Re: New Release - THE PEOPLE'S PAINTING

Kristine R. Brancolini (brancoli@indiana.edu)
Wed, 4 Oct 2000 09:56:50 -0700 (PDT)

These messages are only supposed to be posted to Videonews, where it also
appeared. Ryan may not know about the difference between the two
listservs. He does now... -- Kris

On Wed, 4 Oct 2000, Charles Timberlake wrote:

> Are we supposed to be receiving commercial advertisements on this
> listserv?
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> On Wed, 4 Oct 2000, Ryan Krivoshey wrote:
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> > First Run / Icarus Films announces the release of a new documentary video
> > that delightfully probes the fine line between high art and opinion polls.
> > The film follows two artists in their attempt to paint the perfect painting
> > - a 'most wanted' painting - using opinion polls, market research and focus
> > groups.
> >
> > THE PEOPLE’S PAINTING
> > Directed by Chris Granlund
> >
> > Do you prefer a painting the size of a paperback, a dishwasher or a car?
> > Such questions were a part of a project that combined conceptual art,
> > market research, humor and a road trip. THE PEOPLE’S PAINTINT is the
> > chronicle of this project – a collaboration between New York based Russian
> > Avant-garde artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid. Fascinated by the West’s
> > obsession with polls, market research and focus groups, they set out to
> > create a painting using these revered tools of capitalism.
> > Komar and Melamid began by polling a representative sample of people in the
> > UK, thereby establishing a British preference for landscapes or portraits,
> > abstracts or figurative paintings. They then began their tour of the
> > country in a Mini, decorated with the Union Jack, to discover more about
> > British taste. Along the way they met and interviewed such typical people
> > as a miner, a tattoo artist, housewives, a designer, an earl and a witch.
> > They also canvassed opinions from experts such as the Royal Academy’s
> > director of exhibitions, Norman Rosenthal, and best selling painter Gordon
> > King.
> >
> > Based on their findings, Komar and Melamid produced a ‘most wanted’
> > painting, a true people’s painting. Called "conceptualism at its most
> > elegant and effective" (New York Times) – the painting and the film are an
> > evocative and satirical portrait of Britain today, and an examination of
> > the tools of late Twentieth Century capitalism.
> >
> >
> > "This video is an effective educational tool to frame a meaningful
> > discussion on art and its place in society. It will be enjoyed by high
> > school level and above. Highly recommended." – MC Journal: the Journal of
> > Academic Media Librarianship
> >
> > "… [a] deliciously tongue-in-cheek, but never patronizing, mockery of the
> > British taste in visual art. Komar and Melamid make us think about what
> > art is, without seeming to be lecturing us." – The Times (UK)
> >
> > "… a delightful light-hearted tease on popular artistic taste… a must watch
> > for anyone who has even the tiniest interest in art. Don’t miss this quiet
> > little gem." – Radio Times (UK)
> >
> >
> > 49 minutes / color / 1998 / Order # V2K6
> > Sale/video: $390
> > Rental/video: $75
> >
> >
> > * Please refer to Order #'s on all purchase orders and written requests.
> > * Free preview for purchase consideration available.
> > * Purchase price includes Public Performance Rights
> > * Canadian rights are available for this title
> >
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Kristine R. Brancolini, Director, Digital Library Program
Main Library E170, 1320 E. Tenth Street
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
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