Category “Art and Artists”

What Makes Art Valuable?

What would you buy if you happened to have 100 million dollars? perhaps a mansion, a fleet of private jets, your own personal submarine or would you put it all into a single piece of artwork? Some of the richest people in the world have done just that. But the question remains, what makes art so valuable? Enticing the superrich to splash out such crazy amounts of money. Is it love for the work, rivalry or simply just down to big business? In this BBC film, journalist Alastair Sooke wants to find out more about this infamously secret art world and the multi millionaires who populate it. He...

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McCullin

In his early twenties and with no formal training McCullin began his career in Finsbury Park, London, with pictures of the violent teenage gangs who appeared to rule the roost in the 1950's. McCullin would however go on to capture history as it was being made baring witness to some of the bloodiest conflicts of the last fifty years. A self confessed war junkie, Don McCullin's quest to bring the ugly truths of war to the international attention would come at great personal cost. Through this film we get a great insight into why Don McCullin is considered one of the greatest living war...

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The French Revolution: Tearing Up History

A journey through the dramatic and destructive years of the French Revolution, telling its history in a way not seen before - through the extraordinary story of its art. Our guide through this turbulent decade is the constantly surprising Dr Richard Clay, an art historian who has spent his life decoding the symbols of power and...

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Kusamono

This is a short story about a young potter called Muri. His interest in Bonsai trees brought him to the throwing wheel where he started making his own Bonsai pots. Now 26 years old Muri has left Rumania to live in Denmark. He has applied to be accepted on the school of ceramics on Bornholm and he will start this autumn if they let him...

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Gentlemen of Letters: A Dublin Sign Painting

Here is a great short from my home city Dublin, Ireland. Gentlemen of Letters by Colin Brady is a film about the almost lost craftsmanship of sign painting and how this overlooked art form has helped define the colour and feel of Dublin city...

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The Pixel Painter

Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired. Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art. Director: Josh Bogdan (joshbogdan.com) Director: Ryan Lasko Editor/Writer: Josh Bogdan Director of Photography: Topaz Adizes (topazadizes.com) Original Music: Jarrod Pedone (JarrodPedone.com) Original Music: Tyler H. Brown...

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Samsara

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, the documentary subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that...

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Ancient Ink: Blood and Tattoos

Starting in New Zealand, Craig Reynolds explores the tattooing culture around the globe. He kicks off with the Maori and the artists who maintain the ancient tattooing tradition.  There are so many different and diverse patterns and techniques…many are quite simply painful to endure. The Maori moko is very significant both for the male and female tribes folk. Many of the Moari moko’s were constructed with a flat chisel which opened up a scar which would then again be opened and inked. Craig gets his own tattoo at the hands of a very skilful Maori and witnesses the revival...

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The Seams

Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture that uses ice as the raw material. Sculptures from ice can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative. Ice sculptures are generally associated with special or extravagant events because of their limited lifetime. The lifetime of a sculpture is determined primarily by the temperature of its environment and thus, a sculpture can last from mere minutes to possibly months. There are several ice festivals held around the world, hosting competitions of ice sculpture carving. The Seams follows artist Jeff Prather as he...

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