Art Safari Special Edition 藝術獵豔 特別版
Art Safari navigates its way through the art world’s phalanxes of dealers, collectors and critics, trying to get inside the head of its artist subjects. The idea was to make a series about art that is not driven by art criticism or review, but by a natural curiosity about art. Neither the programs nor the presenter tell the viewer what to think – rather they bring together a variety of mixed and conflicting opinions about strange and powerful works of art.
Art geek and award-winning director, Ben Lewis, presents and works as sound recordist and occasional artist’s assistant in this lo-fi series, while his best friend (fortunately and award-winning documentary cameraman) follows him with his DV camera. The results are arts home movies -- close, informal and laidback encounters with artists unlike anything else on television.
Maurizio Cattelan: How to get a Head in the Art World
Best known to British audiences for his photorealistic sculpture of the Pope struck down by a meteorite (recently auctioned in NY for just under $1M), Cattelan has also produced sculptures of Hitler in prayer and exhibited the rubble from Terrorist bombings. For other works he sellotaped one gallerist to the wall of his white cube, and got another to wear a pink penis costume for six weeks. Cattelan is the court jester of the art world and the cartoonist of Conceptualism. Denied permission to meet and interview the artist, Ben brings Cattelan’s sculptures to life and sends them on dangerous missions to put questions to the artist and his doubles.