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Art World Bares its Soul in Adam Goldberg’s Superlative ‘(Untitled)’

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CHICAGO – One of the best and most exciting surprises of the 2009 film year is a smaller, claustrophobic film starring Adam Goldberg and set in the art gallery world of New York City. “(Untitled)” is an honest, uncompromising character study.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 5.0/5.0
Rating: 5.0/5.0

Taking its name from the practice of inscribing artwork with no label at all, (Untitled) involves three people, two who are practicing artists and one who owns a small Soho art gallery. Adrian (Adam Goldberg) is a composer of atonal symphonies – think using buckets and chains for sounds instead of harmonics – and although recognized as a significant craftsman he still needs to supplement his living by providing piano atmosphere in a haughty bistro.

His brother Josh (Eion Bailey) is a “successful” artist, having found a niche market selling his works to decorate hotel lobbies and corporate hallways. He is the biggest income generator for Madeleine (a revelatory Marley Shelton), who owns a small but cutting edge gallery. Embarrassed that she has to rely on Josh’s commercial work to stay afloat, she coyly hides his work in the back when clients come to call.

When Madeleine sees Adrian perform one of his symphonies, she not only gets a commission for him but takes him on as a lover. When the three attitudes of the principal characters collide – Adrian’s outsider inclination, Josh’s desperate need for artistic credibility and Madeleine’s blind worship of the next edgy art happening – the very question of who decides what art can be is philosophically rendered.

”(Untitled)” opens in Chicago November 6th, in limited release elsewhere. Check local listings for theaters. Featuring Adam Goldberg, Marley Shelton, Eion Bailey and Vinnie Jones, directed by Jonathan Parker. Rated “R” Click here for the HollywoodChicago interview with Adam Goldberg of Untitled.

StarContinue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “(Untitled)”

Adam Goldberg as Adrian in ‘(Untitled)’
Adam Goldberg as Adrian in ‘(Untitled)’
Photo credit: Parker Film Company/Samuel Goldwyn Films

StarContinue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “ (Untitled)”

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I loved the movie, seeing it

I loved the movie, seeing it as more than a typical art film. As I write in my review of Untitled at
http://www.contemporary-art-dialogue.com/new-movie-release.html, “The movie not only addresses contemporary art, postmodern and performance art. The film’s players present messages that go beyond their attractive and eccentric artistic personas; they become integral elements of the film that is itself a conceptual artwork.”

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