Celluloid Canvas: Film as an Artistic Medium

A compendium of the development and history of film as art

Movies should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. —Jean-Luc Godard

Debate over cinema’s credibility as an art form is as old as the medium itself, and largely defined in terms of formal, psychological, ideological, social, or auteurist theories. To explore how artists are also using the medium to investigate a wider range of aesthetic issues that are generally related to modern and contemporary art practices, this book is broken down into 10 subgenres, including abstraction, collage, appropriation, post-surrealism, structuralism, duration, parody, and expanded cinema.

The history of each subgenre is illustrated by over 300 films and filmmakers, from past masters such as Hans Richter, Man Ray, and Stan Brakhage to contemporary artists Stan Douglas, Pipilotti Rist, and Doug Aitken; from art-house legends David Lynch, Jean-Luc Godard, and Luis Buñuel to underground icons and contemporary artists Kenneth Anger, Matthew Barney, Bruce Conner, Michael Snow, Owen Land, and Paul McCarthy.
The author:
Paul Young, a journalist and curator based in Los Angeles, has a master’s degree in film directing, and has lectured on the state of video art in Berlin, Barcelona, and Madrid. He curated the exhibit “Remote Viewing: New Video Art from Europe, the Best of Loop” in Los Angeles and Madrid, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and ARTnews.

The editor:
Paul Duncan has edited 50 film books for TASCHEN, including the award-winning The Ingmar Bergman Archives, and authored Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series.
Art Cinema

Art Cinema

, Paul Duncan
Hardcover, 9.1 x 11.4 in., 192 pages
$ 29.99

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  • Reviews
"Dieses Buch ergründet anhand vieler, vieler Bilder, wie Künstler das Medium Kinofilm nutzen, um mit filmischen Konventionen zu brechen und ausdrucksstarke Kunst zu schaffen. ... Eingeteilt in zehn Subgenres wie Collage, Strukturalismus, Parodie und Installation, vermittelt das Buch einen detaillierten Einblick in die Szene jenseits der plakativen Blockbuster."
— Blu, Berlin, Germany
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