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Documenting the Visual Arts

1st Edition

Edited by Roger Hallas

Routledge

270 pages

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Description

Bringing together an international range of scholars, as well as filmmakers and curators, this book explores the rich variety in form and content of the contemporary art documentary.

Since their emergence in the late 1940s as a distinct genre, documentaries about the visual arts have made significant contributions to art education, public television, and documentary filmmaking, yet they have received little scholarly attention from either art history or film studies. Documenting the Visual Arts brings that attention to the fore. Whether considering documentaries about painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, site-specific installation, or fashion, the chapters of this book engage with the key question of intermediality: how film can reframe other visual arts through its specific audio-visual qualities, in order to generate new ways of understanding those arts. The essays illuminate furthermore how art documentaries raise some of the most critical issues of the contemporary global art world, specifically, the discourse of the artist, the dynamics of documentation, and the visuality of the museum. Contributors discuss documentaries by filmmakers such as Frederick Wiseman, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jia Zhangke, and Trisha Ziff, and about artists such as Michael Heizer, Ai Weiwei, Do Ho Suh, and Marina Abramović.

This collection of new international and interdisciplinary scholarship on visual art documentaries is ideal for students and scholars of visual arts and filmmaking, as well as art history, arts education and media studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Roger Hallas

Part I: Historical Foundations

1. Henri Storck’s Le Monde de Paul Delvaux and Pygmalionist Cinema

Steven Jacobs

2. A Sculptor’s Life on Screen: John Read’s Film Portraits of Henry Moore for BBC Television

Katerina Loukopoulou

Part II: Documenting the Artist

3. A Portrait of the Artist as Automaton: Creativity, Labor, and Technology in Tim’s Vermeer

Stephan Boman

4. Flesh and Vision: Jia Zhangke’s Still Life and Dong

Amy Villarejo

5. Globalizing Ai Weiwei

Luke Robinson

Part III: Questions of Documentation

6. Film and the Performance of Marina Abramovicì: Documentary as Documentation

Chanda Laine Carey

7. Gained in Translation: Site-Specificity in Recent Documentaries

Vera Brunner-Sung

8. The Wages of !W.A.R.: Activist Historiography and the Feminist Art Movement

Theresa L. Geller

Part IV: Museum Gazing

9. When Art Exhibition Met Cinema Exhibition: Live Documentary and the Remediation of the Museum Experience

Annabelle Honess Roe

10. Museum Movies, Documentary Space, and the Transmedial

Asbjørn Grønstad

11. "Seeing Too Much is Seeing Nothing": The Place of Fashion within the Documentary Frame

Matthew J. Fee

Part V: Art Worlds and Film Worlds

12. Challenging the Hierarchies of Photographic History

Trisha Ziff, interviewed by Roger Hallas

13. On the History (and Future) of Art Documentaries and the Film Program at the National Gallery of Art

Margaret Parsons, interviewed by Marsha Gordon

About the Editor

Roger Hallas is Associate Professor of English at Syracuse University. He is the author of Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness and the Queer Moving Image (2009) and the co-editor of The Image and the Witness: Trauma, Memory and Visual Culture (2007).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies