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One of the Art World’s Most Interesting Couples

by Hrag Vartanian on July 29, 2013

Relationships between two creatives can be very difficult. Two artistic personalities, two egos, two people struggling to clarify their visions, or realize their projects, or stressing about money that will allow them to make it all happen. For some couples it can create competition or enmity, while for others it can be a source of strength.

Shinomaro with Warhol in the 1960s. (screenshot from 'Cutie and the Boxer')

Shinohara with Andy Warhol in the 1970s. (screenshot from ‘Cutie and the Boxer’)

cutie-boxer-320But when a relationship between two people with creative lives works, even it seems dysfunctional from the outside, it can be magical. This New York love story chronicles roughly five years in the chaotic 40-year marriage of boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.

Filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling has captured the life of this Dumbo, Brooklyn-based couple in Cutie and the Boxer, as one wrestles, I mean boxes, with action painting, and the other explores oils, pastels, and most recently etching.

“They form the perfect couple, in a way,” Heinzerling explains, “but for all the wrong reasons.”

The film’s Rotten Tomatoes meter is currently at 100% with 11 movie critic reviews registered.

The film was screened at Sundance earlier this year and the festival produced a small video featuring the director about his project:

Here is a video from earlier this year of Shinohara, 81, who continues to box out his paintings:

I can’t wait to see it.

Cutie and the Boxer opens August 16.

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