Who Gets to Call It Art? (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Who Gets to Call It Art? (2006)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Who Gets to Call It Art? Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

A ride through the world of the 1960's New York art scene, one of the most creatively fertile periods of American Art as seen through the eyes of Metropolitan Museum of Art modern art curator Henry Geldzahler. Henry reveled in the hip and debaucherous parties that marked the downtown artists' community, never missing an event that promised to draw only the biggest and brightest stars of art and music. Not only was Henry a curator to the artists whose work he championed, he was also accepted as one of their own. He had an unsurpassed eye for spotting talent and was single-handedly responsible for curating the largest exhibit of modern art ever shown at the MET: New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Rosen
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 23, 2006
Palm Pictures

News & Interviews for Who Gets to Call It Art?

Critic Reviews for Who Gets to Call It Art?

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

Shot with a Peter Greenaway-like austere impudence and edited brilliantly (by Jed Parker), this is an entertaining movie, and a moving one -- even if, like me, you're not especially fond of these paintings or that scene.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

With its snappy, even hectic editing and great archival footage, Who Gets to Call It Art? is loads of fun to watch.

Full Review… | March 3, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Rosen covers a lot of ground in 80 minutes, and he's picked the right subject to focus on.

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Peter Rosen's documentary Who Gets to Call It Art? paints an entertaining picture of the cherubic gentleman, who as the first curator of contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

February 3, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

The film's appeal is for the eyes.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Clocking in at 80 minutes, this glib, largely uninformative and poorly organized précis of the post-World War II art scene succeeds neither as history nor as art history.

February 1, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Who Gets to Call It Art?

Great, I thought. Doesn't present new theories on the rise of pop art, but it puts everything in wonderful context. I loved the segment on the New York Painting exhibition at the Met. Henry Geldzahler comes to life alongside the artists he fostered.

Who Gets to Call It Art? Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Who Gets to Call It Art? on our Movie forum!