HBO Documentary: Art of Failure

HBO DocumentariesThe Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale

2009 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming

2008 Los Angeles Film Festival – Official Selection

Premiered on HBO July 7, 2008

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 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. The film provides an intimate and often troubling character study of Connelly, a working-class guy from Pittsburgh who holds “traditional” beliefs that art is, above all, about personal expression and craftsmanship. These notions have proven to be less-than-fashionable in today’s elite art world, the inner workings of which are also glimpsed in the film. Shot over six years, this dramatic and entertaining documentary explores a painter’s passion for his work, despite being his own worst enemy.

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Chuck Connelly For Dummies

Jeff Stimmel gives great speach while receiving Emmy Award for "The Art of Failure"

Chuck's Guide to the Art of Failure

Visit the offical “Art of Failure” website for more.