The long, fascinating and complicated life and career of architect and designer Eileen Gray—whose uncompromising vision defined and defied the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture—is examined in the beautiful and fascinating documentary Gray Matters. After making a reputation with her traditional lacquer work in the first decade of the 20th century, she became a critically acclaimed and sought after designer and decorator before reinventing herself as an architect, a field in which she labored largely in obscurity. Apart from the accolades that greeted her first building, persistently and perversely credited to her mentor Le Corbusier. Her pioneering work was done quietly, privately and to her own specifications. Today, that work commands extraordinary prices and attention and her legacy, like its creator, remains elusive, contested and compelling.
2014, 72 minutes, Arizona Premiere