Friday, May 15, 2009

My Kid Could Paint That!

I recently came across a documentary that I think is essential for any art lover to watch! It is entitled "My Kid Could Paint That" directed by Amir Bar-Lev. The story surrounds young artist Marla Olmstead who started painting at the age of 2 (now 9). The documentary follows her success as an international abstract painter. Her paintings become more and more coveted as the prices of her paintings soared into the tens of thousands of dollars range.

What is most interseting to me about the documentry is the fact that she literally came out of nowhere when as a "novelty" she was asked to show a couple of paintings in the local coffee shop-- and things took off from there. As her paintings become more and more in demand speculation started to surround her family (her father who dabbles in art is suspected of either assisting Marla with paintings or completely creating the paintings himself). It's facinating to watch as even the director of the documentary who was 100% confident in the autheniticty of the work, starts to wane in his faith as the documentary progresses.

I give this documentary a perfectly chic rating of 10.0 for the way it grabs you, tells a story, and really questions the authority of modern abstract art.


Gifted Designs said...

Definitely sounds very interesting!

I've heard of this little girl before and there's so much controversy surrounding her...people accusing her parents of exploiting her, etc, etc, etc.

I picked you for a little blog award...:) I'm sure you've probably already gotten it, but I like your blog so much I couldn't leave you out!

kristina said...

i love reading your blog and amazingly enough like person above, i picked a little blog award for you too!! it's here:

there are so many talented children out there...i can't think of the store link right now but there is a little boy who sells arts on etsy, i think he is 10 or 11 or something like that and his paintings are amazing!

Perfectlychic said...

Wow! Thanks guys so much for the awards! This is awesome!!! I really appreciate it! I'm so sorry I've been gone for such a long time I plan on getting back into it shortly!