Art – Art Documentaries to Watch

Best Art Documentaries to Watch on Netflix Instant

I like to think of the mythical Netflix Marathon as the process of accumulating inspiration, but it could be more realistically dubbed procrastination. Either way, it has become a talent I’ve honed to perfection, one that I desperately need to figure out a way to work into my résumé.

One of my personal favorite genres on which to cinematographically gorge myself is the art documentary. Here’s a list of 10 documentaries on art and visual culture available to stream on Netflix (in no particular order) that will fill you with creative inspiration — or, perhaps more accurately, help you delay the project with an impending deadline just a little bit longer.

1. Style Wars (1983) >>

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Style Wars (image via)

Style Wars has become an iconic film with an almost cult following in young creative communities. Its ubiquity aside, Style Wars is a great documentary on the graffiti movement in New York City and has been followed up with numerous others covering graffiti in other parts of the world such as Piece by PieceGraffiti VeriteNext, and Bomb It.

2. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) >>

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Exit Through the Gift Shop (image via)

This documentary tells the story of street art from our current decade, with the focus on Shepard Fairey and Banksy. The playfully rebellious nature of these graffiti artists is bound to inspire your inner angst-filled teenager to want to write on your bedroom walls something lamenting “The System.” The film also has a vaguely self-deprecating tone, which keeps it from being pretentious.

3. Beautiful Losers (2008) >>

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Beautiful Losers (image via)

Beautiful Losers opens with photographer Ed Templeton playing an accordion in front of (presumably) his suburban home. I’ll let you judge where that would lie on the continuum of hipsterdom. Regardless, this documentary features some of today’s great artists, who talk about everything from childhood dreams of being a garbage man to finding a friend’s head in Dragon Park. The artists in this documentary, including Barry McGee, Harmony Korine, Mike Mills and Aaron Rose, represent the aesthetic that our generation will likely be posthumously recognized for: a DIY combination of punk, graffiti, and skateboard culture.

4. Bill Cunningham’s New York (2010) >>

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Bill Cunningham’s New York (image via)

Before there were dozens of blogs with street photos by self-appointed fashion experts, there was Bill Cunningham, a staple in the New York fashion scene known for snapping photos of the fashion-conscious throughout New York City. Although typically his lens’s focus is on the beautiful fashionistas he documents for the New York Times Style Section, this documentary focuses on the photographer, highlighting his warm persona, small apartment, and meticulous attention to detail.

5. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) >>

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Radiant Child (image via)

Another documentary that transports viewers back to 1970s and ’80s New York, this documentary exposes Jean-Michel Basquiat’s experience in lower Manhattan. Basquiat’s work is now regarded as some of the most influential and important work of his era. His rapid escalation into fame left him disoriented, depressed, and addicted to drugs, and although he died prematurely, his work remains.

If this time period in New York is of particular interest to you, try to follow it up withLimelight, a documentary about club owner Peter Gatien and how Rudy Giuliani took the fun out of everything.

6. Our City Dreams (2008) >>

Chiara Clementa, director of Our City Dreams, on location (image via)

Chiara Clementa, director of Our City Dreams, on location (image via)

This film follows the creative paths of three female artists living in New York City. Each of the artists presents a unique work process and style and discusses her indestructible ties to the city. There is something TED talk–ish about this film, with a very intimate, feminist, pro–New York message. Watch this one if you are looking to get some inspiration to paint — I practically ran to my sketchpad when it ended.

7. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) >>

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (image via)

The extremely talented and controversial Ai Weiwei was thrown into the international consciousness when he spoke out against the Beijing Olympics after designing its centerpiece. The conversations with the artists and studio assistant in the film create a portrait of the Chinese artist that’s more intimate than his usual depictions in Western media. And like Ai Weiwei himself, the interviewees are witty, opinionated, and often dissidents in their own right.

8. Indie Game: The Movie (2011) >>

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Indie Game: The Movie (image via)

Game designers are artists, and anyone who doesn’t believe that should see this film. This movie documents the creation of Meat Boy and Fez, two highly anticipated independent games that are slowly driving their creators insane. The film reveals the creation process, highlighting how stressful this combination of right-brained coding and left-brained design work is.

9. The Woodmans (2010) >>

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The Woodmans (image via)

The haunting photos of Francesca Woodman made a New York appearance in an exhibit at the Guggenheim last year. Woodman’s untimely suicide only enhances the mysterious and dark beauty of her images. Her family members, who are all accomplished artists as well, talk about her naturally provocative temperament and the way this translated into her work.

10. Waste Land (2010) >>

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Waste Land (image via)

In this documentary, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz travels to one of the world’s largest landfills in Rio de Janeiro and reappropriates trash to create intricate portraits of the Brazilian trash pickers, who live off of the recyclables they find. He incorporates them into the creative process, making the film as much about them and their introduction to art as it is about Muniz himself.

by Megan Youngblood 

Cool Idea – Band’s Crowdsourced Music Video – A Whole Lotta Pointin’ Going On

Get ready to have your mind blown. Dutch band Light Light has created one of the most amazing interactive music videos ever, housed on a site called DoNotTouch.org. The site tracks your mouse pointer throughout the video and shows you where everyone else pointed, as well. You’re asked to signal your answers to certain questions, such as where you’re located on a world map. But you’re also given challenges along the way, like following a narrowing path or not touching a naked woman (thus, it is possibly NSFW). The result is both hypnotic and engaging, which is a rare combo indeed. Watch the video here.

Art – Rare Photos of Famous People (125 pix)

 

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Madonna, Detroit, 1976

 

 

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Marilyn Monroe in 1946

 

 

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The Beatles in 1957. George Harrison is 14, John Lennon is 16, and Paul McCartney is 15.

 

 

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Andy Warhol and Candy Darling (she was born James Lawrence Slattery)

 

 

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Allen Ginsberg

 

 

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Jack Kerouac

 

 

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Hunter S. Thompson (the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

 

 

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Bob Dylan, Cher and Sonny

 

 

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Brigitte Bardot

 

 

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Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin

 

 

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Marilyn Monroe

 

 

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Marilyn Monroe

 

 

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Bebe Buell And Steven Tyler

 

 

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Bob Marley

 

 

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Elvis Presley

 

 

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Bonnie and Clyde

 

 

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Stanley Kubrick

 

 

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Goldie Hawn

 

 

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Jack Nicholson

 

 

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Clint Eastwood with his first wife Maggie, 1965

 

 

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Salvador Dali

 

 

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Iggy Pop and Blondie

 

 

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Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Iggy Pop

 

 

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Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bowie

 

 

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MickJagger, 1967

 

 

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Elton John

 

 

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John Lennon, George Harrison

 

 

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John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol

 

 

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Marlon Brando

 

 

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Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow

 

 

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Kurt Cobain

 

 

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Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate

 

 

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Charles Manson

 

 

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Che Guevara

 

 

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Alain Delon and Romy Schneider

 

 

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Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Wolf

 

 

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Henry Miller and his hot model

 

 

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Young Charles Manson

 

 

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Elvis Presley and Sophia Loren

 

 

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Francis Ford Coppola

 

 

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Francis Ford Coppola shows Akira Kurosawa his new polaroid

 

 

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Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Lauren Bacall

 

 

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Jayne Mansfield and Anton LaVey

 

 

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Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon

 

 

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Iggy Pop, 1970

 

 

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Manson Family

 

 

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Bruce Lee

 

 

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Brooke Shields and Diana Ross

 

 

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Salvador Dali

 

 

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Dennis Hopper

 

 

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Sean Connery

 

 

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Jack Nicholson

 

 

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John Travolta

 

 

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Jane Fonda

 

 

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John Waters and a stripper

 

 

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Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith

 

 

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David Bowie

 

 

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David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor

 

 

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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder

 

 

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Johnny Depp and Kate Moss

 

 

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Johnny Depp and his niece Megan

 

 

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Star Wars Crew

 

 

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Angelina Jolie with parents

 

 

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Stanley Kubrick

 

 

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Liza Minnelli and her mother Judy Garland

 

 

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Larry Flynt

 

 

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Jackson’s Five visiting Bob Marley

 

 

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Charlie Chaplin and Marlene Dietrich

 

 

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Marilyn Monroe

 

 

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Marilyn Monroe

 

 

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Marilyn Monroe

 

 

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Natalie Portman

 

 

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Audrey Hepburn and Anthony Perkins

 

 

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Paul McCartney

 

 

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Rod Stewart and Bebe Buell (Liv Tyler’s mother)

 

 

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Sophia Loren in Disneyland

 

 

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Freddie Mercury and Jane Seymour

 

 

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Alfred Hitchcock and his kids

 

 

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Che Guevara

 

 

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Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II, London, 1956

 

 

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Marilyn Monroe with her mother

 

 

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Monroe and JFK

 

 

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Catherine Deneuve and her sister

 

 

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Audrey Hepburn

 

 

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Alice Cooper

 

 

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Eric Clapton and his grandmother

 

 

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Elizabeth Taylor

 

 

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Angelina Jolie and her father, 1986

 

 

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Jimmy Page

 

 

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Barbra Streisand

 

 

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Ernest Hemingway fishing

 

 

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Gia Carangi

 

 

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Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger

 

 

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Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep

 

 

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George Clooney

 

 

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Kirk and Michael Douglas

 

 

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Jodie Foster

 

 

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Kurt Cobain and his daughter

 

 

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Marlon Brando

 

 

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Michael Kane and Nancy Sinatra

 

 

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Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot

 

 

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Madonna and her family, 1970

 

 

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Michael Jackson, 1972

 

 

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George Harrison and Pattie Boyd (she is the former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton)

 

 

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Paul McCartney

 

 

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Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard

 

 

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Pablo Picasso

 

 

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Elizabeth Taylor

 

 

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Twiggy, 1967

 

 

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Woody Allen and Diane Keaton

 

 

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Beatles

 

 

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Bob Marley

 

 

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Bukowski and Rourke

 

 

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Bruce Lee

 

 

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John Travolta

 

 

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Elvis and his dad

 

 

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Sean Penn

 

 

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Christopher Walken

 

 

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Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith

 

 

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Clark Gable

 

 

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Mick Jagger

 

 

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Anton LaVey and Marilyn Manson

 

 

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Tim Roth

 

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Audrey Hepburn

 
 

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Adolf Hitler

Art – Daft Punk Coachella Ad Teases New Album (Video)

Tonight’s biggest news so far to come out of Coachella didn’t have to do with anyone actually playing the festival. It was a trailer for Daft Punk‘s new album, Random Access Memories, broadcast on festival screens.

UPDATE: Watch some very shaky up-close phone video of the ad. It features Daft Punk performing with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, and contains a little over a minute of new music:

 

The video confirmed that Random Access Memories will indeed have a star-studded list of collaborators: the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, Animal Collective’s Panda Bear, Pharrell, Paul Williams, Nile RodgersGiorgio Moroder, Chilly Gonzales, DJ Falcon, and Todd Edwards.

Random Access Memories is out May 21 via Daft Life Limited, an imprint of Columbia Records.