This category and its content give you an insight in, what is probably one of the oldest human enterprises, a beautiful and intriguing world of art.
Since the first cave dwellers depicted scenes from everyday life and made roughly shaped statues, to this day, art has been evolving mainly because people had the urge to express themselves in a certain creative and productive way.
The result of that process, regardless of the media used in realization, is what we today perceive as art. Now, as broad term as art is, it demands a certain categorization, in order for us to be able to grasp the concepts and ideas it offers. Depending on the medium, time period, or even a stream of thought at the time of making, a certain piece of art belongs to a specific category.
The long established categories include music, theatre, literature, painting, sculpturing, architecture, dancing and recently two more were added to this traditional classification and they are the art of film and comics.
The following sub division of each category is defined by the term genre. Each individual category contains, or consists of, if you will, of a number of genres.
The art category on Documentary Tube consists of all of the above mentioned categories along with their genres and even more, because art itself is constantly evolving and someone is always there to document it. The coverage, material wise, goes from the printmaking artists from Chicago demonstrating various printing techniques and skills.
See the story of the street art of graffiti and the development of that particular art form across the globe, followed by the overview of the impact that Leonardo Da Vinci made to the world of art when he painted one of his most famous works-the Mona Lisa, and finally the life and work of the musical mastermind Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Explore the vast dimensions of art, sharpen your senses and develop a fine taste in various genres of a colorful range of categories. Perhaps you will discover the creative potential within you, and keep in mind that it is never too late for art.
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"This is the day…the only day featured in this remarkable documentary.This is the compilation of video taken by ordinary people all over the world at all different times of the day..24th July 2010.This will become an iconic video for generations to come and will give a very broad view of the ups and down of life for people all over the planet.There are ups sides and downside too many to mention so in terms of an appraisal of the documentary, suffice to say it is simply a fascinating picture of a massive cross section of the worlds population….Watch it and enjoy 24th July 2010"
Latest Documentaries in Art
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‘The Genius of Photography’ is a documentary film by BBC Four, captured in six parts: Fixing the Shadows, Documents for Artists, Right Place, Right Time?, Paper Movies, We Are Family and Snap Judgements.It traces the history behind 170 glorious years of this art, which has shown more than what meets the eye, intriguing us by the strange feelings that a scene captured on different mediums can make us feel delighted, moved, unhappy or angry!The film features some of the most well known photographs ever taken and illustrates what made them so very special.The series also explores every aspect of photography from daguerreotype to digital, portraits to photo- journalism and art to advertising, and includes interviews and encounters with some of the world’s greatest living photographers including William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, William Klein, Martin Parr, Sally Mann, Robert Adams, Juergen Teller, Andreas Gursky, Jeff Wall and many others.
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James Bond: The True Story is a documentary on author Ian Fleming’s suave secret agent, James Bond. This film talks about Fleming’s wartime service in naval intelligence talks about two men upon whom Bond’s character is probably based.On February 17th 1952, Ian Fleming wrote the spy story to end all spy stories. The central character of this story became the world’s best-loved fictional creations: James Bond.What is important to note that the popularity in Bond’s improved when US president John F Kennedy announced that he was a fan of the book “From Russia with Love”? However, the true credit for increasing the popularity of Bond goes to the film series started in 1961. As per the estimates half the population of the world has seen a James Bond film, while Fleming’s books have sold over 100 million copies.The film throws the question if James Bond is purely a fairytale or does it have some basis in reality. The author’s wartime career in naval intelligence allowed him an intimate acquaintance with the secret service and the methods and ploys associated with the secret services. He had embarked on many top-secret missions to the US, France, Spain and North Africa. These events in Fleming’s life shaped every aspect of Bond. Bond’s world, his women and his adventures reflect the life of the author himself.According to Henry Chancellor, author of a book on Bond, believes Fleming “may have written fiction, but 95% of it was based on fact that had been filtered through the prism of his imagination and then polished up a bit”.
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This short documentary is really good attempt by the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (BHCC) when they presented this at their Annual Conference in London on 28 June 2011 to dispel many of the myths and common misconceptions surrounding Greece and it people.It is really pertinent in 2012 because the economic situation in Greece has deteriorated…but the underlying principles and messages outlined in this short documentary/presentation hold true to this day (bar the statement on peaceful protesting perhaps).Greece is a timeless country and the beauty of the country and it’s people will remain as it has done over the previous centuries of torrid times.The documentary goes a long way to dispel many of the commonly held myths and beliefs and it does so in a very creative and simplistic way..which again is aligned to the Greek people themselves. The Greeks work more average hours than many of the leading European countries. They have invested heavily in new and modern technology and infrastructure.Greek exports have increased by approaching one third and they have a wealth of natural resources which can be developed to bring them out of the difficulties they currently face through the fault…not of their people but the people in power at the head of government. They have almost infinite sunshine giving immense potential for solar power generation. They have the constant Aegean winds for wind power and the potential with such a massive coastline for further power production… Green sustainable energy is required not just in Greece but around the world.. Greece also has a wealth of Natural Gas resource which is not fully exploited yet.Even though tourism was predicted to RISE by 20% in 2011 it probably fell somewhat due to the general economic world recession and in some small way due to the unrest in Greece in general. The fact remains that Greece is such a beautiful place, with beautiful people and beautiful weather that despite what politics dictate Greece as a whole will continue to be a dream destination for any tourist. great holiday destinations and a plethora of things to do see and visit again dispel many of the common myths. I myself have just returned from spending 4 months researching for a travel site www.mygreeceholiday.com and was simply enthralled by the country and will certainly be back there within the year.The music in the documentary is nicely in keeping with the flavour of the message being presented…views of magnificent blue flag beaches and wonderful museums and ancient ruins complement the key message at the end of the documentary. The Greeks are resilient and WILL come through this latest bout of dis-rest and economic uncertainty.If you wish to understand more about the work of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (BHCC) go to their site here http://www.bhcc.gr/Another relevent documentary covered here on Documentarytube is to be found here http://www.documentarytube.com/coming-here-soon-greece-bust-and-broken
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This enthralling documentary is not simply about the fascinating subject of Garbage recycling and bio-diversity along with the architechtural designs associated with biotechture but as much to do with the struggle against the massively obstructive US Government legislature in order to explore different mechanisms to survive against the global warming in the world.Architect Michael Reynolds strives against the odds to develop techniques and diversity to provide self sustainability for many.He maps the progress of his many “Earthship” communities and how each have come into being. Using solar energy and utilising garbage in his buildings (Beer bottles, plastic bottles etc) he has over the years built special buildings in New Mexico which are totally “Off-grid” using no gas, electric or water.Reynolds shows how these remarkable buildings require no heat even in the height of winter when it can get to minus 35 degrees.This starts as a fantastic evolutionary “Grand Design” type documentary but you then begin to be drawn into the complex and TOTALLY frustrating regime of legislating which seeks to prevent any degree of change; often to solely protect other carbon inefficient industries! The documentary is a rollercoaster of excitement for the enthusiastic followed by real dips when dealing with the politics.It took Reynolds to take his team to a Tsunami area and build some structures there before some of the self motivated , agenda focused, politicians to grant him the opportunity to develop his radical thinking and development.The documentary addresses:Thermal massWind powerSolar powerRammed earthGarbage utilisation & recyclingWater harvestingRenewable energyTemperature stabilizationThis allows you to understand the benefits of having no mortgage, no utility bills etc….brilliant.Read more at Garbage Warrior.
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In ‘Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides’, documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows how Andy Goldsworthy brings alive art in the form of structures and scenes art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones.The film shows how difficult this task really is as we see how a complex structure of interconnected sticks collapse while Goldsworthy is still working on it and several creations fall apart, melt, or drift away due to exposure to the elements, with some exceptions, such as a winding stone wall that was built by him in Mountainville, NY.Most of the film has been shot in Goldsworthy’s home in Penport, Scotland, and in a French museum and the film also includes responses by Goldsworthy to Thomas’ off-screen questions.
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‘This Is Modern Art’ highlights the current trend in modern art and compares it with the works of legends such as Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, illustrating along the way how the meaning of art has transformed over the centuries and investigates whether is still restricted to being merely a thing of beauty.This series, written and presented by the English art critic Matthew Collings, won a BAFTA apart from several other awards.The presenter provides a humorous, witty and intelligent take on work and outlook of the new generation of artists highly publicized in the British mass media.
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In ‘This Is Civilization’, Mathew Collings analyses how our world has been shaped by the cultures of the past and personally selects the greatest artistic moments and monuments from history in his quest. He travels across Europe, Egypt, China and the United States and offers a unique perspective on today’s social and political issues.Each episode in this four-part series is 49 minutes long and addresses a defining moment in artistic expression and explores how that transition has shaped Western culture and thought.Ye Gods: The first episode explores how the religious art of the past influences our beliefs about civilization today. Collings starts with the Greeks, who absorbed the awesome power of representations of the gods left by older civilizations, particularly the ancient Egyptians, and the element the Greeks added that still amaze us today: lifelikeness.Feelings: In this episode Mathew Collings examines the work of two great 18th century artists – David and Goya and looks at how art came to express our human emotions.Save Our Souls: The third episode in the series explores how our ideas about art, nature and society were influenced by the industrial revolution, focusing on the visionary ideas of the British art critic John Ruskin.Uncertainty: The final episode of Matthew journey tells the story of modern art and culture, from its beginnings in artists like Picasso, Klee and Mondrian, right up to the present day and it ends with the flourishing contemporary art scene in Beijing.
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‘The Genius of Mozart’ recreates the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (1756–1791). Charles Hazlewood, a popular composer and presenter brings an insightful, educational dimension to this historically accurate docudrama. The story begins with the Mozart’s father Leopold with whom Mozart had a zealous and tortured correspondence.Mozart’s music and his inspiration behind them are given a predominant place in this film. It shows how music helped Mozart unlock his emotions and shed all inhibitions and restrictions of the mind. The first great phase of Mozart’s brief life was that of the travelling child prodigy – gifted as a performer and writer of music – who grew into the genius who, working within the restrictions of his time, began to rewrite the musical rules and transformed the face of the music industry as we know it today.The film also focuses upon a lesser known facet of Mozart – the adult thinker aware of the bigger picture, who was keenly attached to the progressive values of the Enlightenment. He was impressively well-read, a speaker of most European languages, an Austrian Catholic, a Freemason and above all a composer at the height of his powers, determined to succeed in the most challenging and worthwhile area of all – The Opera.
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The Genius of Design is a documentary series which explores the history of design. The very first episode gives a fascinating account of the birth of industrial design. The film explores the work of the famous and anonymous designers responsible for prosaic but classic designs for cast-iron cooking pots to sheep shears.The documentary is interspersed with interviews with famous designers Dieter Rams and J Mays, Ford Motors’ global head of design.When the world was facing a the worst crisis in the form of the two world wars design gave new and different ideas about the shape of things to emerge from the radical futurism of the Bauhaus to the British love affair with mock-Tudor architecture and the three-piece suit.The Genius of Design examines the Second World War and discusses the rival war machines designed and built in Germany, Britain, the USSR and the USA. These war machinery as the film suggests reveals a fascinating the ideological priorities of the nations and regimes which produced them.The story of design moves to the world of the 50s and 60s, when a revolutionary new material called plastic was introduced. It was combined with the miracles of electronic miniaturization which allowed designers to provide something new: liberation to the post war generation,The story moves to the late 70s, the final episode tracks the explosion of wild creativity that defined the ‘designer decades’ of the 80s and early 90s. Addressing wants rather than needs, the mantra of the age of Consumerism and the emergence of ‘retail culture’, designers moved out of the backrooms and claimed starring role in the shaping of modern life.
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In ‘The Genius of Beethoven’, Paul Rhys very accurately portrays the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, vividly conveying the loneliness and gloom Beethoven experienced throughout his life.It is a very powerful and moving docudrama that includes insightful narration from Charles Hazlewood, a popular conductor, composer and presenter.The film apprises us of facts about Beethoven such as the fact that he was the grandson of a musician of Flemish origin who was also named Ludwig van Beethoven, who was employed as a bass singer at the court of the Elector of Cologne, rising to become a music director. His, Johann van Beethoven worked as a tenor in the same musical establishment, also giving lessons on piano and violin to supplement his income; he married Maria Magdalena Keverich in 1767; Beethoven was born of this marriage in Bonn, probably on 16 December 1770, and baptized the next day though there is no documentary evidence to support the same.
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Infamy follows the story of a number of “famous” graffiti artists. This documentary shows the life and the art of this controversial medium. Some quickly dismiss graffiti as vandalism while others see it as a new form of art. This documentary shines more light on this growing underground community.
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‘Impressionism: Revenge of the Nice’ is a wonderful documentary by Matthew Collings re assessing the art of Impressionism and focusing on the legends in this field such as Courbet, Manet, Monet and Cezanne.This film illustrates the principles of Impressionism – the strength of color, the flatness, the patterning and the way in which ordinary life is pictured with staggering truth and enforces the fact that it was the best thing that has ever happened in modern art, paving the path for futuristic art.This film can change the entire perception regarding impressionism and the importance of art in the contemporary world.
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In the fourth century BC the Greek philosopher Aristotle went to Lesbos, an island in the Aegean full, then as now, with wildlife.His fascination with what he found there, and his careful study of it, gave birth to a new science – biology.Professor Armand Leroi follows in the footsteps of Aristotle to discover the creatures, places and ideas that inspired the philosopher in his pioneering work.A film that examines the discoveries of Aristotle on the nature of the island of Lesbos and how it influenced his views on human biology.
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American Visions, an eight-part documentary series which deals with American art. The film is written and narrated by Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes. American Visions is both an account of American life and a tribute to American art. It is American history told through art, not merely a history of art. The film provides an elevating and inclusive perspective on art.The feature is filmed in 100 locations around the country and covers all aspects of art from Quaker to Shaker, George Washington to Bierstadt, Remington to Warhol, and the skyscrapers of New York City.In this film Hughes has employs his considerable wit and imagination to the problem of revealing how art records and preserves both points of view and ways of life. This tour-de-force spans three centuries of events, movements, and personalities that have shaped American society and its art.
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"This documentary addresses the demise of many who decide that they simply cannot afford the luxury of living in rented accommodation and opt to live in an RV (recreational Vehicle) with all the associated difficulties and hassles.Documentarytube contacted Zack Lobisch, the artist responsible for the documentary to get his perspective of the video he had produced. This is what he had to say:Quote“ This documentary addresses certain aspects of living in a Recreational Vehicle in a congested city environment. With a high increase in poverty as a result of country wide recession, some people are forced to live in this difficult, and desperate manner. This film will take you on a short journey through the life of one person’s account of his experience living on the City Streets of Urban America. High Class Homeless is entertaining, educational and enlightening to anyone curious about this lifestyle, and the things that go along on a day to day basis. I hope You enjoy my movie. ZL “This of course is a very understated account by Zack of what is in fact a very classy representation of a less than satisfactory lifestyle. The documentary addresses many of the traumas encountered by those choosing, or being forced to chose this way of life. In a further email he has informed Documentarytube that he will be having a public showing in San Diego CA in the next few weeks (Oct 2012) and he will see how it all goes then. “I have an audience already so should be fun.” he told us.The reality is that he becomes sick of being dirty, sick of moving, sick of being cold and sick of being moved on by Police and authorities for no real reason …all this and still making every effort to hold down full time employment. Some feat for sure.This documentary video by artist Zack Lobisch not a second hand review of someone elses life…this is him showing it as it was and is in a recreation vehicle at the side of a busy noisy road with real concern for his safety.With poverty levels rising and jobs fewer by the minute in 2012 many are considering this option…it is worth watching this to understand the complications. Because this is a short version of the video, documentarytube asked if it were possible to upload the full length version?Zack responded:“Thanks for the interest in my documentary. I think I would be able to upload the full length video. Its 40 minutes. I would just use my other, more powerful computer. It might be a few weeks, but i am definitely interested. Also I will be making much more content with the same premise. I will be having a public showing in San Diego CA in the next few weeks. I will see how it all goes. I have an audience already so should be fun. Zack”So we look forward to getting the full version and airing it for you."
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"Modern Masters is a four- part TV series describing the lifetime and accomplishments of four goliaths of 20th century art: Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.Throughout the sequence of the sequence, announcer and reporter, Alastair Sooke, investigates why these artistes are deemed so significant and scrutinizes how their effect can still be appreciated in our world currently.He originates with Andy Warhol, the king of Pop Art. On his voyage he celebrates with Dennis Hopper, has an skirmish with Carla Bruni and encounter with Marilyn. Alongside the way he discovers just how dazzlingly Andy Warhol pinned down and depicted our fascinations with consumerism, fame and the mass media, and then set off on to re-invent them.Correspondent Alastair Sooke goes out to ascertain just how far the artiste Henri Matisse has inspired our contemporary lives. Sooke give details why Matisse’s fine art is deemed to be so impressive and likewise observes in what way Matisse’s magnificent usage of pigment and interpretation of shape remains to enthuse illustrators, stylists and obviously illustrators nowadays.The natural life of Pablo Picasso is a stimulating account of agitation, treasures, ladies and fantastic skill. In this section, reporter Alastair Sooke journeys through France, Spain and the US to go to see several of the painter’s eminent creations and narrate accounts from his life tale.Salvador Dali was fine art’s supreme clown, however he was as well one of its grand brains? Sooke outlines the life and effort of the fashionable surrealist artiste, voyaging all over Europe and America. Since his geneses in turn-of-the-century Spain, to his high jinx in New York in the 1970s, Sook exposes this artist’s captivating life tale and clarifies the rationale in the wake of and impression of his most famed efforts."