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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

Isamu Noguchi [electronic resource]: Sculpture of Spaces

One day.I had a vision: I saw the Earth as sculpture. Isamu Noguchi often said that the space around a thing is as important as the thing itself. This program shows Noguchi turning landscapes into participatory works of art as it follows in dramatic detail the struggle to bring his ideas to fruition at Miami's Bayfront Park and at Moere Numa Park, outside Sapporo. His austere sets for Martha Graham, which helped define modern dance, and his UNESCO garden in Paris, which shaped earth, water, and greenery into a series of multisensory surprises, are featured as well. A brilliant glimpse of an artist at work.
2006; 1995

The Art of Barbara Hepworth [electronic resource]

Praised by the New York Times at the time of her death as one of the world's foremost sculptors, Barbara Hepworth left a legacy of creations that continues to inspire new generations of artists. This program reveals the beauty and the power of her sculptures through footage of her naturalistic carvings of the 1920s, her increasingly abstract sculptures of the '30s, her ambitious postwar works, her monumental public commissions, and the striking creations of her final years. The program also uses Dame Barbara's own words, drawn from writings, correspondence, and archival interviews, to express the ideas that motivated her.
2006; 2003

Gary Hill [electronic resource]: Transcending the Senses

Gary Hill's transformative films, performances, and video installations offer resonant philosophic and poetic insights as he explores the tensions that reverberate among electronic media, language, the senses, and the self. In this program, Hill uses a number of his pieces to investigate otherness and ambiguity, dislocation of the senses, the boundary between words and comprehension, the physicality of text, and figurative interactivity. Featured works include Wall Piece; Crossbow; Liminal Objects; Reflex Chamber; Conundrum; Remarks on Color; Suspension of Disbelief; I Believe It Is an Image in Light of the Other; Why Do Things Get in a Muddle? (Come on Petunia); CRUX; Primarily Speaking; and Mediations. Contains brief nudity.
2005; 2001

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

Sculptors at Storm King [electronic resource]: Shaping American Art

The 400-acre Storm King Art Center is America's premier outdoor museum of post-1945 sculpture-and home to the works of more than a hundred of the world's top talents. Through interviews, archival footage, and film clips of sculptors in action, this program offers a glimpse into the creative process of some of the century's most influential artists while presenting a magnificent visual survey of the encyclopedic Storm King collection. Featured sculptors include the late David Smith, whose work forms the nucleus of the collection; deceased artists Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, and Isamu Noguchi; and Kenneth Snelson, Mark di Suvero, and Richard Serra.
2005; 1990

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 Art of Henry Moore [electronic resource]

Henry Moore's work is so representative of mid-20th-century modernist concerns that a generation of art viewers may be unfamiliar with it. This program facilitates a rediscovery of the brilliant sculptor and draftsman by freshly examining many of his drawings, graphics, and monuments. From his most iconic pieces to his lesser-known works, including the amazingly relevant WWII-era tube shelter sketches, Moore's sensitive vision emerges with startling clarity. Footage from sites in the United States, Italy, and England, including the 2003 Tate Modern exhibition-as well as narration drawn from the artist's own words-bring his remarkable career to life.
2005; 2004

Liquid Stone [electronic resource]: Unlocking Gaudi's Secrets

Despite his famous quip about the enduring patience of his client, the man known as "God's architect" never intended his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, to remain unfinished 80 years after his death. This program examines efforts to bring Antonio Gaudi's work to completion in a manner consistent with his original goals and ideas. Viewers meet Mark Burry, the New Zealand architect charged with deciphering Gaudi's design patterns, which rely heavily on organic sculptural motifs encoded in mystifying plaster models. Burry's innovative use of aeronautical design software as well as the contributions of traditional artisans enliven this fascinating final chapter in one of architecture's great sagas.
2010; 2009

Art and Design [electronic resource]: Insights Into the Visual Arts

Where do abstract painters and fashion designers find their muses? To what extent does the creative process differ between video artists, sculptors, and fine art embroiderers? How do illustrators and mixed media artists handle the business side of their work? Using capsule interviews with contemporary figures on the U.K. visual arts scene, this program draws viewers into the studio space and immerses them in the hands-on processes and limitless possibilities of art and design. Section one, "Artists and Ideas," explores sources of inspiration, the foundational importance of drawing, and a variety of functions for sketchbooks and journals. Section two, "Art Practice," considers contextual referencing in art, the development of ideas, artistic materials and techniques, the relative meri [...]
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

Unconquered [electronic resource]: Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family

In decades past, Native-American artists who wanted to sell to mainstream collectors had little choice but to create predictable, Hollywood-style western scenes. Then came a generation of painters and sculptors led by Allan Houser (or Hazous), a Chiricahua Apache artist with no interest in stereotyped imagery and a belief that his own rich heritage was compatible with Modernist ideas and techniques. Narrated by actor Val Kilmer and originally commissioned as part of an exhibit of Houser's work at the Oklahoma History Center, this program depicts the artist's tribal ancestry, his rise to regional and national acclaim, and the continuing success of his sons as they expand upon and depart from their father's achievements. Key works are documented, as is Houser's tenure at the Santa Fe-b [...]

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 [...]

Living Treasures of Japan [electronic resource]

Amid the clamor of business and technological advances, a reverence for age, custom, and craftsmanship endures in Japan. There, the title of "Living National Treasure" is bestowed on some seventy master artisans and performers who are charged with passing on the country's cultural heritage to future generations. This program takes viewers into the studios, workshops, and homes of the remarkable people who quietly keep Japan's precious creative traditions alive. Subjects profiled include a potter, a puppeteer, a sword smith, a doll maker, a handmade paper expert, a koto player, a kabuki actor, a bronze bell caster, and a weaver.
2010; 1981

Edouard Vuillard [electronic resource]: Pathways of Memory

Beneath its apparent thematic simplicity, Edouard Vuillard's The Public Gardens raises numerous historic and technical questions that this program seeks to resolve. Entries from Vuillard's journal unify the narrative as it travels from his art education, to his painting technique, to the effects of symbolist theater on his work, to his practice of photography-all of which shed light on or are illumined by his nine-panel masterpiece.
2006; 1990

The Sculpture 100 [electronic resource]: England's Public Sculpture, 1905-2005

Beginning with Thomas Brock's Queen Victoria Memorial and ending with Marc Quinn's Alison Lapper Pregnant, this program spotlights 100 public sculptures in Britain created over the course of 100 years. Stories of patronage, controversy, and celebration contextualize the images on screen, while quotations and commentary from important sculptors offer valuable insights. Henry Moore, Joseph Beuys, Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, Barbara Hepworth, Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Jacob Epstein, Tony Cragg, Eric Gill, Richard Wilson, David Mach, Elisabeth Frink, William Turnbull, and "England's Michelangelo" G. F. Watts are only 18 of the landmark artists represented.
2006; 2005

Through the Eyes of the Sculptor [electronic resource]

A sculpture comes alive in clay, dies in plaster, and is reborn in marble. This intense process has rarely been documented. The program takes viewers inside the Malibu studios of master sculptor Emmanuel Fillion as he creates a new piece-from a figurative clay model to a life-size marble sculpture. Educated as a restoration artist, Fillion worked on many important historical monuments in France including Notre Dame cathedral and the Louvre. In a program highlight, he visits a master carver restoring sculptures on the Pont Neuf, a 17th-century Parisian bridge. Comparing present-day carving and quarrying methods with those used centuries ago, scenes in the marble mountains of Pietrasanta and Carrara, Italy, evoke rich traditions dating back to Michelangelo's time.
2006; 2005

Richard Serra [electronic resource]: To See Is to Think

Famous for sculptures that combine fluidity with monolithic bulk, Richard Serra favors two basic materials: compressed steel, which he manipulates in a factory setting, and the natural spaces found at his installation sites. This program takes viewers inside Serra's creative process while documenting his work at locations across the globe. Featuring detailed interviews with the artist-and with longtime associates, including composer Philip Glass and master rigger Ernst Fuchs-the film supports visual analysis of The Matter of Time at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as well as pieces installed in Berlin, Hamburg, New York, San Francisco, and many other cities. Brief portions are in French and German with English subtitles.
2009; 2007

Glass and Ceramics [electronic resource]

Glass and ceramic are some of the oldest man-made materials. This program demonstrates two traditional glass-making techniques: glass blowing and the art of stained glass windows. It also follows the production of industrial ceramics, explaining that this material is constantly being used in new applications. Finally, we are shown the expanded use of glass in architecture, where it is increasingly replacing wood and stone.
2006; 1993

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