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Amon Carter Museum Composites:

An Afternoon with William Wegman. from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1991 (available through Las Positas College Library)

Ana Mendieta: Fuego de Tierra, 1987, Nereyda García-Ferraz, director. This video is a portrait of the life and work of Ana Mendieta. Interview footage with the artist and her own filmed records of her earthworks and performances are incorporated to render a vivid testament to her energy and extraordinary talent. Available through the Des Moines Art Center. 52 minutes, not-rated.

Andre Kertesz is a 30-minute 1989 video from the Kultur Video Masters of Photography series. A fascinating glimpse of Kertesz in his Washington Square apartment, spreading his images on the dining room table and talking about how they came into being. A rare look at one of the masters of photography. (video description courtesy of International Center of Photography) "Andre Kertesz, "the father of 35 millimeter photography," was born in Hungary in 1894 and lived in the Paris of the 1920s and 1930s before emigrating to the United States just before World War II. Long before every home had a camera, his work embodied the spirit of what the world now calls candid photography: personal, mobile, unposed. This documentary presents Kertesz in his own words, explaining his pictures and sharing his memories -- provincial life in Hungary, central Europe in World War I, famous friends like Colette, Einstein, Chagall, and Mondriaan, and details of the poetry of human life." Also titled Everything Is Photograph: A Profile of Andre Kertesz from Camera Three Productions

Andrée Ruellan's 100th Birthday is a 15-minute DVD produced in 2005 by the Georgia Museum of Art in celebration of the 100th birthday of Andrée Ruellan, an artist whose career spans the 20th century. Click here to learn more about this video. Click here to view this video.via Google Video.

Andrew Wyeth Self-Portrait: Snow Hill:  60 minutes 1995."Sensitively narrated by actor Stacy Keach, this intimate self-portrait was lovingly produced by the artist's wife, Betsy James Wyeth, and explores over 60 years of Andrew Wyeth's personal drama. This video incorporates the artist's great works of art with family photographs, home movies, personal letters, never-before-seen footage of Wyeth, and the first interview granted by famed model Helga Testorf. This tremendously moving program lends a treasured and unforgettable insight into Andrew Wyeth's very private world." 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. Also available through Currier Museum of Art.Note: Google Video has links to about 30 videos concerning this artist.

Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures Charlton Heston narrates this 1987 portrait filmed at Chadds Ford where many of Wyeth's famous Helga pictures were painted, and examines 44 of the .Helga pictures, including 22 nudes that have created a storm of controversy in the art world, examining the meaning and mystery of Wyeth's work. VHS: 36 minutes. 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. Note: Google Video has links to about 30 videos concerning this artist.

Andy Warhol is a 77 minute 1987 video which was the first major profile of the American Pop-Art cult leader since his death in 1987. It covers Warhol's life and work through interviews, film clips and conversations with members of his family and his "superstar" friends. Featured are conversations with a dozen of his closest associates -- including Ondlne, Viva, John Giorno, Brlgid Berlin and others -- discussing his family, colleagues, the art world, and his impact on society.The video was produced by RM Arts; London Weekend Television Note: Google Video has links to about 3,500 videos concerning this artist.

Andy Warhol: A Documentary (from American Masters). PBS says about this 240 minutes 2006 PBS Home Video DVD filmed in 16 x 9 aspect ratio: "Winner of the Peabody Award! No artist in the second half of the 20th century was more famous, or misunderstood, than Andy Warhol. This film explores his astonishing output from the late 1940s to his death in 1987. Obsessed with the desire to transcend his origins, Warhol grasped the realities of modern society and became the high priest of one of the most radical experiments in American culture, penetrating the barrier between art and commerce." Note: Google Video has links to about 3,500 videos concerning this artist.

Andy Warhol: Life And Death is contained on two DVD discs totaling 81 minues. PBS says of this 2004 video: "Brilliant, complex artist, eccentric individual, tragic commercial and critical success. The mysterious Andy Warhol was all these, and more. But how much else was there to know? Life and Death probes the surreal man behind the surface, and the blurred reality he perceived, in a fascinating documentary style, part whispered fiction, part spoken opera, all reality," Note: Google Video has links to about 3,500 videos concerning this artist.

Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture was released in 2003 and is a 105 minute documentary on 2 tapes from Bfs Entertainment. Directed by Chris Rodley. Warhol was just as famous for being "Andy Warhol" as he was for his artwork. He was a celebrity's celebrity, yet he was also a shy, prolific artist who worked in everything from painting to film to music. This documentary provides a definitive look at Warhol's life and his creative process. Features rare audiotapes and films from the Warhol Foundation Archives in addition to interviews with Debbie Harry, Dennis Hopper and more. "Exhilaratingly thorough, a Complete Oxford English Dictionary of Warhol" (The Times). DVD :includes a Warhol chronology, filmography and more. Note: Google Video has links to about 3,500 videos concerning this artist.

Annie Leibovitz: Celebrity Photographer is a portrait of the celebrated portrait photographer known for her famous subjects. Annie Leibovitz began her professional career at Rolling Stone and became Vanity Fair's first contributing photographer, and one of the highest paid photographers of our day. VHS/DVD. This 51 minute 1993 program produced by RM Arts; Middlemarch Films from the South Bank Show series, produced for London Weekend Television, contains nudity and explicit language and is directed by Rebecca Frayn.

Ansel Adams is a 90 minute 2002 American Experience PBS Home Video directed by Ric Burns and Narrated by David Ogden Stiers. From Warner Home Video. Ansel Adams's photographs have made him one of the most recognized and admired names in art. A staunch environmentalist, the pictures that Adams took reflected a larger world view the photographer held to strongly. Shown November 13, 2009 at Columbia Museum of Art | Main at Hampton | Columbia | SC | 29202 which says of the video: "Few American artists have enjoyed more widespread popularity than Ansel Adams. A visionary photographer, pioneer in technique, and environmental crusader, Adams took part in a revolution in photography and in the ways he saw "the continuous beauty of the things that are." Ric Burns' film biography of Adams is an intimate portrait of a man for whom life and art were inextricably connected with photography and wilderness."

Ansel Adams, Photographer 60 minutes "This film captures the spirit and artistry of the man as he talks about his life and demonstrates the techniques that have made his work legendary. As Adams talks of the country he loves, viewers glimpse his photographs juxtaposed with the landscapes he photographed. In a conversation with artist Georgia O'Keeffe, Adams discusses his association with her husband, pioneer photographer Alfred Steiglitz." "Outlines the long and prolific career of American photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) as an artist, conservationist, and teacher. Follows him to the locations of his most famous photographs, including Yosemite." By John Huszar. 1986 Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center. (available through Las Positas College Library)

Apache Visions in Stone: Art of Allan Houser is a 25 minute video from Crystal Productions. Rooted in Apache cultural traditions, the art of Allan Houser speaks a universal language. This video explores Houser's insights into the creative process and his devotion to revealing through art the many facets of Native American culture.

April Gornik: Landscapes (c) 2008, running time: 28 minutes. DVD. Program 62 from Art/New York, which says of this video: "April Gornik paints evocative landscapes with roots in minimalism as well as the conceptual avant garde of the 70's. Her haunted imagery is based on photographs that she manipulates to make highly personal work filled with sensual, sexual and metaphorical overtones. Gornik's intuitive relationship to nature offers a fresh look at the landscape that seems ever threatened, distant and disappearing. Seen on this program are two exhibitions at the Edward Thorpe Gallery in New York and a mid-career retrospective at the Neuberger Museum. Interviews are with critic/art historian Donald Kuspit, art dealer Renato Danese, curator Dede Young and April Gornik in her New York City studio."

Art City: Kiki Smith is a video 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.

Art Colonies in America: The American Impressionist. Of this 46 minute 2004 DVD directed by Albert J. Kallis, National Film Network says: "This film studies four colonies: Cos Cob and Old Lyme, Connecticut, Shinnecock, Long Island, and Laguna Beach, California... Each colony had its own unique flavor. Each colony had a devoted core of resident artists. Each colony possessed a distinctive geographic location. The common thread connecting them was the rise and spread of impressionist practices in America. Painting en plein air, artists explored the landscape around them: domesticated in some areas, much more primitive in others, but yet all painted with the verve, color, and spontaneity that define American Impressionist painting... Art Colonies in America presents the backdrop from which Impressionism emerged in Europe and was adopted by American painters. Visually spectacular and painstakingly researched, the film offers viewers a comprehensive and fascinating account of this defining moment in the history of American painting."

Art of Resistance, The. Seven Chicano artists talk about their work and how it has contributed to the civil rights movement for Mexican Americans. 26 min. Video/C 4076 from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Art of the American West Series from the Collection of the Museum of Western Art, Denver, has three sections (22 minutes each segment):

Art in Its Soul: Perspectives of an Art Colony, . "This video traces the evolution of the quaint town of Provincetown, on Cape Cod, as a major art colony through oral history, archival footage and works of art. Artists recall the early 1900s when students from around the world came to study here with Charles Hawthorne." 28 minutes (text courtesy Georgia Museum of Art)

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