Thursday, April 09, 2009
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I do enjoy a good art documentary and Painters Painting, has been my favorite documentary since undergrad. I had to have checked out that old VHS copy from the Herron Library at least a half dozen times. I have longed for it to finally show up on DVD and now it has. Oddly enough, I was just talking about this film yesterday. Arthouse Films, a relatively new DVD distributor of art related videos has just announced its release of Painters Painting. They also have a large number of other, quite excellent films worth picking up. Check out their site here.
"It's a great big, cheerfully uncritical hug of a movie about...the contemporary New York art scene and the people who make it hustle...like being at a cocktail party" - The New York Times
Originally released in 1973 but never before available on DVD, PAINTERS PAINTING is the definitive documentary on the New York School of painters, from 1940-1970. Director Emile de Antonio (Point of Order and Millhouse) interviews artists in their studios about their art from the period of Abstract Expressionism, through Hard Edge and Color Field painting to Pop Art. Among the featured painters are Robert Rauschenberg, William de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Barnett Newman, Hans Hoffman, Jules Olitski, Philip Pavia, Larry Poons, Robert Motherwell, and Kenneth Noland.
PAINTERS PAINTING is digitally remastered and restored by the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the University of Wisconsin Film Department.
DVD Extras: Emile de Antonio on Painters Painting and Doug Kellner's essay on American Art 1945-1970
Technical: 116 Mins | Color &B/W | 4:3 Letterbox | Stereo | New Digital Transfer from the Original 35mm Print Negative | Not Rated