Art Dirt: “Problemista”: Magical Realism in the Art World

by Glasstire May 19, 2024
Two people walk down a manhattand street. One carries byndles of paintings while the other checks their phone.

A scene from “Problemista”

William Sarradet and Gabriel Martinez discuss the Julio Torres film Problemista and its depiction of the difficulties of succeeding in the contemporary art world.

“One of my favorite things about art film is that it certainly can follow a conventional narrative arc; it doesn’t just have to be talking about Snow White and Prince Charming.”

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