Robert De Niro senior’s sage advice, which he gave me in the late 1970s, has stayed with me, although I remember finding it intensely challenging when first offered.
It is hard to imagine a more striking presentation of the life and work of Robert De Niro, Sr. (1922–1993) than the current exhibition of his work at DC Moore Gallery and the documentary, Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr., which premiered on HBO June 9.
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will still be picking winners from a pile of nominated indie and otherwise films, but the best of the best will be getting a different prize this year — works of art. Including the likes of Robert De Niro Sr., Inka Essenhigh and Nate Lowman, it’s all about artists giving to other artists.
Robert De Niro Jr. won an ownership dispute over six works of art by his father Robert De Niro Sr. The infamous Salander-O’Reilly Galleries LLC had contested his claims on the artwork, but a bankruptcy judge found in favor of De Niro Jr. The De Niros were only two of the hundreds of people involved in a major scandal which led Salander-O’Reilly to declare bankruptcy in 2007.