Who Gets to Call It Art?

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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.


Critic Reviews for Who Gets to Call It Art?

All Critics (15) | 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.

    Jun 22, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • With its snappy, even hectic editing and great archival footage, Who Gets to Call It Art? is loads of fun to watch.

    Mar 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Rosen covers a lot of ground in 80 minutes, and he's picked the right subject to focus on.

    Feb 16, 2006 | Rating: B+

    Noel Murray

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  • 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.

    Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • The film's appeal is for the eyes.

    Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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.

    Feb 1, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

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