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has the feeling of an intimate conversation. De Antonio shows artists (and their critics and patrons) gossiping, drinking and talking about life and art, and in the
process illuminates the genesis of Abstract Expressionism. Footage of the Metropolitan Museum of Art s landmark exhibition New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970
supplements the film. An invaluable resource for anyone interested in contemporary art, PAINTERS PAINTING brilliantly captures a turning point in American art and
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To be honest, I didn't even know the film existed until a year or so ago and was delighted to find it on DVD here at Amazon. I ordered it and watched and was blown away. It is much different hearing the artists talk about their own work on film as opposed to reading about them. You get a more intimate portrait of the artists themselves and it is a DVD I will treasure forever. As a bonus treat, there is a very interesting PBS interview included on the DVD of Emile de Antonio filmed shortly before his death in 1989 included on the bonus section of the DVD where he discusses what went into the creation of the documentary and about his relationships with the various artists interviewed. Nearly worth the cost of the DVD by itself.
Overall this is a must-buy DVD, not just for the artist or aspiring painter, but for anyone interested in the beauty of paint and canvas in general and of the New York art scene in particular.
It includes Interviews with Abstract Expressionists De Kooning, Frankenthaler, Newman and more, Pop artist Andy Warhol, Post Abstract Expressionists Rauschenberg and Johns as well as with some of the color field painters and some critics and patrons. Each offers valuable insight into the creative thinking process. The interviews are broken up and collaged together. It's not a formal documentary, it takes a conversational tone.
Critic Clement Greenberg and Gallery owner Leo Castelli are also among those interviewed.
I never tire of this film, it always stimulates new thoughts and revelations about the artistic process and about this period.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting artists performing their creative abilities!Published 4 months ago by Patricia K. Gross
While it's not a carefully made documentary, it's invaluable for the all footage alone. It's a treasure trove for anyone researching the 1960s New York scene for the information it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sanyal
Okay if you are interested in old footage of artist talking in artsy language.Published 6 months ago by Realalien