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A One Minute Hand-Drawn Video of Art History

Filmmaker and educator Cao Shu capture the history of art in an experimental short film which lasts for over one minute. During the film, the central character moves through the small motions of regular movements like assessing the time and having a beverage, with every frame left at a different art historical style. The film begins in early Egypt and progresses through Chinese ink paintings and Japanese block prints to Modigliani and Basquiat-style portraits. Cao leaves a vast selection of art styles in a manner that is evocative without being overworked. He lives and works in Hangzhou, where he teaches at the China Academy of Art.

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