For all the intellectual noodling and academic acrobatics that the film trots out to underscore the meaning of her work, Abramovic herself is quite candid about the down side of being an obscure, avant-garde artist.
“After 40 years of people thinking you're insane and should be put in a mental hospital, you finally get all this acknowledgement,” she said during the frenzy surrounding her MOMA show. “I've been ‘alternative' since I was born. Excuse me, I'm 63, I don't want to be ‘alternative' anymore. I want to be respected before I die.”
— Dennis King
‘Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present'