Lord K, once more

9th August 2014

The Tate Britain exhibition Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation closes tomorrow, Sunday 10 August. I remain thrilled to have contributed to this by curating the television extracts and writing a catalogue essay about the television programmes that Clark made for ATV more

Lord K

21st May 2014

Tate Britain this week has opened the exhibition Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation, which runs until 10 August. There is no sense that I can be impartial about the show, given that I contributed by curating the television more

Catching up…

19th May 2014

It has been just over a month since I last posted, for which I can only apologise. Not that I haven't had things to write about. Rather too many of them, in fact. Which in part accounts for my failure more

Lost encounter

7th September 2013

In March 1958, for the second programme of his ATV series Is Art Necessary?, Sir Kenneth Clark filmed at the British Museum with the sculptor Henry Moore. They did so at night, illuminating the ancient artworks, including the Elgin Marbles, with powerful more

Reprise: Art and artists on pre-war television

22nd January 2013

In another post from the blog's archive (previously published on 17 July 2010) I take a look at the visual arts on BBC Television between 1936 and 1939. I was reminded of this because I am teaching again at the more

Links for the week

30th January 2012

In Sunday's Observer Tim Adams wrote a fascinating article about the the Picasso show at the Tate Gallery in 1960. Suggesting that this was the world's first 'art block-buster', he explored 'the moment when Picasso, and modernism, finally arrived in more