As we continue to practice social distancing and as our staff works from home, we assembled a list of feature-length artist documentaries that we hope will offer some relief from the daily news cycle. Get a glimpse into the life and art of Estevan Oriol, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Wayne White, and Ron English.
Newly released last week, LA Originals is a Netflix documentary that explores the history behind Estevan Oriol‘s and Mister Cartoon‘s rise to become the biggest visual artists in hip hop.
Beautiful Losers (2009) documents how a loosely knit group of friends in New York City, including pro skateboarder Ed Templeton and street artists Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Steven Powers and Harmony Korine, found themselves at the intersection of street art and skateboarding before it transformed into a movement that changed pop culture forever.
Woven together from 20 years of footage shot around the world, Fearless is an intimate portrait of street artist Caledonia Curry, aka Swoon, her collaborators, inspirations, and antics.
Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) is a funny, irreverent, joyful and inspiring documentary featuring the life and times of American artist Wayne White. The film chronicles his early days as a creator of the Pee-wee’s Playhouse, his work as an art director for Smashing Pumpkins, and his current turn as a star in the fine art world.
The Art and Crimes of Ron English (2005) offers engaging insight into the life and art of the culture jamming pioneer. See how Ron flips the script on corporate messaging and propaganda, subverting meaning and turning it back onto the messengers.