Baby, it’s cold outside! With temps dipping into some very low digits, get your art inspiration from the comfort of your couch, equipped with your warmest blanket and a mug of tea (or a glass of wine–we’re not judging). We rounded up some of our favorite art documentaries for your viewing pleasure to keep you entertained and inspired. ~ Sabrina
Herb & Dorothy, a retired postal clerk and librarian, are an unassuming couple who, since the 1960s, acquired more than 4,000 works of art from creators including Christo, Chuck Close, Richard Tuttle, Jeff Koons and countless others. Their requirements for the pieces they purchased: they had to like the pieces, they had to be affordable and they had to be able to fit into their one-bedroom apartment. Their passion for art has resulted in one of the most important contemporary art collections of our time.
Objectified is the story of everyday objects (from toothbrushes to chairs and bottles) and the people who design them. From the director of Helvetica (another fantastic documentary about typography and design), this documentary will change the way you look at the inanimate things that surround you in your daily life.
In the Realms of the Unreal is the story of Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor in Chicago in the early, who, in the safety of his small apartment, created artistic worlds through writing, illustration and collage.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Art of the Steal
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Who the $#%A Is Jackson Pollock
Cutie and the Boxer
The Rape of Europa
The Radiant Child
The band OK Go has released another music video, this time for the song “I Won’t Let You Down.” The incredible choreography and timing and the long shots are the opposite of a let-down. Take a second to watch this and wonder how much planning (and rehearsing) it took!
For her collection “Travel Wardrobe,” New Zealand artist and designer Anne Wilson creates stunning dresses out of vintage maps, creating one-of-a-kind works of art. View more of her designs on her website, Annex.
Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife, 1939
Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1934
Black-and-white images are striking in their stark contrasts, and add a certain flair to vintage photos. However, talented recolor artists have tinted these historic images, giving these images from decades (or even a century) ago a contemporary look.
Pop over to Distractify for even more recolored vintage images and all of their sources.
A building conceptualized and created by British artist Alex Chinneck seemingly defies logic in London’s Convent Garden. Take a virtual tour of this gravity-defying art installation here:
Take My Lightning But Don’t Steal My Thunder from Threefold on Vimeo.
NPR’s Morning Edition is my daily jam on my commute to work, and I loved this piece about American Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt and her lovely pastels. Her tools are on display at Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art and become a work of art themselves! Listen to the story here. ~Sabrina
This is wonderful, and I can’t wait to see one of these developments in person. I grew up in a small, middle income apartment in Manhattan and would have loved something like this. Look at how he reimagined just one New York neighborhood—incredible!” ~ Jesse
The Wall Poems of Charlotte is a Charlotte, NC, art program that uses public spaces such as building exteriors and newspaper racks to showcase the poems of North Carolina writers and to infuse the community with more art and creativity.
Photographer Sandro Miller recreates classic images using his friend John Malkovich as the subject. The results are striking and sometimes hilarious. ~Sabrina
I grew up in Manhattan and this idea, the design, all of it, is just brilliant! ~ Jesse