DVD: Movies About Art


No, not art movies.
Not art house movies.
These are movies about art…

“(Untitled)” (2009): Director, co-writer Jonathan Parker’s wry satire not only skewers the contemporary art scene, but also takes a pointed poke at the world of contemporary new music. Two brothers – avant garde composer (Adam Goldberg) and commercially successful painter (Eion Bailey), who each wish for what the other has – vie for the affections of a downtown gallery owner (Marley Shelton). Goldberg has never been more deliciously deadpan. BONUS: David Cale and Dean Wareham (of Dean & Britta, Galaxy 500, Luna) in cameos as pompous music critics; a performance by So Percussion; music by Bang On a Can’s David Lang.

“Georgia O’Keefe” (2009): Director Bob Balaban’s made-for-TV film (Lifetime network) is a fairly standard bio-pic that focuses primarily on the relationship between O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz, rather than on O’Keefe’s life and/or art. Excellent performances by Joan Allen (O’Keefe) and Jeremy Irons (Stieglitz), however.

“Boogie Woogie” (2009): A scathing satire of the contemporary London gallery scene written and produced by art-world insider Danny Moynihan with first-time director Duncan Ward at the helm. A top-flight cast – Jaime Winstone, Danny Huston, Heather Graham, Gillian Anderson, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Lee, Alan Cumming and Charlotte Rampling – delivers a devastating, behind-the-scenes peek into non-stop bed-hopping and back-stabbing of dealers, collectors, scenesters. So thoroughly nasty that you’ll probably need to take a shower after watching this one. BONUS: Want more real-world credibility? Damien Hirst is credited as “art curator” for the film.

  1. Andrew Gregory says

    There’s that bio-pic about Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, too.

  2. Mike H says

    Recently watched “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”, and it is one of the best documentaries on contemporary art I’ve ever seen – great insight into the world of art dealers and collectors also (as well as the post-punk scene in NYC):


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