Top art videos

  • 22 January 2013

Looking for something to watch in your lunch break? We've scoured the internet for the best art videos.


1. A Brief History of John Baldessari

Narrated by gravel-voiced songwriter Tom Waits, this high-impact documentary condenses the life of conceptual artist John Baldessari into six minutes. Fast-paced, funny and informative, it ranges from the origins of Baldessari's dot pieces to the name of his dog. (It's Giotto.)

2. John Berger: Ways of Seeing

Created in response to Kenneth Clark's Civilisation – a more traditional take on Western art – Ways of Seeing exposes the ideologies underpinning the history of art, whether the female nude or the impact of advertising. All four episodes of Berger's endearingly retro series are available on YouTube.

3. Marcel Duchamp: Anemic Cinema

The father of the readymade created this experimental film in Man Ray's studio under the pseudonym Rrose Sélavy. Alternating between shots of Duchamp's 'Rotoreliefs' (spinning, patterned discs) and French puns, some scientists believed the film could restore three-dimensional sight to people with monocular vision. It couldn't.

4. Jackson Pollock 51

Hans Namuth's video 'helped transform Pollock from a talented, cranky loner into the first media-driven superstar of American contemporary art'. The stress of the shoot drove Pollock to his first drink in two years, and he never stopped drinking again.

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