Some art lovers aren’t impressed with Robert Pattinson’s stint in conservation
CTOR Robert Pattinson has partnered with Sotheby’s auction house in New York to work as a curator. But the move wasn’t celebrated by everyone, with some wondering what the Twilight actor knows about art.
Barnes’ Batman star helped select six paintings for sale in New York next week. The six contemporary works include pieces by Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra and Lynette Yadom-Boakye.
Some were not impressed. “What would he know of art? wondered one online skeptic. Another said: ‘Replace all art curators with Hollywood idol celebrities’.
However, another said: “we need more ‘visible’ people (i.e. celebrities)… to champion the arts and spark intrigue and interest among young people so that they look at art.”
In a promotional video, Pattinson says, “When you start playing, you think you’re supposed to psychologically break down the character and it’s pretty dry.”
He said he was inspired by director Claire Denis, with whom he worked on the film High Life, to look at art in a different way. “I remember seeing a sculpture in the museum and suddenly I realized ‘Oh this sculpture, that’s what I’m trying to do as a performance.’
“I realized afterwards that you don’t have to explain something literally, the only thing that matters is inspiration, and I get that from a lot of different paintings now.”