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Who Gets To Call It Art

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A wild ride through the fascinating 1960s new york art world, seen through the eyes of first 'contemporary art' curator for the metropolitan museum of art, henry galdzahler.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 202313403
UPC 660200313524
UPC 14 00660200313524
Format DVD
Release Date 6/19/2012
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Rosen,Peter
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Cast & Crew
Andy Warhol - Featuring
Henry Geldzahler - Featuring
Jackson Pollock - Featuring
Jasper Johns - Featuring
Jed Parker - Editor
Peter Rosen - Director
Peter Rosen - Producer
Sara Lukinson - Producer
Yan Vizinberg - Cinematographer
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review The idea of art presented in the film appears frozen in a pre-revolutionary 1960. It is a world in which collector-unfriendly conceptualism, video art, and avant-garde film never happened; thus one interviewee scoffs at Warhol's movies (which include a 100-minute Geldzahler portrait) as "boring," and Rosen fails to credit films by Jonas Mekas on-screen, as he does with James Rosenquist's paintings. Surely a figure as crucial as Geldzahler deserves more incisive treatment. Who Gets to Call It Art? may serve up a swinging party, but as Parker Tyler opined when surveying the same era, "a thing may be groovy, but far from great."
Reviewer Ed Halter
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review A lot of fiction and non-fiction filmmakers have taken a swing at the topic, but usually through the filter of a single artist, with a scope too narrow to encompass a century of aesthetic revolution. Even Peter Rosen's documentary Who Gets To Call It Art?, which comes closer than most to seeing the whole picture, sticks close to a single personality - former New York Metropolitan Museum Of Art curator Henry Geldzahler - and wraps up its presentation in 80 minutes. Something's inevitably going unsaid...What Who Gets To Call It Art? does capture - and very well - is the spirit of invention and discovery that made the '60s so exciting. For all Warhol's marketing savvy and Rauschenberg's puckishness, the pop artists were really just doing what their predecessors had done: painting the accumulated junk inside their heads.
Reviewer Noel Murray
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, English
Product Attributes
Actor Rosen,Peter
Label Palm Pictures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Phil Hall, Film Threat One of the greatest art documentaries ever made.
Ronnie Scheib, Variety Lively, intelligent collage, both richly complex and immediately accessible.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post Paints an entertaining picture of the cherubic gentleman...

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