Waldemar Januszczak

Januszczak was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, to Polish refugees who had arrived in England after the Second World War. After studying history of art at the University of Manchester, Januszczak became an art critic – and then arts editor – of The Guardian. In 1990 he was appointed head of arts at the UK's Channel 4 television and in 1992 he became art critic for The Sunday Times. He has been voted Critic of the Year twice by the Press Association. Januszczak has been described as "a passionate art lover, art critic and writer. His presentation style is casual but informed, enthusiastic, evocative and humorous. He bumbles about on our TV screens, doing for art what David Attenborough has done for the natural world," and someone who acts out of "a refusal to present art as elitist in any way. He makes it utterly accessible and understandable."

Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art (2009)

Manet is one of the main candidates for the title of the most important artist there has been. As the reluctant father of Impressionism, and the painter of Dejeuner sur l'herbe, he can probably be accused of inventing modern art. But his story is fascinating on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak  •  Juliet Wilson-Bareau

Manet is one of the main candidates for the title of the most important artist there has been. As the reluctant father of Impressionism, and the painter of Dejeuner sur l'herbe, he can probably be accused of inventing modern art. But his story is fascinating on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak  •  Juliet Wilson-Bareau

Gauguin: The Full Story (2003)

Art critic and broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak wrote and directed this examination of a man who was not only a great painter but sculptor, wood carver, musician, print maker, journalist and ceramicist. As well as telling the remarkable story of Gauguin's life, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
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Art critic and broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak wrote and directed this examination of a man who was not only a great painter but sculptor, wood carver, musician, print maker, journalist and ceramicist. As well as telling the remarkable story of Gauguin's life, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
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B movie (2009)

This mini documentary features a rare interview with infamous graffiti artist Banksy, delving into how he started out as a graffiti writer up to his shift to gallery art, installations, CDs, and more. Til this day only a hand full of people know his real identity, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaimie D'Cruz
CAST:  Banksy  •  Damien Hirst  •  Waldemar Januszczak  •  Matthew Collings

This mini documentary features a rare interview with infamous graffiti artist Banksy, delving into how he started out as a graffiti writer up to his shift to gallery art, installations, CDs, and more. Til this day only a hand full of people know his real identity, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaimie D'Cruz
CAST:  Banksy  •  Damien Hirst  •  Waldemar Januszczak  •  Matthew Collings

Here Comes the Summer: The Undertones Story (2012)

In 1978 the Undertones released Teenage Kicks, one of the most perfect and enduring pop records of all time - an adolescent anthem that spoke to teenagers all over the globe. It was the first in a string of hits that created a timeless soundtrack to growing up, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Wilson
CAST:  James Nesbitt  •  Paul Morley  •  Michael Bradley  •  Damian O'Neill

In 1978 the Undertones released Teenage Kicks, one of the most perfect and enduring pop records of all time - an adolescent anthem that spoke to teenagers all over the globe. It was the first in a string of hits that created a timeless soundtrack to growing up, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Wilson
CAST:  James Nesbitt  •  Paul Morley  •  Michael Bradley  •  Damian O'Neill

Toulouse-Lautrec: The Full Story (2006)

Art Critic Waldemar Januzczak presents this documentary which details french artist Toulouse-Lautrec's life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Art Critic Waldemar Januzczak presents this documentary which details french artist Toulouse-Lautrec's life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

The Lost Supper (1999)

This rare film tells the strange, disquieting and protracted story of the restoration of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous masterpiece, The Last Supper. Some say the results of the restoration are glorious. Others have called them tragic. Da Vinci’s famously fragile ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Colin Spector
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

This rare film tells the strange, disquieting and protracted story of the restoration of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous masterpiece, The Last Supper. Some say the results of the restoration are glorious. Others have called them tragic. Da Vinci’s famously fragile ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Colin Spector
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Ugly Beauty (2010)

Documentary in which art critic Waldemar Januszczak argues that beauty is still to be found in modern art, despite several recent books claiming the contrary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak  •  Damien Hirst  •  Jeff Koons  •  Yōko Ono

Documentary in which art critic Waldemar Januszczak argues that beauty is still to be found in modern art, despite several recent books claiming the contrary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak  •  Damien Hirst  •  Jeff Koons  •  Yōko Ono

The Lost Genius of British Art: William Dobson (2011)

Has one of Britain's greatest artists been unfairly forgotten? Waldemar Januszczak thinks so. In this documentary, Januszczak argues that the little known 17th-century portrait painter William Dobson was the first English painter of genius. Dobson's life and times ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Has one of Britain's greatest artists been unfairly forgotten? Waldemar Januszczak thinks so. In this documentary, Januszczak argues that the little known 17th-century portrait painter William Dobson was the first English painter of genius. Dobson's life and times ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Beijing Swings (2003)

Art critic Waldemar Januzczak explores Beijing's controversial and challenging modern art scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Herring
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Art critic Waldemar Januzczak explores Beijing's controversial and challenging modern art scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Herring
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Mary Magdalene: Art's Scarlet Woman (2017)

Waldemar Januszczak explores the impact of Mary Magdalene's myth on art and artists. In art all Christian saints are inventions but Mary Magdalene has been the subject of more invention and re-invention than any other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Waldemar Januszczak explores the impact of Mary Magdalene's myth on art and artists. In art all Christian saints are inventions but Mary Magdalene has been the subject of more invention and re-invention than any other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Holbein: Eye of the Tudors (2015)

A survey of Hans Holbein's career from his beginnings as a religious painter to his work for Henry VIII and beyond. The program also includes a close analysis of "The Ambassadors".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

A survey of Hans Holbein's career from his beginnings as a religious painter to his work for Henry VIII and beyond. The program also includes a close analysis of "The Ambassadors".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Paradise Found (2005)

We imagine many things when we think of this word. However, we do not think about Islamic Architecture, which influenced the art of Europe so profoundly. This documentary tours through the Muslim world, in search of that "atmosphere of Paradise," hidden away in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bluemel
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

We imagine many things when we think of this word. However, we do not think about Islamic Architecture, which influenced the art of Europe so profoundly. This documentary tours through the Muslim world, in search of that "atmosphere of Paradise," hidden away in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bluemel
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Rubens: An Extra Large Story (2014)

These days, nobody takes Rubens seriously. His vast and grandiose canvases, stuffed with wobbly mounds of female flesh, have little appeal for the modern gym-subscriber. And it's not just the bulging nudity we don't like. The entire tone of Rubens's art offends us. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

These days, nobody takes Rubens seriously. His vast and grandiose canvases, stuffed with wobbly mounds of female flesh, have little appeal for the modern gym-subscriber. And it's not just the bulging nudity we don't like. The entire tone of Rubens's art offends us. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

The Michelangelo Code Secrets Of The Sistine Chapel

Art critic Waldemar Januszczak is on the quest to explain exactly what the Sistine Chapel's ceiling is actually trying to tell us.  (more)

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CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Art critic Waldemar Januszczak is on the quest to explain exactly what the Sistine Chapel's ceiling is actually trying to tell us.  (more)

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CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

William Dobson, the Lost Genius of Baroque (2011)

Acclaimed British art critic, Waldemar Januszczak, investigates the few known facts about William Dobson and seeks out personal stories he left behind as it follows him through his tragically short career. Among the Dobson fans interviewed in the wonderful film is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Acclaimed British art critic, Waldemar Januszczak, investigates the few known facts about William Dobson and seeks out personal stories he left behind as it follows him through his tragically short career. Among the Dobson fans interviewed in the wonderful film is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST:  Waldemar Januszczak

Travels with My Camera: The Happy Dictator (2007)

A film crew goes into Turkmenistan pretending it's for a stag party, but they are really recording a documentary about the secretive country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
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A film crew goes into Turkmenistan pretending it's for a stag party, but they are really recording a documentary about the secretive country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waldemar Januszczak
CAST: