Art Documentaries

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1. Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.

Directors: Michael Fiore, Erik Sharkey | Stars: Cosmo Anzilotti, Jane Baer, Dave Bossert, Suzanne Bothke

Votes: 443

2. Visual Acoustics (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bricker | Stars: Frances Anderton, Tom Ford, Frank Gehry, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 572 | Gross: $0.10M

3. Herb & Dorothy (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector.

Director: Megumi Sasaki | Stars: Paula Antebi, Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis

Votes: 801 | Gross: $0.19M

4. Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2008)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography

Profiles Milton Glaser (1929- ), America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I [heart] N.Y." logo, teacher, and humanitarian. Interviews with Glaser are arranged to take ... See full summary »

Director: Wendy Keys

Votes: 182

5. The Cool School (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

How LA Learned to Love Modern Art. A lesson in how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Eve Babitz, John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston

Votes: 214

6. Gerhard Richter Painting (2011)

Unrated | 97 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.

Director: Corinna Belz | Stars: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker, Sabine Moritz-Richter

Votes: 587 | Gross: $0.24M

7. Tim's Vermeer (2013)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, History

76 Metascore

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Director: Teller | Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Philip Steadman

Votes: 7,217 | Gross: $1.66M

8. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 5,200 | Gross: $0.09M

9. Just Like Being There (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career - it is a way of life. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. In a community ... See full summary »

Director: Scout Shannon | Stars: Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan, Kevin Tong

Votes: 133

10. The Naked Brand (2013)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, History, News

The Naked Brand is a story about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It's an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard... See full summary »

Directors: Sherng-Lee Huang, Jeff Rosenblum | Stars: Julia Allison, Alex Bogusky, Bonin Bough, Porter Gale

Votes: 138

11. The Visual Language of Herbert Matter (2010)

78 min | Documentary

Feature length documentary film about graphic designer, photographer and visual artist Herbert Matter.

Director: Reto Caduff | Stars: Robert Frank, Massimo Vignelli, John Cohen, Alex Matter

Votes: 16

12. How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

The film traces the rise of one of the world's premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.

Directors: Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado | Stars: Norman Foster, Deyan Sudjic

Votes: 635 | Gross: $0.01M

13. My Architect (2003)

116 min | Documentary, Biography

81 Metascore

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

Director: Nathaniel Kahn | Stars: Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Balkrishna Doshi, Frank Gehry

Votes: 2,923 | Gross: $2.75M

14. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey | Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco, Jeannine Oppewall

Votes: 886 | Gross: $0.15M

15. Getting Frank Gehry (2015)

59 min | Documentary

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Director: Sally Aitken | Star: Kris McQuade

Votes: 11

16. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the renown architect.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Frank Gehry, Sydney Pollack, Julian Schnabel, Charles Arnoldi

Votes: 1,458 | Gross: $0.44M

17. PressPausePlay (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture ... See full summary »

Directors: David Dworsky, Victor Köhler | Stars: Apparat, Ólafur Arnalds, Scott Belsky, Robyn Carlsson

Votes: 1,462

19. Clean Lines, Open Spaces (2012 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

"Clean Lines, Open Spaces" looks at mid-century modern architecture in Arkansas and how the post war building boom brought modern design to the state. Talking to home owners, architects and... See full summary »

Director: Mark Wilcken

Votes: 5

20. Print the Legend (2014)

100 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Follows the people racing to bring the hot new 3D printing technology to your home, documenting the "Macintosh Moment" of this revolution and exploring what it takes to live the American Dream.

Directors: Luis Lopez, Clay Tweel | Stars: Chris Anderson, Bruce Bradshaw, Craig Broady, Bill Buel

Votes: 1,671

21. Coast Modern (2012)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, History

Coast Modern is an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome produced by Twofold Films. Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Mike Bernard, Gavin Froome

Votes: 54

22. Design the New Business (2011)

38 min | Short

The evolving relationship between design and business is illustrated and discussed in insightful interviews and inspiring case studies.

Director: Erik Roscam Abbing | Stars: Erik Roscam Abbing, Deniz Arik, Ralf Beuker, Maria Bezaitis

Votes: 622

23. Why Beauty Matters (2009)

59 min | Documentary

Contemporary philosopher Roger Scruton presents a fascinating argument for the importance of beauty in our art and in our lives, and explores what truly is and is not beautiful, regardless of its beholder.

Star: Roger Scruton

Votes: 220

24. John Portman: A Life of Building (2011)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, Biography

Once a maverick who was nearly run out of the American Institute of Architects, John Portman is now recognized as one of the most innovative and imitated architects ever. Over 45 years, ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Loeterman

Votes: 17



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