fbpx Botero | Gene Siskel Film Center
Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2018, Don Millar, USA, 83 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 3rd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 3rd 6:15pm
  • Sat, Jan 4th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 5th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Jan 6th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 7th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jan 8th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 9th 8:30pm
Chicago premiere!

"An enjoyable experience that presents an appealing overview of the artist's life and works."—Paul Parcellin, Film Threat

He has been called the most popular living artist, and he has called himself "the most Colombian of Colombian artists." This authorized portrait of Fernando Botero, including unprecedented access to the 86-year-old artist himself, compactly covers the amazing story of his career and the vast range of his work. After growing up in poverty in Medellin, Botero developed his signature style of startlingly rotund figures ensconced in paintings (and, later, sculptures) bursting with humor, energy, color, and sharp social commentary. Arriving nearly penniless in New York in the 1960s, Botero found his art out of step and ignored, until the young MoMA curator Dorothy Miller championed him. Since then, his indefatigable output has included series on the Colombian drug wars, Abu Ghraib, and circuses; and such meme-generating favorites as Pope Leo X (after Raphael) and Mona Lisa, Age Twelve. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

The Wed., Jan. 8, screening is a Movie Club event. Maggie Borowitz, Art Institute of Chicago Mellon Curatorial Research Fellow in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago, will facilitate.

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