Art & Architecture


Battles Of The Louvre 53 min.

Historians, curators, architects and artists, as well as witnesses and those involved in the Louvre’s latest major works reveal all about the history of the Palace and Museum. Through 8 centuries of the trials and tribulations of politics and history, and architecture and art, a medieval fortress has become the largest museum in the world—the Louvre in Paris. The turbulent tale of this metamorphos...

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Bernard Buffet, The Great Agitator 53 min.

As famous in his time as Picasso, the painter Bernard Buffet experienced glory but it was followed by a fall from grace. Today, he has finally achieved recognition. Despite his inimitable style, he was marginalized for half a century on account of his popular success, his millionaire’s lifestyle and his contempt for the art world. A look back over the life of a controversial artist, today consider...

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Black Is The Color 53 min.

Faced with racist caricatures, African-American painters decided to present a different image of their community than the one imposed by the degrading stereotypes of a brutally racist society. Ignored and marginalized, they had to wait a century before they finally won recognition. This film tells the story of how African-American artists took back their image, from the abolition of slavery to the...

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10 Homes that Changed America 55 min.

10 Homes that Changed America highlights ten architecturally adventuresome dwellings, which provided Americans with more than just a “roof over their heads”—these homes elevated living to an art form. Meet the talented architects who brought these buildings to life, along with their often-eccentric clients, and the lucky individuals who live in these historic homes today. A primer in domestic arch...

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10 Parks that Changed America 55 min.

10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of ten visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces the heroes who brou...

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10 Towns that Changed America 55 min.

"10 Towns that Changed America" focuses on ten “experimental” towns that did not evolve organically over time, but instead were designed (or redesigned) from the ground up by visionary architects, corporations, and citizens, who sought to change the lives of residents using architecture, design, and urban planning. Some of these visionaries were driven by an ideology, others were trying to serve t...

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Degas / Out of Africa Revisit—Catalyst 30 min.

A ghostly form bleeds through a painting, and another that could be a forgery. The National Gallery of Victoria is literally lined with secrets. Early attempts at solving these mysteries gave only a glimpse of what lay beneath the brushstrokes. It would take over 80 years in the makingand a giant leap in technology to uncover the hidden history. Catalyst goes behind the scenes at the National Gall...

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The Man Who Shot Vietnam 52 min.

In 1966, the photographer Philip Jones Griffiths first visited Vietnam. It was an experience that would profoundly shape his career and legacy, as well as the world’s understanding of the humanitarian cost of war. Griffiths captured incredible images of the victims of war and his 1971 photo journal, Vietnam Inc, transformed forever our understanding of this terrible conflict. This beautifully shot...

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Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures 109 min.

In 1989, on the floor of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms implored America to “Look at the pictures,” while denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism – and ignited a culture war that rages to this day. More than 25 years later, the HBO Documentary Films presentation Mapplethorpe: L...

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Art of Scandinavia 150 min.

Andrew Graham-Dixon dissects the art of Scandinavia in a series of three programs that join the highly successful Art of strand. It’s the story of art in a land without light for months on end and of how a landscape (and the art it inspired) gave us 20th Century existentialism. However it is also the story of eroticism, where the light is white and ultra-brilliant; the world of the Snow Queen and...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016