PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Creativity runs in the De Niro family.
Robert De Niro's father, Robert De Niro Sr., was an abstract expressionist painter, part of the post-WWII art scene, which produced such talent as Jackson Pollock. He was even endorsed by the famed art collector and socialite, Peggy Guggenheim. But while he was successful when he started out in the 1940s and '50s, De Niro Sr.'s work went out of style as pop art became the trend in the '60s.
He died in 1993 at 71, but his story is now being told by his Oscar-winning son. De Niro has made a documentary about his father called "Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr," which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO in June. He also put some of his father's work on display at the Julie Nestor Gallery in Park City.
While attending a reception at the gallery on Sunday, De Niro said the intention was to make the documentary for his family.
"(I) wanted to make a documentary about my father with footage, whatever footage we had; people, whoever was around that were still with us, (I) wanted to have them interviewed and talk about him and have it for the family, for my kids, the grandkids," he said. "And then it went this way that HBO picked it up which is really great."
When asked what he thought his father would think of the film about him, De Niro joked that he would probably be uncomfortable by the attention.
"He would be flattered on the one hand and say, 'Well, I don't know, that's not accurate' or this or that," he said.