Television Doc about Artist (and Prankster) Chuck Connelly

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From the HBO Website:

by Chuck Connelly

The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale is the unusual story of the rise and fall of a major talent, along with Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat, from the 1980s art world. Though he was extremely talented with a profitable collection of work, Chuck Connelly ended up alienating every collector and gallery owner he worked with. This 63-minute documentary (currently airing on HBO) follows the life of this brilliant yet enigmatic painter, who had great success as a young artist but who now sees his career fading.

Driven by desperation, and left by his wife during the course of this documentary, Connelly hires an actor to pose as a young, upcoming artist to sell Chuck’s work to galleries and art dealers.

For more information, check out:

  • The Art of Failure Web site
  • Variety Review of the documentary
  • Film credits: Produced and Directed by Jeff Stimmel; Executive Producer for Films Transit International: Diana Holtzberg; Edited by Paula Heredia; Associate Producer: Joanna K. Stimmel: Co-Producer: Marjorie Connelly; Original Songs by Paul A. Anderson; Produced in association with BBC Storyville, ZDF/Arte and Films Transit International, Inc.