Great Docs about Art and Artists

Thanks to my friend, local Charlotte filmmaker and documentarian April Denee, I recently found myself on a documentary viewing kick. I watched a lot of great docs-all about art, artists and collectors, and have been recommending this list often because the stories are both interesting, thoughtfully told and worthy of discussion. So, I am going to use this opportunity to post these docs in the order in which I viewed them and write a short blurb about each. I watched them all on Netflix on Demand, but they are all widely available on iTunes and other outlets as well.

Love to hear what you think!

Exit thru the Gift Shop- Banksy’s Oscar Nominated doc on street art and artist that asks the question “What is Art? ”
Art of the Steal- Controversial relocation to move Barnes Art Collection to Philly.
A Man Named Pearl- Inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar from my homestate of South Carolina.
Herb and Dorothy- How a librarian and postal worker became NYC’s biggest art collectors.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work- Joan Rivers broke many barriers for women and comics.

And check out April’s current project, Busk, on Charlotte street artists here :

2 thoughts on “Great Docs about Art and Artists

  1. This is a great list of docs, Donna!! I’m a HUGE Netflix fan, so here are all the links to these films, in case someone wants to go ahead and put them in their queue:

    Exit Through the Gift Shop (dvd)
    Art of the Steal (dvd)
    A Man Named Pearl (online)
    Herb & Dorothy (online)
    Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (online)

    Oh, and here’s a live link to the BUSK trailer too!! Thanks again for the mention!! 🙂

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