Wednesday, June 05, 2013

wiw vol 23 - Beauty is Embarassing

2012 - NR - 1 hour 28 minutes
Streaming Netflix


Raised in the Tennessee mountains, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in NYC. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the Pee-wee's Playhouse TV show which soon led to more work design some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Recently his word paintings featuring pithy and and often sarcastic text statements finely crafted onto vintage landscape paintings have made him a darling of the fine art world. The movie chronicles the vaulted highs and crushing lows of an artist struggling to find peace and balance between his professional work and his personal art. This is especially complicated for a man who struggles with the virtues he most often mocks in his art...Vanity, ego and fame.

This movie is a must see. As a child of the 80's and watching Pee Wee's Playhouse, it was instant love to meet the man behind many of my favorite characters. He has to be one of the coolest artists that I've watched a documentary on. He just seems like such a fun and exciting guy. And is little hillbilly dancing is hilarious, go now and watch it!