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Art History & Practice

Art City: Simplicity

Travelling around the country, this documentary takes a revealing trip into the studios and lives of a group of singular artists. It touches on artists' relations with the press, ambiguous feelings about showing one's work, distilling concepts into an essence, and what it means to succeed in the artworld. Artists: Richard Tuttle, Agnes Martin, John Baldessari, Amy Adler, Robert Williams, Joan Snyder, Mike Bidlo, Carolyn Martin. c2002. 59 min. ea.

Art Deco

Presents the history of the Art Deco style in fine arts, architecture and the decorative arts. Art Deco found its fullest expression in America, where it was applied to everything from skyscrapers to diners. The film includes footage of many art deco buildings in America, archival footage showing other examples of art deco work and objects, the role of WPA artists and commentary from art historians. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2002. 29 min.

Art From a Divided Country - Deutschlandbilder

Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 reports on the exhibition "Art from a divided country" which took place from Sept. 1997 to January 1998 in Berlin. Eight years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this exhibition provides a retrospective of the last 60 years of German art. Part 2 is a report from the exhibition "100 years of German photography" held in Bonn in 1997. 1997. 27 min.

Art in an Age of Mass Culture

An exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art titled "High and low", traces the historic relationship between modernist art and low or mass culture. Examples of early 20th century avant-garde works are seen with later examples accompanied by commentary of artists James Rosenquist, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Murray and others. Centered around a walk-through of the show with its curators Kirk Varnedoe and Adam Gopnik, the film explores the question of the fate of avant-garde art in mass cuture.

Art in the Cultural Revolution.

Examines the Communist Party's rigorously enforced art policies during China's Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976, when pictorial artists were given strict aesthetic guidelines for the production of works designed to promote the ideology and imagery of Mao Tse-tung's illusory new society.

Art of Haiti: The Primitive Painters

Explores Haiti's modern art movement, a fusion of Haiti's African roots, French Colonial past and present day coexistence of voodoo and Catholicism. Juxtaposes scenes of contemporary Haiti with paintings of such artists as Rigaud Renoit, Andre Pierre, and Hector Hippolite. c1983. 26 min.

Art of Indonesia: Tales From the Shadow world.

Explores Indonesia's ancient treasures and its "shadow world"--the rituals, myths, and performances by which the harmony of the universe is maintained. c1990. 28 min.

Art of the Western World: A White Garment of Churches, Romanesque/The Age of Gothic.

Examines Romanesque and Gothic churches as evidence of the values of the societies that created them. Shows the affect of monasticism and pilgrimage on Romanesque church architecture. Uses Gislebertus's sculpture at St. Lazare in Autun to show the medieval focus on heaven and the afterlife. The Gothic architecture, sculpture, and stained glass at St. Denis and Chartres are discussed as evidence of a new theology and profound social changes during the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. Features experts Paul Crossley, William Clark, and Anne Prache. 1989. 30 min.

Art of the Western World: An Age of Reason: An Age of Passion

Covers the move from the rococo period to neoclassicism and romanticism. Relates stylistic changes to the French Reovlution and the Napoleonic wars. Covers the work of David, Gericault, Turner, Delacroix, and Goya. Features experts Pierrre Rosenberg and Robin Middleton. 1989. 30 min.
View this series online (via Annenberg/CPB).

Art of the Western World: Into the Twentieth Century/Between the Wars.

Covers the work of the fauves, the cubists, the international style, and the surrealists. Discusses how these movements relate to modern life. Features experts Christopher Green and Margit Rowell. 1989. 30 min.
View this series online (via Annenberg/CPB).