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Disasters sweep across the screen in Nature by Artavazd Peleshian

The first new film in 30 years by the veteran Armenian director, commissioned by the Fondation Cartier, had its premiere at the NY Film Festival this week

Through animation and home videos, three films in Toronto try to retrieve a lost Jewish past

The features Charlotte, Where Is Anne Frank, and Three Minutes – A Lengthening give an afterlife to some of the victims of the Holocaust

Hello Kitty, meet Louis Wain: a new film portrays the eccentric life of a cat painter

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the ill-fated Victorian illustrator who can be thanked—or blamed—for the rise of the feline in popular culture

Troubled skies behind the happy little clouds: an interview with Joshua Rofé, director of Netflix's new Bob Ross documentary

The film-maker behind Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed discusses what makes the artist an enduring icon who saw the beauty in life despite personal tragedy

Institutionalising 9/11: The Outsider documents Ground Zero museum’s contentious formation in Facebook premiere

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the attacks, a new film follows the challenges behind the making of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York

Designinterview

Loki’s production designer on the Modernist inspiration behind the show’s stunning visuals

Kasra Farahani explains why the Time Variance Authority waiting room looks so much like the Breuer building, and how the inside of a Fabergé egg became an alien train carriage

Movement grows to replace statues of Columbus with ones dedicated to a more respected figure—TV detective Lieutenant Columbo

Fans of Peter Falk and his dishevelled but dogged investigative persona have been quick to get behind the idea

Now 62, but still wielding spray paint, Kenny Scharf is filmed by his daughter

The family portrait documentary follows the highs and lows of the street artist’s life and career

Solange’s Saint Heron dossier project releases interview with Barbara Chase-Riboud

In an excerpt shared with The Art Newspaper, the artist and writer describes how the letters her mother kept made her more ‘visible’ that ever

Filmsreview

The Lost Leonardo—a solid sceptical documentary—follows the saga of the Salvator Mundi

The documentary film about the world’s most scrutinised painting, by the Danish director Andreas Koefoed, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday

Kirill Serebrennikov, film director and ousted arts complex chief, banned from leaving Russia for Cannes

His film Petrov’s Flu has been nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Trevor Paglen warns about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence in new documentary Unseen Skies

“Ways of seeing are never neutral, images have always required a human to interpret them,” the artist says

Revisiting the Gardner heist: no paintings, no arrests, but mobsters galore in new Netflix series

While the four-part documentary retreads well-worn ground, it reminds viewers why the unsolved crime remains so intriguing

Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

Plus, vaccine passports in museums and Gossaert's Adoration

Children’s Museum of the Arts to launch online video channel for art-loving kids

The New York institution is looking to raise $25,000 to fund future series, and children who visit will have a chance to take part in production

Photographs taken by Nazi camp prisoners remind us of the horrors of the Holocaust in new documentary at Berlin Film Festival

The virtual programme also included features on Tsarist Russian fashion and robot love in the Pergamon Museum

How To With John Wilson raises the video tutorial to poetic heights

The HBO “docu-comedy” series brings an absurdist view to everyday city life

Nuns and refugees feature in this year’s art films at a pared-down Sundance Festival

From Rebel Hearts, a documentary on Los Angeles artist and activist Sister Mary Corita, to Flee, and animated tale of a young gay man’s flight from Afghanistan

'My Rembrandt' documentary lets you look into the privileged club of Old Master owners

From kissing a portrait of a woman on the lips, to cutting a co-buyer out of a bargain, acquiring a rare work by the Dutch painter does not always bring out the best in people

The top five YouTube channels for an art fix this Christmas season

While many museums across the globe remain closed, you can still get through the virtual doors via video—from artist interviews to archival gems

How Spotify playlists became the new exhibition audio guides

From Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Tate show playlist to the MFA Boston’s Basquiat and hip-hop soundtrack, music can have a profound effect on how we view art

Filmsreview

Letting it all burn: David Wojnarowicz documentary presents the artist through his words and works

A new film on the provocative artist, who died of Aids in 1992 at the age of 37, tells his story through his paintings, photographs, audio and videos

Criminal claims 13 works from legendary Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist are hidden in a Dublin house

BBC4 documentary—released today—unpicks theory that the stolen art was shipped to Ireland

Marina Abramovic TV: five-hour takeover will teach you everything you need to know about performance art

As well as her new Sky Arts programme, the artist's mixed reality work The Life will be sold at Christie’s this month, with an estimate of £400,000-£800,000

Hannah Gadsby: taking down art history's misogyny through comedy

From the High Renaissance to Picasso’s questionable moral compass, the Tasmanian comedian is bringing an exploration of art's patriarchy to a new audience

Virginia Commonwealth University launches programme dedicated to the art of podcasting

Embedded within the school's Institute for Contemporary Art, the initiative positions podcasting as a crucial skill for creatives

Sky Arts goes free and encourages artists to use the television channel 'as your canvas'

Announcement of move to the UK's Freeview network comes with a call out to artists for programming ideas

Filmsreview

Helmut Newton, the man whom (some) women loved

A documentary of the photographer, known for his brazen photographs of defiant nude women, is now streaming online

Our friend Keith Haring: in new BBC documentary buddies of the late artist draw back the curtain

Street Art Boy debuted recently on BBC2 and uses unheard interviews to document Haring's upbringing and work

BBC Four—UK's specialist arts TV channel—saved from the chop

Critics say new strategy means station will become a home for repeats with less investment in arts programming

Circus of Books online show echoes the need for 'human-to-human' interaction

Timed to coincide with the Netflix documentary on the legendary bookstore and gay haven, the digital exhibition pays homage to "something we are sorely missing during this time in isolation"

Go live and thrive: tips for the art world when livestreaming on Instagram

We speak to livestream novice Denia Kazakou, the founder of RedD Gallery, to get some beginners’ advice

Filmsinterview

How a Canadian documentary director got the major players in the Knoedler fakes scandal to speak on camera

Barry Avrich talks to us about his new film Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art, due to be released in theatres this autumn

Grayson Perry's teddy bear comforted him through measles as a child—here's how it inspired his art too

The artist's new TV series Grayson’s Art Club begins tonight in the UK on Channel 4

An abstract parallel universe: documentary on Hilma af Klint released online

Long overlooked and snubbed because of her spiritualism, the Swedish artist is finally getting the recognition—and style credit—she deserves

Mediafeature

Are commercial galleries the next big content producers?

The top dealers are increasingly becoming audio and video makers and magazine publishers—is it all still about sales?

Criminally artful heist films to take your mind off the coronavirus this weekend

Heat up some popcorn and find a welcome distraction with some decidedly non-pandemic viewing

Podcastfeature

Fill your ears with art: the top culture podcasts to listen to during the coronavirus lockdown

If you are craving creativity and are stuck at home, here are the best arty audios to keep you going

Art films at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival

From a bio-pic on Italian naïve artist Antonio Ligabue to a documentary on the Berlin Wall fragments in the US

Royal Academy of Arts to show rare Picasso drawings from ground-breaking 1956 film of the artist at work

Most of the works, created with felt tip pen on newsprint, have been lost, but two have been specially restored for London show

Friezenews

Frieze shake-up: former media boss chosen as company's first CEO

Changes are afoot with both the fairs and the magazine as majority shareholder Endeavor make plans for the future

Filmsreview

In Redoubt, Matthew Barney retells an ancient myth in a survivalist American landscape

The artist’s new film is visually spectacular but with a current of politics underneath

Art films worth seeing from the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Claes Bang takes the lead in two art dramas, while Cunningham dances through the decades

Into the cluttered maze of a packrat photographer

“Jay Myself” captures an artist and collector in his overflowing six-storey home

Jewelleryinterview

Wakanda comes to Washington

Douriean Fletcher, who made the jewellery for Black Panther, speaks at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Speaking frankly: Robert Frank on his work and life

A documentary originally made in 2004 about the Swiss-American photographer and film-maker finally opens in US theaters 15 years later

Ruben Brandt, Collector is an animated art heist film bursting with references

The comedy is clever, playful and inventive—although the car chases are never-ending

A man-made landscape is writ large on the screen in Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

After its US premier at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the visually stunning documentary heads to Berlin

In broad strokes, Velvet Buzzsaw slashes the art world, but without drawing much blood

It is during the film’s quieter moments that Jake Gyllenhaal’s critical character comes out and John Malkovich is shown to be a sensitive artist

Jonas Mekas, ‘godfather of American avant-garde cinema’, dies at 96

Without Mekas, “experimental film is unthinkable”, says Stuart Comer, MoMA's chief curator of media and performance art

Art as Healer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away

Gerhard Richter’s post-war coming of age is fictionalised on film

Gael García Bernal’s new film Museo turns Mexico’s biggest art heist into a madcap caper

The Spanish-launguage movie follows two middle-class flunkies who somehow pulled off one the largest antiquities thefts in modern-day history

David D'Arcy. in Toronto

Nico, 1988: the twilight after the spotlight

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s drama depicts the grim final years of the singer-songwriter

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti is a sombre picture of the artist under the sun

There are few surprises in this boilerplate biopic based on the painter’s time in Polynesia

Mapplethorpe feature film includes plenty of titillation and drama but not enough of the man himself

The film premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, along with several other art-related films

How Garry Winogrand captured the everyday drama of American life

A new documentary includes many of the artist’s myriad images and his voice, but leaves gaps in his story

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