Film Review: The Making of an Artist

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<p>Disability doesn’t preclude exceptional creativity, the eye-opening documentary <i>Make</i> shows. Four self-taught artists with various life-altering conditions–Down syndrome, schizophrenia, blindness, and psychological problems–channel their visions with pure purpose and no pretense. Therapists, art experts, and the artists themselves help place their work in proper perspective; it is no less than singular and amazing. The film moved singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens to create an album, <i>The Age of Adz</i>, and other viewers may be similarly inspired to unleash their creative spirits.</p>
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</a>Have something to say? <a title=”Send a letter to” href=””>Send a letter to</a>. This article first appeared in the September-October 2011 issue of <a title=”Utne Reader” href=”″ target=”_blank”>Utne Reader</a>.</p>

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