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The Producers of ‘Art21’ Name their Nine Favorite Films About Art In Honor of Their New ‘Artist to Artist’ Series

The Producers of 'Art21' Name their Nine Favorite Films About Art In Honor of Their New 'Artist to Artist' Series

Art21, the non-profit production company behind the show “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” has just launched “Artist to Artist,” a new web series in which artists interview each other.  The first three episodes are available on the series’ website and on Art21’s Vimeo account.  

The first three videos show the Brooklyn-based artist of drawings and large-scale sculptures Diana Al-Hadid at the Venice Biennale and Shahzia Sikander at the Sharjah and Istanbul Biennials. 

In honor of this new series, the people at Art21 have provided Indiewire an exclusive list of their own favorite films about art:

“Stolen Art” by Simon Backes

I only saw this film once but remember experiencing
a shock of not being able to tell if this documentary about an art forger
was a real story or a complete fiction. This feeling of doubt resonated
so much that I’ve never tried to find out the truth for myself. –Wesley Miller, Associate Curator

“The Art of the Steal” by Don Argott

This story about Alfred C. Barnes and the battle over
his priceless art collection reveals the intense passions art can generate
when people realize its potential benefits. Barnes’ original intention
to educate with the art is pitted against the desires of an economically
depressed city to create a tourist destination. –Ian Forster, Associate Producer

“In the Realms of the Unreal” by Jessica Yu

I loved how director Jessica Yu boldly animated Henry
Darger’s paintings and breathed life into his work posthumously. It’s
an amazing find. –Morgan Riles, Editor

“Pina” by Wim Wenders

As a former dancer, this film brought back the experience
I felt on stage with fellow performers. I particularly like the sequence
that edited together footage of two performances 20 years apart with
much of the same cast; this was magical. While the film is an homage
to an artist and her work, it was experiencing the movement via the
3-D technology, shifting the film from visual to visceral, that was
most captivating. –Diane Vivona, Director of Development

“Vincent & Theo” by Robert Altman

Amidst countless hokey Hollywood portrayals of famous
artists and their (presumed) madness, this one stands out for its emotional
and visual understatement, really fine acting (Tim Roth as Vincent Van
Gogh, Paul Rhys as brother Theo), and depiction of an artist’s isolation
and true weirdness.  Lesser known, but excellent Altman, originally
made for European TV. –Nick Ravich, Director of Production

Barnett Newman interview footage (director unknown) Watch Online!

I saw this Barnett Newman film footage in 2002 at
the Philadelphia Museum of Art with his retrospective. It just illuminated
so much about his process, and showed why the artist’s voice is so valuable
to document. –Eve Moros Ortega, Managing Director / Series Producer

“Helvetica,” “Objectified,” and “Urbanized” 
by Gary Hustwit

“The Design Trilogy” is the ultimate set
of design docs for design nerds — what’s not to love? –Jonathan Munar, Director of Digital Media and Strategy

Here’s a look at the first three videos from the “Artist to Artist” series:

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