The Art of Netflix

If you’re like me, chances are you’ve spent countless hours on Netflix. Fortunately, it’s not all just mindless fun. There are some serious art shows/films for creatives too.

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There are actually quite a few docs and shows about artists and creative types on Netflix. Here are some that I’ve watched recently:

Abstract: The Art of Design

An eight part series that profiles one designer every episode, Abstract runs the gamut from shoe and automobile design to photography. An interesting look into the practicality of the arts and their real world applications (i.e. jobs). Prepare to be envious.

Banksy Does New York

Whether you believe him to be a serious artist or not, Banksy’s antics are certainly news worthy. This film covers his month long residency in New York City where the behavior of the city’s inhabitants and their interactions/reactions to his work are as much a part of the film as Banksy himself – even more so.

Chef’s Table

Over three seasons Chef’s Table has profiled some of the world’s greatest chefs. One can’t help but be impressed by their drive, perseverance and dedication. If you want to be successful, this job is your passion – and your life. I just wish the portions were larger.

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

If you’re unfamiliar with his art, Guo-Qiang does some pretty amazing stuff with fireworks. This film follows his quest to pull off his most ambitious, and challenging project – a ladder to the sky composed of, you guessed it, fireworks. An interesting look into the unrelenting drive of one today’s biggest artists.

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