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Hearts And Knives
Hearts And Knives
Price: 9.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!, 16 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Hearts And Knives (Audio CD)
Nearly every track on the album hits the spot. Great balance between electronic and rock. The lyrics are great and music is excellent. Looking forward to the next Visage album.

Sanctuary: Britain's Artists and their Studios
Sanctuary: Britain's Artists and their Studios
by Hossein Amirsadeghi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 38.40

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanctuary Britains Artists and their Studios, 16 May 2012
Sanctuary Britains Artists and their Studios is one heavyweight of an art book. The book weighs in at nearly six hundred pages and covers a wide range of British artists from Auerbach to Emin. To mention every artist and good point about this book would take forever. It is very comprehensive, so will stay fresh for a long time as the reader endeavours to read each profile over sometime. Some lesser known artists are given two pages, whereas the more established or infamous artists such as Tracey Emin are allowed several double page spreads.

Of course before even opening the book you know there will be some reference to the studios of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Although only recent they now feel like distant historical figures in the art game. Some of my favourite artist profiles in this book include Frank Auerbach, Maggi Hambling, Gary Hume, Marc Quinn, Ron Arad, Gavin Turk and Sarah Lucas. Funny enough Auerbach's studio isn't shown in the book, yet you will understand why when you read his profile. Artists can be quite secretive about their working methods and the studio. As an artist myself I understand that the studio space is precious.

The beauty of this book is that we get to read about the day to day routines of the artists, their working methods and current activities. What is a little shocking is the passing of time and the YBA's of the 90's. Many still feature in this book, although much older than when they were last in the public eye. Perhaps they are a symptom of the growing celebrity youth culture in the art world, yet artists just don't do Botox so much.

The book will suffer a little from the passing of time, hence what was up to date in 2011 may not be in a few years. Yet the book is still a time capsule of British art in 2011/2012. Sanctuary is a beautifully put together book with fantastic photography. Currently superb value at Amazon.
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Gerhard Richter Painting [DVD]
Gerhard Richter Painting [DVD]
Dvd ~ Corrina Belz
Price: 10.32

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Richter film, 16 May 2012
Gerhard Richter Painting is a visual treat for fans of his work. Often with art documentaries we get to see a few minutes of an artist working, not here though. The DVD has a running time of over an hour and a half and much of that is Richter working in the studio.

We see the daily life of the studio, interviews with Richter's assistants and Gerhard in conversation. The film can be quite slow in places, demanding your complete attention. It's great to view the early stages of some of his works in the studio. Many of these early stages remind me of de Koonings late works. At points in the film Richter's works often look complete yet he continues to develop these, sometimes a step too far. This is the case with every artist and it's great Corinna Belz was allowed to keep such moments in the film. Richter even admits to feeling uncomfortable whilst being filmed.

As an artist myself I now have a new respect for his recent abstract works after watching this film. Richter is in his own way quite a charismatic and engaging character. Richter has always been an inspiration.

Richter's past glories are only touched on briefly, this is a film about the artist today instead of a retrospective. The film gives us glimpses of several of his exhibitions and there are many high quality still shots of his work from these shows. There are some worthwhile extras in the form of an interview with Richter and the original film notes are attached as a PDF.

Personally I enjoyed the quietness and slow pace of this film. It's a DVD that you can dip in and out of, and watch more than once. So for fans of Richter and those who wish to take a gamble on purchasing this film I can recommend.

David Hockney: Double Portrait
David Hockney: Double Portrait
Dvd ~ David Hockney
Offered by Coluga Pictures
Price: 16.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hockney, a better picture of the artist, 24 Mar 2012
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David Hockney: Double Portrait, is one of the most intimate films of the artist and his work. Beginning in Los Angeles and then swiftly returning to the UK, where Hockney embarked on forty large double portraits of close friends, relatives and more distant associates, all in watercolour. Watercolour is a difficult medium to use in this context. Seeing these portraits inspires me to use the medium more in my own work in the future.

This film made by Bruno Wollheim who went onto to make the masterpiece David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, is in many ways a better film, despite a Bigger Picture being richer in content.

In this film both Hockney and those who know him let their guard down. There is a rawness and an edge to this film which is missing from the later polished production of a Bigger Picture.

Picture and sound quality are of a high standard, sadly there are no extras with this DVD. This film I would say is more for the Hockney enthusiast and in many ways I would recommend a Bigger Picture as your first purchase if new to Hockney's work. Overall I recommend this film to anyone who is a true fan of Hockney the person and his work.

New People Artist 6: Katsura Funakoshi - Whisperin [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
New People Artist 6: Katsura Funakoshi - Whisperin [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Katsura Funakoshi
Price: 10.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Katsura Funakoshi, 23 Mar 2012
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Katsura Funakoshi: Whispering Gaze, is a film that really grows on you after several viewings. Funakoshi creates unique wooden sculptures of the head and upper torso in wood. Further more he paints the sculptures adding great depth to his work.

The film uses the foundation of a public lecture Funakoshi held in Japan. With this we move to and from his studio, where he sketches his next sculpture and starts to create a unique vision of the human form. We also get to view his major travelling exhibition that was held across Japan and even see Funakoshi offering advice to students of sculpture at their university workshop. He really is an inspiration to myself as an artist.

Overall this is an interesting film and will hold your attention with a little effort from yourself the viewer. Downside no dedicated extras, just a promo reel for other films available in the series on Japanese artists. On the plus side there is a small double sided colour insert with the DVD, of a brief interview and overview of artist and director. So yes I would recommend this film, even if you have never encountered Katsura Funakoshi before.

New People Artist 4: Hisashi Tenmyouya - Samurai [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
New People Artist 4: Hisashi Tenmyouya - Samurai [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Hisashi Tenmyouya

4.0 out of 5 stars Hisashi Tenmyouya's modern urban art, 10 Feb 2012
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Hisashi Tenmyouya is one of a new breed of artists in Japan. His style is a mixture of old and new, with more than a nod towards the world of illustration and everything urban.

This film is well filmed and very comprehensive, following Hasashi from the studio to his solo show. The majority of his art is of a very high quality, even though there are some weak pieces.

The highlight of the film is an intereview with tattoo artist Horiyoshi III. His presence adds much needed weight to the film.

Sadly there are no specific extras on this dvd, just previews of the other art dvds available in the series.

The film is quite good, a very honest portrait of an artist. Overall I'd say this film is third best in this series just behind films on Yayoi Kasuma and Daido Moriyama.

Valentino: The Last Emperor [DVD]
Valentino: The Last Emperor [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hurwitz
Price: 12.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Valentino's world, 10 Feb 2012
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In this film the world of Valentino revolves around work and wealth. Valentino's a hard task master and gets what he wants, most of the time. Luckly his partner reigns him in and seems to have had a great commercial eye for fashion and the spin offs.

This film is very well made, following Valentino through his last collection and show. We also get a brief history of Valentino, which is enough for most. The extras are very good following him across the world and also more indepth features in the studio.

My impression is that Valentino allows us to see him how he views himself. This film is a high quality product at a great price on Amazon.

Jackson Pollock - Art Lives [DVD]
Jackson Pollock - Art Lives [DVD]
Price: 20.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jackson Pollock, not so much action., 9 Feb 2012
This dvd is I believe may have originated from a South Bank show special by Melvyn Bragg, hence quality is quite reasonable.

The highlight is interview footage of Elaine De Kooning in her studio, some of her last great works can be seen in the background. Sadly there is a distinct lack of good interview footage with Lee Krasner, which is a great shame. Yet there are enough other interviews with various Pollock associates to keep things interesting. Plus the footage of Pollock in action at his home.

The film is general is a good overview of Pollock and his life, yet feels a little dated, slow at times and lacks some depth. Mainly worth buying for the interviews.

Biography: Jackson Pollock [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Biography: Jackson Pollock [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Artist Not Provided
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 51.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Jackson Pollock, not quite a work of art., 9 Feb 2012
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To be honest I was very hesitant when buying this dvd, as I was not so sure of the quality. After watching I would say it's average to good. A little slick and made for general television consumption, but OK.

What saves the documentary is the use of film and photo's. It somehow balances out the modern commentators, who add little to the film.The background music is awful!

Thankfully there's representation from the Krasner Pollock House and one or two other people who had connections to Pollock. This alone makes the purchase worth it.

Signe Chanel - Haute Couture Collection [DVD]
Signe Chanel - Haute Couture Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Signe Chanel
Price: 26.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chanel, Karl & Co., 1 Feb 2012
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This lengthy documentary follows the house of Chanel, it's designer Karl Lagerfeld and the many talented people behind the scenes. It's a well balanced film and gives much coverage of the everyday workings of the studio. When the film concentrates on Karl you can tell Chanel is his true home, a genuine successor to Coco Chanel.

You can choose an English subtitled version, which is great. The only downside is that the extras aren't included with the subtitled version. If you wish to see the extras access the French language section, there are some great extras. It's a shame as the extra's are quite lengthy and deserve being subtitled. Overall though I can recommend this dvd, buy it!

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