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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…
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits--and at times risking her life in the process--she creates…
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…
Identity
Part of the Series: Art21 - Season 1
PBS
With an introduction created by Steve Martin and William Wegman, this episode examines how artists confront the questions "Who am I?" and "Who are we?" in a pluralistic, multicultural world. Kerry James Marshall's paintings and installations emerge from his deep…
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…
4 Artists: Robert Ryman, Eva Hesse, Bruce Nauman, Susan Rothenberg
A collective portrait of 4 artists linked only by their stated intention of expressing ideas through art, unconnected to traditional concepts of beauty, storytelling or pictorial representation. This film offers the rare opportunity to see a large body of work…
The Gates
Co-directed by Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles, The Gates chronicles the evolution of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's installation from concept to installation, ultimately overcoming public disapproval and transforming Central Park into a visual symphony of color, light, joy and beauty.
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,…
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…
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…
Mona Hatoum
Part of the Series: theEYE
The artist Mona Hatoum came to London from Lebanon in 1975. Working initially with performance and video, and in the 1990s with sculpture and installations, she has exhibited widely around the world. In the summer of 2000 Mona Hatoum presented…
Stories
Part of the Series: Art21 - Season 2
PBS
The artists profiled in "Stories" tell tales--autobiographical, fictional, satirical, or fantastical--through architecture, literature, mythology, fairytales, and history. These artists provoke us to think about our own stories, the characters and caricatures, the morals and messages that define our real and…
The Art Of Helen Chadwick
Until her unexpected death in 1996, Helen Chadwick was amongst the most sparkling, provocative and distinctive of artists. Her sensual and rigorously intellectual works explore desire, sexuality amd the body. Produced alongside a major retrospective exhibition, organised by London's Barbican…
Rachel Whiteread
Part of the Series: theEYE
Rachel Whiteread has created some of the most remarkable and resonant public sculptures of recent years. House (now demolished) cast in concrete the interior of a terraced house in London's East End. Holocaust Memorial is a moving memorial in Vienna…
Space, Land and Time - Adventures with the Ant Farm Art Collective
Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm is the first film to consider the work of the renegade 1970s art/architecture collective Ant Farm, best known for its iconic land-art piece, Cadillac Ranch. Radical architects, video pioneers, and mordantly…
Spirituality
Part of the Series: Art21 - Season 1
PBS
This episode addresses the continuing examination of the spiritual in art and life. James Turrell's works are investigated as they relate to and depart from his Quaker heritage, and through the idea of light as a metaphor for the spiritual.…
Yarn - Artists Redefining Knitting
Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, Yarn weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and interactive designers…
Place
Part of the Series: Art21 - Season 1
PBS
With an introduction and video art by Laurie Anderson, this program considers the influence of place -- physical, conceptual or psychological; regional, national or transnational -- on such artists as Richard Serra, whose massive rolled-steel plates carve private moments out…
Romance
Part of the Series: Art21 - Season 4
PBS
The premiere hour features four distinctly different artists whose works pose questions about the role of emotion, regret, fantasy and nostalgia in contemporary art. Laurie Simmons' first feature film, The Music of Regret, gave her an opportunity to bring her…
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,…