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October 07, 2010

"Who Gets to Call it Art?" (video review)

Who Gets to Call it Art?
Produced and Directed by Peter Rosen

Rosen presents the life of Henry Geldzahler, curator of contemporary art at the Met from 1960-1977, through the art and artists he helped define. Henry was not just a curator, but also got involved with the artists and the creation process. Rosen conveys this interaction with interview clips with artists such as David Hockney and Frank Stella who relate their experiences with Henry. Also the film provides footage of interviews from the 1960s with William de Kooning, Andy Warhol, and Mark di Suvero among other artists talking about their work, along with a discussion of the movement from abstract expressionism and artists such as Pollock and Rothko to pop art with Lichtenstein and Warhol. Rosen also covers Henry's major work, the exhibition "New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970" relaying the controversy and the triumphs resulting from the show. Overall the film aims to get a sense of Henry and his eye for art and how his work and personality helped to further and to define the pop art movement. Painting a picture of his life, with images, interviews and a soundtrack featuring artists from The Velvet Underground to The Monks, the film tries to match the feeling of the art of the 1960s at the same time as present it. Special features include further interviews with artists relaying amusing anecdotes from Henry's life, the film happening "Fotodeath" by Claes Oldenburg in which Henry participated, as well as an interview with director Peter Rosen and artists James Rosenquist and Larry Poons.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.


Posted by rmassare at October 7, 2010 10:00 AM

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