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Francis Bacon and the Brutality of Fact - The Famous Painter Disscusses His Style
In his London studio, British painter Francis Bacon discusses his work and approach with David Sylvester, a friend and close observer of his art since the late 1940s. Central to their conversation are Bacon's controversial, horrifying subjects, and surprising style.…
Philip Guston: A Life Lived
Late in life, the artist looks back over a career that originated in social realism during the '30s, moved to the center of Abstract Expressionism, and culminated in a return to figuration. Filmed at his retrospective in San Francisco in…
Isamu Noguchi - A Japanese American Artist and Landscape Architect
As Isamu Noguchi walks us through his grand sculptures and gardens, the artist offers a unique insight into the way we, as individuals and as a collective society exist in time. Guided by his fascination with one's own reaction to…
Reclaiming the Body -  Feminist Art in America
After many decades of struggle, women have attained a strong presence in today's art world, as evidenced by the many exhibitions devoted to their work. Loosely based on the two-part BAD GIRLS exhibition at The New Museum of Contemporary Art…
Gerhard Richter: 4 Decades - The Famous Painter's Early Work
In 2002, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held the first major retrospective of Gerhard Richter's work in the America. Curator Robert Storr and the artist selected 188 paintings for the show. This film presents a rare opportunity…
Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of a Genius
Exploring the breadth of the artist's achievements through the insights and speculations of fellow artists, close relatives, historians, and critics, the film centers on thirteen key works which vividly represent the major turning points in Picasso's career. Robert Rosenblum, an…
Roy Lichtenstein
In the beginning stages of Roy Lichtenstein's career, the artist found himself saddled with side jobs that utilized his creative energy. In the gaps of time between his personal projects, Lichtenstein worked on window displays, sheet metal designs and architectural…
The New York School
American art came of age with the first important modern movement by a group of New York painters who became known as Abstract Expressionists. In the 1940s and 50s their aggressive action painting challenged the School of Paris. Tenaciously American…
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…
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…
Robert Motherwell: Summer of 1971 - The Art and Influence of an American Artist
At work on his Elegies and Windows series, Motherwell examines his place in the Abstract Expressionist movement, which he calls the first original American movement in the "mainstream," and its practitioners "the last romantics." He distinguishes between his large paintings…
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…
Art in Our Time - Toward a New Museum of Modern Art
At the beginning of the new millennium the Museum of Modern Art is trying to redefine itself for the twenty-first century by undergoing the largest expansion in its 75-year history. This film gives a sense of the museum's attempts at…
The Cremaster Cycle - A Conversation with Matthew Barney
This documentary provides insight into Matthew Barney's work and his mythic Cremaster Cycle. The artist guides the camera through this remarkable creation at the Guggenheim Museum while being questioned by Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic of the New York Times,…
Bernd and Hilla Becher: 4 Decades - Typologies of Industrial Buidlings
Bernd and Hilla Becher discuss their beginnings as documentarians of 19th century industrial architecture while showing us their retrospective exhibition at Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof Museum. Bernd and Hilla Becher had been working together as photographers since 1957, documenting and classifying…
What is Minimalism: The American Perspective 1958-1968
A documentary that provides answers, featuring the exhibit, A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles with the participation of Carl Andre, John Chamberlain, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden,…
The Artist’s Studio: Carroll Dunham
The artist Carroll Dunham moved his studio from Manhattan to the outskirts of a small village in Connecticut, not far from where he grew up. He wanted to work without the distractions of the city. The critic Roberta Smith often…
Speaking of Abstraction: A Universal Language
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, abstraction - that most quintessentially modernist innovation - maintains a peculiarly contradictory position. Used, on one hand, by post-modernist artists as just one more quotable style amongst many, it is on the other…
Georg Baselitz - Making Art after Auschwitz and Dresden
In the fall of 2007, a brilliant retrospective exhibition of the work of Georg Baselitz opened at London's Royal Academy of Arts. It was curated by Norman Rosenthal, who had first exhibited paintings by Baselitz in the early 1970's. Baselitz…
Robert Rauschenberg: Retrospective
Rauschenberg's active involvement with life carries over into his painting. The combine-painting of the 1950s integrated two- and three-dimensional elements and inhabited both wall and floor space. These assemblages included discarded thrift shop-type objects such as automobile tires, stuffed birds,…