What goes into producing a work of art? This is the question these films pose, plumbing into the personal lives and political commitments of a wide variety of artists from various disciplines, as well as observing their subjects at work in order to shed light on their process. A collection of perceptive, engrossing films about some of the greatest artists of today and yesteryear, each one of them a work of art itself.
David Hockney leads the viewer on a charming and illuminating guided tour through 17th-century China as depicted in the 72-foot scroll The Kangxi Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour.
A DAY ON THE GRAND CANAL WITH THE EMPEROR OF CHINA
A rich trove of never-before-seen archival footage shows the charismatic and controversial German artist Joseph Beuys’s teachings, installations, and happenings.
A revealing examination of the Swedish painter and mystic Hilma af Klint.
BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT
A documentation of German artist Anselm Kiefer’s monumental task of transforming an abandoned silk factory in the south of France into the site of an ongoing series of massive installations.
OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW
Kudlacek’s film provides a penetrating insight into the mind of its legendary subject, artist and filmmaker Maya Deren.
IN THE MIRROR OF MAYA DEREN
An investigation into photographer and provocateur Helmut Newton through interviews with muses like Charlotte Rampling, Claudia Schiffer, and Grace Jones.
HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Sculptor Louise Bourgeois often turns cryptic in interviews, but thanks to Wallach’s patient, observant approach to her sometimes spiky subject, Bourgeois reveals much.
LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS...
An astonishing real-time record of the most influential artist of the 20th century at work.
THE MYSTERY OF PICASSO
Hazan’s narrative-nonfiction hybrid focusing on artist David Hockney is a time capsule of hedonistic gay life in the 1970s as well an invaluable portrait of art history in action.