When discussing art, gallery owner Allan Stone said, “It’s soul food—you’re buying things that will enrich your life.” Whether or not you have the opportunity to buy, you may certainly want to watch and learn. We’ve found three compelling DVDs that tell the stories of two ceramists, a painter and a collector.
If you want to be tantalized by two celebrated ceramists, pick up the 10-minute movie “Spontaneous Dance.” Created to benefit the Harnack Lancaster Award through the nonprofit New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, the DVD explores a brief history of Barbara Harnack and Michael Lancaster’s accomplishments and exposes you to their greenware and firing processes—it’s difficult not to be sucked into this tactile experience.
To obtain a copy, visit www.studio98b.com and make a donation to the award fund. A number of limited-edition, signed DVD covers will be released for donations greater than $15.
If you know the stories of artists like Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Estes and Andy Warhol, you should know the name Allan Stone. The hour-long documentary “The Collector” tells the story of the preeminent New York gallery owner and art collector through interviews with Stone and artists he represented.
Stone was a man who literally lived art, possessing what his colleagues simply referred to as “it”—an impeccable eye that zeroed in immediately to the best object in a room. To see clips from the video or to purchase a copy, visit www.thecollectorfilm.com.
Alice Neel struggled for decades to be recognized as a portrait artist in New York. When she was finally hailed as a symbol of the women’s movement in the 1970s, Neel had already lost two children, had a nervous breakdown and moved on to establish a new style of portrait painting. To learn more about the artist, view a trailer of the documentary “Alice Neel” and see portraits with verbal commentary, go to www.aliceneelfilm.com.