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Mekas, Jonas 1922-2019

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Movie journal; the rise of the new American cinema, 1959-1971 by Jonas Mekas( Book )

23 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his Village Voice "Movie Journal" columns, Jonas Mekas captured the makings of an exciting movement in 1960s American filmmaking. He simplified complex aesthetic strategies for unfamiliar audiences and appreciated the subversive genius of films that many dismissed as trash. This new edition presents Mekas's original critiques in full, with additional material on the filmmakers, film studies scholars, and popular and avant-garde critics whom he inspired and transformed
Film culture( )

in English and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andy Warhol by John Coplans( Book )

10 editions published in 1970 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book sets out to provide through illustrations a viewing of a broad spectrum of Warhol's painting and sculpture, especially from 1960 to 1964, by which time the artist had already begun to shift his interest to movies. A number of still shots of his movies are included among the illustrations. The essays by the various authors have been chosen to cover three principal but divergent aspects of Warhol, each of which has equally caught the public's imagination--the man, the art and the movies. In addition, there are a selective bibliography of published writings on Warhol's art, and a filmography."--Jacket
Treasures IV : American avant garde film, 1947-1986( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents 26 films by artists who helped to redefine cinema. Shows an array of film types and styles, from abstract animation to documentary and balances acknowledged classics with rediscoveries. The films are drawn from the preservation work of five of America's foremost avant-garde archives: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Public Library, and The Pacific Film Archive. None of the titles has been available before on good-quality video in the United States
Who gets to call it art? : the legend of Henry Geldzahler, 1935-1994 by Peter Rosen( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henry Geldzahler (1935-94), star curator and cultural impresario, lived a life worth examining. The first curator of the Department of 20th-Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum, first director of visual arts for the National Endowment of the Arts, and the first full-time commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City, his landmark 1969 show at the Metropolitan is still remembered with awe. "New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970" filled 35 galleries with more than 400 groundbreaking works of contemporary art. This film is not a full biographical examination of this singular figure's life, but rather a portrait in profile, as many of 'his' artists talk about Geldzahler and what his friendship meant to them
Free radicals : a history of experimental film by Pip Chodorov( Visual )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This feature-length documentary provides a vivid, eye-opening, and appropriately personal introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: avant-garde cinema. Achieving the near-impossible task of doing justice in a mere 82 minutes to this incredibly rich, varied, and expansive domain, FREE RADICALS is as expertly constructed an introduction to the topic as one could hope for, thanks in large part to the film's privileging of rare interviews with some of the most important filmmakers in the avant-garde tradition (including Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Stan Brakhage, and Hans Richter), and its inclusion of several films in their entirety. The film's sincere admiration for its subject is best reflected by Chodorov's own description: "I wanted to share a few of the films I love and introduce you to some of the free, radical artists who made them"--Container
Jack Smith and the destruction of Atlantis by Mary Jordan( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of interviews and clips by and about the revolutionary American artist Jack Smith. Filmmaker, actor, and pioneer of underground cinema, he is generally acclaimed as a founding father of American Performance Art, and has been critically recognized as a master photographer. The film also delves into Smith's tenuous relationship with Andy Warhol -- who adopted Smith's ideas in his own work. Pays homage to New York's ultimate anti-hero and the original King of the Underground
The Brig by Jonas Mekas( Visual )

33 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mekas filmed this play about a Marine Corps prison on the stage of the Living Theatre after it had been closed down by the police for tax evasion. He and the cast slipped into the theater through a coal chute and made the film in five hours. The furious rhythms of the play convey the inhumanity of military discipline with the raw force of a battle document
Unbuilt Roads : 107 Unrealized Projects( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in 3 languages and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Featuring unrealized projects from over one hundred prominent artists -- from Laurie Anderson to Jeff Wall -- this book documents work that was often too revolutionary to ever be assembled. Included among the entries are a rejected Time magazine cover by Robert Rauschenberg, objects which artist Christo was unable to "wrap", and the design by Claes Oldenburg for an as-yet-unbuilt banana-shaped home. Provocative, inspired, and with an abundant variety of vision, Unbuilt Roads takes conceptual art to new levels"--Publisher description
Presence and absence : the films of Michael Snow, 1956-1991 by Jim Shedden( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is cinema?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chuck Workman is best known for creating unforgettable Oscar montage sequences and for his award-winning documentaries. Here he demonstrates his command of cinematic language, creating a visual essay out of clips from films that pushed the boundaries of the art form and gave us ideas of what the future might hold
Walden : diaries, notes and sketches by Jonas Mekas( Visual )

20 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in English and French and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Poet and hero of the American counter-culture, Jonas Mekas, born in Lithuania in 1922, invented the diary form of film-making. Walden, his first completed diary film, an epic portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s, is also a groundbreaking work of personal cinema"--Slipcase
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 37 restored avant-garde films from some of the most acclaimed names of American avant-garde filmmaking
Excerpts from Walden : diaries, notes and sketches( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The viewer shares in Mekas' daily intimacies with family, friends and lovers as they envelope the screen in pulses of audio-visual stimuli. His world becomes yours, and the immersive nature of the cinema experience is broadened to include an onslaught of perceptual associations derived from the rapid-fire barrage of sound and images. Mekas expounds upon New York City much in the same way that Marcel Proust would focus on a Madeleine cookie as a portal for extended recollections on the passage of time and memory. Two sequences from Jonas Mekas' 3 hour epic reveal prime aspects of his diary filmmaking. The first show us a car trip to New Jersey with friends; the second dives headlong into an audio-visual sensory overload at a wild dance party. Each very basic and direct, the results are haiku-like vivid experiences. 16mm 1.37:1 color sound except end of Reel 5 and beginning of Reel 6; music by Frédéric Chopin, Group Image; with Gideon Bachman, Adolfas Mekas, Jonas Mekas, Hella Hammid, Willard Van Dyke, Shirley Clarke, Wendy Clarke, Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts, Ed Emswhiller
Fire in the East : a portrait of Robert Frank by Philip Brookman( Visual )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary presents an intimate view of four decades of the Swiss-born artist Robert Frank, who has had an extraordinary influence on contemporary photography and filmmaking, and examines his life through his films and photographs. Includes interviews with many of his collaborators and contemporaries
Visions of Warhol by Jonas Mekas( Visual )

23 editions published between 1963 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by four pioneer avant-garde film-makers and close friends of the Pop-artist
Lost lost lost by Jonas Mekas( Visual )

28 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These six reels of my film diaries come from the years 1949-1963. They begin with my arrival in New York in November 1949. The first and second reels deal with my life as a Young Poet and a Displaced Person in Brooklyn. It shows the Lithuanian immigrant community, their attempts to adapt themselves to a new land and their tragic efforts to regain independence for their native country. It shows my own frustrations and anxieties and the decision to leave Brooklyn and move to Manhattan. Reel three and reel four deal with my life in Manhattan on Orchard Street and East 13th St. Reel five includes Rabbit Shit Haikus, a series of Haikus filmed in Vermont; scenes at the Film-Maker's Cooperative; filming Hallelujah the Hills; scenes of New York City. Reel six contains a trip to Flaherty Seminar, a visit to the seashore in Stony Brook; a portrait of Tiny Tim; opening of Twice a Man; excursions to the countryside seen from two different views; that of my own and that of Ken Jacobs whose footage is incorporated into this reel."--Jonas Mekas
Andy Warhol by John Coplans( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I had nowhere to go by Jonas Mekas( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J. Mekas raconte son départ de Lituanie en 1944 en compagnie de son frère Adolfas, son internement dans un camp de travail, son passage dans des camps pour personnes déplacées, sa fuite manquée vers le Danemark, sa folle traversée de l'Allemagne dévastée par la guerre puis son arrivée et son installation aux Etats-Unis
Artists' book : Jonas Mekas( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Unbuilt Roads : 107 Unrealized Projects
The BrigUnbuilt Roads : 107 Unrealized ProjectsPresence and absence : the films of Michael Snow, 1956-1991Artists' book : Jonas Mekas'66 frames : a memoirJust like a shadowJonas Mekas
Alternative Names
Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas écrivain et réalisateur lituanien

Jonas Mekas filmregisseur uit Litouwen

Jonas Mekas litauischer Filmregisseur, Schriftsteller und Kurator

Jonas Mekas litauisk filmare, konstnär och poet

Jonas Mekas litevský filmový režisér

Jonas Mekas litewski reżyser i scenarzysta

Jonas Mekas Lithuanian filmmaker

Jonas Mekas litván filmrendező

Jonas Mekas regista e poeta lituano

Jons Meks lietuviešu kinorežisors

Mekas J.

Mekas, Jonas

Mekas, Jonas, 1922-

Йонас Мекас

Мекас Йонас

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