglaras. â€śAt Cape Split, from 1934 until the end of this life, Marin took comfort and inspiration from the beauty and imagery of the coast of Down East Maine.â€ť
Using more than 80 of Marinâ€™s paintings, drawings, and etchings, including works in the private collection of the Marin estate which have seldom been exhibited, Maglaras tells the story of Marin’s life, from his beginnings in New Jersey, and his early experiments in watercolor, to his days at Cape Split, where, with his late oils, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art.
This â€śessay in filmâ€ť â€“ a concept pioneered by Maglaras — follows Marinâ€™s development as a man and as an artist, from his early years as a young architect struggling with his own artistic identity, to his first moments of self-discovery as an etcher and painter, to his final years as the painter and man (in his eighties) whose unending quest for the new never ceased, and who served as the creative example to painters as diverse as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.
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