Art on the telly this week.
We haven’t put up a post on visual art programmes on TV for a few weeks – mainly because there has been little to get excited about. The focus in the art world has been on exhibitions, including the Leonardo exhibition in London.
But there is one stand out programme this week and some programmes on the Art channels.
Monday 21 Nov: BBC 4 at 9.00pm: Art of America:
This is the second episode so we must have been sleeping last week. It is an excellent series (caught up on last week’s episode on BBC iplayer), presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon. He rather elegantly summarises the series of programmes by describing the central theme as “Idealism and materialism, inextricably intertwined – that’s America”.
Andrew explores Andrew explores “the rich, exciting, and diverse art in the heart of contemporary America and uncover the diverse and complex character of the nation itself”. This weeks programme ranges from the Statue of Liberty to a chapel in Houston, designed by the 20th century abstract painter – Mark Rothko.
Tuesday 22 Nov: Sky Arts 2 at 6.00pm: Tim Marlow – Great artists.
The series of programmes by art historian Tim Marlow concludes with one of the greatest artists – Vinvent Van Gogh. He left
behind over 1000 works having only sold one. His images can be disturbing but his paintings are breath t