Velvet Buzzsaw is a movie about the introduction of the neo-baroque of the art market .
The spirit of the artist who creates from his soul and not for the peddling of money(although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.) has a dramatic influence. Velvet Buzzsaw is about how the art market and those who participate have become blinded by the true reality of art, and so suffer at the hands of a master artist. A master artist whose works are so intense they cause death to it's viewers.
My favorite parts are when the very handsome Jake Gyllenhaal's character( an art critic) talks about the spirit of the painter whose undiscovered work is suddenly found and blown into the art market. One by one each person who gazes up the art work experiences a shift. This shift is was Jake describes as coming from the spirit. In this moment a gallery owner played by the fierce Rene Russo says “That’s a bit baroque don’t you think?”
THis is my favorite quote in the film because I believe that are experiencing a shift in the art world. We are all right now going through an era similar to the baroque and even the Hellenistic world. Neo-Baroque is the only way I can describe this moment.
Another line said in the movie was the character Coco (assistant) who continually finds dead bodies throughout the movie. She is young and eager to replace the 40 and 50 year olds who dominate the art world. The line I found funny was that Rene Russo says “What was your name again... Rococo?” I find this hilarious because the rococo movement is the younger and last phase of the baroque.
I feel like a lot of Gen X’ers in general deal with baroque feelings and attitudes. They focus of the suffering, anguish and spirit of the world. Since I am in a younger generation I feel like my own millennials are seeking love from a fresh and pleasant world similar to the rococo world.
This is just my own perspective on the Velvet Buzzsaw. If you're an artist I recommend this film. If your not an artist, then you should still watch this movie and have fun.