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2 Sculptors (Shorts about Donald Judd & Tony Cragg)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Shorts: B-



Palm Pictures’ Arthouse Films series continues with two portraits of key sculptors simply entitled 2 Sculptors.  The shorts cover the work of Donald Judd & Tony Cragg to varying degrees of success, if not as in depth as hoped for.  Since hardly anything is on DVD about the artform, it at least is a good start.


Donald Judd’s Marfa, Texas runs only 25 minutes and shows the work of the late sculptor who walked a fine line between minimalism and modernism, but came up with something distinct enough to stand out.  Part of his goal was to examine the idea of space, maybe in between the materials used, materials that were not traditional and new synthetics seemed to have been a favorite.


Tony Cragg: In Celebration Of Sculpture runs a healthier hour, examining the British sculptor whose first phase of work was about recycling discarded materials that still had worth and that is how he built his reputation.  Later, he became more traditional, but he was sometimes political and definitely deconstructionist.


The 1.33 X 1 image on both are shot on analog videotape and softer than they should be.  The art is interesting, but deserves better than this.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound on both is barely stereo.  There are hardly any extras, except weblinks and previews for other Palm titles.  Both programs are worth a look, but more extras would have been nice, including a brief history of sculpting and maybe a still section.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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