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Philip Johnson - Diary of an Eccentric Architect
"My place in New Canaan is...a diary of an eccentric architect." Thus begins a fascinating look into the mind of one of our most creative and significant architects. Philip Johnson was always on the forefront of stylistic change, and his…
Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments
"In my paintings I'm not inventing; my ideas come from constantly investigating how things look."- ElIsworth Kelly Ellsworth Kelly is widely regarded as one of the most important abstract painters, sculptors and printmakers working today. Kelly insists on the connection…
Kiki Smith: Squatting the Palace
This film takes a circular approach to an artist who works in overlapping spirals of creative energy. Smith works in her home - not in a space specifically designed as a studio but on the 2nd floor of her East…
Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower
Chicago is famous for its role in fostering modern architecture, owing to the legacy of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1900s, and Mies van der Rohe in the mid-20th Century. Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang,…
Rick Joy: Interludes
Rick Joy, an architect based in Tucson, Arizona, owes his reputation to his innovative residential designs, which respond gracefully to their desert environment. Joy exploits natural and passive energy-saving techniques and unusual materials, such as rammed earth and rusting steel,…
Alex Katz: Five Hours
When Alex Katz paints one of his large, signature paintings, it is an act of the utmost concentration, a performance in which he draws on years of experience as well as preliminary sketches, painted studies, finished drawings, and a large…
Eric Fischl: The Process of Painting
Developed as an adjunct to the exhibition Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting, this 35-minute film is a co-production with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. It is comprised of excerpts from interviews…
Brice Marden
After a few seconds of footage from 1968 of the artist working, this powerful film moves into 1976, providing an intimate look at the enigmatic abstract painter, Brice Marden. Shot in 16mm shortly after Marden's 1975 exhibition at the Guggenheim,…
Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line
Diller Scofidio + Renfro has long been at the forefront of design. The interdisciplinary design firm, founded in 1979, first stirred interest with its provocative exhibitions of theoretically based projects that blurred the boundaries between art and architecture. In 1999,…
Ray Kappe: California Modern Master - Forty Years of Modular Evolution
Ray Kappe has long been a cult figure in the architectural scene in and around Los Angeles. In 1972, he founded the influential, avant garde Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), where many of the younger-generation architects have studied or…
Jeff Koons - The 2014 Whitney Retrospective
The Whitney Museum of American Art presented the landmark exhibition Jeff Koons: A Retrospective from June 27 to October 19, 2014. It was the largest, most comprehensive survey of Koons's art ever assembled, spanning four decades of his career and…
KieranTimberlake - Loblolly House (2007) and Cellophane House (2008)
KieranTimberlake, an architectural firm based in Philadelphia, is a recognized leader of the "green" architecture movement in the U.S. As this film illustrates, its founders Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake have been developing innovative means to combine sustainable design principles…
Yoshio Taniguchi: The New Museum of Modern Art
Architect Yoshio Taniguchi, revered in his native country of Japan for the design of consummately minimal museums, won the much-coveted commission to expand and renovate the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1997. Opened in 2004, the…
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Sir John Soane: An English Architect, An American Legacy
All great art engages in a dialogue with the past. Architecture is no exception, as this film shows in its examination of the legacy of Sir John Soane (1753-1837), an English architect of rare genius whose influence on a generation…
Steven Holl: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Bloch Building
Generally acknowledged as one of the most artistically-minded architects practicing today, Steven Holl completed, in 2007, a museum considered the apex of his 33-year career: the Bloch Building for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Here, Holl designed…
William S. Rubin on Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism
n 1989, William S. Rubin, then Director Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Painting and Sculpture, organized its groundbreaking exhibition Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism. Rubin gathered over 400 paintings and sculptures by the artists for the…
The Architecture of Gwathmey Siegel - In Search of Clarity
Charles Gwathmey has held steadfast to the spirit of modernism in his architecture from the day he successfully built his parents' home in 1967 based on the theories of Le Corbusier and American individualism. Avoiding the nostalgia of fashionable postmodernism…
The Paris Review… Early Chapters
In the summer of 1953, an expatriated trio of young Americans -- Peter Matthiessen, Harold "Doc" Humes and George Plimpton -- founded the international literary quarterly, The Paris Review. Designed to welcome "the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters…
Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections
Pop Art draws upon the style and imagery of advertising and popular culture to challenge our preconceptions about the nature of art itself. This film features one of the great pop artists of our time, discussing his work, his artistic…
Ralph Gibson: Photographer/Book Artist
For more than forty years, Ralph Gibson has served as one of the few truly independent forces within the field of photography. His unique graphic style -- stark, erotic, chaste, allusive, surreal -- is as unmistakable as it is influential.…