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Manga World [electronic resource]

Filmed in Japan, this program pushes beyond the stereotypes to objectively examine the history of manga, how manga are drawn, and manga's influence on Japanese life as illustrated by cosplay bars, where people dress up as their favorite characters; manga kissa, 24/7 manga cafes; and Comicket, the twice-annual comics market that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. The program also introduces viewers to a cross-section of mangaka icons: Vagabond creator Takehiko Inoue; Naoki Urasawa, author of The Pushman and Other Stories; Jiro Taniguchi; Yoshihiro Tatsumi; and Kan Takahama.
2008; 2005

Jeff Koons [electronic resource]: Man of Trust

One of the most controversial artists working today, Jeff Koons follows in the footsteps of Andy Warhol's entrepreneurship, perfectionism, and appropriation of pop culture icons. This program provides an extensive look at Koons's background, professional accomplishments, and personal challenges, articulated through intimate conversations with the artist as well as with collectors and associates. Works featured include Rabbit, Balloon Dog, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, Woman in the Tub, Pot Rack, Winter Bears, and Celebration. In one sequence, the camera follows Koons through a grocery store as he uses everyday packaged items to explain his thought process and aesthetic.
2008; 2002

Bitter and Sweet [electronic resource]: Beauty, Humor, and Harmony in Australia's Indigenous Art

In what ways do the visual splendor and playful imagery of Aboriginal art intertwine with reverberations of the past and the realities of the present? Will indigenous art-making always be thought of as separate from, perhaps even incompatible with, the Western tradition? This program follows curator Hetti Perkins as she visits and shares experiences with a wide range of Australian artists-such as Ginger Riley of Arnhem Land, known for powerful, richly colorful canvasses, and East Kimberley artist Rusty Peters, appearing here with a piece about the passing on of knowledge. Profiling photographer Mervyn Bishop, who has documented many of the changes in the Aboriginal community, the program also spotlights Richard Bell, winner of the 2003 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Is [...]

Dreams and Nightmares [electronic resource]: Memory and the Spirit World in Australia's Indigenous Art

For Aboriginal people, the term "dreaming" refers to the creation era in which ancestral spirit beings shaped the land. But in the nightmarish aftermath of colonization, do dreams, collective memory, and the spirit world still have the same power? In this program, viewers meet Australian artists whose works involve, on one level or another, the ancient dreamtime and its echoes. Curator Hetti Perkins talks with sculptors Lin Onus, whose fruit bat installation at the Art Gallery of New South Wales evokes a kind of "suburban dreaming," and Yvonne Koolmatrie, known for inventive forms inspired by the eel traps of the Riverland and Coorong regions. Past, present, and future also merge in the works of Tiwi Islands artist Pedro Wonaeamirri, who has found inspiration in tutini funeral poles, [...]

Home and Away [electronic resource]: Issues of Displacement in Australia's Indigenous Art

What does "home" mean for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? Is it a place of residence or a land made inaccessible by colonization and bureaucracy? In this program, curator Hetti Perkins introduces viewers to Australian artists who wrestle with the theme of displacement. At the newly-built headquarters of the Papunya Tula Artists co-operative, artist Bobby West Tjupurrula helps shed light on the genesis of the influential Western Desert painting movement. Brisbane-based Judy Watson incorporates drawings of objects that were once part of ancestors' lives into her work, and in Arnhem Land, mischievous mimih spirits dwell in rock art galleries and appear in Crusoe Kurddal's elegant carvings and dances. Flinders Island-based photographer Ricky Maynard, Torres Strait-born phot [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Kate Hartman, the Art of Wearable Communication

Artist Kate Hartman creates wearable electronics to explore how we communicate, both with ourselves and with the world around us. In this quirky and thought-provoking TEDTtalk, Hartman demonstrates the "Talk to Yourself Hat," the "Ear Bender," the "Gut Listener," and other devices that increase self-awareness and mediate social exchange. Hartman also makes devices that allow for interface between humans and houseplants and humans and glaciers, playfully encouraging users to think about how they relate to their surroundings.

Isamu Noguchi [electronic resource]: Stones and Paper

This program is a timeless retrospective on the life and career of Isamu Noguchi, whose binational heritage sent him back and forth between Japan and America seeking a new artistic synthesis. He started his career in Paris as Constantin Brancusi's apprentice. He made his name in New York. And, after World War II, he brought a fresh modernist wind to Japan, putting his mark on Japanese ceramics, gardens, and paper lanterns. His late masterworks-rough stone monoliths that echo both Brancusi and the Zen garden of Ryoanji-marry East and West in an absolutely original way.
2005; 1997

Andy Warhol [electronic resource]: Images of an Image

At once banal and provocative, the works of Andy Warhol sardonically comment on the ubiquity of mass media in modern America. This program takes a look at the Pop Art movement and the life of Warhol through a penetrating investigation of his deadpan Ten Lizes. The painting exemplifies his fascination with-and his indifference to-celebrities as objects no less commodified than a simple can of soup.
2005; 1999

Grace Medicine Flower and Joseph Lone Wolf, Santa Clara Potters [electronic resource]

This program examines the pottery of Grace Medicine Flower and her brother Joseph Lone Wolf, members of the renowned Tafoya family of Santa Clara Pueblo. They revived and expanded the traditional forms and techniques of their pre-Columbian ancestors, the Mimbres, to create exquisite works featuring abstract designs and emphasizing sgraffito and polychrome techniques. Together with their father, Camilio Sunflower Tafoya, Medicine Flower and Lone Wolf are filmed digging and refining their clay and then molding it into pots, which they decorate and fire.
2007; 1976

Fritz Scholder [electronic resource]: California Mission Painter

The first to portray the Native American as "real, not red," Fritz Scholder has been a major influence on an entire generation of Native American artists. This program films Scholder, an artist of Luiseno descent, as he takes his painting Television Indian and his lithograph Film Indian from conception to completion. His unsentimental vision and his technique-a blend of abstract expressionism, West Coast pop, and Bay Area colorism-have enabled Scholder to produce a strong body of work that realistically illustrates contemporary Native American life in the Southwest.
2007; 1976

R. C. Gorman [electronic resource]: Navajo Painter

Unconventional and "paradoxical" are two of the more common words people use to describe R. C. Gorman, an award-winning Navajo painter and printmaker who treats Native American subjects ranging from geometrics to nudes with a distinctly Mexican artistic sensibility. This program films the man The New York Times dubbed "The Picasso of American Indian Art" as he works, capturing his fascination with mass and shape as he paints both on paper and on a lithography stone. At once timeless and contemporary, Gorman's idiom unites the Indian and mainstream art scenes.
2007; 1976

Ugly Beauty [electronic resource]: Appreciating 21st-Century Art

Has beauty vanished from contemporary art? Must today's painting and sculpture repel the eye in order to be taken seriously by the avant-garde? Many observers think so, but acclaimed British critic Waldemar Januszczak disagrees. In this program he argues that great art is as interested in beauty as it always was, but that perhaps the definition of beauty has changed-and we're looking for it in the wrong places. By the same token, Januszczak asserts, today's strife-ridden world needs beauty-honest, authentic, heartfelt beauty-more than ever, and it is the uncompromising artist who serves as principal supplier of that precious commodity. The video contains interviews with Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Tatsuo Miyajima, and other well-known figures from the art world.

What Is Beauty? [electronic resource]: An Art Critic's Journey

Is beauty found only in the eye of the beholder or is there something more universal we can conclude about it? In this visually stunning program, renowned art critic Matthew Collings takes us on a thoughtful and memorable exploration of beauty in art. He explores the timeless visual principles that form the basis of all great art, and which produce the rush of pleasure one experiences when encountering a beautiful painting or sculpture. Examples are drawn from the works of Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Magritte, Gauguin, Rauschenberg, and others. From the prehistoric cave art of the Dordogne to the masterpieces of the Renaissance to the much more debatable pleasures of contemporary art, viewers discover underlying aesthetic tenets which, in Collings's view, run through all of [...]

Chinese Contemporary Art

While most westerners have some familiarity with traditional Chinese art, the isolationism and restrictive policies of the post war years have precluded a development of a contemporary art scene that would interest outsiders. This has all changed in recent years and there has been an astounding flowering of innovative, energetic and challenging contemporary art. Filmmaker Lana Jokel, born in Shanghai and educated abroad, has a special interest in art as reflected in her documentaries on such artists as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Larry Rivers. She now turns her camera on the visionary Chinese artists of today whose new freedom to express themselves is evident in the work they show us. Lana travels to artists studios, galleries and museums where this art is evolving and displayed [...]

Naked World

This film explores the role that nudity plays in various cultures and the ongoing debate about nudity in legitimate art, as controversial installation artist/ photographer Spencer Tunick attempts to photograph naked people on all seven continents. Mass human nakedness creates abstract landscapes, seas of bodies rolling like water, commenting, perhaps, on the dehumanizing effect of miles of concrete on the self-expression of urbanites. Juxtaposing the harsh urban geography of asphalt and steel against soft human flesh reveals the human form in startling perspective, while interrogating the role that form has played in art throughout the ages.
2006; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)

Art Talk: Six Indian Contemporary Artists

The documentary examines the contributions of six of India's leading contemporary names (Jitish Kallat, Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Atul Dodiya, Thukral & Tagra, Shilpa Gupta), through their art. The documentary captures the reflective mood of the contemporary art world as these key members assess the path traversed so far, and consider what lies ahead.
Clemons (Stacks)

Romance: Art 21—Art in the Twenty-First Century (Season 4)

The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Romance” explores questions about the role of emotion, regret, fantasy and nostalgia in contemporary art in the work of the four artists. In “The Music of Regret,” Laurie Simmons stages scenes with puppets, ventriloquist dummies and dancers costumed as everyday objects to create a nostalgic world that explores sentiments of love and romance. Lari Pittman draws inspiration from a creative childhood and an awareness of our country's attitude toward the gay community to create meticulously layered paintings transforming decoration, pattern and signage into elaborate scenes. Sculptor Judy Pfaff balances planning with improvisational decision making to design an exhibition around the sadness and loss she experienced following the deaths o [...]
2015; 2007

Protest: Art 21—Art in the Twenty-First Century (Season 4)

The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Protest” examines the ways in which four artists use their work to picture war, express outrage and empathize with the suffering of others. Politics and the brutality of war underscore many of feminist art pioneer Nancy Spero's paintings. Landscape photographer An-My Lê's black-and-white images examine the impact, representation and meaning of war, as well as the relationship between military activity and the surrounding terrain. Basing his work on research, reflection and response to horrific events, Alfredo Jaar's installations, films and community-based projects communicate a specific experience to his audience, capturing beauty but also confronting horror. Jenny Holzer uses subversive text and poetry to focus on cruelty, devastat [...]
2015; 2007

Parrish Blue

This is a rare film about Maxfield Parrish, a man who dominated the popular arts in early 20th century America. Featuring interviews with Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish Jr., we glimpse into the man and his works, from magazine covers to advertisements, from huge murals to decorative prints, book illustrations and notecards. Visiting his home and studio in Cornish, New Hampshire, the filmmakers were able to film the originals of many of these fine works.
2018; 2008

Inside Christie's: Episode 2

As Christie's celebrates its 250th anniversary, this two-part series follows the drama behind iconic art auctions across the globe to reveal how the world's biggest auction house operates. In the second episode, the program goes behind the scenes in London and China as staff, experts, advisers, and buyers set art trends, prices, reserves, and records.
2017; 2016