Films By Michael Blackwood

The terminology and critical nomenclature that will label American Art of the 1970's is still being devised and debated. The implication is that, unlike the 1950s and 1960's, when a basic style and set of artistic values emerged, this most recent decade defies generalities. The film selects fourteen artists to examine this heterogeneous era. ... Read more
This television documentary examines the work and theories of Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, American architect ... int he vanguard of Post-Modernism. ... Philip Johnson, the acknowledged Dean of American architects, appears throughout the film, commenting on the work of these ... architects, whose ideas have inspired changes in his own work... Read more
A provocative and visually impressive film about New York City with narration written by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frances Fitzgerald, which focuses primarily on the Manhattan of today and contrasts this city with its "Golden Age" (1830). ... "Empire City" was made with some of New York's leading political and cultural figures—including Mayor Ed Koch, financier David Rockefeller, builder and ... Read more
George Segal, one of the most eloquent living American artists, supported himself with chicken farming before his career took off during his Pop Art days in the 1960s, still lives and works in the same modest buildings. ... This film was made during a period of two years, when Segal was at work on two important public commissions and a major retrospective exhibition. One of the public monuments, a... Read more
The portrait of the painter, Philip Guston, filmed during the last 10 years of his life. Guston's words and images speak frankly about his evolution as an artist who abandoned the hard-won success and public image of an Abstract Expressionist for that of an unorthodox figurative painter. ... Read more
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