“The past year was marked by big losses among those who made films or thought hard about them. Jonas Mekas, one of the leading exponents of experimental film in America, died in January, and his passing was soon followed by the deaths of French New Wave director Agnès Varda (now the subject of a traveling retrospective), queer cinema pioneer Barbara Hammer, feminist filmmaker Carolee Schneemann, and Camille Billops, an underrated documentarian who crafted tender films about racism and her own personal traumas. All of these artists opened up inclusive spaces using a medium that has long been sidelined in favor of painting and sculpture: screens.” – Source: ARTnews
WHY THIS MATTERS:
From museums and galleries to movie theaters and streaming shows, this article gathers up the best screen-based art of 2019: from Isaac Julien’s Lessons of the Hour to Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen.