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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.…
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…
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…
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…
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:…
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…
Cubism
The opening of the twentieth century marked a period of economic, social and scientific transformation, which was reflected in Cubism as an artistic movement. The Cubists, with Picasso as their foremost member, expressed a new perception of the world. In…
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…
Toni Morrison with A.S.Byatt
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Writer Toni Morrison talks to A.S. Byatt about her work.
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…
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…
Submarine
Artist and sculptor Tom McKendrick grew up in the shipbuilding town of Clydebank near Glasgow, Scotland. Submarine was the name of his multi-media exhibition in Glasgow in 1990, and in this documentary he explains his childhood obsession with a device…
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…
Modernism in Barcelona
Modernismo was the term which in Spain described the fin-de-siecle style which in Germany and Austria was called Jugendstil, and in France Art Nouveau. Rather than focusing on individual artists, this film presents a wealth of stunning visual material from…
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…