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Painters Painting [Import]

Philip Leider , Leo Castelli , Emile de Antonio    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Viewing for Aspiring Abstract Artists Jan. 2 2014
By megalon
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great interviews and footage of some of the greats from the New York scene 1940-1970. These insights are priceless and I particularly liked the interviews with Stella,Newman and Motherwell as well as some insightful comments by the critic Greenburg. I wish there had of been time devoted to Rothko,Clyfford Still and Franz Kline but they cover the bases pretty well. The pop art segment was less enjoyable but that is a minor quibble.Some of the interviewees are preposterous in their self importance-but that in a way makes it more fun to watch. The audio(echoey,lots of background noise) and video quality is uneven but for an early 70's art doc it is certainly watchable.
If you are into Art-just buy it!
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  49 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than digging up a timecapsule Jan. 20 2001
By John B. Woodward III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
The Abstract Expressionists have been cannonized and mythologized to such an extent by popular culture, that the reality of the most important American Art Movement is difficult to experience from the recent books and treatises on the subject. Painters Painting, itself an important art work by film-maker Emile de Antonio, propels us back into that existentialist time in such a complete and satisfying way, that we finish feeling like we just had dinner ourselves with all the suspects of the time at the Cedar Tavern . We discover even the notorious critic Hilton Kramer has a face. From deKooning to Warhol, the musings of the artists include Frankenthaler, Hoffman, Motherwell, Barnett Newman (my personal favorite in this film: "I believe that art theory is to me as an artist what ornithology must be for the birds"), Johns, Rauschenberg, Noland, Olitsky, Pavia, Poons, and Frank Stella. Interviews include the controversial Clement Greenberg at his best. As you can tell from the artist list, the film begins with Abstract Expressionism, winds its way through Hard-Edge and Color Field painting, before it finishes with the Grande Dame of the New York Art Scene of the 60's, Andy Warhol. This is a documentary not to be missed.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Damn Good--Needs to Be Re-Released So That More Will Have Access Aug. 2 2005
By Play It By Ear - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
I cannot believe that this documentary is so hard to find. I never thought I would be able to find a copy in my lifetime. One appeared about a month ago at a reasonable price and I cannot believe my luck in picking up a copy. Remarkable 116 minute documentary by Emile de Antonio. The artists that appear in this film are very relaxed and forthcoming. There is no dumbing down here but it is not esoteric either. Unique product. My copy is well worn so I will have to copy it to my computer and make a DVD or VCD copy because eventually all VHS degrades further until it dies. This is required viewing for anyone who is crazy enough to have painting on his mind every day of his life like I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally May 26 2009
By S. Ginsburg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is an important document! And, it is finally available on DVD. Many of the artists that speak for themselves are now dead, so it gives us a chance see them in their studios again. And, it shows the Abstract Expressionists, Pop artists as well as the abstract artists of the 60's such as Stella, Noland and Poons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A time capsule of the golden-age of the New York Art Scene Feb. 12 2011
By Jon Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Emile de Antonio's documentary of the New York art scene from 1940-1970 is a masterpiece in itself, equal to the works of art put on canvas by the artists interviewed. It is a time capsule, captured on film, of a bygone era. The effects of Jackson Pollock's work and the aftermath of the 1960's factory scene and it's effects on the world and culture of American art are discussed. Legends of the cubist/neo-dada/pop art movements like Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Kenneth Noland, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella are interviewed among many others and their art analyzed with great attention to preserving their individual flavors and not allowing the editing process to dilute their unique contributions and bleed them together. You really get a sense of what makes each individual artist tick and what inspires them to create what would later become near-priceless works of art in just under a half-century.

To be honest, I didn't even know the film existed until a year or so ago and was delighted to find it on DVD here at Amazon. I ordered it and watched and was blown away. It is much different hearing the artists talk about their own work on film as opposed to reading about them. You get a more intimate portrait of the artists themselves and it is a DVD I will treasure forever. As a bonus treat, there is a very interesting PBS interview included on the DVD of Emile de Antonio filmed shortly before his death in 1989 included on the bonus section of the DVD where he discusses what went into the creation of the documentary and about his relationships with the various artists interviewed. Nearly worth the cost of the DVD by itself.

Overall this is a must-buy DVD, not just for the artist or aspiring painter, but for anyone interested in the beauty of paint and canvas in general and of the New York art scene in particular.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars De-mystifying the process. Jan. 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
You smile when you watch these artist attempt to affix words to their work. It's a painful task, but De Antonio's conversational style turns an interview with even the most laconic of artists into an entertaining and instructive ride. (deKooning, 'Painters aren't so clever').
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