FINAL TRACES OF THE ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISTS
Best Documentary / Sound in a Documentary / Photography in a Documentary
Artist and filmmaker Caro Jost takes viewers to the original locations where the Abstract Expressionists were active in New York City from ca. 1940 - 1970. These locations, at which art history was made, are the former studios and apartments, meeting places and bars, exhibition spaces and galleries. Caro Jost follows in the footsteps of the artists of an era. In a mixture of walk and detective hunt, she shows what has now become of these once important places, e.g. designer lofts, a second hand shop, a business consultancy, whereas others, including entire buildings, have been replaced by skyscrapers.
The few still living witnesses provide interview testimony. The today famous artist Alex Katz meets his colleagues in the former rooms of a gallery, where their careers first started. Peggy Guggenheim’s granddaughter visits her grandmother’s former gallery, today a sewing shop. The film is annotated with historical footage and cites of the mentioned artists.
"The films stands symbolically for all the crucibles worldwide in which artists have come together, created something and surrendered to their calling; the continued development of art. The film is not a conventional documentary, it is more a inner dialog with these artists.” Caro Jost for German Films.
In 14 chapters the film illustrates the final traces of: Hans Hofmann, Peggy Guggenheim, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Franz Kline, Ruth Kligman, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko and furthermore their meeting points like Cedar Bar, Waldorf Cafeteria, The Club or the Tanager Gallery.