2. Adele Lack

Film: Synecdoche, New York

Year Released: 2008

Actor: Catherine Keener

In probably the most realistic portrayal of a modern artist put on screen, Adele Lack's tiny paintings are not only made with, but meant to be viewed through, a magnifying glass. Her tiny works contrast her husband's, a playwright who is building bigger and bigger sets until he has built an alternate Manhattan in which he loses himself. As she goes on to acclaim in Berlin, her paintings approach invisibility in a commentary on conceptual art that creates a priceless reaction in the face of her estranged husband as he tries to understand what he isn't seeing.

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