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… 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
"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
"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
"A documentary that is a true work of art."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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
"The film's appeal is for the eyes."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Can be enjoyed as a quick overview of the contemporary American art scene."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"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
"Rosen covers a lot of ground in 80 minutes, and he's picked the right subject to focus on."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"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
"hard for us to take too seriously"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"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
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