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Shai Tai Yang

In 2002, a group of artists from the city of Nanjing invite more than 200 artists from all over the country to their city in order to launch the "Shai tai yang," a celebration of art activities from all across modern China. All events are hold in a desolate place outside Nanjing City. The film shows what the artists, ordinary people and the local officials of the modern city are thinking when it comes to art, and gives a picture of China in 2002.
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Four Honest Outlaws: Sala, Ray, Marioni, Gordon

"In this strongly argued and characteristically original book, Michael Fried considers the work of four contemporary artists--video artist and photographer Anri Sala, sculptor Charles Ray, painter Joseph Marioni, and video artist and intervener in movies Douglas Gordon. He shows how their respective projects are best understood as engaging in a variety of ways with some of the core themes and issues associated with high modernism, and indeed with its prehistory in French painting and art criticism from Diderot on. Four Honest Outlaws thus continues the author's exploration of the critical and philosophical territory opened up by his earlier book, the magisterial Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before. It presents a vision of the most important contemporary art as not only not [...]

The Russian Concept: Reflections on Russian Non-Conformist Art

"...[E]xplores nonconformist Russian art and features several Russian artists whose works are considered great masterpieces and classic examples of world conceptual art. Among interviewed artists [are] V. Komar, A. Kosolapov, O. Vasiliev, V. Bakhchinian, L. Sokov, and others. ...[I]ncludes as well a few interviews with American and Russian art critics and contains works of more than 60 non-conformist artists from the Norton and Nancy Dodge collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union...and private collections. It also tells the story of art collector Norton Dodge whose efforts have resulted in the largest collection of Russian-Soviet non-conformist art in the world located in the U.S."--Container.
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Chinese Contemporary Art Comes to America

This is the companion film to Chinese Contemporary Art: Artists Working in China. It focuses on the ground-breaking Chinese art being exhibited in the US that has excited Western curators and collectors alike. Often ambitious in scale and experimental in nature, this work reflects the unprecedented changes in China's economic, social and cultural life over the past decade. Included are photography, video art and installations. Insightful comments from curators, historians collectors and the artists themselves give a historical perspective to the works.

Albert Paley [electronic resource]: Man of Steel

Albert Paley is world-renowned for his metal work in jewelry and large-scale sculpture. This program provides a comprehensive overview of his life and work, including his studies at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, his early work in jewelry design, and more contemporary works such as the Renwick Gates and his decorative architectural sculpture for Bausch & Lomb. Commentary from Elizabeth Broun, director of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and an examination of Paley's technique complete the detailed survey of this 20th-century luminary.
2006; 1999

The Body as a Matrix [electronic resource]: 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. The locations, characters, and symbols that organize the Cycle films; the Cycle installations as spatial content carriers and extensions of the performances; and objectification of the body and undifferentiated sexuality are addressed, as are the intricacies of costuming, makeup, and sculpting with Barney's signature materials: plastic, metal, and Vaseline. Contains nudity and ma [...]
2005; 2002

The Lowdown on Lowbrow [electronic resource]: West Coast Pop Art

Its influences include comic books, B-movies, rock 'n' roll, surfing, hot rods, and Cold War imagery. Art historians call it Pop Surrealism; practitioners call it Lowbrow. With dozens of artist and gallery curator interviews, along with hundreds of examples, this program chronicles Lowbrow's evolution, its iconoclasm and often antagonistic relation to abstract expressionism, as well as the rise of female artists to its forefront. Artists interviewed include Lowbrow pioneer Robert Williams; Isabel Samaras; The Pizz; Shag; Anthony Ausgang; Lisa Petrucci; I, Braineater; 12Midnite; Nicole Steen; and Vicki M. Other interviews include gallery curators Doug Nason and Billy Shire, author Sherri Cullison, Gearhead magazine editor Mike LaVella, and Annie Tucker, managing editor of Juxtapoz magazine.
2010; 2006

The Question Mark Inside [electronic resource]: Martin Firrell's Art at St. Paul's Cathedral

Described as "the artful dodger meets Einstein meets an explosion in a sequin factory," public artist Martin Firrell specializes in large-scale digital projections onto iconic architecture-text messages that raise questions about faith, human rights, cultural diversity, and other subjects. Marking the first time that Firrell has allowed cameras into his creative process, this program follows his controversial St. Paul's Cathedral project from beginning to end and includes commentary on the work from religious leaders, atheists, philosophers, and writers. From Firrell's negotiations with Cathedral bureaucrats to the impressions of everyday Londoners, the film offers a compelling juxtaposition of religious, cultural, and aesthetic challenges.
2010; 2009

Markus Raetz [electronic resource]: The Artist as Magician

The word "YES" morphs into "NO." A man with a hat becomes a rabbit. A human face doubles as the space between two other faces. These are some of the visual challenges at the core of Markus Raetz's art-tricks that call into question the viewer's fundamental assumptions about reality, movement, and change. In this program, the Swiss artist allows cameras into his studio to record his creative process and working methods. From simple, whimsically curved wires to meticulously layered wood sculptures, the documented pieces-interwoven with commentary from members of Raetz's inner circle-reveal his conceptual and technical prowess. His fascinating sketchbooks and animated films are also featured.
2010; 2008

The Saatchi Gallery [electronic resource]: Highlights of British Conceptual Art

Presenting nearly 100 pieces from the Charles Saatchi collection in London, this program transcends the standard video catalog format by incorporating interviews with several artists, all of whom candidly share their goals and processes. From Gary Hume's contemplative abstractions to Damien Hirst's shark in formaldehyde, a wide variety of artistic and social concerns come to light. Jake and Dino Chapman's bizarre figures are among the most challenging pieces featured, in addition to Tracy Emin's provocative fabric installations and Sarah Lucas' sexually suggestive food sculptures.
2005; 2004

Hockney on Photography [electronic resource]

The career of one of Britain's greatest painters tells us as much about his skill with a camera as his facility with a brush. In this program, David Hockney invites viewers on a journey of discovery that traces the evolution of his photographic work-from his initial experiments in the 1970s through the high point of his photo collage period, exemplified in Nude, featuring Theresa Russell, and another crowning achievement, Pearblossom Highway. The film was produced with unprecedented access not only to the artist himself but to his huge photographic archive, much of which has never been shown publicly. Hockney's use of photography in related media, such as drawing, painting, fax art, and photocopying, is also explored in detail.
2010; 2009

Olafur Eliasson [electronic resource]: Space Is Process

From the immense golden sun of The Weather Project at the Tate Modern to his New York Waterfalls, Olafur Eliasson has created large-scale installations that situate viewers in the ambiguous zones between communal and individual awareness. Filmed over a period of five years, this program follows the Danish-Icelandic artist's work in locations around the world. English-language interviews with Eliasson are interwoven with scenes from his studio as well as the unique, wide-ranging locations in which he builds sculptures, shoots photographs, and constructs intriguing automatic drawing machines. A central focus of his work emerges: how the spaces of our world are shaped by social, ideological, natural, and artificial structures.
2010; 2009

The Year of Anish Kapoor [electronic resource]

Charming, Mercuria. Mystifying, Overpowering, the list of adjectives used to describe Anish Kapoor's installations and public sculptures seems endless. And yet, as varied as the responses to his work are, Kapoor has precise goals in mind for each piece, and his creative outlook, while certainly wide-ranging, is enriched by specific influences and traditions. This program follows the Indian-born artist as he confers with assistants in his studio and prepares for a massive exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Art. Incorporating archival materials that shed light on Kapoor's youth, education, and early pigment sculptures, the film offers magnificent views of several works, including Cloud Gate, C-Curve, Dismemberment of Jeanne d'Arc, and Hive-the latter in its gallery setting as well [...]

Anhui [electronic resource]: In the Peach Blossom Land

For Chinese painters and calligraphers, the Yellow Mountain and the Peach Blossom Land at its feet have long been places of pilgrimage. This program presents the region as a living window into China's past. Through conversations with artists and craftspeople, the film reveals a land in which ink, paper, and brushes are all still manufactured according to ancient traditions - with as much artisan perfection as the images they produce. Viewers are taken to several locations in Anhui province, including Hongcun and Xidi - two well-preserved villages that are UNESCO World Heritage sites and have been featured in several Chinese movies, such as Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Hunan [electronic resource]: Monks, Artists, and Mummies

The cultural riches of China's Hunan province have survived for 2,000 years, and are as globally significant as the vestiges of ancient Greece or Egypt. This program explores the area with help from artists and observers who value Hunan's cultural history as well as its present concerns. Here, the old lessons of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism are still a part of life, as the daily challenges of monks and pilgrims illustrate. A photographer explores the teeming capital, Changsha - the site of spectacular Han graves discovered in 1972. In rural Hunan, an artist returns to his hometown of Fenghuang, a small but beautiful urban center on the Tuo Jiang river, where he examines a palace and stately homes.

Jiangsu [electronic resource]: Between the Emperor Canal and Modern Skyscrapers

This program reveals the varied cultural landscape of China's Jiangsu province, which is marked by a number of venerable waterways. Viewers visit the old city of Suzhou, which contains gardens recognized on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The modern industrial city of Wuxi has long been famed as a city of science; its Donglin Academy of Classical Learning, established in 1111 A.D., offers lessons in calligraphy and classical music. And it was in the former capital and imperial city of Nanjing, on the River Yangtze, that medieval explorer Zheng He built his treasure fleet. The film also showcases China's largest statue of the Buddha and depicts the production of silk, embroidery, gold brocade, and finely painted clay figures.

Sichuan [electronic resource]: Pandas, Bamboo, and Spices

Surrounded by an awe-inspiring mountain landscape, China's Sichuan province is celebrated for its natural wonders and distinctive cuisine. This program guides viewers through many of Sichuan's features, including the Jiuzhaigou National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a bamboo forest area that is among the last continuous habitats of the Great Panda; mountain routes and passes frequently used by Tibetan minorities; a misty, subtropical plain with ancient irrigation systems and other reminders of millennia-old cultures; and historical sites at Emei Shan, the highest of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains. The provincial capital, Chengdu, once a center of brocade manufacturing, now brims with teahouses.

Yunnan [electronic resource]: Enchanted Forests and Shamans

Located in the southwest of China, Yunnan province is home to more ethnic minorities than any other region of the country. This program examines several Yunnan-based societies and aspects of their cultures. The Sani community is found near the stone forest of Shilin, an astonishing example of karst geography and the site of a massive annual Torch Festival. In Yuanyang, the Hani people are the creators of a sophisticated irrigation system known as the Steps to Heaven. Dali, capital of the ancient Bai kingdom, features towers rising high above the city gates and the largest Buddhist temple complex in China. And the 800-year-old city center of Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to numerous artisans and pictographic calligraphers.

Making Mao [electronic resource]

When the Communist Party took over China in 1949, it engineered a massive propaganda campaign to promote a worker's utopia and make Mao Zedong a god. This program examines the creation of the Mao-centered iconography that permeated the visual, performing, and popular arts as China struggled through its brutal metamorphosis into a modern nation. Artists relate the experience of being forced to work in the Soviet-inspired style that fueled the leader's popularity, as the video tracks Mao's image from revolutionary symbol to its appropriation for kitschy pop art.