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7 listopad 2004
San Francisco Fine Arts Museum
Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn visit Helnwein's "Child"-exhibition at the Legion of Honor
accompanied by Israeli director Amos Gitai
"Well, probably intentionally, except for moments of non-sober discussion, I've sort of made it a conscious effort to not analyze anything I love too much. And I love this art, and for me part of the reason I think is a professional reason - for me as somebody who aspires to creativity myself. When you find someone in the arts, whether it's in your medium or in another medium, that raises the bar for you, that reinvigorates your own pursuit of affecting people and out of a sharing what you count on as some kind of a common chord in us. Whether it's through imagry, words, sounds. I think that as an artist my strongest reaction to Helnwein's work is that it challenges me to be better at what I do. There are very few people that achieve utter excellence in what they do. And I think that Gottfried Helnwein is certainly one of those people." Sean Penn
Sean Penn contemplating "Resurrection of the Child"
2004
Sean Penn, Gottfried Helnwein and Israeli director Amos Gitai
2004
Sean Penn about the Art of Gottfried Helnwein.
Excerpt from the documentary "Ninth November Night",
premiered at the Museum of Tolerance, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, November 10th, 2003
"Well, the world is a haunted house, and Helnwein at times is our tour guide through it.
I think in anything that is really relevant and emotional art, there is some kind of a mirror that people experience. I don't think that you can recognize a feeling from something that you look at unless it's part of yourself, and so when someone is willing to take on the sadness, the irony, the ugliness and the beauty in the kind of way that Gottfried does.
Not all of Gottfried's work is on a canvas.
A lot of it is the way he's approached life. And it doesn't take someone knowing him to know that. You take one look at the paintings and you say "this guy has been around."
You can't sit in a closet - and create this. This level of work is earned.
Well, probably intentionally, except for moments of non-sober discussion, I've sort of made it a conscious effort to not analyze anything I love too much.
And I love this art, and for me part of the reason I think is a professional reason - for me as somebody who aspires to creativity myself. When you find someone in the arts, whether it's in your medium or in another medium, that raises the bar for you, that reinvigorates your own pursuit of affecting people and out of a sharing what you count on as some kind of a common chord in us. Whether it's through imagry, words, sounds.
I think that as an artist my strongest reaction to Helnwein's work is that it challenges me to be better at what I do. There are very few people that achieve utter excellence in what they do. And I think that Gottfried Helnwein is certainly one of those people.




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