5 Art Movies To Binge

Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World

This documentary tackles the slippery nature of the culture and commerce divide, weighing the values of the art world against each other and finding the scales unbalanced. Asking what drives value in today’s art scene, director Barry Avrich hones in on contemporary art and the relatively new phenomenon: the commercialisation of fine art for prestige and investment. Artist and industry insiders shed light on the commercial forces behind the veneer of genius and glamour that often shrouds contemporary art. 

Monuments Men

Based on the true story one of the greatest treasure hunts in history, The Monuments Men focuses on a WWII platoon, that, tasked by FDR with illegally entering Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves, returns the works to their rightful owners. Seven museum directors, curators and art historians find themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of artistic culture.

Andy Warhol – A Documentary Film

This four hour long behemoth argues that Andy Warhol was the greatest artist of the 20th Century. Directed by Ric Burns the film offers a riveting and deeply moving portrait of the famously controversial artist and explores five decades of Warhol’s astonishing artistic output. The documentary is loaded with interviews and commentary from art critics, historians and friends of Warhol’s, as well as unique archival footage of the genius himself. 

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery 

When it comes to taboos in the art world, there’s nothing more prohibited than the act of forgery, and no one is more notorious (or more skillful) than German artist and art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi. In 2011, he was found guilty by a German court of forgery and corruption relating to 14 fakes that he had sold for a total of $45m, sending shockwaves throughout the artworld. Sentenced to prison, he admitted to reproducing hundreds of paintings over the years and being able to replicate the works of at least 50 artists. Director Arne Birkenstock explores a different side of the art world, from Beltracchi’s point of view. Was he a soulless criminal forger or simply an artist misunderstood? 

Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict

“I first met Jackson Pollock when he was working as a carpenter in my uncle’s museum, I rescued him from that.”

This film directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland delves into the life of Peggy Guggenheim, examining her role as a 20th century art collector, curator and socialite. An entertaining portrait of the collector and gallerist who assembled one of the great troves of Modern art. From curators to historians to biographers, art world denizens describe Guggenheim’s flaws and failings: She had no formal training; she used art to promote herself; she was a narcissist. And that’s just in the first five minutes. The film features works from art world giants Mark Rothko, Vasily Kandinsky and Alberto Giacometti.

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