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	Image: Christo in Paris (1986) Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive

New contemporary galleries documentary films

David Smith + Christo

Two films screened in conjunction with the new contemporary galleries, featuring the John Kaldor Family Gallery

David Smith: Steel into sculpture
Dir: Jay Freund 1984
58 mins 16mm colour
Traces the three major phases of the career of sculptor David Smith (1906–65), featuring representative pieces and scenes of the artist at work. Examining family and friends, the film provides a personal account of his relationship to his art, his materials and his landscape.

Christo in Paris
Dir: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Deborah Dickson & Susan Froemke 1986
58 mins 16mm colour
Winner of the Grand Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, Christo in Paris explores Christo’s escape from Bulgaria, his early years as a struggling artist, his romance with Jeanne-Claude and the fulfillment of a ten-year obsession: the wrapping of the Pont-Neuf in Paris. The first Kaldor project was Wrapped coast, the ambitious wrapping of Little Bay in Sydney in 1969, which proved a turning point for 20th-century Australian art and introduced local artists to the radical idea that a work of art could be a collaborative project.

Image: Christo in Paris (1986) Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive

Saturday 23 July 2011, 2.00pm

Free

Duration 1 hour, 56 minutes

Related exhibition: New contemporary galleries