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State of the Art - Ideas & Images in the 1980s

Visual arts in the 1980s in Europe, the United States and Australia

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State of the Art - Ideas & Images in the 1980s


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State of the Art is an exciting, authoritative and challenging series of documentaries about the visual arts in the 1980s. Filmed in Europe, the United States and Australia in 1985-6, the six programmes feature many key artists including Joseph Beuys, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Antony Gormley, Hans Haacke and Eric Fischl. Framing the works and ideas of these artists is the intellectual context of the time, and especially the contemporary concerns of post- modernism. Each film adopts a thematic approach, with episodes looking at History, Value, Imagination, Politics, Sexuality and Identity.
Originally seen on Channel 4 in Britain, and then shown in more than twenty countries, State of the Art has been unavailable since its original broadcast. It is released in this twentieth anniversary edition with a specially filmed interview with the writer of the series, Sandy Nairne, now Director of London’s National Portrait Gallery. He considers the unique documentary approaches that the series developed to present art on the screen and reflects on the controversy that the series provoked.

DVD One: 1. History 2. Value 3. Imagination
DVD Two: 4. Sexuality 5. Politics 6. Identity 7. Interview with Sandy Nairne

6 x 50 minute films + DVD extras NTSC, 2-disc DVD Price includes educational license.

Channel 4 is a British public-service television broadcaster that began transmission on 2 November 1982. Although largely commercially self-funded, it is ultimately publicly owned; originally a subsidiary of the Independent Broadcasting Authority, the station is now owned and operated by Channel Four Television Corporation, a public corporation of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which was established in 1990 and came into operation in 1993. Illumination is an American film and animation studio founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007 and owned by Universal Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal, which is itself a division of Comcast. Meledandri produces the movies while Universal finances and distributes all the films. The Bridgeman Art Library, based in London, Paris, New York, and Berlin, provides one of the largest archives for reproductions of works of art in the world. Founded in 1972 by Harriet Bridgeman, the Bridgeman Art Library cooperates with many art galleries and museums to gather images and footage for licensing.

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