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Art Safari
A Series by Ben Lewis
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film still2 Discs, Plus a 24-page Bonus Booklet, with essays on each artist/episode by Ben Lewis.

In ART SAFARI, Art Geek Ben Lewis travels the world in search of Great Contemporary Art - and art that might be great. A playful series of eight films that are both analytical adventures and adventurous analyses.

Stopping at nothing to probe the minds of the world's most interesting, imaginative and insane artists, Ben navigates bravely through the art world's phalanxes of dealers, collectors and critics - and in the process discovers extraordinary works of art.

Ben Lewis directs, presents and works as sound recordist and occasional artist's assistant. The results are arts home movies - close, informal and laidback encounters with artists unlike anything else you've seen.

Ben scaled skyscrapers, brought sculptures to life, burgled houses, and absorbed copious amounts of French art theory in a determined effort to understand contemporary art. Through the series, he carries an exhibition by one artist around in his jacket pocket, is instructed by another to tell her what to do, rows with a third on camera and is finally tattooed alongside a pig in China, as a work of art naturally.

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Disc One:

  • Maurizio Cattelan
  • Gregor Schneider
  • Matthew Barney
  • Relational Art

Disc Two:

  • Wim Delvoye
  • Santiago Sierra
  • Sophie Calle
  • Takashi Murakami

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"Ben Lewis's ART SAFARI is a hoot. It's also one of the most intelligent treatments of contemporary art ever to hit the screen."—The Boston Globe

"ART SAFARI is aimed at a viewer who's interested in contemporary art, but isn't necessarily a scholar… provides a quick survey of contemporary art… Lewis' oddball humor is easy to take and occasionally illuminating… Even if you're laughing, you will learn something about an artist's idea or how the art world works."-James A. Stewart, DVD Verdict

"A highly stimulating and rewarding collection."-Doug Pratt, The DVD-Laser Disc Newsletter

"Part serious look at the contemporary art scene, part expose of the pretensions that fuel it!"—The Guardian

"If your understanding of contemporary art begins with NO and ends with IDEA, then ART SAFARI is a good place to start."—Emily Dunn, The Age

"Lewis is cleverer than he at first appears. We see him chatting in fluent Italian, German and French. His knowledge is solid and his ability to place the weirder inventions of difficult artists in the context of recent art history is admirable."—Prospect Magazine

"Ben Lewis is the Louis Theroux of the art world… he creates illuminating documentaries without looking like he has any idea what he is doing."—Sunday Times

224 minutes / Color
Release: 2009
Copyright: 2005

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

For individual consumers (home video)

This DVD is sold for private, home use only.

Subject areas:
Art, Cultural Studies, US & Canadian Broadcast Rights

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