Design Curator: Two Documentaries for the Artsy Christmas List

Christmas is coming, chestnuts are roasting over an open fire, and the shopping craze has begun. If you want to add something to your Christmas list or need a gift idea for the art lovers in your life here are two documentaries worth buying.

Mad Men fans who have fallen in love with Don Draper and the three-martini lunch will love Art & Copy. The world of advertising is not just the face of every manipulative salesperson, but the brains of brilliantly creative minds.  George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in Art & Copy were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and more. This documentary is not just about advertising, but about inspiration and a dynamic impact on culture and society. Starting from the “creative revolution” of the 1960’s, film director Doug Pray exposes some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time.

If you want to be outraged this Christmas watch The Art of the Steal. This documentary uniquely impacts us, because it takes place right here in our hometown. According to 37-year-old documentary filmmaker, Mr. Don Argott, Philadelphia is the thief.   His controversial documentary relays the story of intrigue, politics, and the art world surrounding an art collection owned by the deceased Albert C. Barnes.

Barnes was born in 1872 and made his fortune in business but kept his focus on collecting Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modernist paintings. In 1922 Barnes set up the Barnes Collection in a unique way. His art was not categorized by time period, school of art or artist, but by aesthetic appeal.

The Barnes Collection is worth billions, and Mr. Barnes made sure to preserve his wishes for the collection in his will. To find out what ensued, you’ll need to watch…

Elizabeth Wann {Writer & Designer}