Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck
Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck pulls back the curtain on the singular artist David Beck: a master sculptor, carver, and miniature architect who works in a fantastical genre all his own, creating intricate worlds that are alive with magical and brilliant observations. His intricate, kinetic sculptures resemble objects within a dream - fanciful buildings and hollow animals containing detailed scenes rendered on a tiny scale.
A largely undiscovered genius, David Beck is known to a select group of collectors and curators. During his early, formative years in New York City, Beck lived on the edge of destitution. Eventually, he found gallery representation and established a following of enthusiasts who would rush to purchase his work as soon as he released it. His pieces have been shown at the MET and the Guggenheim, among other of the of the world’s most prominent galleries. His work, "MVSEVM" was commissioned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where it is on permanent display.
This documentary captures the artist at work in his studio and reflecting on his art. It is an intimate insight into what it takes to create a masterwork: extraordinary ideas, an almost eerie ability to focus on the work, and patience. Beck submits to the camera’s invasive scrutiny with a wit and charm that is both inviting and ambivalent. Ultimately, he comes across as the smartest, most creative artist you’ve never heard of.
Three Stars, Video Librarian