• The Cool School

    The Cool School

    Director: Morgan Neville, 2008

    Directed by Morgan Neville and narrated by Jeff Bridges, ‘The Cool School’ tells the story of emergence and rise of Los Angeles art scene and things earned and lost in the process. The documentary focuses on seminal Ferus Gallery, which hosted exhibitions of a small group of Los Angeles based artists initiating a new art scene as a response to New York’s abstact expressionists. Focusing on the story of the Gallery, and its founders Walter Hopps and Irving Blum, the documentary narrates the unforgettable story of the rise of Ed Kienholz, Larry Bell and Ed Ruscha.

  • Herb & Dorothy

    Herb & Dorothy

    Director: Megumi Sasaki, 2008

    ‘Herb and Dorothy’ tells the real life story of two extraordinary art collectors. In the early 1960s, Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a postal worker and librarian began purchasing works of unknown artists. While chosing, they had two rules: the work had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their small apartment. In time, the artists whose Works they acquired became world-renowned artists and they defied stereotypes with their love and passion for art. It is a joyful documentary which tells the story of this couple and their impact on American art scene.

  • The Art of the Steal

    Director: Don Argott, 2009

    After the death of its founder, art collector C. Barnes in 1951, the future of the Barnes Foundation which was founded in 1922 in Pennyslvania, became uncertain. According to Barnes’ will, the collection should be kept and preserved in its original house in Pennyslvania and used for educative purposes. ‘The Art of the Steal’ tells the story the future of 25 million worth private collection. On one hand lawyers, artists and historians fighting for Barnes’ will and state officials, foundations and politicians on the other, this documentary brings to light an unprecedented conflict between two parties.

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

    Director: Tamra Davis, 2010

    Based on an interview made with the artist by director Tamra Davis 20 years ago, this documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of Jean-Michel Basquiat. ‘Wonder Boy’ Basquiat was an icon during his short 27 years life, having an almost rock star status in lower east side of Manhattan. Through interviews made with a variety of experts, this documentary portrays the unknown life of a man who went out of the box with his personality and art and gives us a special change to get to know him better.

  • Eames: The Architect and the Painter

    Director: Jason Cohn - Bill Jersey, 2011

    Charles and Ray Eames were one of the most important designers of America. Throughout their lives, the architect and designer Charles Eames and his wife, artist Ray Eames left their trace on modern architecture, art and furniture. This wonderful documentary tells the story of the couple through archivals materials and interviews made with their close friends, collaborators and experts. With a joyful story-telling, it brings to light the period in which the couple lived, and left their legacy in American culture.

  • Gerhard Richter: Painting

    Director: Corinna Belz, 2012

    Gerhard Richter Painting focuses on technique and studio of one of the most important painters of our age, Gerhard Richter. From thick brushes to vibrant colors applied to canvas, this documentary screens special recordings from Richter’s studio, enabling us to see his works from a different point of view. Through archival materials and intimate conversations made with critics, American gallery owner Marian Goodman and artist’s collaborators, it shows us the making of 79-years old artist’s grand abstract paintings.

  • Marina Abramovic : The Artist is Present

    Director: Matthew Akers - Jeffrey Dupre, 2012

    The Artist is Present focuses on Marina Abramovic, one of the most influential performance artists in the World, as she prepares for her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art New York. Presenting artist’s preperation for her show, and scenes from her retrospective, the documentary also features archival materials and interviews made with her friends, fans and collaborators. It not only gives insights into images of her installations but also immortalizes beginning of her career in the 1970s and her unforgettable works with her ex-partner and collobarator, Ulay.

  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

    Director: Alison Klayman, 2012

    This 2012 documentary which was directed by American film maker Alison Klayman is about one of the leading international artists, Ai Weiwei. It won Jury Special Award in 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary starts with the meeting of Alison and Ai in 2011 when Alison was working in China. Alison tells the story of artist’s conflict with the government and making of his extraordinary art with a realistic eye. Through interviews made with artist’s friends, mother and first gallery owner in New York, the documentary draws a detailed portrait of the artist, which touches on every detail of his life.

  • Art of Conflict : The Murals of Northern Ireland

    Director: Valeri Vaughn, 2012

    In time of socio-political conflict, a new art emerged in Northern Ireland which reflected two opposing groups. The Art of Conflict focuses on murals that represent centuries of division and conflict, and their impact on society. Filmed in Northern Ireland, this special documentary shows murals’ affect, aim and future, through interviews made with public, political figures and artists. Showing how art intermingles with history and identity, it opens new doors.

  • Tim’s Vermeer

    Director: Teller, 2013

    This documentary aims to understand one of the biggest mysteries in art history: technique of grand master Johannes Vermeer, who is best known with his painting ’The Girl with the Pearl Earring’. How Vermeer succeeded in painting photo-like portraits before the invention of photography is still an unexplained mystery. Portraying Tim Jenison’s comprehensive project that explores Vermeer’s technique, this documentary follows Jenison and takes us on a voyage all way from Delft, Holland where his Yorkshire landscapes were made through Buckingham.

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