New DVD recordings

Flower H. A. H., 1954 (tempera on paper)

Flower H. A. H., 1954 (tempera on paper), Kusama Yayoi (1929 – ?)

Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education


The Culture Show

Andrew Graham-Dixon looks back over the best of the year in art. Highlights include a major show from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose body of work creates a world of colour, pattern and shape. Florence Welch joins Andrew for a tour of the National Gallery to share some of the renaissance art that inspires her music. Michael Smith takes a night-hike up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh with hundreds of runners wearing specially-designed light suits, creating a mass act of light and colour on the city’s famous hill. Highlights from the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, including a rooftop sculpture which recreated the legendary final scene in cult movie The Italian Job; a spectacular underwater wheelchair performance; and an experiment in learning with artists Michael Landy and Bob and Roberta Smith, who turned an art gallery into a classroom and let the artists take charge of the lessons


Joan Bakewell presents a series in which she explores the history of censorship and looks at what is taboo in our modern world.  This edition focuses on nudity, and reveals how attitudes have changed.

This is modern art

Documentary series focusing on the state of modern art at the end of the 20th Century, and also looks back at Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol to see how they changed the definition of art. Art critic Matthew Collings reveals the ways modern art attempts to shock the audience and investigates whether the once accepted view of art as merely a thing of beauty prevails today, examining the works of various artists

The British upper class

Series scrutinising the history of Britain’s class system. Journalist James Delingpole presents a defence of the aristocracy, arguing that the upper-class values of personal freedom, tradition, family, courage and self-sacrifice represent an essential Britishness

A history of British art

Series on British art from 1066 to the Twentieth Century, presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon

Antony Gormley : making space

Intimate documentary following acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley as he creates new work for a major exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery. Made by filmmaker and close friend Beeban Kidron, the film reveals how Gormley produces his art, exploring the forces that compel him to devise ever more monumental and ambitious work

Modern times : Waiting for Harvey; a beginner’s guide to Cannes

Documentary following four film-makers as they try for success at the Cannes film festival


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