This fascinating exploration of the creative process follows one of Australia's leading contemporary artists, Ben Quilty, as he completes one of his most challenging art works.
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.
We take you on a search for meaning in modern China, guided by the joyful and charismatic main character Zhao Liang, one of the foremost choreographers of modern dance in China today. We follow the evaluation of his new work "Escape from the Temple" with which he hopes for a break through on the international scene. But amidst public ambivalence, artistic feuds, greedy investors and international financial meltdown Zhao faces an uphill struggle to put his new piece on at all. He must also confront the nagging doubt about what he should do with his life, having already turned 36: go on to create or turn inward to the path of the enlightened Zen practitioner? We experience the premiere of the new work, quite an achievement in itself. And Patrick Carr thought it worthwhile to record the dance in full while Zhao remains undecided about his future.
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.
Five senior Alywarr lawmen take a 450km trip from their central Australian community of Ali Curung to visit the sacred sites of a significant Dingo Songline.
Gruen's Russel Howcroft tells the story of two of Australia's greatest admen - Alan 'Mo' Morris and Allan 'Jo' Johnston - the creatives behind the hit ads How Do Ya Feel?, You Oughta Be Congratulated, and C'mon Aussie C'mon.
Inspired by L'AbbE Prevost's legendary heroes Manon Lescaut, the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan constructs his ballet on a mosaic of extracts from Jules Massenet's music. Farewell performance of Paris Opera Ballet Etoile Aurelie Dupont.
A unique concert given to the long-term inmates of the famous jail. Johnny and June sing 'Wanted Man', written especially for the concert by Bob Dylan, and 'San Quentin'.
A profile of the cult classic series and original dramedy Freaks and Geeks, that captured the sad yet humorous difficulties of teenage life, and for the first time, offered protagonists who weren't stereotypical 'jocks and brains'. Cancelled after just one season, the series holds the unique position of still ranking high on Time Magazine's Greatest 100 Television Shows of All Time. The series, created by Paul Feig and executive produced by Judd Apatow, launched the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and many other A-list actors.
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.
Fewer than 4 percent of New Zealand's population are Maori language speakers. Three teenagers from rural town Waipu have become unlikely heroes in the fight to preserve the indigenous language by making heavy metal inspired by Maori history.
A look at Electric Korma, a rock band that take Bollywood classics and reinvent them as rock epics. The band talk about their journey, and the importance of culture in music.
An Indigenous woman discovers the truth of her heritage and uses music to reconnect.
In August 1969, nearly half a million people gathered at a farm in upstate New York to hear music. What happened over the next three days, however, was far more than a concert. It would become a legendary event - one that would define a generation and mark the end of one of the most turbulent decades in modern history. Occurring just weeks after an American set foot on the moon, the Woodstock music festival took place against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War. A sense of an America in transition - a handoff of the country between generations with far different values and ideals - was tangibly present at what promoters billed as an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music. Documentary produced for PBS American Experience in 2019.
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.
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