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Hollywood’s art histories

Doris Berger

Doris Berger is a curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, USA. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the director of the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany. Her practice includes writing, teaching, curatorial and audiovisual work focusing on intersections of art and film in modern and contemporary American and European art. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Projected Art History : Biopics, Celebrity Culture, and the Popularizing of American Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...This book has concentrated on a segment of popular art history, taking into consideration its intertextuality, intermediality, historicity, and functionality. It has demonstrated that this segment is an important factor in producing...

Pollock

Doris Berger

Doris Berger is a curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, USA. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the director of the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany. Her practice includes writing, teaching, curatorial and audiovisual work focusing on intersections of art and film in modern and contemporary American and European art. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Projected Art History : Biopics, Celebrity Culture, and the Popularizing of American Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...It is astounding that it has taken 50 years for the first biopic on Jackson Pollock to be produced since the stories about the artist Pollock are literally predestined for a biographical Hollywood production. Jackson Pollock is considered...

Artists’ biographies in film as popular art history

Doris Berger

Doris Berger is a curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, USA. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the director of the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany. Her practice includes writing, teaching, curatorial and audiovisual work focusing on intersections of art and film in modern and contemporary American and European art. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Projected Art History : Biopics, Celebrity Culture, and the Popularizing of American Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Art can be disseminated in many ways: by means of exhibitions, books, guided tours, as well as by articles or documentaries. Editorials and photo essays in literary biographies, coffee table books, comics, children’s books, movies...

Basquiat and celebrity culture

Doris Berger

Doris Berger is a curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, USA. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the director of the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany. Her practice includes writing, teaching, curatorial and audiovisual work focusing on intersections of art and film in modern and contemporary American and European art. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Projected Art History : Biopics, Celebrity Culture, and the Popularizing of American Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...In contrast to Pollock, the completion of the biopic BasquiatBasquiat aka Build a Fort, Set It on Fire, D: Julian Schnabel, USA 1996, 108 mins; Script: Lech Majewski, John F. Bowe, Michael Holman, Julian Schnabel; Cast: Jeffrey Wright...

Shadow of a Twisted Hand Across My House

Lynch on Lynch

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...David Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana, on 20 January 1946. In his own words, he was there ‘just to be born’ before the family moved – when he was only two months old – to Sandpoint, Idaho. His father, Donald, worked for the Government’s...

Garden in the City of Industry

Lynch on Lynch

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...Educational institutions, established methods of learning, words and even individual letters are often associated with frustration, suspicion or fear in Lynch’s work. By all accounts, he has never been a scholarly person, and when school...

Ants in My House

Lynch on Lynch

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...In contrast to the speed with which Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me raced into production in 1991, it was to take Lynch four years to get another movie off the ground. This was partly to do with the problem of finding the right project –...

It’s a Great Big Wonderful World Revisited

Lynch on Lynch

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...There was some shocking news from the Cannes Film Festival in May 1999: David Lynch’s new film did not disturb, offend or mystify. Dwarves, Mystery Men, strange hair-dos, doughnuts, drugs and dead homecoming queens were conspicuous...

I See Myself

Lynch on Lynch

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...Like an unannounced visitor from a distant planet, Eraserhead began its slow invasion in 1976. Wrong-footing critics and captivating its first alien allies – the midnight movie crowd – it was an indelible experience. Typical of the slightly...
...Personal and professional redemption rarely manifest themselves as clearly and triumphantly as they did in Lynch’s Blue Velvet. The mainstream/commercial phase of The Elephant Man and Dune, which had prematurely refracted some...