New DVD recordings

Untitled, 1998 (chromogenic print face-mounted on plexiglas)

Maurizio Cattelan – Untitled, 1998 (chromogenic print face-mounted on plexiglas)

Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education

Art safari : how to get a head in the art world

Ben Lewis scours the world in search of contemporary art. This edition finds him in pursuit of Maurizio Cattelan, the cartoonist of conceptualism whose works include a sculpture of the Pope struck down by a meteorite

The art of World War Two: a Culture Show special

Presenter Alastair Sooke explores the often overlooked history of Britain’s wartime renaissance. He meets the Blitz survivors, factory workers and Land Girls who became the subject of iconic paintings, and talks to contemporary war artists about the challenges of creating art in conflict zones. Travelling from the shipyards of the Clyde to the concentration camps of northern Germany, Alastair discovers how art bore witness, rising above propaganda to create an enduring, deeply humane record of the ‘Peoples War’ and laying the groundwork for our own understanding of what art should be and do.

Stephen Poliakoff : a Culture Show special

In a wide-ranging and frank interview, Stephen Poliakoff talks to Mark Kermode about the themes he explores in his works and how he has maintained his status as an auteur. There are also contributions from some of the leading actors who have worked with Poliakoff including Sir Michael Gambon, David Walliams, Rupert Penry-Jones, Ruth Wilson and Kelly Reilly

The great estate : The rise and fall of the council house

Journalist and author Michael Collins presents a history of one of Britain’s greatest social revolutions – council housing, which, at its height in the 1970s, provided homes for over a third of the British population. Collins visits Britain’s first council estate in London, the groundbreaking flats that made inter-war Liverpool the envy of Europe, the high rise estate in Sheffield that has become the largest listed building in the world and the estate on the banks of the Thames that was billed as ‘the town of the 21st century’. He meets the people whose lives were shaped by an extraordinary social experiment that began with a bang at the start of the 20th century and ended with a whimper 80 years later

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