David Diao: Documents of Diaspora
Painters Painting

Born in Chengdu in 1943, David Diao has produced a body of work that speaks to the vagaries of formal aesthetics, art-historical consensus, personal circumstance, and geopolitical succession. Here through poetic leaps of imagination, UCCA connects these themes with filmic documents that speak to Diao’s specific diasporic experience, works of both unabashed kitsch and academic rigor.


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About the Film

Featuring interviews with all the major figures of the New York art scene between 1940-1970, Painters Painting is an art history lesson on the esoteric language that typified twentieth-century American painting. Beginning with Barnett Newman—a man of deep significance to David Diao—and carrying on to later icons, like Frank Stella, viewers glean new insight into aesthetic issues confronted by the exhibition.


Painters Painting

Director: Emile de Antonio

Starring: Philip Leider, Leo Castelli, Willem de Kooning

Genre: Documentary

Country: USA

Runtime: 116 min.