The Quay Brothers The Black Drawings 1974 - 197715.11.2017
biography & press
Two of the world’s most original film makers, the Quay Brothers have been creating their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for nearly 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable. Best known for their classic 1986 film The Street of Crocodiles, which film maker Terry Gilliam recently selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and have created on their tiny sets an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.
The Quay Brothers have produced over 45 moving image works, including two features, music videos, dance films, documentaries, installations and live events. In 2006 The Quay brothers presented Dormitorium at the Holland film festival. In 2012-2013, they were the subject of a gallery exhibition Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets and accompanying film retrospective at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, NY. In 2013-2014 EYE, the national museum for film in the Netherlands, curated The Quay Brothers’ Universum.