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US Artists

The Artist was a Woman: Women Artists 1550 - 1950.

Documents the preparation and outcome of an exhibit devoted to American and European women artists. Discusses and displays the accomplishments of individual artists. Based on the 1977 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. c1980. 60 min.

[Attie, Shimon] Between Dreams and History: The Making of Shimon Attie's Public Art Projects

A profile of Shimon Attie and an exploration of his public art installations in Europe and his first installation in the United States, Between Dreams and History, a project based on the memories of residents of the Lower East Side in New York City and displayed on buildings in the neighborhood in 1999. 37 min.

[Banksy]Exit Through the Gift Shop

An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film.

[Barney, Matthew]Matthew Barney, No Restraint

Follow the phenomenal journey of renowned artist Matthew Barney and his collaborator, singer-songwriter Bjork, as they embark on an unbelievable filmmaking journey in Japan. From artistic vision to manifestation, this compelling documentary reveals Barney's unique process in creating Drawing restraint 9, a massive cinematic piece that combines a whaling vessel; 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly; and traditional Japanese rituals in one fantastical love story. It's a rare look at a one-of-a-kind artist who has inspired audiences around the globe.

[Barney, Matthew]The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle

With the five-part Cremaster Cycle of films, multi-award-winning artist Matthew Barney invented a densely layered and interconnected sculptural world that surreally combines sports, biology, sexuality, history, and mythology as it organically evolves. In this program, Barney, Guggenheim curator Nancy Spector, and others deconstruct the Cycle's filming and subsequent translation into sculptural installations. A film by Maria Anna Tappeiner. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 53 min.

[Barney, Matthew]The Order: From Matthew Barney's Cremaster 3

A sequence from Matthew Barney's film Cremaster 3. In a death-defying race to the top of the Guggenheim Museum, Matthew Barney is a tartan-clad apprentice seeking Masonic redemption. Produced by Barbara Gladstone and Matthew Barney. 2003. 31 min.

[Basquiat, Jean-Michel] Jean-Michel Basquiat: An Interview. (c1989)

A rare interview with the 21 year old Basquiat in his studio on Crosby Street in 1981 by art historian-curator, Marc H. Miller. Already a well known art world figure, Basquiat's fondness for high jinks as well as his exuberant spirit are captured as he describes his working process and comments upon his art world persona. c1989. 34 min.

[Basquiat, Jean-Michel]Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. Directed by Tamra Davis. 2010. 93 min.

[Bearden, Romare] Griots of Imagery: A Comment on the Art of Romare Bearden and Charles White.

A presentation on the art of two Afro-American artists who are true African keepers of history and culture or "griots", based on the 1993 exhibition of Romare Bearden and Charles White. Bearden's art is based on his reflections concerning what he called "the prevalence of ritual" in African-American life. White's art reflects his concern with the struggle of Black Americans to transcend the vissicitudes of American life. c1993. 28 min.

[Bearden, Romare] Romare Bearden: Visual Jazz.

An intimate and personal look at the life and work of the bold, brilliant artist Romare Bearden who created collages and paintings of humanity in which he sought to "redefine the image of man" in terms of the African-American experience. Film includes rare footage of Bearden at work. 1995. 28 min.