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Ken Burns' American Stories - Thomas Hart Benton is a 60 minute1988 film from the Ken Burns' America series by PBS. "The turbulent career of Thomas Hart Benton, one of America's most controversial artists, began with experimentation in Expressionism, Cubism, and other European styles abroad. Later, while in the military, Benton was assigned to illustrate army equipment, discovering in the process a realistic style that finally satisfied him. Returning to civilian life, he became a Regionalist painter, portraying Americans as down-to-earth types who expressed their "American-ness" through their everyday actions and their appearance." Director Ken Burns combines samples of Benton's work and interviews with art critics, family, and friends as well as footage of Benton himself. Produced by Ken Burns and Julie Dumphey. (Quote from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) Thomas Hart Benton 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.

Kenny Scharf's World, (c) 1995, running time: 28 minutes. Program 41 from Art/New York, which says of this video: "This program explores the sometimes surreal, always fascinating, inner landscape of a young American painter. Kenny Scharf, part of the 1980's irreverent post-pop tradition, continues to exhibit ever changing work which incorporates themes as diverse as ecology, consumer culture, nuclear annihilation and the Jetsons. A superb draftsman and beautiful painter, Kenny continues to defy categorization. Included are Scharf's 1984, 1991 and 1994 exhibitions at the Shafrazi Gallery and interviews with KENNY SCHARF, art critic-curator DAN CAMERON and dealer TONY SHAFRAZI."

Kevin Macpherson painting instruction videos include:

Winter Escape With Kevin Macpherson in which plein air painter Kevin Macpherson develops this large studio snow scene from several small studies. He discusses his thoughts on color and composition, in depth, as he enlarges the studies. During the painting process Kevin pauses for self critiques and shares his impressions and goals with the viewer. He explains the logic of his limited palette: color harmony, warm and cool hues, value relationships and techniques of painterly painting. Listening and watching Kevin as he paints this large studio work is more informative then viewing a live demonstration. The multiple cameras follow the action in close up detail from palette to canvas.
Painting A Landscape From A Small Study is a two-hour oil-painting demonstration in which internationally acclaimed author and painter Kevin Macpherson, a teacher of plein-air painting, tackles what he days many aspiring artists consider a problematic subject -- a landscape filled with greens. The landscape in question is a wooded pond with a mountainous backdrop situated near his New Mexico home and, consequently, one Kevin has repeatedly tackled. Here the renowned artist uses one of his original on site studies to inspire and inform a larger, more finished painting. His North Light publications, "Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light and Color", is an international bestseller. Whether through a book of before a live audience, Kevin;s communication style gets the message across clearly: When it comes to successful painting, there is no formula to be memorized but there are key concepts to be mastered. Few painters demonstrate these keys as authoritatively as Kevin does and all the more so because his delightful personality makes them easy to absorb.
Kevin Macpherson Paints A Landscape is a 106 minute video in which the artist demonstrates painting a large studio painting from an on location study. Kevin Macpherson is a member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America and is a past President of the organization. The video was filmed during a four national artist demonstration. Kevin is one of the nation's leading plein air artists. You are there as step by step he develops the painting from the beginning sketch to its completion. Through the use of this video you will have the opportunity to paint with the master plein air artist. You can setup your easel by the TV and paint with Kevin.
Brush With Life: Landscapes is a video in which Kevin Macpherson approaches each painting experience as a unique dialog with nature. He shares his effective methods capturing the magic of the moment with spots of beautifully related color in an impressionistic painterly style. See how to manipulated shapes with energetic and delicate brushwork. Achieve a sense of light and shade, color and atmosphere without details. Learn to keep your colors clean and vibrant as you make your painting full of life. Discover that virtually any color under the sun can be mixed with a limited palette. (text adapted from SmartFlix)

Kiki Smith. (c) 2008, running time: 28 minutes. DVD/VHS. Program 40 from Art/New York, which says of this video: "This tape covers the art of one of the most innovative and unusual artists working today. Covered are her last two shows at the Fawbush Gallery in New York City in which she exhibits her visceral, primal and thought provoking work. Included is an interview with KIKI SMITH. In her Lower East Side studio, she talks at length about her inspiration, her ideas and the making of her art. Also included are brief interviews with her dealers JOE FAWBUSH and TOM JONES and CLAUDIA GOULD, director of Artists Space in SOHO." Video/C 6750. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Kindred Spirits: Contemporary African-American Artists: 30 minutes 1992. "The cultural legacy that black Americans inherited from their African ancestors remains an active force in their art in the latter quarter of the 20th century. The voices and artworks of several contemporary African-American artists (John Biggers, Charles Searles, Bessie Harvey, Renee Stout, Jean Lacy, Ed Love, and Lois Mailou Jones) are interspersed with remarks and poetry recitation by Maya Angelou. This program is based on the highly acclaimed exhibition Black Art: Ancestral Legacy, organized by the Dallas Museum of Art in 1989." Produced by KERA-TV and based on the highly acclaimed exhibition, Black Art: Ancestral Legacy organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. 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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