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Layman's Guide To Modern Art; When is Art Modern?

Producer/Writer: G. Franco Romagnoli; Director: David Davis; P.A.: Virginia Kassel Approximate date: 1959


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Series
Layman's Guide To Modern Art
Program
When is Art Modern?
Program Number

1

Series Description

The purpose of this series is exactly what the title suggests: it is a guide, an introduction to the world of modern art -- art which does not present a photographic likeness of its subject to the viewer, but rather attempts to go beneath and beyond the surface appearance of things to suggest meanings, references, emotions, opinions, likes and dislikes which the painter wishes to share with the viewer. Sometimes this modern art can be a series of lines on a canvas, arranged in what may appear to be an arbitrary design. Sometimes it is a recognizable distortion of familiar objects. Sometimes it will be blocks of color without any recognizable shape. Sometimes it will combine all of these. LAYMAN'S GUIDE TO MODERN ART is an attempt to help the viewer understand what he is seeing, and why the artist painted as he did. Featured personality: Bartlett H. Hayes, Jr., the host for the series, is the director of the Addison Museum of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. For the past 25 years he has been teaching art history at the Academy, and has also lectured on art throughout the country. He is the author of several well-known books on the subject of art, including a basic handbook entitled A Layman's Guide to Modern Art, from which much of the material in this series is taken. He serves as a trustee for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston ARts Festival and Old Sturbridge Village, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been seen by NET viewers previously on ?? ART, a series distributed during the summer of 1959. Series release date: 1959

Program Description

The purpose of this series is exactly what the title suggests: it is a guide, an introduction to the world of modern art -- art which does not present a photographic likeness of its subject to the viewer, but rather attempts to go beneath and beyond the surface appearance of things to suggest meanings, references, emotions, opinions, likes and dislikes which the painter wishes to share with the viewer. Sometimes this modern art can be a series of lines on a canvas, arranged in what may appear to be an arbitrary design. Sometimes it is a recognizable distortion of familiar objects. Sometimes it will be blocks of color without any recognizable shape. Sometimes it will combine all of these. LAYMAN'S GUIDE TO MODERN ART is an attempt to help the viewer understand what he is seeing, and why the artist painted as he did. Featured personality: Bartlett H. Hayes, Jr., the host for the series, is the director of the Addison Museum of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. For the past 25 years he has been teaching art history at the Academy, and has also lectured on art throughout the country. He is the author of several well-known books on the subject of art, including a basic handbook entitled A Layman's Guide to Modern Art, from which much of the material in this series is taken. He serves as a trustee for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston ARts Festival and Old Sturbridge Village, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been seen by NET viewers previously on ?? ART, a series distributed during the summer of 1959. Program 2: Modern Art and Old Techniques Paintings seen on this program include Boucher's Reclining Nude, stll life paintings by Corbino and Kalf and an Egyptian wall painting.

Duration

00:30:00

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Educational
Topics
Fine Arts
Citation
Chicago: “Layman's Guide To Modern Art; When is Art Modern?,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_29DD83CA658A4D449C8F473FB6882417.
MLA: “Layman's Guide To Modern Art; When is Art Modern?.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_29DD83CA658A4D449C8F473FB6882417>.
APA: Layman's Guide To Modern Art; When is Art Modern?. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_29DD83CA658A4D449C8F473FB6882417
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