While we love to celebrate docs of all kinds, it’s important for us to highlight achievements in documentaries that shed light on the artist and the process. Here are some of our favorites, totally binge-worthy & you’ve probably never even heard of them, streaming art documentaries available now.
Beltracchi: The Art Of Forgery
Artist and master forger Wolfgang Beltracchi is profiled, with insights into his life, talent and the international art world that made him millions.
What Remains: The Life & Work Of Sally Mann
Spanning five years and filmed at her Virginia farm, “What Remains” is a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist, photographer Sally Mann. She reveals her artistic process and allows the viewer to gain exclusive entrance into her world. Never one to compromise, she reflects on her own personal feelings about mortality as she continues to examine the boundaries of contemporary art.
The Cardboard Bernini
Mad or genius? Artist James Grashow has built – from cardboard – 15′ fighting men, an anthropomorphized city, an ocean…and here he spends 4 years building a giant cardboard fountain — inspired by the work of Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The Collector: Dr. Albert C Barnes
This documentary features oft misunderstood and controversial character Dr. Albert C. Barnes, one of the most prolific art collectors in history whose private collection in Philadelphia rivals that of museums around the world.
Darkness & Light: Richard Avedon
YouTube (full PBS American Masters Special)
In his own words, the work and life of celebrated photographer Richard Avedon.
The Man Who Shot The Sixties
Duffy together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan is recognized as one of the innovators of “documentary” fashion photography, a style which revolutionized fashion imagery and furthermore the fashion industry.
Ballerina is a 2006 documentary film that follows the training sessions, rehearsals, and everyday lives of five Russian ballerinas at different stages in their career.
Ed.note: if you watch only one thing today, make it the most exquisite movement of Uliana Lopatkina, considered the greatest ballerina of her generation, starting at min. 46.19
Of course, these are only a few of the documentaries available out there. We encourage you to do some hunting on your own, and check out our previous featured documentaries and learn something new today.