Wednesday, June 14, 2006

movies about Roy Lichtenstein (and Art in general)

I just wanted to point out that there are many, many movies about artists and art – documentaries and fictional ones. And many of these movies can be found at your local library or through Netflix (if you are a Netflix subscriber, see if you want to know more about it).



You can find a very thorough Roy Lichtenstein filmography on the Lichtenstein Foundation website:

(see the items at the top of the page)


This is the movie that was being shown at The Henry Art Gallery:

“Roy Lichtenstein: The Art of the Graphic Image”, by Frank Cantor


And this is the video that we watched in training:

“Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections”


And these are some other movies:


Roy Lichtenstein (1991)

Legendary pop-art pioneer Roy Lichtenstein offers rare insight into his life and work in this highly candid and informative interview, which chronicles the artist's long and incredible career. Lichtenstein describes his process of searching for a new subject and demystifies his one-of-a-kind painting technique. He also weighs in on the topic of "What is art?" and discusses the harsh criticisms his work has invoked.


Drawings of Roy Lichtenstein 1961-1986 (1987)

This video features an overview of the work of important Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein on the occasion of an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Curator Bernice Rose takes us through this documentary and shows the influence of other art movements, from Cubism to Art Deco, which provide Lichtenstein with his inspiration. This video offers a privileged look into an artist and his technique.


Who Gets to Call It Art? (2006)

In the 1960s, as the Metropolitan Museum of Art's first curator of contemporary art, Henry Geldzahler bore witness to an exciting era in history that saw the rise of Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and the iconic Andy Warhol. This vibrant documentary combines Geldzahler's recollections of his experiences with rare footage and interviews with working artists of the period, including David Hockney, James Rosenquist and Frank Stella.


Inspirations (1997)

Where do the world's greatest artists get their creative spark? In this fascinating documentary, award-winning director Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter, Gorillas in the Mist) presents an in-depth exploration of the creative process, as acclaimed geniuses such as rock musician David Bowie, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, clay artist Naranjo-Morse and glass artist Dale Chihuly discuss how and why they work the way they do.




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