July 4 - All libraries will be closed for Independence Day.
Art DVDs to check out!
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time
Andy Goldsworthy is a sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist. Rivers and Tides looks at this amazing artist’s work, which is highly unique and stunning. It shows him in action, building art pieces in the wild with nothing but nature as his materials and canvas. Goldsworthy’s art is so fragile he cannot always finish it before it is destroyed by the natural elements. I highly recommend this DVD for anyone who likes art and/or the outdoors.
As Seen Through These Eyes
As Seen Through These Eyes is a moving DVD about artists who survived the Holocaust. It is narrated by Maya Angelou and it looks at individuals who were spared from the gas chambers because their artistic talents were needed by the Nazis. Many of these artists drew realistic depictions of the Holocaust, while in the death camps, knowing that if their work was found it would mean death. The DVD includes interviews with the survivors, personal stories, and lots of art.
Simon Schama's Power of Art
Dramatic, engaging and informative, Simon Schama’s Power of Art examines eight works of art and the artists who made them. Schama does not break down each piece from a solely aesthetic perspective, he also looks at the life of the artist and how their prior work feeds into the work he is examining. The artists are: Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko. Enjoy!
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Take a trip back in time to see what might be the oldest human drawings ever discovered. Werner Herzog and his camera crew gained access to the Chauvet Cave in France, where the cave drawings are located. The result is striking. Cave of Forgotten Dreams interviews scientists and historians who talk about the drawings and what they mean and what it took, and will take, to preserve them.
Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?
Meet Teri Horton, a truck driver who bought a painting at a garage sale. She later finds out it might be an original Jackson Pollock. The problem is no one is 100% sure it is a Pollock. Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? looks at Teri’s struggle to have the painting authenticated, particularly by forensic science and the art world.