WBEZ | Mark Kostabi http://www.wbez.org/tags/mark-kostabi Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Superheroes and con men on the big screen http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-01/superheroes-and-con-men-big-screen-84586 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/ConArtist_Plug Ugly Films.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Here’s another foolish saying: "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me." Back in the '80s painter <a href="http://id3480.securedata.net/kostabi/" target="_blank">Mark Kostabi</a> made fools out of the art world and made a ton of money doing so. He hired other people to make his paintings, mocked his fellow artists and turned outrage into his everyday outfit. The documentary <a href="http://www.conartistthemovie.com/" target="_blank"><em>Con Artist</em></a> tries to understand the complexity and simplicity of Kostabi’s stance. It also raises the question – who’s really the fool here – Kostabi – or the audience?<br> <br> To sort it out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Christy LeMaster. She’s the managing director of <a href="http://www.ifpchicago.org/" target="_blank">IFP Chicago</a>, and runs the <a href="http://nightingaletheatre.org/" target="_blank">Nightingale Theatre</a> in Chicago. She also writes about film for <a href="http://cine-file.info/index.htm" target="_blank">Cine-File</a>.<br> <br> <em>Con Artist</em> screens opens at <a href="http://www.facets.org/" target="_blank">Facets Cinémathèque</a> on Friday, April 8. <a href="http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/super" target="_blank"><em>Super</em></a> opens at the <a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/" target="_blank">Music Box </a>Theatre on Friday, April 8.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-01/superheroes-and-con-men-big-screen-84586