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Arthouse Films

Works: 51 works in 123 publications in 4 languages and 7,712 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biographical films  Biography  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs  Drama  History  Personal narratives  Horror films 
Roles: Producer, Distributor
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Most widely held works by Arthouse Films
Waste land by Lucy Walker( Visual )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes viewers on an emotional journey to the world's largest landfill of the day, Jardim Gramacho. Here the catadores, who number in the thousands, work under the hot sun collecting recyclable materials such as bottles, plastic, and metal to be sold to wholesalers. Muniz invites the catadores to add refuse to his art, photographing the work from overhead. The finished artwork will then be on display in museums and auctions around the world
Herb and Dorothy by Megumi Sasaki( Visual )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Herb & Dorothy tells the extraordinary 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. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, the Vogels quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb's salary to purchase art they liked, the art they collected was guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Pilmack Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi and Lawrence Weiner"--Container
Jean-Michel Basquiat : the radiant child by Tamra Davis( Visual )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this powerful and beautifully woven documentary about the revered artist, director Tamra Davis pays homage to the isonic Jean-Michel Basquiat. As an artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker "Samo" in the late 1970s, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for 200 dollars, and became close friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the wider community, Basquiat was unwittingly launched into international stardom. Budding filmmaker Tamra Davis first met Basquiat in 1983 while working in an L.A. art gallery. In 1985 she filmed unguarded interviews with her friend and it is this never-seen footage that forms the basis of an intimate and revealing tribute... FEaturing interviews with Basquiat's girlfriend of the time Suzanne Mallouk, filmmaker Julian Schnabel, art dealer Bruno Bischofberger, hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy and many others"--Container
Painters painting : a candid history of the New York art scene, 1940-1970 by Emile De Antonio( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The definitive documentary on the New York School of painters, from 1940-1970. Director Emile de Antonio interviews artists in their studios about their art from the period of Abstract Expressionism, through Hard Edge and Colour Field painting to Pop Art. Among the featured painters are Robert Rauschenberg, William de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Barnett Newman, Hans Hofmann, Jules Olitski, Philip Pavia, Larry Poons, Robert Motherwell and Kenneth Noland"-- Container
Henri Cartier-Bresson : the impassioned eye by Heinz Bütler( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member 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 358 WorldCat member 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 (heart) NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser's remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, Milton Glaser: to inform & 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
Who gets to call it art? : the legend of Henry Geldzahler, 1935-1994 by Peter Rosen( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henry Geldzahler (1935-94), star curator and cultural impresario, lived a life worth examining. The first curator of the Department of 20th-Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum, first director of visual arts for the National Endowment of the Arts, and the first full-time commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City, his landmark 1969 show at the Metropolitan is still remembered with awe. "New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970" filled 35 galleries with more than 400 groundbreaking works of contemporary art. This film is not a full biographical examination of this singular figure's life, but rather a portrait in profile, as many of 'his' artists talk about Geldzahler and what his friendship meant to them
The order by Matthew Barney( Visual )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a death-defying race to the top of the Guggenheim Museum, Matthew Barney is a tartan-clad apprentice seeking Masonic redemption
Visual acoustics : the modernism of Julius Shulman by Eric Bricker( Visual )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member 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
Picasso and Braque go to the movies( Visual )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film advances an interesting thesis: if the static visual arts affected early cinema's vocabulary, did moving pictures inspire Cubism's two towering giants, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque? Cinema and Cubism were born during the birth of modernity itself, and filmmaker Arne Glimcher argues that films, from the earliest days of Thomas Edison and the Lumière Brothers, were a crucial formative influence on Modern painting, particularly on Picasso and Braque. The movies' revolutionary portrayal of time, space, and motion was the engine behind the modernist revolution in fine art. Through interviews with art historians, practicing plastic and visual artists, poets, and filmmakers, it traces the effects of technological revolution--specifically the invention of aviation and the creation of cinema--and their interdependent influence on the art dubbed Modern
William Kunstler : disturbing the universe by Emily Kunstler( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member 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
Chuck Close by Marion Cajori( Visual )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

CHUCK CLOSE, an astounding portrait of one of the world's leading contemporary painters, was one of two parting gifts (her second is a film on Louise Bourgeois) from Marion Cajori, a filmmaker who died recently, and before her time. With editing completed by filmmaker Ken Kobland, CHUCK CLOSE limns the life and work of a man 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 genius of this film is not only to allow the artist to illuminate his methodology (he is wonderfully articulate), but also to feature his friends and colleagues (Brice Marden, Robert Storr, Dorothea Rockburne, Philip Glass, Arne Glimcher, Kiki Smith, Elizabeth Murray, Alex Katz, Kirk Varnedoe, among others) who make important contributions to appreciating Close's gifts
Black white + gray by James Crump( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Yale-educated and born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Sam Wagstaff's transformation from innovative museum curator to Robert Mapplethorpe's lover and patron is intensively probed in Black White + Gray. During the heady years of the 1970s and 1980s, the New York City art scene was abuzz with a new spirit, and Mapplethorpe would be at the center of it. Wagstaff pulled him from his suburban Queens existence, gave him a camera and brought him into this art world that seemed to be waiting for him, creating the man whose infamous images instilled emotions ranging from awe to anger. In turn, Mapplethorpe brought the formerly starched-shirt preppie to the world of drugs and gay S-and-M sex, well-documented in his still-startling photographs. Twenty-five years separated the lovers, but their relationship was symbiotic to its core, and the two remained together forever. The film also explores the relationship both men had with musician/poet Patti Smith, whose 1975 debut album 'Horses' catapulted her to fame."--Official website,
Rem Koolhaas : a kind of architect by Markus Heidingsfelder( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 196 WorldCat member 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 by Henri Cartier-Bresson( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A world-class photojournalist, Cartier-Bresson sometimes used the moving image, in order to better make a point about which he felt passionately, whether for artistic or political reasons (or both). This collection of his documentaries is complemented by a collection of films which show what drove the artist to create his films and photos
Joan Mitchell : portrait of an abstract painter by Marion Cajori( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member 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
The cats of Mirikitani( Visual )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 168 WorldCat member 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 universe of Keith Haring by Christina Clausen( Visual )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps the most celebrated personality in the decade of personalities (1980-1990), Keith Haring built his reputation - as a painter, graffiti artist, designer - outside the closed world of the art establishment, amidst the vitality of street culture. A casulty of the AIDS epidemic at only 31, Haring had already blazed a trail far beyond his American birthplace; from Amsterdam to Australia, Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo
Next : a primer in urban painting by Pablo Aravena( Visual )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member 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
The cool school( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member 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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William Kunstler : disturbing the universe
Chuck Close