Exit through the gift shop

21 12 2010

AG and I really enjoyed this film. I think one of its strongest angles was showing the relationship between art and hype. The story follows an eccentric French ex-pat who goes from being a filmmaker documenting a new popular art movement to being a dilettante impresario/artist himself. Questions arise as to the aesthetic originality and value of the original movement, the relationship between fame and artistic expression, and the role of art in the public space.