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Pop Art: The Test of the Object
After the Second World War came the birth of the consumer society. The American way of life, with its emphasis on growth, quantity, consumption and fun, dominated western values. But underneath, many of the same old dark forces raged on:…
Surrealism
Dada, the nihilistic precursor of Surrealism, was deliberately anti-art and anti-sense, intended to outrage and scandalize. Characteristic of it were Marcel Duchamp's 'readymades' - everyday objects elevated to the status of art by the mere decision of the artist to…
Beginnings - Inspiration - The Role of the Writer
Part of the Series: The Roland Literary Collection: Writers on Writing
From the 6 part series: Writers on Writing - Creative Writing Course Topics covered: The ingredients of writing Keeping a writing record Beginnings What is inspiration? Looking at other writers' work The role of the writer This program features contributions…
Fauvism
By 1890 Matisse, who was to be the chef d'ecole of the Fauvist movement, had moved to Paris, where he shared a studio with Marquet (another of the future Fauves) right next to the River Seine. After a conventional beginning…
Character - Setting - Plot
Part of the Series: The Roland Literary Collection: Writers on Writing
From the 6 part series: Writers on Writing - Creative Writing Course Topics covered: Defining the terms Using character, setting and plot Looking at other writers' work Characters and settings Place and atmosphere Building a character Plot structure This program…
The Bauhaus: Its Impact on the World of Design
This film draws attention to the great social responsibility of town planners, architects and mass-production designers, whose job it is to design the cities, houses and goods that form our everyday surroundings. It sets out to show that of all…
Alvar Aalto
The Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was one of the 20th century's great reformers in architecture and interior design. Aalto's work demonstrates an intense individualism combined with clear-sighted understanding of the international architectural trends of his day. A striking characteristic…
Form - Genre
Part of the Series: The Roland Literary Collection: Writers on Writing
From the 6 part series: Writers on Writing - Creative Writing Course Topics covered: Choice of form and genre Thinking about form Thinking about genre Looking at other writers' work Experimenting with form Experimenting with genre This program features contributions…
American Abstraction
The narrator of American Abstraction claims that art in the United States always considered itself dependent on European art, particularly when it sustained the shock of modern art arriving from Europe in 1913 to be presented at the Armory Show.…
Salvador Dali: His Life through His Paintings
The bizarre and powerful images in the work of Salvador Dali have often been used as the definition of Surrealism, the artistic movement that was born in France in the late 1920s. Such paintings as The Persistence of Memory with…
Paul Klee
The script of this film was written by Professor Will Grohmann, a personal friend of Paul Klee and the leading authority on his work. It shows selected examples taken from nine thousand works created by Klee, and groups them together…
Processing the Signal
A documentary made in America in 1988 and 1989 that brings together some of the most innovatory artists of program art - Bill Viola, Nam June Paik, Kit Fitzgerald, Paul Garrin, John Sanborn, Marie Perillo and Zbigniew Rybczynski among others.…
The Sixties: The Art in Question
When, in 1968, the youth of Europe - especially French youth - took to the barricades, they were protesting against ... what? Slogans were conveniently vague and motives were mixed and obscure. A quarter of a century later, little has…
Margaret Atwood with Hermione Lee
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Topics Discussed in the Interview: Themes of women 'breaking out' Visual imagery as inspiration Literature informed by fairy tales Writing as a woman from the male point of view Mythology in contemporary literature Using humor
IMAGO Meret Oppenheim
The fame of the Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim rests on one piece, The Fur-lined Teacup, which is considered one of the archetypal Surrealist works. By creating it in 1936 at the age of twenty-three, she leapt into the art-history books…
One Hundred Years of Modern Art
This film gives a rudimentary 'exposure' to a broad range art for young audiences; it offers a survey of the painting and sculpture of the period 1907-30. A filming technique was evolved whereby brief instalments of information are followed by…
Picasso: Joie de Vivre
Picasso's joy in living is revealed in the Picasso Museum at Antibes. In the summer of 1946, the whole of Europe was recovering from the strain of the war years. Picasso was staying in the south of France where the…
What is a Good Drawing?
This educational film, with its clear visuals and highly informative narration, encourages an understanding and appreciation of the art of drawing. The great draftsman of every period will find his own theme, his own symbols - and his drawings express…
Writing From Personal Experience - Subjects
Part of the Series: The Roland Literary Collection: Writers on Writing
From the 6 part series: Writers on Writing - Creative Writing Course Topics Covered: Finding subjects to write about Subjects and themes Discovering what you have to say Looking at other writers' work Autobiographical writing Writing to persuade Writing fantasy…
Kandinsky
Abstract art was not 'discovered' by any single artist. Several painters can be seen as working towards total non-representation in the early years of the century, and examples can be cited of 'abstract' works from even earlier (for example, drawings…