I Was a Flawed Modernist : Collected Writings by Paul Sharits, Collected Stories about Paul Sharits

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A collection of writings by Paul Sharits as well as a collection of stories about Paul Sharits. Edited by Sarah Markgraf.

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Paul Sharits was a visual artist pioneer of the structural film movement along with other artists such as Tony Conrad, Hollis Frampton and Michael Snow. Sharits' work focused primarily on installations incorporating endless film loops, multiple projectors and experimental soundtracks.

Sarah Markgraf is Professor of Cinema Studies at Bergen Comunity College in New Jersey. Her writing has appeared in Millennium Film Journal, Afterimage, Film Quarterly, and Metaphor and Symbol.

Infamous experimental filmmaker Paul Sharits (1943 – 93) comes to life in two ways in “I Was a Flawed Modernist”: Collected Writings of and Stories about Paul Sharits. One section of the book features oral histories of this colorful artist, many of which come from artists of their own renown, such as Carolee Schneemann, Robert Longo, and Tony Conrad. The other section offers all of Sharits’s available writings, many of them—including letters to Stan Brakhage and Henry Holmes Smith—previously unpublished. Sharits’s writing reveals a powerful intellect while also, at times, a sense of fragility not usually associated with a figure of such flamboyance. In this way, this volume presents a vivid and sometimes contradictory picture of an artist whose films remain radical today.

– Sarah Markgraf

Author(s) Tony Conrad, Michael Snow, Jonas Mekas, Ken Jacobs, David Franks, Yann Beauvais
Artist(s) Paul Sharits
Original format paperback
Language(s) English
Pages 394
Publisher The New American Cinema Group