Art Films and Features
There are many wonderful and highly watchable films about artists, bio pics or just good films about art.. These come in handy for end of term time or substitute lessons or as a break from every day class. You might even learn some art history!
On this page find a list of recommended art films streaming on various platforms. Note: most of these require a subscription, rental fee or VPN. Check with your school for access.
Amazon Prime video rentals
Although I'm loathe to support amazon, there so many good bio pics here. The first 10 are on my watch next/watch again list!
Alice Neel (2007) prime video
Finding Vivian Maier Prime video ( also on youtube)
Philip Guston prime video
Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint prime video
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace prime
Camille Claudel 1915 (Bruno Dumont, 2013) prime Video
Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966) prime video
Black Art: In the Absence of Light 2021 prime video
Driven to Abstraction 2020 prime
James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty prime video
The Mystery of Picasso (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1956)
F for Fake (Orson Welles, 1973) prime video
Lust for Life (Vincente Minnelli, 1956) prime video
Van Gogh (Maurice Pialat, 1991) prime video
Marcel Duchamp: the art of the possible prime
Death and the Maiden ( about Egon Schiele)
Girl with a Pearl Earring ( about Vermeer)
Gerhard Richter Painting
Andy Warhol: a Documentary
Factory Girl ( Andy Warhol)
Woman in Gold ( about Klimt)
Louise Bourgeois -- The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine.
Mona Lisa Smile
Free on youtube, vimeo or other
Exit Through the Gift Shop ( Banksy) on youtube
Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film is a 2010 British documentary film, directed by street artist Banksy. It tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art.
The Shock of the New is a UK BBC documentary series with 8 installments, written and narrated by Hughes. Each hour long episode traces a period in art history from Cubism to Surrealism to Expressionism. A crash course in Modern art history!
L.S. Lowry free on BFIplayer
Dorothea Lange, free on PBS ( VPN required out of USA)
Meret Oppenheim on Vimeo ( 15 minutes)
also has several good bio pics of artists
Night Watching ( Rembrandt)
and films about art crimes:
Made You Look
This is a Robbery
Top streaming films about artists on Criterion ( there is a paywall)
Utamaro and His Five Women (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1946)
Uncle Yanco (Agnès Varda, 1967)
Educational art film archives
check out this list on site page Film and Video as Teaching Aides
Ways of Seeing with John Berger
Guardian's 50 greatest art videos (fyi this includes all the arts, not just visual)
Watch the delightful short video on Korean Onggi Master and follow up with the thought provoking ToK questions