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Movie: The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear ( 2016 )
Jeremy Paxman joins forces with 'art sleuth' Bernadette Murphy to try and solve one of the greatest and bloodiest mysteries of the art world - why Vincent Van Gogh cut off his own ear in December 1888?
Movie: Robert Rauschenberg: Pop Art Pioneer ( 2016 )
Celebrates the protean genius of one of America's most prolific and original artists, Robert Rauschenberg. Fearless and influential, he blazed a trail for artists in the second half of the 20th century.
Movie: Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels ( 2016 )
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the surreal art movement, comedian Jim Moir (a.k.a. Vic Reeves) presents this documentary exploring the history of Dadism and the lasting influence it has had on himself and others.
Movie: Inside the Mind of Leonardo ( 2014 )
Inside the Mind of Leonardo is based on the artist's private journals dating from the Italian Renaissance. With more than 6,000 pages of handwritten notes and drawings, da Vinci's private journals are the most comprehensive documents that chronicle the work of the world's most renowned inventor, philosopher, painter, and genius. Never before has access been granted to capture these works in 3D HD format.
Movie: Arteholic ( 2014 )
A road trip through famous museums in Frankfurt, Cologne, Paris, Copenhagen and Berlin.
Movie: Landmarks of Western Art: The Baroque ( 2003 )
Once the world of art had rediscovered the power to create great works, new limits of realism and expression were found. Featuring the work of Velasquez, Caravaggio, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Rubens. This program also includes commentary and analysis by noted art historians.
Movie: Jan Cox, a Painter's Odyssey ( 1988 )
"Biographical film about the life and work of the Belgian painter Jan Cox. Cox had a tempestuous youth, during which he co-founded the Jeune Peinture Belge group and worked on the fringes of the Cobra movement. In 1956 he left for America, where he lived for the next 18 years. There he was recognized as an inspired painter and teacher, but he returned disillusioned following a failed marriage, financial problems and an emergent alcoholism. He finally committed suicide in 1980. The directors incorporate archive material, canvasses, photos, reminiscences and writings into their film, built up as an odyssey in 24 cantos, each with its own style. They paint an intriguing picture both of Cox's artistic drive and the tragic dualism between dream and reality that tore at his personality and would eventually lead to self-destruction. In this context, Cox's paintings are used to reflect the events presented or alluded to by the film. The 24 cantos are subdivided in accordance with the three phases in Cox's life: 1919-1949 (Telemacheia), 1949-1969 (Odysseia) and 1969-1980 (Nostos). On its release, the film garnered much praise, not merely for its intricate construction which took it beyond the bounds of a conventional documentary, but also because it so successfully evoked the spirit of Cox."
Movie: Russian Painters: The Classic Years ( 2000 )
As a serious artistic activity, Russian painting really dates only from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As the Russian Symbolist poet Alexander Blok put it, Russian culture is a combination of cultures, we are a new country. Blok's new country was actually synthetic and coldly calculated created at the beginning of the eighteenth century with Peter the Great¹s westernization of Old Russia. This had often been carried out with great brutality. And in some ways so too had Peter¹s introduction of western culture, art and architecture. Russian society was originally tribal and backward; its art was either primitive and decorative or religious. This episode presents numerous examples of paintings from this unique period in Russian history.
Movie: Theo De Feyter: A Painter's Life ( 2014 )
A short documentary about Theo de Feyter, one of Netherlands' most distinguished realist painters.
Movie: Art of Mexico: The Painters, Vol. 2 ( 2000 )
Mexican paintings are both visual and narrative in nature - and as colorful as the Mexican people themselves. This program surveys the rich history of Mexican painting, illuminating works by such illustrious artists as colonial painter Baltasar de Echeve Orio, 19th century painter Jose Maria Estrada, and surrealist Frida Kahlo, among others.
Movie: Russian Painters: The Impressionist Years ( 2000 )
Impressionism is not the completion, but the dying of the old art and the birth of a new art, the art of continuously regenerating youth of the painter, artist and culture. Impressionism and Symbolism can be complete styles, or they can borrow from each other and from other tongues. Just as Symbolism embraces the period of Russian painting from Ilya Repin to Boris Grigoriev, so too does Impressionism shine its direct or diffused light on Vasily Polenov, Wassily Kandinsky, and Konstantin Korovin. It encompasses the earthy expressiveness of Philipp Malyavin, the decorative Fauvism of Mikhail Larionov, and the Primitivism of Natalia Goncharova. It also includes those who would later be called Rayonists, Cezannists, Cubists and Suprematists.
Movie: Russian Painters: The Years of Art Nouveau ( 2000 )
In the first decade of the twentieth century Russian painting opened up like a bursting dam, behind which had massed all the current revolutionary art movements of Europe. On one hand it developed a version of art nouveau, on another it became involved with theatre, set decoration, and book design. Artists such as Alexander Benois, Kazimir Malevich, and Marc Chagall took other personal directions. Groups emerged with names like the Blue Rose, the Link, the Triangle and the World of Art, and there were Russian versions of the Symbolists. Some of these were to become international figures in twentieth century art, and in a couple of decades Russian art was to take an honored place in the world.
Movie: Art Bastard ( 2016 )
What is art and how does it relate to society? Is its value determined by its popularity or originality? Is the goal profit or expressing one's personal vision? These are some of the questions raised as we follow fiercely independent New York artist Robert Cenedella in his artistic journey through decades of struggling for creative expression. A student, protégé and friend of German artist George Grosz, Cenedella is now passing on the legacy of Grosz's approach to art, in the very same room where Grosz taught. In portraying Cenedella's determination to buck the system of what's popular while critiquing that popularity in his attempt to turn the art world upside down, ART BASTARD is a funny, touching, and insightful look inside the maverick mind of a true original.
Movie: Art and Craft ( 2015 )
When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.
Movie: Art War ( 2014 )
ART WAR is the story of young, creative Egyptians of the Arab Spring who, through the means of graffiti murals, rebellious music, art, and enlightenment, try to salvage their revolution from going under.
Movie: Great Women Artists: Mary Cassatt ( 2000 )
Children and naturalism are the hallmarks of Mary Cassatt's work during the 1880's and 1890's. She absorbed from her Impressionist colleagues Caillebotte, Degas, and Renoir, as well as her study of Japanese prints, the modern idea that the background of a painting might be as significant as the foreground.
Movie: Great Women Artists: Frida Kahlo ( 2000 )
Frida Kahlo began to paint in 1925 while recovering from a streetcar accident that left her permanently disabled. Many of her 200 paintings directly relate to her experiences with physical pain. They also chronicle her turbulent relationship with artist Diego Rivera. Today Kahlo's work is critically and monetarily as prized as that of her male peers, sometimes more so.
Movie: Transcend: 5 Black Artists by 5 Black Artists ( 2013 )
Chapter 1: PRIMER introduces the gallery exhibition show "Transcend". Chapter 2: FRAMING THE IMAGE focuses on the historical context of the African American experience in Okahoma (i.e. The Tulsa Race Riots & President Obama's 2009 Inauguration). Chapter 3: ABSTRACTION is the artists on themselves. Chapter 4: UNTITLED focuses on their artwork. Chapter 5: BRUSH STROKES is dedicated to the artists' significant relationships and how it influences their work. Chapter 6: FLASHES OF LIGHT reveals the philosophical/spiritual viewpoints of the artists. Chapter 7: CHIAROSCURO is all about race. Chapter 8: DEPTH PERCEPTION What is "African American" art? Chapter 9: MIXED MEDIA is the finale (with a twist).
Movie: Great Women Artists: Georgia O'Keeffe ( 2000 )
Georgia O'Keeffe was an American abstract painter, famous for the purity and lucidity of her still-life compositions. O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico in 1949, and is best known for her large paintings of desert flowers and scenery, in which single blossoms or objects such as a cow's skull are presented in close-up views.
Movie: Artists at Work ( 1982 )
Focuses on the visual arts programs of the New Deal, highlighting the impact on the lives and work of American artists. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933 during the Great Depression, nearly 10,000 artists were out of work. Over the next decade, a series of programs known as the New Deal Art Projects was developed. Under the WPA and other programs, thousands of artists were able to earn a living while devoting themselves full-time to their art.
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