Who Gets to Call It Art?
Who Gets to Call It Art? (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

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.

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Sheila Farr
Seattle Times

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

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The film's appeal is for the eyes.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Can be enjoyed as a quick overview of the contemporary American art scene.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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

Manohla Dargis
New York 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.

Chris Barsanti

hard for us to take too seriously

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