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Arthouse Films

Works: 40 works in 81 publications in 3 languages and 6,939 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Pictorial works 
Roles: Distributor, Producer
Classifications: TR647.M86, 709.2
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Most widely held works by Arthouse Films
Waste land by Lucy Walker ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,216 WorldCat member 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 )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member 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 by Tamra Davis ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member 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
Who gets to call it art? the legend of Henry Geldzahler, 1935-1994 ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 349 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
Painters painting by Emile De Antonio ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 332 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
To inform & delight the work of Milton Glaser ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Graphic designers aren't rock stars. They don't sign their work. They aren't gracing the covers of major news magazines. They aren"t household names. They just quietly change the world, perfecting how we communicate and operate. Milton Glaser--arguably the greatest graphic designer in America of the last 100 years--has not only changed the world through design, he's also as close to a rock star as designers get. Through interviews with colleagues, clients, contemporary art historians, and writers, this film gives a political, social, and aesthetic context to Glaser's body of work while illuminating his contribution to post-modern graphic design. An engaging portrait of an artist who's spent a lifetime affirming the power of art to inform and delight, and, if he can help it, effect positive social change
Cremaster 3 by Matthew Barney ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 285 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
William Kunstler disturbing the universe ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 279 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
Visual acoustics the modernism of Julius Shulman ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 262 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
Henri Cartier-Bresson the impassioned eye ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 256 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
Picasso and Braque go to the movies ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 245 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
Chuck Close ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member 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 )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member 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
Rem Koolhaas a kind of architect ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 177 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 162 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
The universe of Keith Haring ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member 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 147 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
Next a primer on urban painting ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 147 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 )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A look at the famed Ferus Gallery, which turned the L.A. art scene into a place for brilliant artists to show their work, as well as served as a place where New York artists, such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, could launch their projects
Obscene a portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member 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
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English (52)
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