THE MANY FACES OF ARNAUD MAGGS
He's internationally renowned, critically acclaimed, a family man, and was one of Canada’s senior living artists. Whether designing an album cover, photographing the late Dusseldorf artist Joseph Beuys, or framing the faces of such familiar Canadians as Northrop Frye, Karen Kain, and Conrad Black, Maggs clearly hasn't lost his zeal as he shops for inspiration for a new project in the flea markets of Paris. Arnaud reveals thoughts about his working process and along the way tells anecdotes about doing the cover for the famous Charles Mingus JAZZ AT MASSEY HALL 10" L.P in 1953. We follow Maggs through the flea markets of Paris as he searches for inspirational material. Strolling the streets of Paris, Maggs talks about Atget and points out "HOTEL" signs that provided the fodder for his well-known series of that name. At a rainy day visit to Pére les Chais cemetary Maggs reflects on his childhood, becoming an artist and his own mortality. Enigmatic, wry, endearingly reserved and always charming Maggs provides a fascinating look into the life of an artist.
“…the film reveals Magg’s thoughts, processes and charm with a lively pace that feels like a brisk walk in the French countryside.” “…Mangaard’s film relentlessly explores the why behind his work.”
Thomas Hirschmann, Critic’s Pick, Now Magazine
John Doyle, The Critical List, Globe & Mail Television