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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
Hans Haacke: 4 Decades - A Conversation with the Conceptual Artist
Hans Haacke visits his retrospectives taking place simultaneously in Berlin and Hamburg with art historian Jon Bird. The work in these long awaited, non-chronologically arranged exhibitions reveals Haacke's strong convictions and desire for justice for all. Haacke is a key…
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…
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…