State of the Art

An exciting, authoritative and challenging series of documentaries about the visual arts in 1980s. The six programmes feature key artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Cindy Sherman, Antony Gormley, Hans Haacke and Eric Fischl.

State of the Art

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An exciting, authoritative and challenging series of thematic documentaries about the visual arts in the 1980s. The six programmes feature key artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Cindy Sherman, Antony Gormley, Hans Haacke and Eric Fischl.

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State of the Art 1: History

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Episode 1 of the State of the Art opens with the introduction of ideas from Fredric Jameson, Susan Sontag, Jean-Francois Lyotard and others, before exploring the work of artists including Victor Burgin, Lubaina Himid, Carlo Maria Mariani, Anselm Kiefer, Jorg Immendorff, and Jonathan Borofsky.

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State of the Art 2: Value

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How is value created in the art world of the 1980s? Who determines what’s “good” and how are reputations built and sustained? Episode t2 of State of the Art includes interviews with, Michael Werner, Mary Boone, Douglas S. Cramer, Richard Koshalek, Thomas McEvilley, and Mary Miss

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State of the Art 3: Imagination

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What is it that artists do? Is it just skilled labour or pure inspiration? Do artists have a special kind of creativity? What is the work in art, and in what ways do we find art in work? State of the Art 3 features, Joseph Beuys, Antony Gormley, Miriam Cahn, Howard Hodgkin, and Susan Hiller.

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State of the Art 4: Sexuality

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The five major artists featured in State of the Art 4 question our understandings of ideas of female and male, of fantasy and desire and power. Artists include Cindy Sherman, Alexis Hunter, Eric Fischl, Mary Kelly, and Barbara Kruger.

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State of the Art 5: Politics

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How can art self-consciously engage with urgent social and political questions? How might art contribute to social and political change? A wide range of practices is featured here in the work of artists in the United States and Britain. State of the Art 5 features Leon Golub, Hans Haacke, Peter Dunn, Loraine Leeson, Victor Burgin, and Terry Atkinson.

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State of the Art 6: Identity

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The final film in the State of the Art series travels to Australia and to the sixth Biennale of Sydney to explore questions about the national and the international, the global and the local. Artists featured include, the Ramingining Performance Group, Nabuo Nakamura, Michael Nelson Tjakamarra, Imants Tillers, Lubaina Himid, Kumari Burman, Tam Joseph, Shanti Panchal, Donald Rodney, Sonia Boyce, Sutapa Biswas, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Andy Warhol

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