Art For Money’s Sake: Documentary ‘The Price Of Everything’ Takes Wary Look At Billion Dollar Commerce in Canvases

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Art For Money’s Sake: Documentary ‘The Price Of Everything’ Takes Wary Look At Billion Dollar Commerce in Canvases
The new documentary The Price of Everything is nothing if not layered—kind of like an onion. And like an onion, the more you peel into it, the more it makes you want to cry.

Nathaniel Kahn’s complex film explores the dynamics of the contemporary art world where individual works regularly fetch astronomical amounts at auction: $91.9 million earlier this week for Edward Hopper’s canvas “Chop Suey,” and $110.4 million last year for an untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat painting that sold for $19,000 in 1984.

The sums have become so impressive that money managers now promote art collecting to the wealthy as an “investment asset class,” as the accounting firm Deloitte once put it. According to a report by Artprice, “the world leader in art market information,” between July 2016 and June 2017 contemporary art “generated a global auction turnover of $1.58 billion.”

“I very much wanted to investigate in this film this hyper-commoditized environment that we are in,
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Trailer: ‘The Price Of Everything’ Takes Us Into The Art World

Dogwoof has released the new trailer for their upcoming release The Price Of Everything, a new documentary feature from two-time Oscar-nominated director Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect). The film opens to UK audiences on 16 November.

Premiering in Sundance earlier this year, the film is a deep-dive into the rarefied contemporary art world; a tantalising look at what it takes to be a top-selling contemporary artist. Going behind the scenes with the movers and influencers of the opaque art market, The Price of Everything gets inside the galleries, and auction houses and features collectors and artists including Jeff Koons, Larry Poons, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Gerhard Richter.

In a world where everything can be bought and sold, The Price of Everything is a stunning exposé of the role of art in today’s consumerist society. Featuring world-renowned, top-selling artists Jeff Koons and Gerhard Richter, the film explores and teases out the complex
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Margaret Atwood, Glenn Ligon Honored At Hammer Museum Annual Gala In The Garden

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the Hammer Museum welcomed cultural and civic leaders, artists, collectors, patrons of the arts, and entertainment world notables to the 16th Annual Gala in the Garden.

Zoe Saldana Attends Hammer Museum Annual Gala In The Garden

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The Gala raised a record-breaking $2.6 million to support the Hammer’s dynamic and internationally acclaimed exhibitions and public programs, which are free to the public. International shopping destination South Coast Plaza partnered with the Hammer Museum to present this year’s event.

Over 500 guests attended the Gala – held in the museum’s outdoor courtyard – which honored award-winning author Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon with tribute speeches by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, respectively. Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Leon Bridges performed “Lisa Sawyer,” “Bad Bad News,” “Beyond,” and “River.” Event co-chairs included Solange Ferguson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Darren Star. The
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NewportFILM Unveils Summer Slate

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NewportFILM Unveils Summer Slate
NewportFILM will screen documentaries by Morgan Neville, Matt Tyrnauer, Nathanel Kahn, and Andrew Solomon as part of its annual summer series.

The festival has become something of an institution in the posh seaside community — Newport, Rhode Island is an old world resort, with Gilded Age mansions that are straight out of an Edith Wharton novel. Part of the attraction is that the sunset screenings are hosted in several different historic venues, including Rosecliff, a mansion featured in the 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby” with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, the Eisenhower House, which was the “Summer White House” for President Dwight D. Eisenhower or his Mar a Lago, and the Newport International Polo Grounds.

The screenings kicked off Thursday with Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” a look at the enduring legacy of Fred Rogers, and runs through September 6th. Past films that have played at newportFILM include Brett Morgan’s “Jane,
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True/False Film Fest 2018: The Price Of Everything

Where does art exist? If it sounds like a trick question it’s because it is. It begins in the mind of the creator, but from there it can go off in many different directions. How we consume art and the role of the museum and the art collector is called into question in Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary The Price Of Everything. Instead of approaching the topic with fiery passion, Kahn takes his time to explore the subject from all sides, including dozens of artists, curators, historians, and collectors that are enveloped in the world. Everyone plays a role in the contemporary art world (regardless of your direct involvement) and Kahn calls into question the moral, financial, and creative concerns when art is more than just a means to express oneself.

In his introduction to the film, the director compared it to the work of Robert Altman. This isn’t too far off,
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HBO Documentary Films snaps up Sundance title 'The Price Of Everything'

HBO Documentary Films has acquired Us TV rights to The Price Of Everything in the run-up to its world premiere at Sundance in U.S. Documentary Competition on Friday (January 19).

HBO Documentary Films has acquired Us TV rights to The Price Of Everything in the run-up to its world premiere at Sundance in U.S. Documentary Competition on Friday (January 19).

The company will also open Nathaniel Kahn’s (My Architect) Park City selection in theatres in a minimum of 12 Us markets prior to its HBO premiere.

The Price Of Everything explores the labyrinthine art world and the role of art and artistic passion in society. Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby are among the talking heads.

“I couldn’t think of a better home for the film than HBO,” Kahn said. “I had a great experience with them on both My Architect and my short, Two Hands, and am particularly happy they will be taking
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