Sunday links

21st May 2017

This week's selection of links to articles and one video that have attracted my eye and ear, with my thanks to those who pointed me towards them. And just for a change, let's ignore the idiocies of the public world more


24th January 2017

Although it was published just over a fortnight ago I don't want to let pass without comment a slightly thoughtless Sunday Times article about John Berger and arts television by Waldemar Januszczak. In 'A murky way of seeing' (free registration required) the more

MoMA marvels

1st November 2016

The Museum of Modern Art in New York recently unveiled an exciting, extraordinary and exemplary archival project, 'Exhibition history', that is putting online for free and unrestricted access thousands and thousands of installation photographs, press releases and - most more

Arts online

19th August 2016

So for those of you who have even just a passing interest in films about the arts, this is GREAT. The online service BFIPlayer today launches The Arts on Film, a collection of more than a hundred feature more

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