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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…
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 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…
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…
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…
Allen Ginsberg with RD Laing
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Topics Discussed in the Interview: The intimacy of poetry Relationship between poems and dreams Role of meditation
Visions of Future Living
This film presents architecture of the future, on land, in the ocean and in space. It moves outside America to include France, Switzerland and the Caribbean. We visit a futuristic home entirely controlled by a 'house-brain' in Florida, meet avant-garde…
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…
Die Brücke
This movement marks the beginning of modern art in Germany. It is the German equivalent of French Fauvism, from which it draws its main inspiration, but it carries an Expressionist and social emphasis that is characteristic of Nordic 'angst.' The…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The Aztec Sun
Deals with the pre-Columbian art of the groups of people from Mexico's high central plateau and the Gulf of Mexico. The plastic arts of the Totonac, Toltec and Mexican cultures reveal the continuity of a deeply religious and warlike view…
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…
Kazuo Ishiguro with Clive Sinclair
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Topics Discussed in the Interview: Creating authentic fictional worlds Growing up in the shadow of the atom bomb Moral crisis of post-war Japan