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New DVD recordings

During the summer vacation we have been transforming VHS formatted tapes of television documentaries into DVDs  and below is a selection of the latest DVDs added to the Howard Gardens’ collection.Where Does It All End?, 1994 (wax & cigarette butt) by Lucas, Sarah (1962 - ? )

Where Does It All End?, 1994 (wax & cigarette butt), Lucas, Sarah

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TX : Two melons and a stinking fish

Portrait of young British artist Sarah Lucas, whose work is concerned with questions of identity and sexuality and is often considered to be vulgar.

Naked London

Documentary following American photographer Greg Friedler in his attempts to compile a controversial book featuring pictures of Londoners, both clothed and naked.

Arthouse : Making a killing

A documentary following a Dutch family as they try to recover their parents’ treasured paintings stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Close up : The people’s painting

Two Russian painters Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid commissioned a survey to learn what people prefer to hang in their homes, then travelled around British to establish overall preferences and prejudices, to create a popular and truly British painting.

Rolf on art

Rolf Harris presents a second series of programmes looking at and creating a piece of work in the different styles various artists. Prog. 1) Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. Prog. 2) Gustav Klimt. Prog. 3) Auguste Rodin

Toulouse-Lautrec : the full story

Art critic Waldemar Januszczak presents an in-depth biography of the controversial French painter. During an eventful life encompassing aristocracy, obsession, and alcoholic and sexual excess, Toulouse-Lautrec produced a huge body of work, revolutionary in blurring the boundaries between high and low art


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New DVD recordings

The latest VHS formatted tapes transferred into DVDs include documentaries, series looking at the contemporary art world in the East End of London, a factual drama about the Impressionest painters, a dance film and a science programme using microscopic filming to reveal the world in and around our bodies.  Click on the title link to find out more about each programme.


Still Wales

Close up: Part 4, Jackson Pollock, Love and death on Long Island, Part 5, Germaine Greer, Close to the bone

A digital picture of Britain

The new eastenders

The Impressionists

Dance for the camera

Sound on film


Cover stories i-D

Private life of a masterpiece : The third of May, 1808

Imagine : Velazquez, the painter’s painter

Oil on canvas

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New DVD recordings

Delacroix (ink on paper) by Brown, Gary

Delacroix (ink on paper), Brown, Gary

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We have recently transformed more VHS formatted tapes of television documentaries into DVDs . Here is a selection of the new titles:

Great artists 2 with Tim Marlow – Art historian Tim Marlow looks at some of the Western world’s most famous artists:


The work and controversial life of 19th-century American artist James Whistler


The subject of this documentary is 19th-century French painter Eugene Delacroix whose powerful romantic works inspired a late renaissance in history painting.

Piero della Francesca 

In this programme Tim Marlow studies the enigmatic art of renaissance master Piero della Francesca.

Art critic Matthew Collings appraises the Impressionists, artists whose work is generally loved by the publlic yet frequently criticised by the cognoscenti – Impressionism : Revenge of the nice

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson is interviewed about his life, work, ideas and beliefs, to coincide with three major London exhibitions Henri Cartier-Bresson : Pen, brush and camera

Art zone : Picasso days – A French produced documentary on the life of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso through the events of 13 significant days of his life, including his marriage to Olga Kokhlova, the birth of his daughter, the bombing of Guernica and the death of Stalin.

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Digitising the video collection

We have turned more old VHS formatted tapes of television documentaries into new DVDs. A selection of 21 titles is currently on display in Howard Gardens library and includes the following:

A history of art in three colours – Gold. Blue. White

3 x 60min programme.  Dr James Fox explores how, in the hands of artists, the colours gold, blue and white have stirred our emotions, changed the way we behave and even altered the course of history.


Tim Marlow on : Rubens

Art expert Tim Marlow takes viewers on a tour of London’s National Gallery’s ‘Rubens: A Master in the Making’ exhibition.  It tells the remarkable story of Rubens’ dramatic ascension from working as a pupil of a minor Antwerp artists, to becoming the dominant international painter of his time. 


Horizon: Out of control?

We all like to think we are in control of our lives – of what we feel and what we think.  But scientists are now discovering this is often simply an illusion.  Surprising experiments are revealing that what you think you do and what you actually do can be very different. Your unconscious mind is often calling the shots, influencing the decision you make, from what you eat to who you fall in love with.  If you think you are really in control of your life, you may have to think again.


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Digitising the video collection, the work continues…


Image courtesy of Stock Footage.

Slowly but surely we are working our way through the videotape collection of television documentaries broadcast over the past three decades and turning the lovely old VHS formatted tapes into shiny new DVDs.

Some treasures of the collection recently digitised and currently on display in the library are listed below. Click on the title to be taken to the item’s catalogue record where you can see what the programme is about in more detail and reserve it to borrow once it is removed from the display.

If you would like your favourite television documentary from within the collection moved up the queue then please ask a member of Howard Gardens Library staff.


Tunick, Spencer – Naked states


Real sex : Black strip shows

Vile bodies

Panorama : the dollar a day dress

One foot in the Festival of Britain

Light fantastic / Parts 1-4. Presented by Simon Schaffer

Raiders of the human body. Part 3, Fragonard the obscure

Human face transplant : an Equinox special

Tales of tools

Blood on the carpet. Blood, sweat and Sears

Art Transpennine

The South Bank Show : Dumas and Stehli

Brand new bra

Naked / Parts 1-4

Philosophy : a guide to happiness

Portreadau : Iwan Bala

How gay sex changed the world

Mark Lawson talks to Tracey Emin

Andy Warhol: the complete picture

Dance for the camera

Body of water: Eight dance films about water


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Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings

Libraries Gave us Power is the subtitle to the above titled broadcast on BBC4 this evening. Art historian Janina Ramirez explores the British Library’s Royal Manuscripts collection focusing on the Tudor’s illuminations such as astrological texts created for Henry VII and love notes written between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in the margins of a prayer book. See more about the programme here.

Closer to home you can find similar titles on the shelves in both Howard Gardens and Llandaff Libraries such as Book Illumination in the Middle Ages: an Introduction by Otto Pacht and Illuminations: Treasures of the Middle Ages, one of our television documentaries on DVD.

Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education: MS. 3 f. 308 Illuminated initial V beginning the Book of Zephaniah, from the Lambeth Bible, Canterbury, c. 1140-50.

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