Artists’ Film


An introductory guide to a prominent and expanding field of study: artists’ unique contribution to the art of the moving image in the 20th and early 21st centuries


ISBN: 9780500204733 Category:

David Curtis


This detailed survey presents for the first time an alternative history of the moving image, chronicling artists’ ever-evolving fascination with filmmaking from the early twentieth century to now.

From early pioneers to key artists of the present, leading authority and film expert David Curtis offers a vivid account of the numerous individuals who have been inspired by the cinematic medium and felt compelled to interpret and respond to it in their own way. In doing so, he discusses artists’ widely differing achievements, aspirations, theories and approaches.

Featuring over 400 international moving-image makers and drawing on examples from across the arts, including experimental film, video, installation and multimedia, this generously illustrated account offers an incomparable introduction to this increasingly popular and continually evolving art-form.

With 153 illustrations in colour

Additional information

Weight 714 g
Dimensions 15.1 x 21 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 31 August 2021
Number of pages 340
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Foreword by Steve McQueen
Dimensions 15.1 x 21 cm
Weight 714 g


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David Curtis is a leading authority on artists' film. His books include London's Arts Labs and the '60s Avant-Garde (2020) and A History of Artists' Film and Video in Britain (2006). He was responsible for artists' film at the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1977 to 2000, and curated 'A Century of Artists' Film in Britain' at Tate Britain, London, in 2003-4.