DVD 1: MAKING IT IN MANHATTAN - Artists, collectors, and dealers bring to life the art capital of the world, New York, as it plunges into the 21st Century. Featuring Louise Bourgeois, Brice Marden, Chuck Close, Neil Jenney, Elizabeth Murray, Ashley Bickerton, Gary Simmons, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Rirkrit Tiravanija, St. Clair Cemin, Caio Fonseca, Loren Calaway, John Willenbecher, Cletus Johnson, Emma Amos, Pat Steir, Maura Sheehan, Ivan Karp, Jay Gorney, Matthew Marks, Jerry Saltz, Herb & Dorothy Vogel & others, the film discusses inspiration, aesthetics, and the meaning of success. Music by Tom Waits, Ryuichi Sakamoto, George van Eps, Piero Umiliani with Chet Baker.
DVD 2: SIMPLICITY - Travelling from Taos and Santa Fe, to Brooklyn, Manhattan, Woodstock, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, this film takes viewers on a revealing trip into the studios and lives of a group of singular artists. Featuring memorable iconoclasts such as Richard Tuttle, Agnes Martin, John Baldessari, Robert Williams, Joan Snyder, Mike Bidlo, Amy Adler, Carolyn Martin, Mat Gleason, Marcia Tucker and Dave Hickey, the creative "act" is there to see and study. Themes include artists' relations with the press, showing one's work, distilling concepts into an essence, and what it means to succeed in the artworld. Music by Beck, Tom Waits, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, Ted Greene, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Antonio Carlos Jobim 58 mins.
DVD 3: A Rulling Passion - Many artists use the pain, exhilaration and resolution of private desires to express themselves. This film focuses on intense personalities who've used their art to explore the emotional impact of psychological truths. With Louise Bourgeois, Ed Ruscha, Michael Ray Charles, Elizabeth Peyton, Lari Pittman, Richmond Burton, David Deutsch, writer Dave Hickey & others. A Ruling Passion plumbs issues that affect artists - preoccupations of startling universality - like community, motivation and controversy, finding one's audience, and just "getting it right." Music by Beck, Roy Ayers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Claude Thornhill, Charles Mingus, Joey Altruda, Herbie Hancock 58 mins