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Ken Burns' American Stories - Thomas Hart Benton is a 60 minute1988 film from the Ken Burns' America series by PBS. "The turbulent career of Thomas Hart Benton, one of America's most controversial artists, began with experimentation in Expressionism, Cubism, and other European styles abroad. Later, while in the military, Benton was assigned to illustrate army equipment, discovering in the process a realistic style that finally satisfied him. Returning to civilian life, he became a Regionalist painter, portraying Americans as down-to-earth types who expressed their "American-ness" through their everyday actions and their appearance." Director Ken Burns combines samples of Benton's work and interviews with art critics, family, and friends as well as footage of Benton himself. Produced by Ken Burns and Julie Dumphey. (Quote from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) Thomas Hart Benton is available through the Sullivan Video Library at The Speed Art Museum which holds a sizable collection of art-related videos available to educators at no charge.
Kenny Scharf's World, (c) 1995, running time: 28 minutes. Program 41 from Art/New York, which says of this video: "This program explores the sometimes surreal, always fascinating, inner landscape of a young American painter. Kenny Scharf, part of the 1980's irreverent post-pop tradition, continues to exhibit ever changing work which incorporates themes as diverse as ecology, consumer culture, nuclear annihilation and the Jetsons. A superb draftsman and beautiful painter, Kenny continues to defy categorization. Included are Scharf's 1984, 1991 and 1994 exhibitions at the Shafrazi Gallery and interviews with KENNY SCHARF, art critic-curator DAN CAMERON and dealer TONY SHAFRAZI."
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Kiki Smith. (c) 2008, running time: 28 minutes. DVD/VHS. Program 40 from Art/New York, which says of this video: "This tape covers the art of one of the most innovative and unusual artists working today. Covered are her last two shows at the Fawbush Gallery in New York City in which she exhibits her visceral, primal and thought provoking work. Included is an interview with KIKI SMITH. In her Lower East Side studio, she talks at length about her inspiration, her ideas and the making of her art. Also included are brief interviews with her dealers JOE FAWBUSH and TOM JONES and CLAUDIA GOULD, director of Artists Space in SOHO." Video/C 6750. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Kindred Spirits: Contemporary African-American Artists: 30 minutes 1992. "The cultural legacy that black Americans inherited from their African ancestors remains an active force in their art in the latter quarter of the 20th century. The voices and artworks of several contemporary African-American artists (John Biggers, Charles Searles, Bessie Harvey, Renee Stout, Jean Lacy, Ed Love, and Lois Mailou Jones) are interspersed with remarks and poetry recitation by Maya Angelou. This program is based on the highly acclaimed exhibition Black Art: Ancestral Legacy, organized by the Dallas Museum of Art in 1989." Produced by KERA-TV and based on the highly acclaimed exhibition, Black Art: Ancestral Legacy organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Available through the Sullivan Video Library at The Speed Art Museum which holds a sizable collection of art-related videos available to educators at no charge.
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