Double Feature: Rudy Burckhardt and Yvonne Jacquette

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Rudy Burckhardt Compilation:
Man in the Woods and The Climate of New York

Man in the Woods

A detailed look at a remarkable artist who died in 1999 at age 85.

Aspects of Burckhardt’s work in photography, film, and painting are examined in interviews with Rudy Burckhardt, painter Yvonne Jacquette, and curators Robert Storr (former Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York) and Brian Wallis (Chief Curator, International Center of Photography, New York).

In his studio in New York, Burckhardt discusses his photography and its significance within its historical framework. In the woods near his summer home in Maine, the viewer sees Burckhardt’s easel and painting in front of the scene he is depicting.

Whether in city or country, Burckhardt appreciated and transformed the chaos he discovered.

The Climate of New York

In 1935, Rudy Burckhardt moved to New York from Basel, Switzerland, with Edwin Denby, who went on to become one of the foremost American dance critics.

This film is a collaboration between these two artists: Burckhardt’s photos are displayed onscreen as Denby reads his sonnets.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKnywv7mb10#action=share

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Yvonne Jacquette: Autumn Expansion
The American painter and printer Yvonne Jacquette is best known for her aerial landscapes of cities and towns, which incorporate distinctive brushwork.

Yvonne Jacquette: Autumn Expansion, filmed in 1981, explores the artist’s creative process as she creates a triptych that is approximately 26 feet wide, commissioned by the General Services Administration for the Federal Building and Post Office in Bangor, Maine.

In order to familiarize herself with the subject, Jacquette examined many aspects of forestry, walked through the site itself, and even spent five hours in a plane over the area, studying the changing light.

Her triptych follows the life cycle of autumn foliage, from its green beginnings to its vibrant, fiery peak, and ultimately to its subdued end. Jacquette named the work during the creative process, noting the expanding nature of the autumnal color palette.

Jacquette was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1934 and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1952 to 1956. Her works can be found at several national museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Jacquette has taught at Parsons School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Skowhegan School, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1990.

View film trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5qpHpkDGmU#action=share