Who Gets to Call It Art?
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Henry Geldzahler was one of the most important figures in 20th Century American art, even though he was not an artist himself. Geldzahler was a collector and historian who helped establish the role of artists such as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, George Segal, and Roy Lichtenstein within the canon of contemporary art with "New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970," a groundbreaking show at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art which made the case for pop art while the gallery establishment was still favoring the more accepted but less accessible abstract expressionists. A… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The film's appeal is for the eyes."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"You are likely to enjoy this bio-pic to the extent that you buy into the idea that one effete snob ought to define an aesthetic for the rest of us slobs."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"This documentary feels stacked on his subject's side."
‑ Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Through his use of green screen and montage, Rosen seems to want to position his film as its own work of Pop Art."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"With its snappy, even hectic editing and great archival footage, Who Gets to Call It Art? is loads of fun to watch."
‑ Sheila Farr, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Can be enjoyed as a quick overview of the contemporary American art scene."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Rosen covers a lot of ground in 80 minutes, and he's picked the right subject to focus on."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"A documentary that is a true work of art."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Surely a figure as crucial as Geldzahler deserves more incisive treatment."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"hard for us to take too seriously"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"The film's flippant style ultimately undermines its material -- and, ironically, makes the American art scene of the '60s appear as shallow and trendy as its detractors always claimed it was."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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