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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.…
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…
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…
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…
Abstraction: The Experience
Artists, like everyone else in Europe, had lived through traumatic experiences by the time the Germans surrendered in 1945. In France, artists such as Wols and Jean Fautrier depicted lives of misery in troubled but spontaneous works. Wol's first oil…
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…
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…
Play It Again, Nam
Musician, thinker, theorist, friend of John Cage, Stockhausen and Georges Maciunas, Nam June Paik has transformed the use of electronics as an art medium, challenging our notions about what can be expected from works of art.
Contemporary Expression
On April 26, 1937, the Nazi Condor Legion destroyed the little city of Guernica in Spain; learning of this, Picasso immediately started work on a very large painting which he finished on June 3. Guernica can probably be considered the…
The Flame of Functionalism
Celebrating the spirit of the 1930s, when Scandinavian design first gained wide acclaim, this film juxtaposes period movie clips and documentary footage with images of a wide range of Finnish architecture, interior design and furnishings by Rivel and many others.…
Max Ernst: Journey into the Subconscious
The inner world of the great painter Max Ernst is the subject of this film. One of the principal founders of Surrealism, Max Ernst explores the nature of materials and the emotional significance of shapes to combine with his collages…
Modern Mexico: The Artistic Identity
This view of the development of the art of painting in Mexico in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries shows how the country responded to artistic movements of the time. The works shown enable us to recreate the cultural history of…
Michelangelo
Accorded divine status in the world of art, Michelangelo Buonarroti was a beginning and an end unto himself. Regardless of the media in which he worked - painting, sculpture or architecture - there is a breathtaking perfection to the finished…
The Shape of Darkness
A haunting, poetic quality pervades this vast panorama of African art, which took two years of preparation and then nine months of filming by two camera teams to draw together. Region by region, the development of civilization and art is…
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…
In Search of the Mayas
An introduction to the geographical area of Mesoamerican culture which gave birth to the pre-Hispanic civilizations of Mexico. Origins and characteristics are discussed: the idea of nature, communication with the gods, the complex theocratic organization and the symbolic nature of…
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…
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.…
Martin Amis with Ian McEwan
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Topics Discussed in the Interview: Money in literature, folklore and history Threat of annihilation Changing characteristics of the hero in literature
Mexico: The Grandeur of New Spain
This historical account of events in Mesoamerica after the arrival of the Spaniards describes the complex nature of the conquest and the evangelization. The religious and civil art of the viceregal period expresses the new dawn of Mexican culture as…