Artwalk Picks, Coming at You!
Believe me, it was hard to pick just a few art films to feature for this week’s entry, as there are so many amazing non-fiction and fiction films, profiling a world of artists and their work. Don’t even get me started on the entirely outrageous idea of trying to distill the best of our print Art History collection, to just a few measly picks. You do know that we have all kinds of treasured art books up on the second floor by the windows, just begging to be opened… right?
Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The film includes shots of 255 of the Gallery’s paintings and portrays the day-to-day work of curators, conservators, art handlers … National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings
Known for his vibrant reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring African-American men, New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley has turned the practice of portraiture on its head and in the process has taken the art world by storm.
Outsider artist Harald Olson and his eccentric patron Jimmy Olinkiewicz found each other on Shelter Island, NY, and teamed up to sell paintings roadside. The semi-homeless painter and the father of an autistic child were magically connected, and together took friendship to a new level when they secured a major gallery showing of Olson’s unconventional work in NYC. An elegant, beautiful tale of how art, compassion and creativity can unlock hidden potential in unexpected places.
After three decades turning his lens on New York City, taxi driver turned street photographer Matt Weber has seen it all. It not only chronicles the life and times of Weber, but becomes a vibrant conversation about the photographic medium, artistic expression, and New York City. There is no telling how many stories Weber has attempted to capture since he first started taking pictures out of the window of the cab he used to drive.