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    Burden / Chris Burden

    2016

    Chris Burden is a performance artist who ’crosses the boundaries’ during the 70s. The documentary is about Burden’s life and art practice which revised by artists’ friends, art critics, and by the intimate interviews where the artist expresses himself. The documentary shows Chris Burden’s art perspective and how this perspective has evolved in time. He is known by ‘the man who made himself shot’ by one of his well known and most discussed performances, in the film we observe how he changed his direction in the art field. He gave up to make performance art and starts to produce enormous sculptures and installations. We witness how his unsettling and disturbing art attitude has changed to a visually pleasurable and affluent direction.

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    Struggle, The Life and Lost of Stainslaw Szukalski

    2018

    The film is about the Polish-American sculptor and painter Stainslaw Szukalski’s life and his journey between Poland, Chicago and Los Angeles. In Poland he was one of the most well-known artists of his time, but his works were destroyed by the Nazis and the documentary addresses the issue of leaving his hometown Poland and his migration to another country, to America. The artist’s sudden loss of artistic reputation, his resistance through this change and his endless productivity in art is revealed in this documentary. Through this documentary it is possible to discover the extraordinary art and personality of Stainslaw Szukalski.

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    Velvet Buzzsaw

    Director: Dan Gilroy, Netflix 2019

    Velvet Buzzsaw, Netflix’s recent release, tells the story of a set of terrifying events that take place after the discovery of a late outsider artist’s paintings. Released on the 1st of February 2019, the movie explores the dynamics of the art world. Although film critics criticized Velvet Buzzsaw’s non-accurate portrayal of the art world and its characters’ lack in depth, it has still become highly popular with its cast including stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette and Billy Magnussen, vivid scenes set in art galleries and world art fairs like Art Basel and its colorful and fabulous outfits.

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    At Eternity’s Gate

    Director: Julian Schnabel, 2018

    At Eternity’s Gate is the last movie directed by famous director Julian Schnabel, who is also known with his “The Diving Bell” and “The Butterfly.” Written by Schnabel and Jean-Claude Carriere, the film first premiered in the 75th Venice Film Festival. It focuses on the Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh’s last days in Arles. The movie stars world-renowned actor Willem Dafoe who plays Vincent Van Gogh, and Oscar Isaac who gives life to Van Gogh’s close friend, artist Paul Gauguin. It enters into the mind and life of the great artist, and hence sheds light on the creative processes behind his masterpieces which were created during his days of struggle with mental illness, anxiety and inspiration. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent Van Gogh’s letters, which reveal unknown details about the last days of an immortal artist.

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    Mr. Turner

    Director: Mike Leigh, 2015

    Mr. Turner explores the life of British painter J.M.W Turner who is one of the pioneers of Romanticism and nature and landscape painting. Set in the last 25 years of Turner, the film tells the story of the painter’s journeys, artistic practice, social environment and love life. Through an exploration of Turner’s relationships with his father, housekeeper and two daughters, it not only offers insights into the artist but also into the 19th century London art scene. Directed by Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner stars world-renowned actors Timothy Spall, Roger Ashton-Griffiths ve Tom Wlaschiha. You can find this movie which received 4 nominations at the 87th Academy awards on Amazon.com.

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    Big Eyes

    Director: Tim Burton, 2014

    Big Eyes is biographical drama about Margaret Keane who left her trace into the 1950s with her drawings and paintings with big eyes. It tells the story of a woman’s self-discovery and release from patriarchial hegemony. Based on a true story, the movie focuses on the relationship between Margaret and her husband, Walter Keane, who took credit for Margaret’s paintings for years. Living under lies and pressure, Margaret finally decides to take what was rightfully hers and files a lawsuit against her husband. In this 2014 production, world-renowned director Tim Burton worked with different actors and actresses. You can find this wonderful movie on Netflix and Amazon, with Amy Adams and Christopher Waltz’s performances, and wonderful dream-like scenes created by French art director Bruno Delbonnel.

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    Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Director: Sara Driver, 2017

    Although Jean Michel-Basquiat passed away at an early age of 27, his art and legacy are becoming more valuable every day. Just like his life, art and personality, all of which make him the most iconic persona of the 1980s. ‘’Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’’ is set in the 1970s. It portraits a young Basquiat, at the age of 16, and tells the story of his independent, homeless and lonely days. As the story progresses, he discovers his art, produces his early works and sketches and begins his artistic journey to become a world-renowned artist. You can find this 2017 movie on Amazon.com.

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    Exit through the Gift Shop

    Director: Banksy, 2010

    Exit Through the Gift Shop is a 2010 British documentary film directed by world-renowned street artist Banksy. It tells the unbeliavable, funny yet sometimes odd story of street art, contemporary art scene and documentary-making. Premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It focuses on Thierry Guetta, a French documentary maker and a friend of Banksy. The film starts with Guetta’s attempts to capture the artist, however as the film proceeds,quite unexpectedly Guetta himself as part of Bansky’s documentary.

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    The Square

    Director: Ruben Östlund, 2017

    Swedish actor Ruben Östlund raises critical questions about freedom of speech, artictic freedom and social censorship in this film, The Square (2017). The film tells the story of a modern art museum curator, Christian, in a ‘’Northen and cold manner.’’ Christian is assigned to curate an art installation named ‘’The Square’’ which consists of a square area surrounded by led lights, and aims at reflecting different social ladders and classes of a big society. As time passes, the installation starts to challenge the curator as it makes him question his trust for people. You can find this movie which won Palme d’Or prize in 2017 Cannes Film festival on Amazon and in bookstores.

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    The Price of Everything

    Director: Nathaniel Kahn, 2018

    In times when a Picasso painting was sold at auction for a record $179 million, or a Pollock or Basquiat or a Jeff Koons are sold with astronomic prices, The Price of Everything sheds light on the current status of the art world. Directed by Nathaniel Kahn, this special documentary questions real value of art as it sheds light on the concept of luxury and commercial concerns present in art sector. Through interviews with important collectors, museum directors and curators as well as featuring world-renowned artists such as Jeff Koons, Larry Poons and Gerhard Richter, the director Nathaniel Kahn asks some critical questions such as what is real art? How one gives value to an artwork? And what is a priceless masterpiece? Having its world premiere in Sundance Film Festival in January, and Copenhagen in March, the Price of Everything will be on screen this month in different parts and festivals of the United States including San Francisco, Michigan and Minnesota.

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