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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-05-08
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Biopics on artists influence the popular perception of artists' lives and work. Projected Art History highlights the narrative structure and images created in the film genre of biopics, in which an artist's life is being dramatized and embodied by an actor. Concentrating on the two case studies, Basquiat (1996) and Pollock (2000), the book also discusses larger issues at play, such as how postwar American art history is being mediated for mass consumption.

This book bridges a gap between art history, film studies and popular culture by investigating how the film genre of biopics adapts written biographies. It identifies the functionality of the biopic genre and explores its implication for a popular art history that is projected on the big screen for a mass audience.

Author Biography

Doris Berger is a curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, USA. Prior to that she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and before that the director of the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany. Her practice includes writing, curatorial and audiovisual work on a wide range of subjects, from biopics, artist myths, art and film-issues to modern and contemporary American and European art.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Artist's Biography on Film as Popular Art History
Chapter 2. Pollock: A Popular Historiography
- Liaisons dangereuses: the filmic staging of Jackson Pollocks
- The artistic field
- Debates on authorship: from an artist to a star, from a star to an author
Chapter 3. Basquiat and Celebrity Culture
- A biopic from an artist's perspective - The New Yorker art scene
- Author/artist/star: Julian Schnabel's entanglements
Chapter 4. Hollywood's Art History/ies: The Relation of Artist Myths and Star Legends
List of Illustrations

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