The Abstract Painters Of The New York School - Painters Painting - Emile de Antonio
This new bead reminded me of a remarkable if lengthy (viewer beware) documentary about The New York Art Scene during 1940-1970 which covers American art movements from abstract expressionism to pop.
What impressed me most when I first viewed PAINTERS PAINTING was the frankness with which the painters described their challenges, how they grappled with questions as elemental a 'subject matter', for example.
Artists appearing in the film include Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Barnett Newman, Hans Hofmann, Jules Olitski, Philip Pavia, Larry Poons, Robert Motherwell, and Kenneth Noland.
Generally, the artists, most of whom are interviewed in their studio during the period of ' early or mid career', speak with utter candor which is so a different in style from artists of their caliber today. It's refreshing to listen to their straight forward replies because they seems not to anticipate the hysteria-- financial, artistic, or otherwise, of the art work that was to come.
I believe they meant what they put down in paint. PAINTERS PAINTING is a useful and inspiring document is you have 1:57 to spare.