New DVD recordings

Study for Portrait, 1978

Study for Portrait, 1978 – Francis Bacon (1909-1992)

Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education

Arthouse  : the other Francis Bacon

Barry Joule’s collection of some 500 preparatory drawings and paintings said to be by Francis Bacon – considers the authenticity of the archive and why Bacon would have wished to deceive the public

The South Bank Show  : Cosmic garden

Melvyn Bragg talks to celebrated architectural critic and designer Charles Jencks in the stunning 30-acre Garden of Cosmic Speculation at Portrack House, Dumfries. The garden, which he designed and created with his late wife Maggie Keswick, is a series of metaphors exploring the origins, destiny and substance of the universe. Jencks reveals how it represents the nature of matter, the foundations of life and the history of creation

The Culture Show : arts and crafts at the V&A

Mark Kermode presents the arts and culture magazine, featuring a rare interview with legendary 1960’s alternative cartoonist Robert Crumb at his house in France, a look at the legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement on the eve of a major exhibition at London’s V&A, and a report from Brixton prison as inmates rehearse a production of Othello

The dog who was a cat inside : No experience necessary : Eating for two: Mervyn

Four craft based animated films, developed through channel 4’s ‘ Animation in Residence’ scheme.

Arthouse  : In search of the Amber Room

Anthony H. Wilson attempts to find the remains of the Amber Room of the Russian Tsar’s Winter Palace near St Petersburg. It consisted of a series of hand-crafted amber panels stolen by the Nazis and installed in Kongsberg in Germany, but hidden in 1945 and never seen again

Living with Modernism – Parts 1-6

Simon Davies presents a series of 6 programmes looking at Modernist homes in the UK and the people who live in them. Pt. 1.the Hertfordshire home of architect George Marsh. Pt. 2. The Firs in Hampstead designed in the late 1950s by Patrick Gwynne. Pt. 3. Brackenfell in Cumbria, designed by Sir Leslie Martin and his wife Sadie Speight. Pt. 4.  One of Scotland’s finest modernist houses , is revisited by the architects Bob Steedman.Pt. 5. Stillness, the Bromley home of designer David Callcott.Pt.6. Capel Manor in Kent  a classic steel and glass Miesian pavilion from the late sixties.

Monet’s garden  – Parts 1-5

A series of five short films in which contemporary artists find inspiration in the gardens at Giverny, northern France, where Monet spent his final years. Featuring Paul Riley, Vivian Russell, Jean-Marie Toulgouat, Kaffe Fassett and Takashi Sawano

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