6 MUST-SEE Recent Art & Design Films

art design film Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

A fascinating portrait of an eccentric woman ahead of her time, this film was created after lost tapes of an interview with Peggy Guggenheim were found. And even though I myself was educated as an Art Historian, I was surprised to learn just how large her impact was on modern American art. If you love mid-century New York, Paris and Venice, Italy like I do (who doesn’t?), give yourself a quick education on the art scene and major players in this delightful documentary. Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)

art design film Karl Lagerfeld An Intimate Portrait

Karl Lagerfeld — An Intimate Portrait (German Release)

I love movies and books about real people, especially people that you think you know, but then find out you really don’t know them at all. Mr. Lagerfeld is one of those creative geniuses who doesn’t have time for much else except his art, his creations, his explorations, purely in the pursuit of and for its own sake. He is not one to sit still or tolerate idleness nor idolatry; a complex mind and man. Get ready to have a whole new perspective on him! Karl Lagerfeld — An Intimate Portrait (2014)

art design film Crazy About Tiffanys New York

Crazy About Tiffany’s

Being a brand designer, I thought this exploration into how one particular brand has permeated popular culture in so many ways that we often don’t even notice was quite interesting. We forget the subtleties of brand recognition and placement that little blue box has provided in movies, under the Christmas tree, on magazine spreads, in our homes, in Grand Central Terminal. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a ride through Tiffany & Co.’s charming brand journey through the last 100 years — I bet you will too. Crazy About Tiffany’s (2016)

art design film Dior and I Raf Simons

Dior and I

A compelling look into the creative process behind the closed doors of a long-standing fashion house, with a new creative director, weeks before a collection launch and show. I particularly enjoyed how they juxtapose Raf Simon’s journey in his new role with excerpts from Christian Dior’s own journals. The climax of the spectacular show he creates at the end of the film is worth your while, alone. Dior and I (2015)

art design film Woman in Gold Klimt Ryan Reynolds Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold

Unlike the previous four films which are documentary in nature, this one is a full-length feature film based on true events and starring Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren. Revolving around a Klimt painting stolen from a Jewish family in Nazi Austria, the art crime adventure pairs the niece of the artwork’s owner (now grown up and living in LA) with a young lawyer as they fight to win possession back from a popular institution in Austria. I admit I was in tears watching this! Heartfelt and historically significant. Woman in Gold (2015)

And up next…

art design film The First Monday in May Met Gala

The First Monday in May

I haven’t had an opportunity to watch this one yet, but I have it on my list and will update this post as soon as I do! The Met is my favorite museum, one I can go back to again and again and again. Art + fashion + modern interpretations using new technology = a must-see for me!  The First Monday in May (2016)


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

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