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.
In this film, Simon Schama explores the complex motivations behind some of our most intriguing self-portraits, looking at what they say about both the creative minds of the artists who produced them and the human condition. From Tracy Emin's bed, a relic of our confessional age, to Lucien Freud's searing examinations of his ageing body, the film explores how all self-portraits stand on a knife-edge between self-indulgence and self-scrutiny. Schama explores the daring first glimmers of self-portraiture in a 13th-century manuscript, and how the incarceration of artist Gerlach Flicke led to the creation of the first English self-portrait that looks us straight in the eye. He shows how the frustrated potential of artist Isaac Fuller led to a self-portrait of unprecedented poignancy, and how the romantic imagination of Samuel Palmer created works of visionary beauty. Laura Knight's use of her own image to defy the male-dominated art establishment, and William Orpen's painted search for his own identity during World War I reflect the complex motivations that have driven artists to make themselves the subject of their work. Visiting the hundreds of figures that make up Antony Gormley's monumental sculpture Another Place, Schama reflects on this collective self-portrait that inspires us all to contemplate our place in the world.
Comedian Hannah Gadsby continues her exploration of the nude in art, taking a look at modern art as she explores the artists of the 20th century and beyond.
In part one of this new two-part series, comedian Hannah Gadsby takes a close look at one of the most enduring subjects in western art history, the nude.
Weaving together past and present stories of ephemeral works, across 50 years and 34 projects of public art in Australia. Revel in the private and public moments of John Kaldor, and share the delights of his passion for art.
Australian artist Leon Pericles faces his greatest challenge: holding an exhibition of his life's works while facing the mental decline of his wife and collaborator Moira, as Alzheimer's disease turns their world upside down.
In the 17th century in Holland anatomy became the cutting edge of medical science, inspiring the great artists of the age, like Rembrandt, to produce the most beautiful anatomical paintings yet created. Adam Rutherford travels to the Hague and Amsterdam to find out what it was that drew Rembrandt to anatomy and why dissecting bodies was thought a suitable subject for high art. Rutherford investigates the story of the two brilliant but controversial Hunter brothers, who transformed both medicine and art in 18th century Britain. Their belief that their students could only learn anatomy by carrying out dissections created an unprecedented demand for dead bodies and a market for the growing trade of body-snatching from graveyards. The world's most famous study of the human body is Gray's Anatomy. Rutherford tells the story of how, in just three years, Henry Gray and Henry Carter put it together based on dissections they personally performed.
Thom Roberts shares his deep personal fascination with trains while elevating his reputation in the elite Australian modern art world with his work for The National: New Australian Art at Carriageworks. In a series of profiles of Sydney-based artists with intellectual disabilities, Studio A challenges expectations of what they can do. Meet the artists and explore their practice and inspiration.
Lisa Scott, a who has kept a daily journal for nearly a decade, turns her personal story about discrimination and family relationships into a deeply personal textile work to display at the Australian Design Centre. In a series of profiles of Sydney-based artists with intellectual disabilities, Studio A challenges expectations of what they can do. Meet the artists and explore their practice and inspiration.
Romance-obsessed performance artist Meagan Pelham uses her multidisciplinary skills to inhabit her newest character, the Love Poem Sorceress, to share feelings of love with her audience. In a series of profiles of Sydney-based artists with intellectual disabilities, Studio A challenges expectations of what they can do. Meet the artists and explore their practice and inspiration.
Daniel Kim, a mostly non-verbal Korean-Australian artist with autism and OCD, is able to connect with his community while building a career as a commission-based portrait artist for elite corporate and government clients. In a series of profiles of Sydney-based artists with intellectual disabilities, Studio A challenges expectations of what they can do. Meet the artists and explore their practice and inspiration.
Bright, punchy, pattern-based artist Emily Crockford undertakes her largest and most physically demanding work to date: a 39m by 5m mural commissioned by a large Australian bank. In a series of profiles of Sydney-based artists with intellectual disabilities, Studio A challenges expectations of what they can do. Meet the artists and explore their practice and inspiration.
Actor David Wenham joins Anh with stories from his happy childhood, where his flair for performance flourished with the support and love from his deeply compassionate parents and siblings.
What lies under our skin, inside our bodies? That question has dogged doctors and artists for thousands of years. In this fascinating series, Dr Adam Rutherford investigates the close relationship between discoveries in anatomy and the works of art that illustrate them. He begins with the 2nd-century Roman anatomist, Claudius Galen, and the artist and part-time dissector, Leonardo da Vinci. In 1537, the 23-year-old Andreas Vesalius became the most famous anatomist in Europe. He went on to produce the first complete account of the human body and how to dissect it, his drawings setting the gold standard for anatomical art for centuries to come, and earning him the title of the founder of modern anatomy.
Greg Sindel, a highly articulate comic artist with autism, overcomes his fear of crowds and strangers by travelling interstate to do live art at hip music festival Spilt Milk. In a series of profiles of Sydney-based artists with intellectual disabilities, Studio A challenges expectations of what they can do. Meet the artists and explore their practice and inspiration.
Anh paints celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, who was born to cook. She shares stories from her childhood in suburban Sydney and deeply spiritual return to her ancestral village in China.
Anh invites groundbreaking singer-songwriter Archie Roach to the studio to tell his story as a member of the Stolen Generation. He shares how music and soul mate Ruby saved him from a life of anger on the streets.
Anh is joined by one of the founding fathers of emergency medicine: Dr Gordian Fulde. He shares the moments from the front line of one of Australia's busiest emergency departments that have shaped his world view.
Anh invites TV's golden girl Georgie Parker to share her story. She opens up about life with scoliosis, her family's iconic furniture business and how a dear friend's death taught her about life.
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