The museums might be closed but the microwave isn’t, make your popcorn and let’s get watching. Here are our favorite movies, documentaries, podcasts and TED Talks.
WOMAN IN GOLD, 2015 – APPLE TV
This drama stars Helen Mirren in a tug of war over an stolen artwork, Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. This is a real-life story that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court!
Art Fix: it is possible to see this art work IRL in the Neue Galerie on Fifth Avenue in New York. Click here for the trailer.
THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, 1999 – APPLE TV
A wonderful thrilling film for all art-heist lovers! Bored of his billionaire luxurious life-style, Thomas Crown starts stealing precious artworks until he meets his match. This movie stars Pierce Brosman and Rene Russo and features Rene Magritte’s stunning work “The Son of Man” (which IRL is privately owned and rarely available for public viewing). Click here for the trailer.
THE GOLDFINCH, 2019 – APPLE TV
Beautiful tale about a stolen painting that takes you on a journey of a troubled upbringing. Click here for the trailer.
Art Fix: If you’re keen to check out this painting IRL, head to the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
NEVER LOOK AWAY / WERK OHNE AUTOR, 2018 – APPLE TV
This gorgeous and intriguing film is a must-see for those who love both art and history. Based on the life of the German artist Gerhard Richter, this movie depicts the impact of the Nazi regime on the artists life and the ways that personal experience, politics and art are interrelated. Click here for the trailer.
ALICE NEEL, 2007
Alice Neel is one of the greatest portrait artists of the past century. In this extraordinary documentary, Neel’s grandson reveals the struggles Alice made to live and paint as she wanted. Andrew Neel delicately examines his grandmother’s complicated relationship with her children and the sudden fame she found in the last years of her life. Click here to watch the trailer.
ART AND CRAFT, 2014
A funny, fascinating, too-good-to-be-true documentary about Mark Landis, one of the world’s most prolific art forgers, who for over 30 years has duped museums across the country–until one determined registrar sets out to stop him. Click here to watch the trailer.
FACES PLACES / VISAGES VILLAGES, 2017 – APPLE TV
Together with French filmmaker Agnes Varda, JR ventures through the French countryside in this Oscar-nominated French documentary “Faces Places”. An ode to France’s forgotten rural villages, this warm and playful film follows JR and Varda on their travels, creating portraits of the people they photograph in the back of their custom-fitted studio van. Highly recommended if you enjoyed our first episode on Street Art. Click here to watch the trailer.
LEANING INTO THE WIND, 2017
For our UK and US Art Fixers: in this mesmerising and meditative film we observe Andy Goldsworthy at work, shaping and interacting with nature around the world. Sometimes this involves lying on the ground for extended periods in the rain or “swimming” through the branches of a line of trees, climbing from one to another. A beautiful visual experience if you’re tired of being stuck indoors all day. Click here to watch the trailer.
Look for the podcasts on Apple podcast, Spotify or your favorite podcast channel.
If you’re a podcast-junkie, this is one not to miss. Actor and art collector Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host this podcast. They speak not only to artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and David Shrigley about their work, but also to fellow enthusiasts. They’ve added a series of special QuarARTine episodes, recorded in lockdown, with the likes of Elton John, Billy Porter and Rufus Wainwright.
THE ART ANGLE
A weekly podcast that brings the biggest stories in the art world down to earth.
Art Fix favorites:
- How Frida Kahlo Can Change Your Life (for Better or Worse)
- The Secret Art History of Burning Man
- How an Art-Dealing Prodigy Became the Market’s Most Wanted Outlaw
- How Jeffrey Epstein Made the Art World His Hunting Ground
- Nicolas Party on Why Being an Art Star Is Like Being in Love
If you love a good true crime podcast, then “Last Seen” is for you. This ten-part investigative series looks into the biggest unsolved art heist in history, when 13 artworks by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas and Manet were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990.
Hearing artists talk about their work can be fascinating. If they’ve been invited to speak at TED, you know it’s going to be amazing. Come see. Get close. Go deeper.
JR: MY WISH: USE ART TO TURN THE WORLD INSIDE OUT, 2011
If you only have time for one TED Talk, then this one by JR is for you. Still very relevant even though it is dated back to 2011. Our Art Fix favorite artist JR In this talk discusses “turning the world inside out” through art and letting it change your perceptions. It’s a fantastic look into the emotionally, culturally loaded implications of his work. Click here to watch the TED Talk.
THEO JANSEN: NEW FORMS OF LIFE, 2007
This TED Talk is hosted by the amazing Dutch artist Theo Jansen constructs kinetic sculptures from light tubes and bits of plastic. They are nearly intelligent beasts, walking around the beach by themselves, responding to the terrain, feeling and knowing how to avoid the sea, storing energy from wind via plastic bottle “gills”. It is all utterly mesmerizing and surreal. Let Jansen explain to you just how he engineers them. Click here to watch the TED Talk.
MARINA ABRAMOVIC: AN ART MADE OF TRUST, VULNERABILITY AND CONNECTION, 2015
Marina Abramović, a fearless Serbian conceptual and performance artist, philanthropist and art filmmaker, blindfolds her audience during her TED Talk. Her work explores body art, endurance art and feminist art, the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Click here to watch the TED Talk.