ART DOCS

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IMMERSIVE.WORLD

An exciting new form of entertainment has taken the cultural landscape by storm. The success of immersive, interactive and participatory projects in the fields of Theater, Film and the Arts points to a revolution in the way that consumers relate to narratives and experience creative works, and it’s completely redefining what it means to be an audience member. A 12-episode series that explores this new frontier in the arts.

FRENCH BOSSA NOVA 

Brazilian and French music lived a love affair in the sixties, with the sultry rhythms of Bossa Nova taking over Paris. More recently, the band Nouvelle Vague sold millions of albums of its amazing mixture of New Wave songs re-recorded in Bossa Nova style. Singer Camille and producer Marc Collins talk about their love for Brazilian music.

KEITH HARING, RESTLESS 

During a brief but intense career that spanned the 1980s, Keith Haring spent most of his time working in dozens of cities around the world. It was in a remote fishing village on the coast of Brazil that he found a much-needed change of pace for his jet-setting life. In Brazil he would spend his days creating murals, painting fisherman shacks along the beach and making drawings inspired by the local landscape and people.

PINA BAUSCH - THE NEW YORK YEARS

At the young age of 19, German dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch was awarded with a scholarship at Juilliard, in New York City. This formative period, where she worked as a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera and collaborated with names like Paul Taylor and Paul Sanasardo, resonated throughout her whole life. It was in another visit to the U.S. in the seventies that she met some of her most loyal collaborators.

DANCES OF THE WORLD

A project that dives into the typical dances of the most stunning countries in the world. Dancers and choreographers from India, Japan, Turkey, Morocco and Spain, among others, present their traditions in locations that go from historical temples to volcanoes, deserts and more. An homage to the love of dance and the world’s most beautiful traditions.

BRAZILIAN WAVES IN GLOBAL MUSIC

Through interviews with David Byrne, Gilberto Gil, Devendra Banhart, M.I.A., Os Mutantes, Tom Zé, Os Mutantes, Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation and more, Beyond Ipanema surveys the fascinating Brazilian music experience outside of Brazil. Artists, producers, DJ’s and critics analyze how the cross pollination of musical genres, cultural sampling and digital innovations have helped secure Brazil’s unique position in today’s modern global culture.

FOR THE LOVE OF INDIA,
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON

Henri Cartier-Bresson traveled to Delhi to meet with one of the key players in India’s transition, the great leader Mahatma Gandhi. It would be one of Gandhi’s final meetings before the leader’s assassination at the hands of a Hindu nationalist on January 30. The resulting photos of Gandhi’s last day of life and the events surrounding his funeral helped catapult Cartier-Bresson to international fame.

DONALD JUDD + MARFA

One of the most significant artists of the twentieth century,  Donald Judd enjoyed a successful career in New York in the 1970’s when he decided to move to an empty and dilapidated town in a remote area of West Texas. Marfa provided Judd with the opportunity to further explore his interest for architecture, with the creation of the Chinati Foundation and the restoration of numerous buildings..

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TRANSCENDING, LINCOLN CENTER

Art Docs has teamed up with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to create a documentary celebrating the remarkable organization that has been a pioneering leader in producing chamber music at the highest level, presenting concerts to the broadest possible audience around the globe. The film touches on the organization's beginnings, but more importantly, reveals the passionate commitment and vision of its current leaders.

YVES SAINT-LAURENT: MY MARRAKESH

Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé were vacationing in Morocco when they both fell in love with the country’s culture and people. They immediately purchased a house in Marrakesh, where Saint Laurent said he “discovered the magic of color.” Over the years, he continued spending time in Marrakech and drawing inspiration from Moroccan culture for his collections

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UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE

Art Docs has teamed up with The Public Theater to produce "Under the Greenwood Tree". This film tracks the creation of the musical As You Like It and the ways this resilient community has banded together amidst the crisis of 2020. The film also takes a look at the partnerships between Public Works and their partner organizations through the lens of Shakespeares As You Like It and the themes that run through them all.

GEORGIA O'KEEFFE LANDSCAPES 

Georgia O’Keeffe was the most important American painter in the 1940’s, when she decided to move to New Mexico and change the themes in her work. The stunning desert landscapes changed the way she painted - and inspired her for the 50 years. Isolated at her beloved ranch, she discovered a new color palette, inspiring a whole generation of artists along the way. Her life story is one of courage and resilience.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF MR.TADAO ANDO 

As one of the world’s most respected architects, Tadao Ando was invited by the Benesse foundation to design a contemporary arts center on the island of Naoshima, Japan. His radical vision for a series of museums built since the 1990’s helped transform the remote island into one of the world’s leading arts destinations.

ICELANDIC:
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON

As one of the most important names from the Icelandic arts scene, Ragnar

Kjartansson achieved international success with his performances, video installations and paintings. After showing in the world’s most prominent museum and events, he was recently the subject of a comprehensive retrospective at the Reykjavik Art Museum. 

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DREAMS FROM THE DEEP END  

The film "Dreams from the Deep End" follows Nigerian artist Modupeola Fadugba as she paints NYC's only 55+ African American synchronized swim team, Harlem Honeys and Bears. Harlem is synonymous with renaissance and reconstruction and indeed this is a story of rebirth.

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PHILIP PEARSTEIN:
LIFE HAPPENS

At  95 years old, accomplished painter Philip Pearlstein works religiously every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with the same model in his stunning studio in Midtown Manhattan. "Philip Pearlstein: Life Happens" explores his 15-year working relationship with his model, Kika von Kluck.