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State of the Art 3: Imagination
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?
These questions are explored by major artists with very different approaches to their creation: Joseph Beuys, who is observed installing his major installation Plight at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery in London; sculptor Antony Gormley, filmed creating a plaster cast from his body; the Swiss artist Miriam Cahn and the painter Howard Hodgkin, who both speak with insight and passion about how they approach making marks on canvases; and Susan Hiller, who works with a wide range of media, making – as each of the participants in the film do, imaginative transformations of raw materials.