The creative lives of artists

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Throughout history, art has inspired and wowed, brought civilizations down, and built them back up again. Delve into the lives of the masters behind these works of art.


Donald Rosenfeld, Daniel Wolf, Ric Burns, James Sanders, Jeff Koons
Description: A portrait of the most famous and controversial artist of the second half of the twentieth century. Explores the complete spectrum of Warhol's artistic output, from the late 1940s to his death in 1987.
Call Number: B War
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Ric Burns, Sierra Club Productions, Steeplechase Films Inc, PBS DVD (Firm)
Description: "Portrait of a great artist and ardent environmentalist-for whom life and art, photography and wilderness, creativity and communication, love and expression, were inextricably connected"--Container.
Call Number: B Ada
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Bob Raczka
Description: This book focuses on the childhood works of seven artists, with lots of interesting facts about who or what influenced them when they were children and young adults. Three works from each artist are included, showing how their style developed and changed over time.
Call Number: J 704.08 Rac
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Andrew Graham-Dixon, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Description: An exploration into the dark and desperate life of Caravaggio as he created the most dramatic paintings of his age.
Call Number: B Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Katherine Govier
Call Number: FIC Gov
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Belinda Sallin, Leslie Barany, Kimstim Films
Description: Swiss-born artist and sculptor H. R. Giger is an architect of nightmares and a sci-fi pioneer. He won an Oscar for the iconic monster in Ridley Scott's classic movie "Alien," but who was the man behind the images of sexual, biomechanical horror?
Call Number: B Gig
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Molly Crabapple
Description: The underground artist and journalist presents a memoir of her years between September 11 and the Occupy movement in New York City to discuss the impact of historical events on her work and her decision to become a witness journalist.
Call Number: B Cra
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Amanda Vaill
Call Number: 920 Vai
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Banksy, Jaimie D'Cruz, Holly Cushing, Zam Baring, James Gay-Rees
Description: An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film.
Call Number: 751.73 Exi
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Brad Bernstein, Rick Cikowski, Tomi Ungerer, Maurice Sendak, Jules Feiffer
Description: One man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing society's boundaries through his subversive art combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation culled from seven decades worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator. Using a palette of 20th century events to paint an artist's epic yet controversial life story, the film offers a retrospective of Ungerer's life and art.
Call Number: B Ung
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Hayden Herrera
Call Number: B Kah
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Sally Mann
Description: A memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann. Her luminous photographs have become icons of modern art, but Mann also possesses a fearlessness and clarity of vision in her writing as well. As she sets out to understand her parents, Mann unravels threads that lead to discoveries about generations past, the marks they made on the world, and how these reverberate in her life and work today.
Call Number: B Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Jessica Yu, Henry Darger, Larry Pine-Dakota Fanning, Jeff Beal, Diorama Films
Description: A haunting portrait of Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day and a visionary artist by night.
Call Number: B Dar
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
James Mayhew
Description: While visiting the art museum, Katie has an adventure stepping in and out of five paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne. Includes information about Post-impressionism and the particular paintings and artists in the story.
Call Number: E May
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Ross King
Description: Tells the complete story of the creation of The Last Supper mural: the adversities suffered by the artist during its execution; the experimental techniques he employed; the models for Christ and the Apostles that he used; and the numerous personalities involved -- everyone from the Leonardo's young assistants to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan who commissioned the work.
Call Number: 759.5 Leo
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Ross King
Description: Among all of Monet's creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Monet himself intended them to provide "an asylum of peaceful meditation." Yet, as King reveals, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life. By early 1914 French newspapers were reporting that Monet had retired his brushes, yet at 73 he began perhaps his most ambitious project.
Call Number: 759.4 Mon
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Barbara Herkert, Gabi Swiatkowska
Description: "A lyrical biography of Mary Cassatt, the free-spirited Impressionist painter"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Paul J. Staiti
Description: The images accompanying the founding of the United States--of honored Founders, dramatic battle scenes, and seminal moments--gave visual shape to Revolutionary events and symbolized an entirely new concept of leadership and government. Since then they have endured as icons, serving as historical documents and timeless reminders of the nation's unprecedented beginnings. As Paul Staiti reveals, the lives of the five great American artists of the Revolutionary period--Charles Willson Peale, John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart--were every bit as eventful as those of the Founders with whom they continually interacted, and their works contributed mightily to America's founding spirit. Living in a time of breathtaking change, each in his own way came to grips with the history being made by turning to brushes and canvases, often eliciting awe and praise, and sometimes scorn. Ever since the passing of the last eyewitnesses to the Revolution, their imagery has connected Americans to 1776, allowing us to interpret and reinterpret the nation's beginning, generation after generation. The stories of these five artists open a fresh window on the Revolutionary era, making more human the figures we have long honored as our Founders, and deepening our understanding of the whirlwind out of which the United States emerged.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 759.13 Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Ed Harris, Fred Berner, Jon Kilik, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Bower
Description: "Fellow artists and lovers Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are at the center of New York's 1940's art scene, but as Krasner neglects her work to push Pollock's career forward, Pollock begins to unravel emotionally. Pollock and Krasner escape to the country to marry, and soon, Pollock creates the work that makes him the first internationally-famous modern painter in America. But with fame and fortune comes a volatile temper and severe self-doubt; before long, Pollock's life threatens to explode"--Container.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Sebastian Smee
Description: "Picasso & Matisse. Manet & Degas. Pollack & de Kooning. Lucian Freud & Francis Bacon. This is the story of four pairs of artists -- each linked by friendship and a spirit of competitiveness. Taken together, they form an impressive lineage stretching across more than 150 years. But in each case, these relationships had a flashpoint, a damaging psychological event that seemed to mark both an end and a new beginning, a break that led onto new creative innovations"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 700.92 Sme
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Agnès Varda, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Stéphane Vilar, Paule Cornet, Ciné Tamaris (Firm)
Description: "A reflection on art, life, and the movies. ... [A] richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy and the birth of the French New Wave."--Container.
Call Number: 791.43 Bea
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Susan Vreeland
Call Number: LP FIC Vre
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Inc Everglades Media, Janson Media
Description: Examines the work of the Florida landscape painters known as the Highwaymen, a group of young, untrained African-American landscape painters. They emerged from the small central Florida town of Fort Pierce in the late 1950's and early 1960's. They were prevented by segregation from selling their paintings in traditional art galleries. So they sold their paintings out of the trunks of their cars, usually for around $35 a painting. They painted on wallboard. In 1995, the Highwaymen became recognized by the art world and their paintings sell for thousands of dollars. The Highwaymen mainly painted Florida back-country scenes, using bold strokes of dramatic colors.
Call Number: 758.178 Hig
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Renato Castellani, Philippe Leroy, Giulio Bosetti, Radiotelevisione italiana, Instituto Luce
Description: Biography of the versatile Renaissance artist in the context of his times, describing some of his achievements in painting, architecture, engineering, sculpture, and science.
Call Number: B Leo
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Francine Prose
Call Number: 920 Pro
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
Barb Rosenstock, Mary GrandPré
Call Number: E Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Sue Roe
Call Number: 759.4 Roe
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 30, 2017
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Andy Warhol : A Documentary Film [DVD]
Donald Rosenfeld, Daniel Wolf, Ric Burns, James Sanders, Jeff Koons
B War
Leonardo And The Last Supper
Ross King
759.5 Leo
Ansel Adams [DVD]
Ric Burns, Sierra Club Productions, Steeplechase Films Inc, PBS DVD (Firm)
B Ada
Mad Enchantment : Claude Monet And The Painting Of The Water Lilies
Ross King
759.4 Mon
Before They Were Famous : How Seven Artists Got Their Start
Bob Raczka
J 704.08 Rac
Mary Cassatt : Extraordinary Impressionist Painter
Barbara Herkert, Gabi Swiatkowska
E Her
Caravaggio : A Life Sacred And Profane
Andrew Graham-Dixon, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
B Car
Of Arms And Artists : The American Revolution Through Painters' Eyes
Paul J. Staiti
759.13 Sta
Creation : A Novel
Katherine Govier
FIC Gov
Pollock [DVD]
Ed Harris, Fred Berner, Jon Kilik, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Bower
Drama
Dark Star : H.R. Giger's World [DVD]
Belinda Sallin, Leslie Barany, Kimstim Films
B Gig
The Art Of Rivalry : Four Friendships, Betrayals, And Breakthroughs In Modern Art
Sebastian Smee
700.92 Sme
Drawing Blood : A Memoir
Molly Crabapple
B Cra
The Beaches Of Agnès = Les Plages D'agnès [DVD]
Agnès Varda, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Stéphane Vilar, Paule Cornet, Ciné Tamaris (Firm)
791.43 Bea
Everybody Was So Young : Gerald And Sara Murphy, A Lost Generation Love Story
Amanda Vaill
920 Vai
The Forest Lover [Large Print]
Susan Vreeland
LP FIC Vre
Exit Through The Gift Shop [DVD]
Banksy, Jaimie D'Cruz, Holly Cushing, Zam Baring, James Gay-Rees
751.73 Exi
The Highwaymen: Florida's Outsider Artists [DVD]
Inc Everglades Media, Janson Media
758.178 Hig
Far Out Isn't Far Enough : The Tomi Ungerer Story [DVD]
Brad Bernstein, Rick Cikowski, Tomi Ungerer, Maurice Sendak, Jules Feiffer
B Ung
The Life Of Leonardo Da Vinci [DVD]
Renato Castellani, Philippe Leroy, Giulio Bosetti, Radiotelevisione italiana, Instituto Luce
B Leo
Frida, A Biography Of Frida Kahlo
Hayden Herrera
B Kah
The Lives Of The Muses : Nine Women & The Artists They Inspired
Francine Prose
920 Pro
Hold Still : A Memoir With Photographs
Sally Mann
B Man
The Noisy Paint Box : The Colors And Sounds Of Kandinsky's Abstract Art
Barb Rosenstock, Mary GrandPré
E Ros
In The Realms Of The Unreal : The Mystery Of Henry Darger [DVD]
Jessica Yu, Henry Darger, Larry Pine-Dakota Fanning, Jeff Beal, Diorama Films
B Dar
The Private Lives Of The Impressionists
Sue Roe
759.4 Roe
Katie And The Sunflowers
James Mayhew
E May