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Anthony Roland Collection of Film on Art

Works: 783 works in 1,471 publications in 2 languages and 10,624 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Educational films  Internet videos  Catalogs  Film catalogs  Video catalogs  Documentary films  Biography 
Roles: Distributor, fds
Classifications: PN1997, 700
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Most widely held works about Anthony Roland Collection of Film on Art
Most widely held works by Anthony Roland Collection of Film on Art
Man and mask : [Oscar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus stage]( Visual )

9 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oskar Schlemmer did not confine his activities at the Bauhaus to painting and teaching sculpture. He also wanted to put his ideas about ballet into practice, and in 1922 he did so in public for the first time. He planned to free the stage from the trappings of tradition in order to give expression to the 'pure idea.' The central theme of his work was the relation between humankind and space, and the mediator between these two was to be the dancer, stripped of his individual identity by the use of costumes and masks. This documentary film, made with the artistic advice of Oskar Schlemmer's widow, presents an historically faithful, precise reconstruction of some of his dances. More than any other film, it gives a sense of what Bauhaus teaching was really like, and is truly important to an understanding of the origins of contemporary dance
Processing the signal( Visual )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary made in America in 1988 and 1989 that brings together some of the most innovatory artists of program art - Bill Viola, Nam June Paik, Kit Fitzgerald, Paul Garrin, John Sanborn, Marie Perillo and Zbigniew Rybczynski among others. Covering program installations, 'satellite art, ' program performance and the penetration of program art into conventional television, Processing the Signal is a discussion about these artists' ideas and opinions
The Bauhaus : its impact on the world of design by Detten Schleiermacher( Visual )

6 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everything we think of as modern in style originated in this extraordinary school of design, where painters, architects, craftsmen and engineers first joined together to humanise the products of machines
The origins of art in France( Visual )

5 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together an unprecedented range of artefacts - jewels, animals in stone, carved figures and heads, abstract decorations on standing stones and primitive architecture - this film presents Celtic art in the context of Gallic civilization as a whole. The poetic and penetrating narrative by Max-Pol Fouchet stresses the art's supernatural roots in Druidic cults of gods, goddesses and heroes. For the Celts, we are told, 'the spirit and the head are inseparable, ' and 'eternity is in the gaze.' Theirs is 'a religion of spiritual intensity, ' of 'transcendence, ' concerned with forces beyond human control. Fouchet hints at how the reduction of artistic forms to their expressive essentials relates to Scandinavian art of the period, to the distant oriental connections of the Celtic peoples, and indeed to modern Cubism and Abstraction. In Gallic art, we learn, abstraction and representation co-exist and merge. Fouchet's narration accompanies mesmeric sequences of intricate metalwork, ornaments, charms, 'souvenirs, ' helmets (symbols of the French 'Gauloise' cigarette), and shots of desolate fortresses, tombs, and above all gazing, timeless heads. We learn how Gallic culture developed against the backdrop of a yet more ancient prehistory, recorded in cromlechs and stone circles that the sculptor Rodin came to consider 'the predecessors to the great Gothic cathedrals.' We learn too how, with the coming of the Romans, Romano-Gallic art extended to the building of bridges, aqueducts and ornamented, columned façades. It is thus out of an extremely rich brew of cultures that French art evolves
Surrealism by Michel Décaudin( Visual )

8 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and French and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dada, the nihilistic precursor of Surrealism, was deliberately anti-art and anti-sense, intended to outrage and scandalize. Characteristic of it were Marcel Duchamp's 'readymades' - everyday objects elevated to the status of art by the mere decision of the artist to call them such - or his reproduction of the Mona Lisa decorated with a moustache and an obscene caption. As Dada burnt itself out, Surrealism was born, chiefly through the efforts of the writer André Breton. In both literature and painting Surrealism explores the same themes: the exaltation of dreams, the love of madness and revolt. De Chirico painted landscapes which provoke disorientation in the viewer. New materials were called into service to aid the discovery of the unusual: collages of photos and illustrations, or the rubbing of textures, by Max Ernst; splashes of ink and automatic drawing by André Masson. Miró revealed the mysteries and qualities of the void by placing just a few traces or ideograms on a canvas. Meanwhile Magritte and Tanguy painted in a much more traditional, meticulously illusionistic manner, but created images that are fantastical, alogical. Dali's techniques were similar, yet his intentions were more extreme and outrageous; and following the Surrealist dictum, 'art is an attitude of mind, ' he was as provocative in his lifestyle as in his paintings. As the Second World War approached, many of the movement's artists fled to America. The Surrealist spirit was never so intense again. Also features the work of Balla, Arp, Schwitters, Picabia and many others
The Bridge : how Islam saved western medicine by Sonny Rollins( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This movement marks the beginning of modern art in Germany. It is the German equivalent of French Fauvism, from which it draws its main inspiration, but it carries an Expressionist and social emphasis that is characteristic of Nordic 'angst.' The artists of Die Brücke were restless creatures, over-sensitive, haunted by religious, sexual, political or moral obsessions. Dramatic landscapes and nudes, mystical and visionary compositions, scenes of the countryside, the streets, the circus, the café-dansants and the demi-monde were their principal subjects. Their pure colours blaze in acid stridency, encompassed by rough, dry contours which show the influence of African art and primitive woodcuts. The work of the following is shown: Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Schmidt-Rottluff, Otto Muller, Emil Nolde and Max Pechstein
Equivoque 1900( Visual )

5 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The influence of the Art Nouveau, or New Style, was profoundly felt throughout the art, architecture and design of its day. It contradicted everything that had gone before: during the second half of the nineteenth-century, the gap between artist and manufacturer, between custom designer and mass-producer, had grown ever wider. The moving spirits of Art Nouveau attempted to reverse this trend, and soon scarcely a single household object remained untouched by the New Style, while ideas of typography, illustration and graphic design underwent a revolution. The impact on painting and sculpture was less immediate, but it did provide architecture with a new way forward. The film indicates the widespread expression of Art Nouveau ideas, showing among many examples the furniture of Van de Velde, the ironwork of Guimard's famous Paris Métro stations, the houses of Auguste Perret, the posters of Mucha and the painting of the Symbolists
A memory of Moholy-Nagy( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy played an important rôle in the development of modern art in the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to making avant-garde films and documentaries between 1926 and 1935, he experimented in a wide variety of artistic disciplines - architecture, painting, graphic arts, photography, theater and fashion. Russian Constructivism was a major influence, convincing him of the artist's crucial rôle in the development of western society. Using archive footage, photographs, computer and hand-drawn animation sequences, the film surveys his prolific career: his beginnings in Vienna and Berlin; his teaching at the Bauhaus, where he and colleagues Marcel Breuer, Paul Klee and Herbert Bayer laid the foundations of Functionalism; his English period; and finally in his work in Chicago, where he founded a school in the Bauhaus tradition. ' paced and information packed, never losing the viewer ... crisp with accompanying high-quality narration. The graphics are clever and well done. This program would be a nice addition to collections with a large demand for art titles.' program Rating Guide for Libraries, USA
Writers talk : John Updike with Claire Tomalin by John Updike( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed in the interview: --Personal and domestic themes. --Updike as chronicler of the New World. --Writing about sex ; small-town life as the site of drama God
Writers talk : Joyce Carol Oates with Hermione Lee by Joyce Carol Oates( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed in the interview: --Style and rhythm in writing. --Distinction between body and soul. --Craving fame Feminist movement in American fiction. --Conflict as the basis for art. --Destiny
Writers talk : Quentin Blake with Heather Neill by Quentin Blake( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed in the interview: --Working with collaborators. --Comparisons between illustrating and writing. --Choosing rhyme or prose. --Humor in illustration. --Drawing monsters without being frightening. --Dressing a character
Buildings and Beliefs : from the Roland Collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This exploration of a typical parish church - All Saints, York, England - shows how much can be learned about the social and religious beliefs of those who built it and extended it over the centuries. The starting point is the structure itself. The surviving fabric can tell us a great deal about the sequence of construction; a model is used to show the development and enlargement of the building and its division into different parts. All Saints was situated in the industrial part of the city - evidence of various trades and industries can be seen in the symbols on coffin lids. Further evidence comes from written records such as fourteenth-century wills, which contain a wealth of information about funeral arrangements and bequests for improvements to the church - these indicate the increasing prosperity of the local merchants and tradesmen. New glass windows were inserted, and the aisles were divided and widened to put in more side chapels so that masses could be said for the departed who had left money for the purpose. At one time there were five separate altars. Merchants also gave money for the establishment of a hospice for the poor and sick. Altogether the fabric of the building, together with its records, is a rich source of historical information. This program is particularly suitable for teacher training. Director: John Murray, Writer: Richard Morris, and Narrator: Roberta Gilchrist
Pre-Columbian Art in Mexico : from the Roland Collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this film Octavio Paz speaks of his childhood in Mixoac, once an independent town, now a suburb of Mexico City, from whence he made visits to an Aztec shrine nearby. For him the site was 'a kind of doorway that led to another part of Mexican tradition that I didn't know and could only guess at ... mine, yet also distant from me.' We are taken to Aztec locations such as that of the Coatlicue colossal figure found in Mexico City. Paz introduces us to the complex cosmology of the Aztecs, their notions of time and space, and their symbols, such as the zigzag serpent motif, representing the duality of the life force - rise and fall, growth and death. Also featuring prominently in this film are the great pyramids of Tenayuca, Chichén-Itzá, Teotihuacán and Tajín. We learn that the Mesoamerican religions all share the notion that the gods have sacrificed themselves to create the world, and that human beings must worship so as to keep the gods alive. For these peoples there was no merely aesthetic pleasure, no pure abstraction, no art for art's sake. All the forms in their art and architecture have symbolic meaning
Maya Terracotta Figurines : from the Roland Collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mayas were founders of the most brilliant of the pre-Columbian civilizations. When their tombs on Jaina Island, off the north-west coast of Yucatán, were opened, they yielded many very fine, lively terracotta figurines, most of them in the forms of whistles and bells, representing nearly every strand of Mayan society - priests, chiefs on their thrones, warriors, ball-players, dancers, musicians, and craftsmen. Mostly produced in what is now Honduras, these figurines, with their dress, attitudes and expressions so carefully observed, are not only a record of Mayan society, but are invaluable for their artistic qualities too. This is a film without narration
Modernism in Barcelona by Joan Mallarach( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modernismo was the term which in Spain described the fin-de-siècle style which in Germany and Austria was called Jugendstil, and in France Art Nouveau. Rather than focusing on individual artists, this film presents a wealth of stunning visual material from the period - painting, furniture, sculpture, interior design, stained glass and costume. It also describes the social background of growing industrialism, class unrest, civic rationalization and town planning. Especially notable are sequences on graphic design, posters, magazine covers and illustrations, including the journal L'Avenç, in which the term 'Modernism' was first used in 1881
Salvador Dali : his life through his paintings( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bizarre and powerful images in the work of Salvador Dali have often been used as the definition of Surrealism, the artistic movement that was born in France in the late 1920s. Such paintings as The Persistence of Memory with its soft watches and The Sacrament of the Last Supper became widely known as part of the definitive record of twentieth-century art. Salvador Dali introduces us to the magical world of Surrealism, exploring his paintings and explaining the thoughts and experiences that inspired them
Beaune, Rogier van der Weyden( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considering its size, nowhere in the whole of western Europe was richer in the later Middle Ages than Burgundy; but the ostentation and extravagance of the wealthy only served to highlight the misery of the poor, who were dependent on their charity. Nicholas Rolin, Chancellor to Philip the Good, built the Hôtel de Dieu at Beaune in the fifteenth century as a combined hospital and chapel for the sick, the aged, and the poor. For the chapel, Rolin commissioned Rogier van der Weyden to create a many-paneled painting of the Last Judgment, which was unshuttered only on holy days. This powerful work of art - the good flying heavenwards to eternal bliss, the wicked pulled down to the fiery depths of hell - was a stark reminder to the invalids that they must always be prepared to meet their God
Realms of the fantastic( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This short film about modern fantastic art is not meant to be a didactic or a comprehensive survey. It shows pictures by Arnold Böcklin, Max Klinger, James Ensor, Max Beckmann, Paul Klee, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Paul Delvaux, Yves Tanguy, René Magritte, Konrad Klapheck, and others, and these are set against very personal revelations or fantastic lyrics by the artists themselves. This text collage is preceded by provocative statements about the relationship between art and reality ('Art is what lies beyond reality. But what is reality?') and these are accompanied by unrealistic shots of ordinary, everyday things
Caspar David Friedrich : landscape as language by Caspar David Friedrich( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Germany, as in England, landscape was the finest achievement of Romantic painting, and Friedrich is the outstanding German painter in this field. His landscapes symbolize and express subjective human experience; his approach to nature is naïve and his religious thought has a melancholy aspect. The pantheistic interpretation of landscape in Friedrich's art - that is to say, the sense of God informing the universe - made an important break with tradition
Fauvism( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By 1890 Matisse, who was to be the chef d'école of the Fauvist movement, had moved to Paris, where he shared a studio with Marquet (another of the future Fauves) right next to the River Seine. After a conventional beginning at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Matisse studied at the studio of the painter Gustave Moreau, who preferred to develop imagination in his students rather than academic imitation. As early as 1896 Matisse was preoccupied with colour, and trips to the Mediterranean, the 'land of light,' encouraged him to persevere in this direction. Cézanne was another important influence, but other painters including Derain and Vlaminck were coming to share Matisse's attraction to light and colour. In 1904, Matisse encountered Pointillist painters, including Paul Signac, at St Tropez, and he employed the technique for a few months. In 1905 he discovered the work of Gauguin; and Fauvism was born during the Salon d'Automne exhibition where the works of Matisse, Marquet, Derain and Vlaminck were shown, and a wry critic named them fauves, or 'wild beasts.' The Fauvist artists did not form a homogeneous school, but they all tended to use the energetic power of light and colour. If power and energy are indeed at the center of their works, then in some sense the Italian Futurists may be said to have taken over from them in expressing movement, power and exhilaration, as can be seen from the paintings of Carrà, Balla, Boccioni, Severini and Russolo, which are introduced toward the end of this film. It also features works by Moreau, Maillol, Dufy and others
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