Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez is one of the most beloved and renowned Latin American artists of all time. His iconic works have been celebrated on every corner of the planet and continue to be displayed in the world's finest permanent collections such as MoMA, London's Tate Modern, and The Centre Pompidou in Paris, where Cruz-Diez lived and worked from 1960 until his death, just last year.
Free Color, a riveting new documentary from Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo, does much more than tell Cruz-Diez's story. It follows him closely in his final years as he obsesses over his most impossible work of art: to free color from form. Long known as "The Master of Color," with an incomparable career as a Kinetic and Optical artist behind him, Cruz-Diez refused to settle down. At 94 he was working tirelessly to surmount his final and greatest artistic challenge: An autonomous phenomenon of ‘cromosaturation', a cloud space of color-with-no-form, over the Seine River, in Paris. In Arvelo's fascinating film, Cruz-Diez impassionedly recruits a team of innovators from across disciplines to help make his dream come to life within the instability of reality, a dream only just now made even imaginable by ever-shifting advances in technology.
Featuring original music from Gustavo Dudamel and Devendra Banhart, and fascinating one-on-one interviews between Cruz-Diez and actor Edgar Ramirez, Arvelo's Free Color is a thoughtful, visually-creative look at The Master of Color at work.
This screening is sponsored by FlixLatino, ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity and TV5MONDE.