In interviews with American Masters Executive Producer Michael Kantor for Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, comic book legend Stan Lee and others discuss Lee’s influential work at Marvel Comics, co-creating “The Fantastic Four,” “The Incredible Hulk,” Spider-Man and more.
Paula Wayne starred alongside Sammy Davis, Jr., in the groundbreaking Broadway musical “Golden Boy” about a black boxer who falls for his manager’s white girlfriend – they shared the first interracial kiss on a Broadway stage. In this outtake from American Masters – Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, premiering February 2019 on PBS, […]
Joan Mitchell, 1960-61: ‘Rock Bottom’, painting. Photo courtesy of Jim Kuhn. Throughout our broadcast season, American Masters tells the stories of cultural giants whose work has had a profound effect on American society. The American Masters team is pleased to share a curated selection of the latest discourse in arts and culture: here are seven […]
Throughout our broadcast season, American Masters tells the stories of cultural giants whose work has had a profound effect on American society. The American Masters team is pleased to share a curated selection of the latest discourse in arts and culture: here are seven articles and essays we enjoyed in September. Let us know what […]
Perry Miller Adato was an award-winning producer-director and writer of documentary films for more than 50 years, collaborating frequently with WNET, PBS and American Masters. Born in Yonkers, New York, she died on September 16, 2018.
American Masters “Artists Flight” documentaries about groundbreaking visual artists Eva Hesse, Elizabeth Murray, Andrew Wyeth and Jean-Michel Basquiat are streaming now. Meet 12 more innovators in visual art in Art in the Twenty-First Century, premiering Friday, September 21 and 28 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings): Creative Growth Art Center, Nathalie Djurberg & […]
By ALL ARTS Celebrated Post-Minimal painter Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) created vibrant, kinetic works that pushed back against the parsed down styles of Minimalism. Murray moved to New York in the fall of 1967 after receiving her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA at Mills College in Oakland, California, […]
By ALL ARTS One of the most well-known artists of the 20th century, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) was beloved by the masses and pummeled by the critics. The American painter’s work — landscapes from his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and summer home in Cushing, Maine; portraits of people he knew; interior scenes — were created in a […]
By ALL ARTS It took less than 10 years for Jean-Michel Basquiat to go from an anonymous graffiti artist to New York City’s boldest and most transgressive star. The Brooklyn native, who first attracted attention by tagging the name “SAMO” across New York City, helped propel a graffitied aesthetic to the Manhattan gallery scene in […]
By ALL ARTS Considered one of the most important figures in postminimalism, Eva Hesse (1936-1970) ushered in a new wave of art and style while working in New York City in the late 1950s and ’60s. Hesse was a pioneer in her field and used unconventional industrial materials in her work, including rubber, latex and […]