January 30, 2015 4:54 pm
The acclaimed PBS documentary series P.O.V. then approached us with an interest in honoring Jerry Blumenthal's memory by streaming for free online one of his very finest films: Golub (1988), which originally aired on P.O.V. in 1990.
The film is now streaming for free on their website until March 31, 2015.
P.O.V. also posted an interview Jerry and co-director Gordon Quinn from 1990, which we can embed here:
Reflecting what he calls the “disjunctiveness” of modern life, artist Leon Golub’s massive canvasses depict unpleasant imagery – mercenary killings, torture, and death squads. Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn's documentary (revisited and extended in 2004 as Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes) reveals the full complexity of Golub’s work, juxtaposing images and ideas, and following the artist at work from 1985 to 2004. Golub offers not simply a profile of a painter with a political conscience, but an investigation into the power of the artist to reflect our times and to change the way we think about our world. In 1988, the original film Golub won the Silver Hugo in the documentary competition at the 24th Chicago International Film Festival.
We are so grateful to P.O.V. for this gesture in honoring our friend, colleague and mentor, Jerry Blumenthal.
Photo: Leon Golub (left, dark shirt), with Jerry Blumenthal.