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The Cool School: Story of the Ferus Art Gallery

  NR Closed Captioning

Morgan Neville

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About the Movie

The Cool School is an object lesson in how to build an art scene from scratch and what to avoid in the process. The film focuses on the seminal Ferus Gallery, which groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a coterie of competitive, often brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin. The Ferus also served as launching point for New York imports, Andy Warhol (hosting his first Soup Can show), Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein as well as leading to the first Pop Art show and Marcel Duchamp's first retrospective. What was lost and gained is tied up in a complex web of egos, passions, money, and art. This is how L.A. came of age.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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92%
  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Cool School, a breezy, lively documentary about a thin slice of the Los Angeles fine art scene in the 1950s, is easy on the eyes, and the ears too. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Documentarian Morgan Neville takes an appropriately lively, left-field approach to The Cool School's eye-opening history of the Beat-era Left Coast art scene -- a lesser-known chapter in the story of American modern art. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: What The Cool School does so well, through its color accents and black-and-white photography...is impart a sense of discovery. – John Anderson, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: All told, and well told, this is essential history. – Nathan Lee, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Documentary on How a Creative Movement Begins and Builds

Well produced documentary about the start of the modern art movement on the West Coast. If you are interested in how a creative movement starts and builds, then this movie will be fascinating to you.