This documentary explores the phenomenal rise of Australian street artists and the tensions between street credibility and gallery recognition. Cutback seeks to understand the 'key' to the street and graffiti addiction. The secretive world of street art and graffiti tensions becomes visible as we follow the meteoric rise of artist ELK Luke Cornish from garage artist to sell out solo show, and finally the euphoria of his first international London gallery exhibition in under three years. How long will he ride the success? With insightful commentary from graffiti and street artists, curators and collectors, the Australian street art and graffiti scene is revealed.
Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai expresses himself and organises people through art and social media.
Beloved comedian, author and two-time Archibald Prize-winning artist Anh Do returns to paint and interview another line-up of extraordinary stars. This episode, Anh paints actress Leah Purcell.
Musical comedy maestro Tim Minchin joins Anh to share his ascent from a "chubby and asthmatic" Perth boy to critical acclaim and box office success on the world stage. Can Anh capture his wit and intensity?
Anh is joined by Lindy Chamberlain. Her wrongful conviction for the death of her daughter Azaria in 1980 is etched into our national psyche. Can Anh capture her strength and humanity?
Gus Casely-Hayford and actress Dame Harriet Walter venture into the world of Walter Sickert, an artist who revelled in the life of music halls and popular entertainment. From the seedy underworld of London's Camden to the English seaside they embark on a journey full of twists and turns discovering a truly eccentric man with multiple personas. Harriet Walter shared her highly personal insight into the world of performing, which Sickert was so fascinated by as a former actor himself.
From the age of five, Michael Clarke dreamt of playing for Australia. Hear the personal stories behind the headlines that made him a poster boy of modern cricket. How will Anh capture his determination and schoolboy charm?
Gus Casley-Hayford is joined by actor Robert Lindsay as they explore the landscapes that inspired Victorian painter William Holman Hunt. This journey of discovery takes Gus and Robert from the cliffs of the Sussex coast to the backs-streets of Chelsea as they venture into the world of the pre-raphelite brotherhood the group of young men who started an art revolution and became obsessed with their muses. These men, led by Holman Hunt railed against The Royal Academy and changed British Art forever.
Join Alison Carroll, as she looks beyond the immediate, the new and the different. East Asian art, which the West finds so exciting, has emerged from a variety of traditions, some Asian, some European, some American.
Andrew Graham-Dixon concludes his exploration of German art by investigating the dark and difficult times of the 20th century. Dominating the landscape is the figure of Adolf Hitler - failed artist, would-be architect and obsessed with the aesthetics of his 1000-year Reich. In a series of extraordinary building projects and exhibitions, Hitler waged a propaganda war against every kind of modern art as a prelude to unleashing total war on the whole of Europe. After the war the shadow of the Third Reich persisted, Germany remained divided and traumatised. How would artists deal with a past that everybody wanted to forget? From the work of Otto Dix and George Grosz and the age of the Bauhaus to the post-war painters Georg Baselitz, Hilla Becher and the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys is a long strange journey, but the signs are there that art has a place at the heart of the new reunited Germany.
Gus Casely-Hayford is joined by legendary society photographer David Bailey to explore the world of Edwardian portrait painter John Singer Sargent. This journey takes Gus and David to some of Britain's grandest estates from Blenheim palace to Ightham Mote and gives us a fascinating peek into this artist outsider who painted some of the Belle Epoque's most celebrated names. Gus' journey also takes him to Paris where Sargent trained but also where his career nearly ended in scandal, here Gus gets unique access to the Louvre to discover one of his Sargent's early paintings with a fascinating tale behind it of jealousy and subterfuge.
Looks into the world of an oil painting; the ten paintings have been selected from a range of eras and art movements and can be found in galleries across the UK.
Andrew Graham-Dixon continues his exploration of German art by looking at the tumultuous 19th century and early 20th century, and how artists were at the forefront of Germany's drive to become a single nation. Andrew travels to the north and the coastal town of Griefswald, the birthplace of Caspar David Friedrich, the most influential of the German Romantics, to discover how the Baltic coast impacted on his mysterious paintings of the German landscape. He also visits Berlin and explores the art of the powerful Prussian state, which would spearhead the unification of Germany in 1871. The episode ends with the outbreak of the World War I and the attempts of artists Franz Marc and Otto Dix to rationalise the catastrophic experiences of the world's first technological war, a war driven by the innovations of Prussia.
The utterly beguiling Helena Bonham Carter embarks on a journey with Gus Casely Hayford following in the footstep of one of Helena's teenage heroes, Dora Carrington. This adventure takes them from the beautiful Sussex countryside to the breathtaking landscapes of the Lake District, discovering along the way a complex and tragic figure at the centre of an impossible menage a trois between Ralph Partridge, a husband she didn't a love and Lytton Stachey the gay man she adored.
Andrew Graham-Dixon begins his exploration of German art by looking at the rich and often neglected art of the German middle ages and Renaissance. He visits the towering cathedral of Cologne, a place which encapsulates the varied and often contradictory character of German art. In Munch he gets to grips with the earliest paintings of the Northern Renaissance, the woodcuts of Albrecht Durer and the cosmic visions of the painter Albrecht Altdorfer. Andrew also embarks on a tour of the Bavarian countryside, discovering some of the little-known treasures of German limewood sculpture.
Gus Casely Hayford and broadcasting legend Jeremy Paxman walk through the wilderness of the Scottish Caingorms mountains and discover the landscapes that inspired Victorian artist Edwin Landseer. Together they reveal the fascinating yet tormented portrait of Landseer, whose life story started with ambition and ended in madness. With his passion for the history of Victorian era, Jeremy gives us his unique insight into the context in which the artist was painting. The walks will take Gus and Jeremy to some of the most remote parts of the UK, from the grand Balmoral estate to the rugged scenery of Loch Avon.
A statue comes to life in a magical gallery and climbs into the painting Van Gogh's Chair by Vincent Van Gogh. Inside the painting she explores Van Gogh's use of colour and light to express feelings.
In the final episode, Andrew begins with the impressionists. He plunges into one of the most wildly creative periods in the history of art, when France was changing at a rapid pace and angry young artists would reinvent how to paint, finding their muses in the bars, brothels and cabarets of belle epoque Paris and turning the world of art on its head. Monet, Degas and friends launched a febrile conversation about the role of painting in the modern world that would pave the way for just about every modern art movement of note, from the cubists to the Fauves, from the surrealists to the existentialists and from conceptual artists to the abstract expressionists.
Gus Casley-Hayford and Billy Connolly embark on a journey through Cookham, Berkshire, the home and artistic inspiration for Stanley Spencer, the man once dubbed the divine fool of British art.
A statue comes to life in a magical gallery and climbs into the painting Bride of the Sea by Eileen Agar. Inside the painting she explores Agar's use of collage techniques as well as looking at surrealism.
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