Re: New Release - THE PEOPLE'S PAINTING

Sara Jane Pearman (pearman@cma-oh.org)
Thu, 5 Oct 2000 06:32:46 -0700 (PDT)

Being a bit new to video collecting, how do I get to VIDEONEWS.
Thanks in advance

Sara Jane Pearman
Cleveland Museum of Art
Slide Library

At 12:43 PM 10/4/00 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi.
>
>A reminder to all: VIDEONEWS is the place to post new commercial products
>and services.
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>Merci!
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>Gary Handman
>List Manager
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>At 09:42 AM 10/04/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>>Are we supposed to be receiving commercial advertisements on this
>>listserv?
>>
>>
>>
>>On Wed, 4 Oct 2000, Ryan Krivoshey wrote:
>>
>> > 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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>Gary Handman
>Director
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley 94720-6000
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