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INSIDE THE TATE MODERN: A Century of Modern Art (5 Programs) DVD
What the MoMA is to New York, the Tate Modern is to London. This stimulating five-part series draws on the works of 35 modern masters and pop culture icons displayed at the Tate Modern to show how art evolved during the 20th century. Each of the series’ 15 insightful segments is ideal for stimulating discussion as well as for deepening understanding and appreciation.
There are five 15-minute programs in the series:
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ART - Segment one of this program presents Rodin’s The Kiss, Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, and Picasso’s The Three Dancers to chart the progression of distortion as a means of expressing more than what a figurative subject can represent. Segment two uses Kandinsky’s Cossacks and Pollock’s Summertime: Number 9A to illustrate how color, line, and shape communicate ideas and emotions without a recognizable subject. Segment three spotlights Sir William Nicholson’s The Lowestoft Bowl, Cézanne’s Still Life with Water Jug, and Picasso’s Still Life to demonstrate how the still life, in moving from realistic to abstract, made possible the concept of mixed media.
OBJECTS - Segment one of this program offers Marcel Duchamp’s urinal-cum-readymade Fountain, Michael Craig-Martin’s glass of water entitled Oak Tree, and Rebecca Horn’s Concert for Anarchy, a grand piano suspended upside-down, as an invitation to look at everyday things in a new way. Segment two introduces minimalism through Carl André’s brick pile Equivalent VIII and Cornelia Parker’s Thirty Pieces of Silver, suspended pools of flattened metalware. Segment three features Damien Hirst’s room-filling installation Pharmacy, the meaning of which is explained by the artist himself.
PLACES - Segment one of this program uses four paintings by Mondrian to track his migration from impressionistic and abstract landscapes to the pure geometry of Neo-Plasticism. Segment two employs Brancusi’s Fish, Dame Barbara Hepworth’s Pelagos, and Joseph Beuys’ The End of the Twentieth Century to analyze how abstract sculptors represent nature. Segment three explores Richard Long’s fascination with organizing nature through his Line Made by Walking, Red Slate Circle installation, and Waterfall Wall Painting, created by finger painting with a white clay slurry on a large black wall.
WAR - Segment one of this program addresses the anxiety and suffering surrounding World War I through Sir William Orpen’s Zonnebeke, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s Bird Swallowing a Fish, and Max Beckman’s Carnival. Segment two reflects on the fear and anguish of World War II with Salvador Dalí’s Mountain Lake and Francis Bacon’s triptych Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion. Segment three captures the doubts and deep-seated grief of post-war Europe through Jean Fautrier’s Large Tragic Head, Alberto Giacometti’s Standing Woman, and Hannah Collins’ In the Course of Time II, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust.
PEOPLE - Segment one of this program examines the unidealized human form with Lucian Freud’s nude Standing by the Rags, Arman’s mixed-media sculpture Condition of Women I, and John Coplans’ nude Frieze No. 2, 4 Panels. Segment two grapples with physical abuse and racial and sexual stereotyping through Nan Goldin’s Nan One Month after Being Battered, Sonia Boyce’s From Tarzan to Rambo Etc., and Sarah Lucas’ Self-Portrait with Knickers and Self-Portrait with Fried Eggs. Segment three seeks to understand issues of identity and to discern the roots of cruelty with Louise Bourgeois’ Cell (Eyes and Mirrors) and Annette Messager’s The Pikes.