Most widely held works by Arthouse Films
Waste land ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 830 libraries worldwide
Brooklyn based artist Vik Muniz grew up poor in Brazil. This film follows him as he returns to Rio de Janeiro, specifically to Jardim Gramacho, or "Garbage Garden." The world's largest landfill, it receives 7,000 tons daily, an astonishing 70% of all Rio's garbage. "We are not pickers of garbage; we are pickers of recyclable materials," says Tião, a catadore, or trash picker who thinks of himself and his fellows as environmentalists. The pickers have a union, which has built a recycling center, medical clinic, day care and skills-training centers, and community lending library of discarded books for their members. Muniz photographs a number of the pickers, reworks the photographs with garbage, and auctions several in London. Believing in the transformative power of art, Muniz donates the proceeds to the pickers who posed, in recognition of their lives, in honor of the dignity of their work.
Herb and Dorothy ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 699 libraries worldwide
Tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.
Jean-Michel Basquiat the radiant child ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 393 libraries worldwide
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.
William Kunstler disturbing the universe ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 241 libraries worldwide
In the 1960s and '70s, radical lawyer William Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the 'Chicago 8' activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer. Kunstler also represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins.
Henri Cartier-Bresson the impassioned eye ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 235 libraries worldwide
A documentary on influential photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson filmed shortly before his death. Features interviews with Cartier-Bresson and a host of cultural luminaries, including Arthur Miller.
To inform & delight the work of Milton Glaser ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 230 libraries worldwide
"For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and creating the enduring I [love] NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser' remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM AND DELIGHT. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men.. Artfully directed by first-time filmmaker Wendy Keys, the film glances into everyday moments of Glaser's personal life and captures his immense warmth and humanity, as well as the boundless depth of his intelligence and creativity." --Container
Painters painting a candid history of the New York art scene, 1940-1970 ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 205 libraries worldwide
Emile de Antonio was a close friend to many New York painters who later went on to become famous. He filmed and interviewed them informally in their studios. Artists included are Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, Phillip Pavia, and Hans Hoffman.
Visual acoustics the modernism of Julius Shulman ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 190 libraries worldwide
Celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman captured the work of nearly every major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s. His images epitomized the singular beauty of southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public.
Chuck Close ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 148 libraries worldwide
With editing completed by filmmaker Ken Kobland after the death of director/producer Marion Cajori, this movie describes the life and work of an artist who has reinvented portraiture. Close photographs his subjects, blows up the image to gigantic proportions, divides it into a detailed grid and then uses a complex set of colors and patterning to reconstruct each face. The artist describes his methodology and many of his artistic influences. Friends and colleagues including Brice Marden, Robert Storr, Dorothea Rockburne, Philip Glass, Arne Glimcher, Kiki Smith, Elizabeth Murray, Alex Katz, Kirk Varnedoe and others offer their perspective on Close's talents.
Black white + gray ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
"Casting aside a certain and comfortable future, Sam Wagstaff became a curator with a taste for unique and controversial photography. In photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who was 25 years his junior, he found not only a romantic partner, but an artistic collaborator. This compelling documentary explores the relationship between the two men during the 1970s and '80s and their influence over the New York art"--Turner Classic Movies website.
Next a primer on urban painting ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
Exploration of graffiti-based visual art as a world culture. The filmmaker profiles the art form in nine countries including USA, Canada, France, Holland, Germany and more. A combination of 'verite' moments and interviews with painters and others.
Rem Koolhaas a kind of architect ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in German and held by 117 libraries worldwide
"Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library, the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto, and the Guggenheim Heritage Museum in Las Vegas are working examples of the Dutchman's visionary theories about architecture and urban society ... an engaging portrait of a visionary man which takes us to the heart of his ideas"--Container.
Henri Cartier-Bresson ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 113 libraries worldwide
Contains a series of documentaries about Henri Cartier-Bresson as well as five major works directed by him.
The universe of Keith Haring ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 101 libraries worldwide
Christina Clausen's documentary offers an affectionate, deeply personal glimpse into Haring's life, from his early years growing up in a small, conservative Pennsylvania town to his heyday as a world-renowned artist, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Madonna and others.
Joan Mitchell portrait of an abstract painter ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 98 libraries worldwide
Documentary about the art and life of Joan Mitchell, an abstract painter and an active participant of New York's dynamic Abstract Expressionist scene until she moved to Paris.
Alice Neel ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
A look at the life and struggles of single mother and female artist, Alice Neel. Explores Alice Neel's tumultuous biography and the legacy to paint the subjects of her era, such as Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Bella Abzug and Annie Sprinkle.
Obscene a portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the life and work of Barney Rosset, the influential head of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, who published such groundbreaking works of fiction as Lady Chatterley's Lover, Naked Lunch, and Tropic of Cancer, while fighting the U.S. government's obscenity laws along the way.
Picasso and Braque go to the movies ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
"... a cinematic tour through the effects of technological revolution, specifically the invention of aviation, the creation of cinema and their interdependent influence on artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque."
The cats of Mirikitani ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 80 libraries worldwide
"Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy's painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of community and art ..."--Container.
The cool school ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
A look at the famed Ferus Gallery, which turned the Los Angeles art scene into a place for brilliant artists to show their work, as well as serve as a place where New York artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein could launch their projects.
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