The impressive performance of Ed Harris in Pollock is the first thing that pops into my head when I think about the intersection of fine art and film. However, there are many more examples of Hollywood getting all creative and artsy. Other recent popular biopics include The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Basquiat and Frida. And way back in 1956, there was Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. This movie surely wasn’t the first to portray the artist as a tortured and troubled genius, but it certainly helped to perpetuate the myth, and set the stage for more of the same. And so I say to Hollywood: Enough. Let’s branch out, diversify, and push our art flicks into some exciting new genres. So Spielberg, Weinstein… Tarantino even: if you’re reading this, here are a few of my proposals.

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Tim McCool

Tim McCool is an artist living and working in Boston, but calls Pittsburgh home. Visit his website and find him on Twitter at @tmccool.

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