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Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits and at times risking her life in the process she creates performances…
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200 and…
Waste Land - An Art Collaboration in the World’s Largest Garbage Dump
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de…
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures - The Provocative Photographer Who Changed Contemporary Photography
In 1989, on the floor of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms implored America to “Look at the pictures,” while denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism –…
Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World - Exploring the Contemporary Art World
Bary Avrich's documentary lifts the curtain on the provocative contemporary art scene, a glamorous and cutthroat game of genius versus commerce. Go behind the scenes to discover how art is created, exhibited, and sold around the globe. Featuring insider accounts…
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine - A Modern Artist and Feminist Icon
A journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism. Onscreen, the nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw. An uncompromising artist whose life and work are imbued with her ongoing obsession…
Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray - The Life of a Great Contemporary Painter
This intimate portrait of the groundbreaking artist Elizabeth Murray explores the relationship between Murray's family life and career and reconsiders her place in the contemporary art history. Murray's personal journals, voiced in the film by Meryl Streep, give viewers a…
Don't Blink: Robert Frank - A Revolutionary of Photography and Independent Film
Robert Frank revolutionised photography and independent film. He documented the Beats, Welsh coal miners, Peruvian Indians, The Stones, London bankers, and the Americans. This is the bumpy ride, revealed with unblinking honesty by the reclusive artist himself. Official Selection at…
Revolution: New Art for a New World - Russian Avant-Garde Artists
A bold and exciting documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde. Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers and personal testimony from the descendants…
The Secret Life of Lance Letscher - A Portrait of Collage Artist Lance Letscher
A meticulously crafted exploration of Lance Letscher's life and work, which allows audiences an unprecedented look into the mind of one of the contemporary art world's most captivating figures. Featuring more than one hundred of Letscher's collages, sculptures, and installations,…
Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back - Profile of a Subversive Artist
An art-world provocateur and elusive artist Maurizio Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that up-ended the art establishment, until a retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2011 finally solidified his place in the contemporary art canon. Axelrod's equally…
Ed Ruscha: 4 Decades - An American Pop Artist
Ed Ruscha first worked in a commercial art studio before he began creating pop art based on the illusionist side of surrealism. Curator Margit Rowell visits Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha in his studio to view new work and discuss…
Call Her Applebroog - The Life and Work of American Painter Ida Applebroog
A deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York-based artist, Ida Applebroog. Now in her 80s, she looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings, paintings and journals; and how she found psychological and sexual liberation through art.…
#ArtOffline - Art in the Internet Age
What happens to art in the Internet age? The philosophers, artists and exhibition makers in this documentary believe that endless reproduction liberates art from a muddled art market and an undemocratic exhibition circuit. Some critics wonder whether the urge for…
After Modernism - The Dilemma of Influence
The purposeful dismantling of the modernist myth has been the central issue of contemporary art making and art criticism. Since the 1960s, other disciplines, cultures, and artists previously excluded from modernism's privileged canons have become absorbed into an ever expanding…
Between the Folds - The Art and Science of Origami
PBS
This documentary chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid scientists who abandoned careers to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paperfolders. BETWEEN THE FOLDS paints an arresting portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels this ever-changing…
4 Artists: Robert Ryman, Eva Hesse, Bruce Nauman, Susan Rothenberg
A collective portrait of 4 artists linked only by their stated intention of expressing ideas through art, unconnected to traditional concepts of beauty, storytelling or pictorial representation. This film offers the rare opportunity to see a large body of work…
Tales of the Rat Fink
From the award-winning director of COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL and GRASS comes TALES OF THE RAT FINK, Ron Mann's wildly inventive bio about Renaissance man Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who engineered a shift in mid-twentieth century culture with his customised cars,…
Vija Celmins: 4 Decades
Vija Celmins is one of the most important artists of the postwar generation. She is best known for her drawings of the ocean and the galaxies of the night sky. These brilliant works were mostly realized during a seventeen year…
Japan: The New Art
"There is no longer Japanese art, only Japanese artists. In the 1950s one could find Japanese qualities in the work of our abstract painters, but with Pop Art young artists felt liberated from the past and in the reality of…