São Paulo: Movie Art, 2005. 1 DVD in plastic slipcase (72min.). Item #105535
A research on Brazilian graffiti through street paintings on facades, walls, barracks, prisons and ports across the country. In this documentary directed by Ricardo Van Steen and Paula Alzugaray, classic and popular artists, critics and laypeople debate about the role of painting in public spaces, with a bit of samba, art, philosophy and politics. The film "Wet Paint" was shown in "It's All True Festival" (São Paulo) and was voted “Best Medium-length Film” at the 29th São Paulo Film Festival. “The central idea of “Wet Paint” is to look at their various ways in which paint is used to cover walls, shop facades, and public spaces, create ng a documentary that searches for a fuller understanding of popular Brazilian iconography. The popular and the high-brow, the figurative, and the abstract, the organic and the geometric –all mix together in telephone wires, parties and tables in a bar. Popular artists, critics and the man on the street come together to talk about art. In this look at the spontaneous aesthetics of the street, one subject suggests another and we find ourselves talking about samba, cookery and politics.” –Verso Cover of slipcase. Paula Alzugaray is an independent curator, art critic, journalist specializing in Visual Arts, cultural director and editor of the magazine “seLecT”. Ricardo Van Steen (b. São Paulo 1958), is a filmmaker and artist.