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ABSTRACT & REAL LIFE - FROM THE SUNSET OF THE 20TH CENTURY

The artworld fine art series highlights world famous and infamous artists throughout history, from the Renaissance period to the present.

EUI KYU KIM - The Elusive Figure: This renowned Korean artist creates splendid spiritual canvases that emphasize the curves and contours of the human body. Includes an exclusive interview with the artist in his native tongue. 5 min.

DON WILLIAMS - Night Visions: Using the medium of pastel in a realistic fashion, Don Williams is one of the San Francisco Bay areas most impressive artists. He documents his surroundings- especially night scenes - with a camera. The photographs are then incorporated to create hauntingly realistic pastels. Includes an interview with the artist and his dealer, Edith Caldwell. 13 min.


DVD / 2013

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AVANTE GARD OF THE 60'S - ABSTRACT IN OIL & WATER

The artworld fine art series highlights world famous and infamous artists throughout history, from the Renaissance period to the present.

SAM FRANCIS - Another Quick Look: A montage of Sam Francis Watercolors at the rise of his popularity from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. Includes an interview with longtime friend and art dealer Andre Emmerich. 6 min.

RICHARD POUSETTE-DART - Thinking with the Brush: One of the original Abstract Expressionists, Richard Pousette-Dart has just recently begun to receive the notoriety other New York School painters have long enjoyed. Often termed Painterly abstraction, see why Pousette-Darts paintings express an evocative field of color hinting at myth, ritual and psychological themes. 13 min.


DVD / 2013

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AVANTE GARD OF THE 60'S - ART & ARCHITECTURE

The artworld fine art series highlights world famous and infamous artists throughout history, from the Renaissance period to the present.

ARATA ISOZAKI - Architecture from 1960-1990: An interview with the soft-spoken architect of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, CA. An insightful, insiders look plus examples that motivated the design of his symbolically imaginative buildings. 5 min.

ED RUSCHA - Don't Want No Retro: Considered one of the first modern conceptual artists, Edward Ruscha (b. California 1937) embraced the impersonality of billboard advertising tophilosophize about the arbitrariness of painted and printed expression. Like Warhol, Ruscha exemplifies American Pop Art at its most creative. 7 min.

BOB BRANAMAN - Everybodys Buddah - A distinguished filmmaker, printmaker and painter whose work encompasses a broad and eclectic range of subject matter from the treatment of Aboriginal people in America to his love of the female form. This interview with Branaman includes artwork not seen since the early sixties. 10 min.


DVD / 2013

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ENTERING THE 20TH CENTURY - WILD BEASTS, QUILTS AND ASHCANS

The artworld fine art series highlights world famous and infamous artists throughout history, from the Renaissance period to the present.

THE FAUVES - Plein Aire Painters: Historically referred to as The Wild Beasts these artists painted vibrant, colorful landscapes outside in the open air. Considered radical in their approach because of their abandonment of the studio, bold use of colors and disregard for naturalistic accuracy. Find out why Artists such as Henri Matisse, George Braque, Claude Derain and their contemporaries rocked the art world from 1904-1908. 5 min.

WRAPPED IN GLORY - Quilts and Bedcovers from 1700-1900: Stitch by stitch, American history is recorded from a unique perspective, in these rare and beautiful examples of figurative quilt making. Needle workers over the centuries demonstrate how utility meets art in a domestic milieu and captures first hand a dying American tradition. 19 min.

THE EIGHT - The American Independence Movement: A survey of paintings by The Eight, a group of artists who attempted to breakout of the established art traditions of the fate 1900s to dominate the early part of the 20th century. A perfect tape for the beginning of a new millennium. 4 min.


DVD / 2013

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GREAT COLLECTORS OF THE 20TH CENTURY - RIDING THE WAVES OF ART

The artworld fine art series highlights world famous and infamous artists throughout history, from the Renaissance period to the present.

Andre Emmerich - Riding the Waves: An engaging conversation with Andre Emmerich, one of the worldss leading art dealers. He espouses on subjects from Titian to Sam Francis. He reveals never before heard insights into his relationships with renowned artists and exposes the myth of the discovered artist. 20 min.


DVD / 2013

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MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE - IT'S IN THE STEEL

The artworld fine art series highlights world famous and infamous artists throughout history, from the Renaissance period to the present.

In the Steel: A Portrait of Mark di Suvero.


DVD / 2013

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SCIENCE OF ART HISTORY

Daily Planet paints a picture of the world of art. We try to get to the bottom of Mona Lisa's smile, what it takes to preserve 12,000 year-old art, art from a thimble, and much more.

DVD / 2012 / (Grades 9 or above) / 45 minutes

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SCIENCE OF ARTS & CRAFTS

Daily Planet in the Classroom - the popular series highlighting some of our best and most interesting segments - takes a crafty look at the science of art.

DVD / 2012 / (Grades 9 or above) / 45 minutes

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FRANTIC ASSEMBLY - A GUIDE TO DEVISING

From humble beginnings, Frantic Assembly has emerged as one of the boldest and brightest stars in the theatrical firmament. Given unique insight into the devising process from 'first thoughts to first night' this lively and engaging film celebrates Frantic Assembly's approach to production and offers in-depth interviews and practical demonstrations that will excite facilitators and inspire students as they begin their own 'devising' journey.

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DVD / 2011 / 22 minutes

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STREET ART

To some, street art and graffiti is nothing but vandalism. But to these young artists, it is a vital form of self expression. In this eye-opening program we speak to eight members of Melbourne's thriving street art scene. Through their stories we examine not only Melbourne's street art scene, but the contribution of street art and graffiti to art and society globally. We explore the history of street art, the influences on our featured artists, and the materials and techniques they use. We also define street art and graffiti, and discuss the contentious issue of street art in the gallery.

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DVD / 2011 / 25 minutes

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THEATRE IN THE MODERN WORLD

Not long after the start of the 20th Century, playwrights, influenced by the horrors of war, began to experiment with theatre in a way which depicted many of the long held historical, social and cultural beliefs and practices as meaningless and chaotic. Incorporating interviews with influential directors Bijan Sheibani, Steven Berkoff and other key figures, this film traces the evolution of modern theatre from its Existentialist roots through Absurdism to Realism via the works of Ionesco, Beckett, Pinter and even the writers of Coronation Street.

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DVD / 2011 / 22 minutes

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RUSSIAN CONCEPT, THE

This documentary explores non-conformist Russian art and features several Russian artists whose works are considered great masterpieces and classic examples of world conceptual art. Among interviewed artists are V. Komar, A. Kosolapov, O. Vasiliev, V. Bahkchinian, L. Sokov and others. The film also includes interviews with American and Russian art critics and contains works of more than 60 non-conformist artists from The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University and private collections. It also tells the story of art collector Norton Dodge whose efforts have resulted in the largest collection of Russian-Soviet non-conformist art in the world located in the US.

DVD / 2010 / (Senior High - College) / 57 minutes

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BERLIN

The spotlight falls on Berlin, an epicenter, of European contemporary art. When the Berlin wall came down in 1989, artists moved in attracted by the city's bohemian image and liberalism. Frank Thiel has documented the rapid rebirth and architectural changes in the reunified Berlin and Norbert Bisky's violent, but pastel scenes deal with disillusion in the utopia of a western world.

DVD / 2009 / (Senior High - College) / 26 minutes

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CAPE TOWN

Take a visit to Cape Town to meet artists who are working in post-Apartheid South Africa. Sculptor and painter, Willie Bester, reveals why he trawls the city's junkyards for inspiration and materials and sound artist James Webb takes us on a tour of Cape Town.

DVD / 2009 / (Senior High - College) / 26 minutes

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ITALY

Travel to Italy to discover more about its burgeoning contemporary art scene. We meet rising star Patrick Tuttofuoco, who uses architecture as inspiration for his dynamic sculptures and we meet il Padre of contemporary Italian art, Michelangelo Pistoletto.

DVD / 2009 / (Senior High - College) / 26 minutes

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MUMBAI

Destination Art travels to Mumbai, the fastest moving, most affluent and industrialized city in India. We take a look at its ever changing landscape through the eyes of two very different artists, Hema Upadhyay and Sudhir Patwardhan.

DVD / 2009 / (Senior High - College) / 26 minutes

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TOKYO

In the vibrant city of Tokyo where Asian and Western art styles meet, photographer Ishiuchi Miyako discusses her captivating work which explores the passage of time. We also meet one of Japan's most established sculptures and painters, 77-year old Yayoi Kusama.

DVD / 2009 / (Senior High - College) / 26 minutes

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THE ARTS

People with unique artistic talents should nurture them and can even use them to make a living. Visit an artist's studio where he finds peace and solitude in his career by creating award winning art with the simple stroke of a pencil. Meet a young ballet dancer who is very eager to start his professional career. Then, we interview a choreographer to find out how she turned her passion for dance into a profitable endeavor.

DVD / 2009 / (Senior High - College) / 18 minutes

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UNMAYYADS AND THEIR CAPITAL DAMASCUS

Presenter: Akbar Ahmed

The first program in the series looks at the achievements of the first Islamic dynasty, the Umayyads, who established their capital at Damascus. Their regime spread throughout greater Syria and they left a rich architectural heritage. This includes two of the great surviving Islamic buildings, the Great Mosque of Damascus and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The program emphasises how the early Islamic builders and architects used ideas and materials inherited from their Byzantine predecessors - for instance columns and capitals are clearly "borrowed" from earlier buildings and earlier ages. In just the same way, Islam inherited a strong Christian tradition in the Middle East and adapted Christian tenets and beliefs within their new faith. Christianity may have been to a large extent superseded in the Middle East - it was still respected. For instance, in the middle of the prayer hall of the Damascus mosque stands the burial shrine of St. John the Baptist. Umayyad achievement is seen also in Spain, where the family's descendants ruled long after they had lost power in Syria. In Spain too they left the great legacy of Andalusia - al-Andalus. Akbar Ahmed goes on to talk about the influence of Salah-al-Din, Saladin, the revered warrior who defeated the Crusaders. He is remembered in the region as much for his piety and integrity as his prowess in battle. Saladin and his successors started their own regime, the Ayyubids, which left its own architectural influence on the face of the region. This program does not just deal with mosque or religious architecture. At Jericho we see the remains of one of the Arab conquerors' luxurious desert palaces, with its famous gazelle mosaic that has become an icon of Islamic visual art. From the Ayyubid period we see the mighty citadel of Aleppo, only really conquered by Tamerlane himself.


DVD / 2007 / (Senior High - College) / 45 minutes

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TWO ISLAMIC REGIMES IN CAIRO

Presenter: Akbar Ahmed

This episode moves on to Cairo, the cockpit of the early Islamic struggles between Sunni and Shi'a faiths. Cairo displays the glories of two of the great Islamic regimes - the Shi'ite Fatimids who swept in from the North African desert - and the Mamluks, slave soldiers who overthrew their masters to set up their own Sunni dynasty. Both have left behind impressive evidence of their strength. The programme introduces a colourful cast of characters. The rebel governor Ibn Tulun spent all his tax takings on building one of the earliest and finest mosques, named after him, instead of passing them on to his masters in Baghdad; the caliph Hakim won widespread Shi'ite admiration despite his cruel and despotic rule. This included whimsical decrees such as ordering his subjects to wear summer clothes in winter and vice versa. In contrast Sultan Hassan was a little known ruler whose reign ended in a pathetic inter-Mamluk squabble. Even his body was lost in the fighting - yet he left behind a magnificent mosque complex, the design of which has influenced modern Chicago. One building was specially holy to both lines of Islam - albeit at different times. This was the Al-Azhar Mosque, built by the Fatimids but today a pillar of Sunni orthodoxy. But Al-Azhar in many ways transcends these divisions - it is renowned throughout Islam as the world's oldest university. It is still regarded as a major guardian of religious knowledge and wisdom, whose opinions are respected all over. This introduces a main theme of the programme - how Islam, for centuries, has held a special respect for knowledge and learning - "ilm" in Arabic. Professor Ahmed argues that it was when this respect for learning was weakened, so was the force of the whole religion. He finds cause for optimism in the huge modern library built at Alexandria, on the site of the old Hellenic library. It is a magnificent building where the most sophisticated computer data-banks go sit near precious manuscripts of medieval poets. Cairo was also a centre for glassware and ceramics. The city's influence spread throughout - even modern Sicily displays evidence of the time when the Fatimids ruled the island.


DVD / 2007 / (Senior High - College) / 45 minutes

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THE OTTOMANS AND THEIR CAPITAL ISTANBUL

Presenter: Akbar Ahmed

The final programme of the three deals with the last great Islamic dynasty, the Ottomans, and their great capital at Istanbul. The Ottomans continued the theme of borrowing from, or adapting, the work of their Byzantine predecessors. The two dominating buildings of historic Istanbul are the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia. The latter is a converted Christian cathedral, still containing the images of Jesus and Mary alongside the motifs of the early caliphs. The man mainly responsible for the conversion was the pre-eminent architect of Islam, Sinan. He was lucky enough to win the patronage of Suleiman the Magnificent, among the richest and the most powerful of Ottoman rulers. Sinan built and builtíK through all the Islamic world. He was the main developer and exponent of the cascading domes which glorify traditional Turkish religious architecture. But Sinan's mark was not just on religious buildings. He designed the harem, the secretive inner court buildings within the beautiful Topkapi Palace. The palace itself shows off the marvellous and colourful Iznik tilework - the trademark of the Islamic middle ages. This episode also looks at calligraphy, the peculiarly Islamic artform which grew out of the careful copying of the word of God. Akbar Ahmed also considers Sufism, a warm and attractive branch of Islam which focuses on meditation, inner strength and religious passion. There is something of a revival of Sufism in Turkey; in Istanbul the dances of the whirling dervishes often first bring this gentle and thoughtful movement to the tourist's attention. The influence of Sufism can be found too in modern Turkish painting: some of today's artists are trying to reconcile traditional religious themes with difficult concepts such as homo-eroticism.


DVD / 2007 / (Senior High - College) / 45 minutes

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UNDERSTANDING AFRICAN ART

Examples of sculpture, masks and decorative arts illustrate this exploration of artistic expression in the context of African traditions.

Learning Objectives
1) To place African art in the context of the cultures and traditions of African peoples.
2) To promote an appreciation of African art for its depth of significant meaning.
3) To highlight the importance of art objects, especially masks, in traditional African religious rituals.


DVD / 2005 / 21 minutes

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ART OF PARIS

Although Paris is home to many fabulous museums that are filled with artistic treasures beyond belief, the tourist discovers that art is literally everywhere in the beautiful City of Light. Things of beauty greet our eyes at every turn; and outdoor artists can be spotted at work, with their easels and paint brushes, in Paris's many delightful nooks and crannies. Bridges and the fa?ades of buildings are works of art. Artistically designed fountains and wonderful statues are scattered throughout the French capital, on the sidewalks and in the parks. Art can even be enjoyed in the city's distinctive subway stations and cemeteries. Marvel at the art of Paris. . .it's a feast for the eyes!

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1) Students will learn about the major art styles of Paris dating from prehistoric times to the present.
2) Students will learn how events from the 17th through the 20th century effected artwork and architecture in Paris.
3) Students will learn how art transformed from an elite hobby to one that everyone could enjoy.


DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 24 minutes

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BASIC ART APPRECIATION

Have you ever wondered what to look for in a painting? By studying the elements and by observing the techniques of the masters, students will be provided with an understanding of what art is.

Learning Objectives:
1) Students will learn about various styles of painting.
2) Some famous artists and their methods of painting will be discussed.
3) Paintings from different time periods will be compared.


DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 23 minutes

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ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF ART

Through the works of Guy Corriero, you will be introduced to important fundamentals that will help you to create a successful painting.

Learning Objectives:
1) Students will learn about the principles of art.
2) Students will learn about the elements of art.
3) Students will learn how to create a successful piece of art.


DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 17 minutes

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SAATCHI GALLERY 100, THE

Art that was "headbuttingly impossible to ignore" is how Charles Saatchi describes the work that intrigued him as he started to collect British art in the early 1990s. Damien Hirst's giant shark in formaldehyde, Tracey Emin's unmade bed and a chilling portrait of Myra Hindley by Marcus Harvey are among the artworks that have since become icons of the decade. The Saatchi Gallery, now in the former County Hall in London, is a permanent home for a changing selection of Saatchi's world-famous collection.

The Saatchi Gallery 100 is a fast-paced and fascinating film featuring one hundred of these artworks, accompanied by reflections and anecdotes from the artists themselves. Sarah Lucas' confrontational self-portraits are among the highlights, as are the bold paintings of Gary Hume, photographs by Richard Billingham, sculptures of genetically mutated children by Jake and Dinos Chapman, and many more.

Like the collection itself, the film offers a unique understanding of why London has become the centre of the international art world over the past decade - and how art in Britain continues to surprise and challenge and delight.


DVD / 2004 / 50 minutes

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