At 88 years-old, Audrey Flack holds a unique place in the history of contemporary art in America. Feminist, rebel, mother, painter, sculptor and teacher, Audrey’s often controversial 40-year career evolved from abstract expressionism in the 1950s to photorealism in the 1970s. One of the first women ever included in the famed Janson’s History of Art, Audrey continues to create, explore, and inspire with her unique style and indomitable spirit.
Queen of Hearts follows Flack as she takes her work in a brand new direction and reveals her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism. Flack has something deep and genuine to communicate to the world. She is a provocateur and a rebel, an example and an inspiration. Queen of Hearts is a moving portrait of an artist who is still testing, still experimenting, still searching.
“Art is a calling. Artists are not discovered in school. Artists do not just paint for themselves and they don’t simply paint for an audience. They paint because they have to. There is something within the artist that has to be expressed. Every creation reveals something more about the universe and about the artist.” — Audrey Flack, Art & Soul: Notes on Creating
“…a fascinating examination of a singular artist, a woman who thrived in the nearly completely male-dominated art world of the 50s, changing the demographic and cultural landscape of 20th century art. Anyone who is interested in hearing and seeing first-hand the experience of a woman breaking the artistic glass ceiling will find the film compelling, not least because her story comes directly from the source. Audrey Flack is an opinionated, feminist artist who not only continues to create but also to educate young artists. It’s a beautiful thing to know women like her are out there. It’s time her story is being told, and we have Shaffer and Reichman to thank for that.”- Leslie Combemale, Alliance of Women Film Journalists
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“Admittedly, I did not know much about Audrey Flack before watching this film, but I am so glad my eyes were opened. Through this entertaining and informative film, I gained a deep appreciation of the artist’s unique creative process and the struggles she faced – not only as often the only woman artist in the room but also as a parent of a child with special needs when working mothers were not the norm. This opinionated, principled, hard-working and incredibly talented artist is still going strong at age 88 creating and educating the next generation. Don’t miss this in-depth look at her life and career.” – Caroline Sorokoff, GCIFF Festival Director