Jan 22

“Remember the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr” premieres at Sundance Film Festival

In The Frame

My father, the painter

Robert De Niro and his father, the artist Robert De Niro, Sr. Photo: Courtesy of HBO

A figurative painter among Abstract Expressionists, Robert De Niro Sr (1922-93) was largely unknown in the world beyond his peers and collectors. That might soon change, as “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr”, a 40-minute documentary directed by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this week. The dominant narrative voice in the film is that of the painter’s son, the actor Robert De Niro. The star told audiences that he made the film for his children, and said that he had never wanted to become a painter like his father, though he owns much of his work. “I wish I had done some posing for him, but I just didn’t have the patience,” De Niro said. An exhibition of De Niro Sr’s works is on view at the Julie Nester Gallery in Park City during Sundance, until 26 January, and this spring, DC Moore Gallery in New York will show his paintings. The documentary is due to air in June on HBO.

From In The Frame
Published online: 21 January 2014

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