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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…
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 –…
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…
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…
Narcissister Organ Player - A Contemporary Performance Artist Explores Gender, Racial Identity, and Sexuality
One of the contemporary art world's most acclaimed mixed-media and performance artists, the masked Narcissister is the subject of this smart, sassy documentary that showcases her spectacle-rich approach to explorations of gender, racial identity and sexuality. Directed by the enigmatic…
From Here to There: Episode 1
Part of the Series: Agnes Varda: From Here to There
A visit to Chris Marker's apartment, a conversation about art and media - and a journey into Second Life. A train to Nantes for a celebration of Jacques Demy, on the 20th anniversary of his death, and his landmark film…
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…
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.…
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…
Brice Marden: 4 Decades - A Retrospective of the American Abstract Painter
Brice Marden's paintings and drawings have long been at the forefront of contemporary abstract art. Marden's much acclaimed retrospective at MoMA in November 2006, provided an opportunity to accompany the artist and the curator Gary Garrels on a tour of…
From Here to There: Episode 3
Part of the Series: Agnes Varda: From Here to There
Trips to Cologne, then Saint Petersburg, where Varda talks with the famously-guarded Alexander Sokurov, and Art Basel. Lunch with sculptor Christian Boltanski and artist Annette Messager. A chat with Helene Louvart, cinematographer on Beaches of Agnes, and also for Wim…
From Here to There: Episode 2
Part of the Series: Agnes Varda: From Here to There
A visit with artist Miguel Barcelo who shows Varda the unique tools he's developed for his paintings. A trip to Brussels for the inauguration of the Magritte Museum. A talk with friend and designer Hans Ulrich Obrist, creator of Varda's…
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…
Levitated Mass - The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture
When pioneering land artist Michael Heizer finds the giant boulder he's been searching for since 1968, it sets off an epic struggle to realize one of America's newest and largest public artworks, 'Levitated Mass .' The 340-ton rock's journey from…
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…
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…
From Here to There: Episode 5
Part of the Series: Agnes Varda: From Here to There
Varda vists the Maillol Museum in Paris on the occasion of a Vanitas exhibit. Then Mexico, for a conversation with filmmaker Carlos Reygadas (Japon, Silent Light, Post Tenebras Lux), who shares his interests and ideas on film. Finally, Los Angeles…