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"
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This documentary is concerned with the work of Pina Bausch. She was a leading dance figure and choreographer in the Tanztheater style. Unfortunately, she has passed during the filming. The filming continued and it was screened on the 61st International Film Festival in Berlin. The director of this is documentary is Wim Wenders. After the tragic passing of Bausch, the director Wenders wanted to cancel the project, but he was persuaded to continue with his work by the rest of the dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal. The documentary includes the interviews of the group in which they discuss and comment the life and work of Pina Bausch. It also shows the scenes from the following works: - Kontakthof - Le sacre du printemps - Café Müller - Vollmond You will have a chance to see a number of locations around the city of Wuppertal and the choreographies that were performed at these sites. Enjoy the excerpts from some of the best works from this amazing performer.During her lifetime she was recognized as an exceptional artist and was awarded, among others, the Kyoto Prize of Japan, the Laurence Olivier Award in the UK and the Goethe Prize. It is important to mention that the work of Pina Bausch influenced some of the world famous artists and performers such as David Bowie.Pina Bausch died on 30 June 2009 at the age of 68 in Wuppertal, Germany.
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This documentary is looking into the theft of the Barnes Foundation. It is considered to be the world's best collection of post-Impressionist art and in 2009 its value is estimated to a staggering $25-billion. This elaborate theft was carried out by the second and later generations of the family members of the original foundation's board.This robbery posed a direct violation of the written will of Doctor Albert C. Barnes, the collector and owner, who died in 1951. The documentary presents a detailed account of the breaking of Barnes' will. It was a long term process that was initiated by Philadelphia aristocrats who were not fond of Dr. Barnes while he was alive, and that was continued by the heirs of those aristocrats.Eventually they managed to orchestrate a different arrangement for the collection, as opposed to the one that Barnes had painstakingly established for it in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. Finally in 2012 the will-breakers moved the collection to downtown Philadelphia.This thrilling documentary will give you an insight into the scheme which was used to override a legal document in order to disregard a last will of a dedicated collector and art lover.
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890 in Providence and died on March 15, 1937. He was an American author known for his influential works of horror fiction. He is regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre.Lovecraft had developed a formidable knowledge of his favored subjects, such as history, linguistics, chemistry, and astronomy.In 1913 he is being invited to participate in an amateur journalism association. After that he started circulating his stories. At the time of his first publication in a professional magazine he was 31. Lovecraft contracted a marriage to an older woman he had met at an association conference. By age 34, he was a regular contributor to newly founded Weird Tales magazine. Lovecraft turned down an offer of the editorship. After his return to Providence from New York in 1926, he produced some of his most celebrated tales including "The Call of Cthulhu". Due to the lack of confidence and the will to promote his work, Lovecraft did not achieve any commercial success and he died in poverty at the age of 46.If you enjoy Lovecraft's works, then you shall most certainly enjoy watching this documentary, which is also a good introduction to the fabulous works of one of the fathers of the horror genre.
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This is a film by street artist Banksy that tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art. The film charts Guetta's constant documenting of his every waking moment on film, from a chance encounter with his cousin, the artist Invader, to his introduction to a host of street artists with a focus on Shepard Fairey and Banksy, whose anonymity is preserved by obscuring his face and altering his voice, to Guetta's eventual fame as a street artist himself. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2010. It is narrated by Rhys Ifans. The music is composed by Geoff Barrow. It also includes Richard Hawley's "Tonight the Streets Are Ours". The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. There has been debate over whether the documentary is genuine or a mockumentary, although Banksy answers "Yes" when asked if the film is real.
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Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger, was a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. He finished the study of architecture and industrial design at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich. Giger had a specific style of creating art that was surreal and nightmarish. He started with small ink drawings before he progressed to oil paintings, but almost his whole career he worked in airbrush. He represented human bodies and machines in an interconnected relationship that he called Biomechanical.One of his most recognizable works is the creation of the Alien creature for the movie in 1979, he created almost everything in this move from spaceships, creatures the alien egg. The effects and creations were so good for that year that they even got the Academy Award for it. He made furniture, bars and whole rooms in his unique style, even the singer of Korn was amazed by his art and asked his to make him a microphone stand which he did. Giger last work was on the movie Prometheus, using the concept art from the Alien franchise. This documentary will show you some of the things he did why and how he chooses his themes.
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Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or a similar medium to a surface. In art, the term painting describes both the act and the result of the action.Painting is a way of creative expression, and the forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction, among other aesthetics, may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the painter. Paintings can be naturalistic, photographic and abstract, can contain narrative content, symbolism, emotion or be political in nature.Today, depending on the author, some of the paintings are extremely valuable in the sense of historical significance along with the monetary value. Having those properties, particular paintings have been targeted by a number of art thieves. Watch this documentary and find out how some of the most elaborate painting heists were executed and the identity of the masterminds behind these operations.
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Comics are a medium used to express ideas via images, often combined with text or other visual information. A comic book frequently takes the form of juxtaposed sequences of panels of images and often textual devices such as speech balloons, captions and onomatopoeia indicate dialogue.The history of comics has followed divergent paths in different cultures. It is common in English to refer to the comics of different cultures by the terms used in their original languages, such as ‘manga’ for Japanese comics, or ‘bandes dessinées’ for French-language comics.Watch the story about some of the most popular comic book characters, their origin and the complexity of the characters themselves. Probably the most interesting ones are the super heroes. Learn about the characters behind their masks, what influenced their creation and shaped their personality.
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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.