Forrest Bess: Key to the Riddle (1999)

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A complex and multifaceted forgotten artist whose work found critical acclaim at New York City's Betty Parson's Gallery from 1949 to 1967, Forrest Bees lives a private life in an isolated bait camp in Texas and his story is one of great perseverance and tragedy. Based on alchemy, Jungian philosophy, and aboriginal rituals, Bees' complex and thought-provoking work is explored as narrator Willem Dafoe and Ruth Maleczech guide the viewer through his intriguing life. Interviews with art historian Meyer Schapiro and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman discuss the historical importance of his work.