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BYU's Lee Library begins art film series Jan. 31

Featuring major American contemporary artists

The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University will host “Four American Masters,” an art film series highlighting modern artists and their work, in the library auditorium during winter semester.

Admission is free to all the films, and the public is welcome.

The first film in the series, “Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius,” will be shown Tuesday, Jan. 31,, at 4 p.m. Rauschenberg’s paintings and sculptures have been described as linking abstract expressionism and pop art. The artist himself describes his art and his career throughout the documentary.

The library will show “Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint” Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. The film focuses on the life, career and inspiration of American icon Jasper Johns. In the film, Johns speaks about his influences and methods in various media including etching, lithography and painting.

“Roy Lichtenstein,” the next film in the series, will be shown Tuesday, March 21, at 4 p.m. The documentary features American Pop Art artist Lichtenstein talking about his projects, the Pop Art explosion and the history of Western art.

The final film in the series, “Alexander Calder,” will be shown Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. The biographical documentary will focus on the colorful career of Alexander "Sandy" Calder, inventor of more than 16,000 artworks, including mobiles and giant abstract sculptures in major cities throughout the world.

Art Librarian Christiane Ramsey believes the documentaries offer students additional insights about the artists and chose to highlight “American superstar artists” that created new directions in art during the mid-twentieth century.

To learn more about the Art Film Series, visit library.byu.edu/art or contact Christiane Ramsey at chris_ramsey@byu.edu.

Writer: Brian Rust

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