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1.

The Shock of the New

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"Robert Hughes' history of modern art from cubism to pop and the avant-garde. The sequel to the BBC's Civilization series, picks up at the threshold of the 20th century. It is written and presented by Robert Hughes, art critic and senior writer for Time. Hughes draws on a wealth of documentary materials from the archives of the BBC, including rare footage and interviews with noted artists. The range of major figures includes Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, le Corbusier, Maz Ernst, Francis Bacon and Jackson Pollock."--Container.
DVD
2001; 1979
Clemons (Stacks)
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Into the Twentieth Century [electronic resource]

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Part 1 explains how the Modern Age brought new energy and forms in Viennese building as well as painting, as Paris hosted the Fauves, Picasso and Cubism. Explores how Kandinski experimented with color abstraction. Part 2 explores the origin of the abstract and the surreal movements, and how Le Corbusier and Wright applied abstract principles to buidings. Explains that Dadi responded to World War I with nihilism, and the work of surrealists Dali, Magritte and Miró showed Freudian influence. Features commentaries by art experts Christopher Green and Margit Rowell.
Online
1989
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Claridge's [electronic resource]

Founded in 1812 and expanding in size and reputation throughout the 19th century, Claridge's Hotel in London's Mayfair underwent an Art Deco makeover during the 1930s, which loosened it from its Victorian trappings and reaffirmed its status as a fashionable destination for the rich and famous. This program goes inside Claridge's for an in-depth look at its stunning Deco environment. Viewers experience the hotel's legendary fumoir, the smoking room where cigarettes were glamorous even for staid British women, and the cocktail bar according to Guy Oliver, the man whose job it is to renovate and restore the hotel's glamorous 1930s image. Also not to be missed: a perfect Art Deco bath complete with glass panels, sleek tile molding, and two bell pulls-one for the maid and the other for th [...]
Online
2011
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London Transport [electronic resource]

Designed by the architect Charles Holden, whose early works were influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, the Underground Electric Railways Company headquarters began construction in the late 1920s and soon became the highest skyscraper in London. This program uncovers the story of a building so controversial that UERL general manager Frank Pick, who commissioned Holden, offered to resign. The new structure, however, would eventually serve as the hub of an Art Deco transformation of the Underground. Venturing out on the Piccadilly Line to Southgate, viewers find themselves part of not just a crowded rush hour migration but a coordinated journey through an enchanting Deco landscape. The sleek tube station contains streamlined features, sensuous chrome, and soft uplighting for a gla [...]
Online
2011
5.

The Orient Express [electronic resource]

Embarking at London's Victoria Station, this program offers adventure and visual delight aboard one of the most storied passenger trains of all time-the Orient Express. Viewers meet James Sherwood, an American who bought two of the original Orient Express carriages in 1977 and decided to restore them, as he eventually would an entire line of sleeper, restaurant, and Pullman cars, to their long-lost Art Deco glory. After surveying the luxury of the dining compartment the program reveals an equally splendid sleeping cabin, showing what wealthy riders would have experienced as the train chugged through the Alps. And in the spirit of international travel, Bevis Hillier, the historian who helped coin the phrase Art Deco, describes the rapid spread of the movement from its origins at a Fre [...]
Online
2011
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Paris [electronic resource]

Uncovering how the extraordinary style first erupted into the cityscape, this program explores Paris's bohemian past and the controversial figures who inspired the Art Nouveau movement there. Cultural correspondent Stephen Smith builds a picture of fin de siècle Paris through a look at Alphonse Mucha's sensual posters of Sarah Bernhardt and the exquisite jewelry of René Lalique, and by visiting iconic locations such as Maxim's. Through the work of glassmaker Emile Gallé and architect Hector Guimard, Smith also explains how artists risked their reputations to create works they thought could effect social change.
Online
2012
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Vienna [electronic resource]

Telling a tale of scandal and revolution, in this program cultural correspondent Stephen Smith discusses how Gustav Klimt and other groundbreaking artists brought their own highly erotic version of Art Nouveau to Vienna. Smith discovers that Viennese Jugendstil was more than just a decorative delight as artists strove to infuse the new style with social meaning. Revealing the design genius of Josef Hoffmann, the graphic work of Koloman Moser, and the emergence of the enfant terrible Egon Schiele, Smith unpacks the stories behind a style that burned brightly but briefly at the end of the 19th century.
Online
2012
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Casa del Rio [electronic resource]

When British industrialist Walter Price visited California in the 1930s, he was so impressed by Pickfair - the glamorous residence of Hollywood stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford - that he decided to construct his own Art Deco mansion back in the Devon countryside. This program examines Price's luxurious creation, a palace fit for Tinseltown complete with a marble staircase built to look like a piano keyboard. Casa del Rio, as Price christened it, also features smaller but no less intriguing accoutrements - Art Deco gadgets such as Bakelite radios and toasters that were cutting-edge for the time. A bar, pool room, and cinema were added later, but with the original Pickfair mansion no longer extant, Casa del Rio stands as a rare example of a fantasy house from the height of Eng [...]
Online
2011
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The Final Flourish [electronic resource]

Starting with the last exhibition the Impressionists organized as a group, this program examines the late years of the movement. British critic Waldemar Januszczak looks in depth at the work of Georges Seurat, taking into consideration Seurat's academic training at the Beaux-Arts School in Paris and the artists that influenced him, such as Piero della Francesca and Puvis de Chavannes. Meanwhile, Januszczak studies the fascinating intersection between optics and art and the ways in which the Impressionists used new discoveries about light and vision in their work. Van Gogh's time in Paris is also covered, especially regarding his transition from somber-hued social commentary to the dazzling palette he adopted on the cusp of his departure for the south of France. Then, coming in a sens [...]
Online
2011
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The Great Outdoors [electronic resource]

British art critic Waldemar Januszczak continues his investigation of the Impressionists by venturing outdoors to some of their most famous painting sites. Although Impressionist pictures often look sunny and relaxed, achieving that sense of tranquility was hard work. Scrambling over coastal rocks or trudging through wind, rain, and knee-deep snow, Januszczak shows how the perceived spontaneity of Impressionism is thoroughly misleading - even as he rediscovers its beauty in the French riverside locations that Monet loved to paint and the colorful retreats where Renoir captured the bonhomie of modern life. Viewers also learn about technical developments that spurred Impressionism onward - the invention of portable easels, the use of hog's hair in paint brushes, and the establishment o [...]
Online
2011
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Jackson Pollock [electronic resource]

This episode of Biography paints a portrait of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, a pioneer of the action painting technique.
Online
2004
12.

Norman Rockwell [electronic resource]: An American Portrait

This Biography video spotlights Norman Rockwell, the complicated painter who produced the glorious and uncomplicated illustrations that thrilled readers for 60 years and helped to shape the nation.
Online
1998
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Vincent van Gogh [electronic resource]: A Stroke of Genius

In this episode of Biography, insights of biographers and artists and excerpts from Vincent Van Gogh's own writings tell the remarkable tale of a genius whose brilliance went unrecognized in his lifetime.
Online
1997
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Futurism [electronic resource]: The Art/Life Revolution

ollowing an automobile accident in the Milanese countryside, poet Filippo Marinetti experienced a form of artistic catharsis. He quickly founded the Futurist movement, shunning all ties to tradition and embracing the dynamic technological landscape of a brand new century. Marinetti and his entourage also became associated with violence, misogyny, and Fascism, and as a result Futurism now resides along an isolated thread within the vibrant tapestry of 20th century art, design, theatre, and literature. But it is precisely because of its anomalous place in the canon that Futurism offers so many intriguing opportunities for study. This program combines vivid dramatizations, forceful voice-overs of Marinetti's writings, and a wealth of archival material as it tells the story of Futurism a [...]
Online
2010
15.

Rockwell Kent [electronic resource]: A Biography

Painter, illustrator, and author. Socialist, activist, and adventurer. One can easily apply all of those descriptors to the great 20th-century artist Rockwell Kent and still neglect the full measure of his character and accomplishments. No biographical portrait of the soulful, New York-born iconoclast has ever matched the depth of his spirituality, versatility, and wanderlust-until now. Thirteen years in the making, this film examines the origins, development, and fruition of Kent's art while tracing his globe-spanning journey through almost nine decades of vibrant living. From a childhood shaped by genteel poverty to an expansive working life in which creative, commercial, and political concerns intermingled and eclipsed his duties as a father, Kent is rendered here in the vast, var [...]
Online
2006
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What Is Beauty? [electronic resource]: An Art Critic's Journey

Is beauty found only in the eye of the beholder or is there something more universal we can conclude about it? In this visually stunning program, renowned art critic Matthew Collings takes us on a thoughtful and memorable exploration of beauty in art. He explores the timeless visual principles that form the basis of all great art, and which produce the rush of pleasure one experiences when encountering a beautiful painting or sculpture. Examples are drawn from the works of Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Magritte, Gauguin, Rauschenberg, and others. From the prehistoric cave art of the Dordogne to the masterpieces of the Renaissance to the much more debatable pleasures of contemporary art, viewers discover underlying aesthetic tenets which, in Collings's view, run through all of [...]
Online
2011
17.

Klimt [electronic resource]: A Kiss Cashes in

Although his contemporaries deemed Gustav Klimt's output "painted pornography suitable for pagan orgies," reproductions of his work are now booming in popularity. The Klimt Museum in Vienna sells an almost infinite variety of merchandise bearing his famous Kiss: along with the customary posters and coffee mugs, tourists can buy Klimt dog blankets, chocolates, Barbie dolls, umbrellas, and cookbooks. This program offers theories about why The Kiss is so well-suited to commercialization and contrasts Klimt's current success to the shocked reviews he garnered in his time. The video goes to the Klimt Museum; the Klimt Center, built to commemorate the site where the artist brought his mistresses; and a Klimt-themed nursing home in Vienna.
Online
2011
18.

Miro [electronic resource]: The Catalan Master

In this program, 20th-century surrealist Joan Miro talks about his life and the various influences on his work. It features a complete selection of Miro's masterpieces, with each piece brought to life through expert commentary. Known primarily for his abstract paintings, Miro's other works include murals, sculptures, tapestries, and ballet sets. Such works as Catalan Landscape are best known for their humorous fantasy, which uses a restricted range of pure colors and dancing shapes to achieve the effect.
Online
1993
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Miro [electronic resource]: The Catalan Master

In this program, 20th-century surrealist Joan Miro talks about his life and the various influences on his work. It features a complete selection of Miro's masterpieces, with each piece brought to life through expert commentary. Known primarily for his abstract paintings, Miro's other works include murals, sculptures, tapestries, and ballet sets. Such works as Catalan Landscape are best known for their humorous fantasy, which uses a restricted range of pure colors and dancing shapes to achieve the effect.
Online
1993
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Paul Cezanne [electronic resource]: A Life in Provence

The bucolic Provençal countryside provides the backdrop for this program which details the life of the French Impressionist deified posthumously as "nature's most sublime interpreter." Remembrances of family, friends, and Cézanne himself offer insights into his childhood in Aix, his lasting friendship with Emile Zola, and his association with numerous artists, including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Picasso, Braque, and Dufy. Paintings from various periods of his life, including his final days at Sainte Victoire, appear throughout the program.
Online
1996