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Robert De Niro Sr. is the subject of an HBO documentary and a BMAC discussion.

The Arts

BMAC presents online screening of film about artist Robert De Niro Sr.

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BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents a one-time online screening of the HBO documentary Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

The 39-minute film is presented in association with the BMAC exhibit “Figuration Never Died: New York Painterly Painting, 1950–1970,” which includes work by De Niro and nine other painters.

After the film, the exhibit’s curator, Karen Wilkin, will offer insights and take questions from the online audience.

In the film, the late artist’s son, actor Robert De Niro Jr., explores his father’s artistic accomplishments, personal challenges, and relative lack of recognition.

Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times notes in his review of the film that De Niro Sr. “never made it to the pantheon inhabited by Pollock, Rothko, and others who thrived in the middle of the last century.”

The artist’s work is, however, in the collections of numerous museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Denver Art Museum.

Wilkin is a New York-based curator and art critic and the Atelier Head of Art History at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture, where she teaches in the MFA program.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #596 (Wednesday, January 20, 2021). This story appeared on page B3.

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