Basquiat and Warhol

21st June 2022

Continuing our series of key moments in Illuminations’ history, we are sharing our famous clip of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol together with their collaborative paintings at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York in 1985. It was filmed as part more

Sonia Boyce in State of the Art

16th May 2022

Earlier this year, Sonia Boyce won the prestigious Golden Lion at Venice Biennale for her work, Feeling Her Way and she became the first black woman to represent the UK. Boyce was interviewed as part of our documentary series, more

On Basquiat’s 60th Birthday

22nd December 2020

Today is Jean-Michel Basquiat's birthday. Had he not died of a heroin overdose in 1988 he would be 60 years old. For someone whose painting career only lasted eight years at most and an additional three as a street artist, more

Filming with Mary Boone

26th March 2019

John Wyver writes: Back in the summer of 1986, writer Sandy Nairne, director Geoff Dunlop and I were in New York filming our 6-part Channel 4 series State of the Art. Sandy had conceived the second programme as an exploration 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