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Not Just Luck: New Art World Documentary Dispels “Making It” Myths

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on April 30, 2014
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“In the art world, there’s no such thing as climbing the ladder. You have to start at the top.” Lisa Adams tells us, quoting the words of Dave Hickey in the new twelve-part documentary Fritz. The series by AFC friend Benjamin Gonyo and co-conspirator Michael Martinez is divided into five to seven-minute segments and tracks a 70-year-old artist named Fritz, who’s hoping to make it in the art world. It is also a document about overcoming adversity. Fritz has a few handicaps; he’s past his prime, he is hearing impaired, he has a bad back. He hasn’t had much luck, much like the protagonists in other films similarly tracking unknown artists—Waiting for Hockney’s Billy Pappas being the most notable example.

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