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Walker Evans: America, is a 57-minute profile of the great American photographer, Walker Evans, the first photographer to have a one-man retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. This video contains rare interviews with Evans himself, recorded in the late 1960's. (video description courtesy of International Center of Photography)
Warhol is a 79 minute video which offers a profile of Andy Warhol's life and work examines a career that spanned painting, film, publishing, rock music, and television. Note: Google Video has links to about 3,500 videos concerning this artist.
The Way Back: A Portrait of George A. Weymouth, is a video available from the Brandywine River Museum. The Museum says of the video: "...Portrait of the founder of the Brandywine Conservancy and Brandywine River Museum. Featuring interviews with His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Geoffrey Holder, Andrew Wyeth, James B. Wyeth, Ann Wyeth McCoy and Ann Brelsford McCoy."
Visiting...With Huell Howser #109 - WATTS TOUR is a 28 minute video by Huell Howser Productions. "Ride with members of the Los Angeles Conservancy on the Blue Line to the Watts Towers where they are met by young docents who conduct an inspiring tour of the Watts Towers Art Center." Text courtesy of Huell Howser Productions.
Wayne Thiebaud: Line: 30 minutes 1992 "When is a line not a line? When it's volume, shape, movement, and feeling. At first glance, the lines in Wayne Thiebaud's drawing look simple. Gradually, the line becomes more complex as the linear structure of a portrait of an ice cream cone is revealed. Hosted by the comedy team Penn and Teller, this program is designed to instill creative and critical thinking skills in children through the exploration of the visual and performing arts." Note: Google Video has links to about 12 videos concerning this artist.
Weavers: Contemporary Navajo Weaving is a 15 minute 1992 video produced by the Denver Art Museum. Note: Google Video has links to about 6 videos concerning "Navajo Weaving"
Wegman's World is a 59-minute 1997 highly acclaimed documentary that offers a revealing look at the artist at work and shows why we are captivated by Wegman's inventive and comic portraits of these expressive dogs. (video description courtesy of International Center of Photography) Note: Google Video has links to about 80 videos concerning this artist.
Western Thunder: The Collected Works of Frank McCarthy. 58 minutes. Frank McCarthy's artistic approach is not to do a historical document, but more a portrayal of a scene that has happened many times in many places in the West. (See sample clip here)
West of the Imagination Series, Vol. 1: The Romantic Horizon Follows the new railroad route to the Pacific through the eyes of artists George Catlin (1796-1872) and Karl Bodmer (1809-1893). 58-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center
W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult Illustrates the life and work of photographer W. Eugene Smith (1918--1978), who captured images of the changing social conditions and the enduring American spirit. 87-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center
What Color is Black... African American Art and The David C. Driskell Collection: 30 minutes 2001. "This thought-provoking video addresses the questions: What is Black Art? What has its role been historically, and in the 20th century? And how will it change in the future? It was produced on the occasion of the exhibition Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts surveying African American art from 1870-1997. Contains works by Edward Bannister, Charles Ethan Porter, Robert Scott Duncanson, Aaron Douglas, Romare Bearden, James van der Zee, Michael Harris, Jerome Meadows, and Stephanie Pogue. Narrated by Daphne Maxwell Reid of New Millennium Studios."
What Follows: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith Features the art of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. (collection of Joslyn Art Museum)
Whistler: An American in Europe 27 minute / 1998 / FFH - "This program explores Whistler's life in nineteenth-century Paris from his early studies of light and form to his historic court battle with the English art critic, John Ruskin. Featured in this video are many of Whistler's early works: White Girl, Symphony in White, Homage to Delacroix, and Arrangement in Black and Grey (Whistler's Mother). The film ends with a study of Whistler's dark, dream-like Nocturnes and the many works he completed that were inspired by Japanese art."
Whistler: Romantics and Realists. This 50 minute 2000 video, part of the Romantics & Realists series from Kultur Video, analyzes Whistler's style as a compromise between discipline and innovation. The painter's distinctive yet formal technique is explained as the viewer looks at several of his best works. Whistler became famous for his technique of placing a figure against a background that was virtually empty and colorless, as in the popular painting that has come to be known as Whistler's Mother "This video is a biographical analysis of the development of James Whistler's painting style. The tempestuous American moved to Europe after studying art at West Point Military Academy. He settled eventually in London where his technique matured into his brand of romantic realism influenced in part by, Leonardo da Vinci, Valasquez, Courbet, and the Pre-Raphaelites including Millet and Rossetti." ASIN: B00004YA60
Whistler - The Gentle Art of Making Enemies is a 59 minute 2001 BBC video released by Home Vision Entertainment. James McNeill Whistler was one of the most contentious artists of the 19th century, but was also one of the most misunderstood. Painter, draughtsman, etcher, watercolorist and interior designer, he was renowned as much for his wit, style and elegance as he was for his work. The story of Whistler's life unfolds in a mixture of humor and pathos, told through images found in his paintings to the music of Debussy, who found inspiration from his work. (from the back cover) Whistler: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies 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.
"Who Does She Think She Is?" is a 82-minute video about female artists in the United States directed by Pamela T. Boll. To visit the Web site for the film please click here.
Who Is Red Grooms? 30 minute / 1985 / WHYY
Who is the Artist? Painters of the American Scene is a Crystal Productions 28 minute video featuring the art of Benton, Hopper and Wood. Students are taught how to recognize the different styles and subjects of these painters of the American scene.
William Eggleston in the Real World. Of this 84 minute 2005 DVD directed by Michael Almereyda, National Film Network says: "In 1976, William Eggleston's hallucinatory, Faulknerian images were featured in the Museum of Modern Art's first one-man exhibition of color photographs. He has been called "the beginning of modern color photography" (John Szarkowski, MoMA) and "one of the most significant figures in contemporary photography" (Charles Hagen, NY Times). It is rare for an artist of such stature to allow himself to be shown as unguardedly as Eggleston does in Michael Almereyda's intimate portrait. The filmmaker tracks the photographer on trips to Kentucky, Los Angeles and New York, but gives particular attention to downtime in Memphis, Eggleston's home base. The film shows a deep connection between Eggleston's enigmatic personality and his groundbreaking work, and also reveals his parallel commitments as a musician, draftsman and videographer. Eggleston, age 65, has become an icon and inspiration to artists worldwide." View a William Eggleston In The Real World trailer here [01:45] and the whole video here [1:24:56]
William Keith: The Artist and His Times, is a 1995 video running 23 minutes and features images from the St. Mary's College Collection. A Studio Miramar Production. The Gallery web site says of the video: "When William Keith arrives in California in 1859, he begins a fifty-year artistic and emotional journey. His early paintings strive to capture the drama of the Western wilderness. But by the 1890s, Keith paints subtle, intimate landscapes that reveal his artistic and spiritual maturity. In this documentary, more than fifty of Keith's paintings show the range of his artistic vision. Historic photographs, footage of California scenes today, and the words of the artist, his friend John Muir, and their contemporaries help tell the story of this remarkable artist and his times." The Gallery's description adds: "Studio Miramar has remastered our excellent video, 'William Keith: The Artist and His Times,' into dvd format. An important addition to the library of works about the late 19th century master artist, the comprehensive, educational and entertaining presentation juxtaposes rare archival photographs with spectacular contemporary footage of the Western wilderness, extensive presentation of Keith's paintings, and the words of John Muir, Keith, and others." (right: VHS video cover)
William Merritt Chase at Shinnecock is a 26 minute 1987 DVD from the National Gallery of Art. A survey of the life and work of American painter William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) The narration is by Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., curator at the National Gallery of Art. This DVD is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials Finder) This video is alternately named An American Impressionist: William Merritt Chase at Shinnecock. This program is also available in the DVD collection: American Art, 17851926: Seven Artist Profiles.
"The film highlights W. M. Chase's years at Shinnecock, on Long Island, NY, where in 1891 the artist established the first important outdoor summer school of art in America. Images of Chase's paintings and archival photographs--many of the artist's studios--are combined with footage of the hills and beaches at Shinnecock and of Chase's house and studio as they are today." (text courtesy Georgia Museum of Art)
"Surveys the life and work of American painter William Merritt Chase (1849--1916), beginning with his student days in Munich and early career in New York City. "
William Wegman: Selected Video Works 1970-78; Dog Baseball, 1986: 25 minutes 1994. "A collection of Wegman's best-known short, conceptual video works (1970-86) that span from the whimsical to the absurd. Many of these vignettes star his Weimaraner dogs, Man Ray, Fay Ray, and her offspring." Studio: Microcinema. DVD Release Date: March 10, 2006 Title Note from Toqwer Video: "The constantly evolving artist William Wegman, best known for his absurdist dog portraits, has been making experimental short films and videos throughout his career. This definitive collection, compiled by the artist himself in collaboration with ARTPIX, features previously unavailable and newly restored works, many of which Wegman executed in the context of the just-burgeoning medium of video art. Inventive, influential, and often entertaining, the collection includes "Milk/Floor," "Dog Duet," and "Stomach Song." Note: Google Video has links to about 80 videos concerning this artist.
Winslow Homer: An American Original is a 49 minute 1999 HBO Artists' Specials series program directed by Graeme Lynch. Produced by Devine Entertainment in association with Alef Jo Filmstudio and Cinémaginaire. The artist Winslow Homer has become famous for his illustrations of battle scenes during the Civil War, but he feels disenchanted with what he has experienced and withdraws to a quiet farm. There he meets a pair of teenagers whose lives have been shaken by the war. Together, Homer and the kids learn from each other and move forward with life. View a segment of the video here [02:59] Note: Google Video has links to about 80 videos concerning this artist.
Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude is a 2007 full-length documentary DVD by filmmaker Steven John Ross, professor of communication, University of Memphis. Excerpts from an April 6, 2007 press release from Colby-Sawyer College follow:
Ross, a professor at the University of Memphis, worked on the Homer documentary for six years. He is best known for his award-winning PBS documentaries, "Oh Freedom After While!" (2000),"Black Diamonds, Blues City" (1996) and "At The River I Stand," (1993), and the literary adaptations "A Game of Catch" (1990) and "The Old Forest" (1984).
Don Coonley, professor of humanities and communication studies at Colby-Sawyer College, is one of the film's co-producers and sound recorders. Coonley is also the on-screen and voice-over actor representing Homer in the re-creation sequences filmed at the artist's studio on Prout's Neck, Maine. Coonley and Ross have collaborated on each other's film projects over the last 28 years.
"Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude" exists in two forms: as a feature length documentary (one hour and 49 minutes long); and as two separate, 55-minute films, the first depicting Homer's life and work up to 1880, and the second dealing with the last three decades of his life and work.
The new film depicts more than 180 Homer paintings, watercolors, etchings and illustrations, which were filmed in the Homer family archives and museums such as The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The National Gallery of Art, The Portland Museum of Art and The Fogg Museum at Harvard University. Re-creations of Homer in Maine were shot with the cooperation of his descendants at his cliff-side studio in Prout's Neck. Other locations captured by 16mm cameras for this project include Gloucester, Mass., and The North Woods Club in The Adirondack Mountains.
This documentary offers multiple perspectives on the artist through interviews with artists and major Homer scholars. Noted scholars and artists who appear in the film include Frank Kelly, Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Judith Walsh, Sarah Burns, Linda Docherty, Elizabeth Johns, Gary Gallagher, Ted Stebbins, Marc Simpson, David Tatham, Peter Wood, Tim Rollins, David Driskell, Sue Welsh Reed, Carol Troyen, Roy Perkinson and Patricia Junker. Other scholars who served as consultants include John Wilmerding, Bruce Robertson, Katherine Woltz, Margi Conrads, Henry Adams, and Nancy Mowll Mathews. Note: Google Video has links to about 80 videos concerning this artist.
Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist is a 29 minute 1986 video directed by Steve York from the National Gallery of Art Series. Produced by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. in association with York Productions, Inc. Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. This program is also available in the DVD collection: American Art, 17851926: Seven Artist Profiles.This DVD is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials)
The art of Winslow Homer is examined in this profile of the American artist, from his early illustrations of the Civil War and his picturesque scenes of the country and shore, to the powerful images of nature that characterize his mature and late work. Commentary by the American art historian John Wilmerding provides a guide to Homer's artistic progress and to his achievements, particularly his transformation of the watercolor medium from the purely descriptive into a highly expressive vehicle. "Discusses the development of the art of American painter Winslow Homer (1836--1910). Highlights include the early illustrations of the Civil War up to the powerful images of nature in his mature work." Note: Google Video has links to about 80 videos concerning this artist.
Wizard of Photography, The The Story of George Eastman Dramatizes the life story of inventor, George Eastman (1854--1932), who designed the Kodak camera. Uses some of the earliest moving images and scores of America's first snapshots 60-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center
World of Andrew Wyeth, The 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. The World of Andrew Wyeth. (Portrait of an Artist; 6 ) was filmed in Maine and Pennsylvania where Wyeth has spent his working life, this documentary is a relaxed and friendly interview, intercut with sensitive footage of Wyeth's work and of the landscapes and environmental images which are its inspiration. 1980. 69 min. Video/C 1102. Also available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley. Note: Google Video has links to about 30 videos concerning this artist.
A Wyeth Hurd Original: Peter de la Fuentes. Regarding this 52 minute DVD the Brandywine River Museum says: "Grandson of Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, this interview with the artist includes family memories and a conversation with Andrew Wyeth." WMR Online says: "Recommended. A self-taught artist, Peter de La Fuente continues the "family philosophy" of working from life, rather than from photographs. His approach to art is holistic and abstract, and he tries to paint his landscapes with honesty and boldness. Detailed footage of his egg tempera technique will delight both art students and working artists who are new to the medium. Home video footage of a Maine visit with Andrew Wyeth is touching and among the video's best, although the studio demonstration is a close second."
Wyeths: A Father and His Family, The is a 58 minute 1995 Smithsonian Video produced by WETA and released by Unapix. This is a film portrait of American painter and illustrator Newell Converse Wyeth (1882-1945), better known to many by his initials, N.C. The character of the ebullient Wyeth is described by his sons and daughters: painters Andrew, Carolyn, and Henriette, the composer Ann, and the engineer Nathaniel. Wyeths: A Father and His Family 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.
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