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Eye to Eye; Fakes


Dubbed 7/28/96 from A2-01433. Original date 2/27/72.

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Eye to Eye
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If the gobble-de-jargon of art criticism turns you off - If you know what you like but t say so in a very soft voice - then here’s a TV series for you. Remember the commercial on TV for Heinz’ Great American Soups - with tap-dancing and a chorus line and hydraulic soup cans? That’s Art? Have you ever seen a painting of a pipe, and it says on it French, “This is not a pipe”? That’s Magritte. And that’s art.

It’s all on Eye to Eye - a fast-moving, pop-up compendium of everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about art. You’ll find out about the most successful art forger in history. And learn a little bit about counterfeiting. And quilts. And Dossena’s Hoax. And find out if maybe that stuff in your grandmother’s attic is worth a lot or a little. Know what you’ll end up with? The beautiful knowledge that art is all around you. And every day you’ll see and make up your mind. And really know what you like. And feel happy about it. Watch Eye To Eye. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

What really is the real thing? Watch Mona Lisa wink. Watch George Washington cross his eyes. Watch the most famous forger of the twentieth century,Elmer de Hory - and the wonderful things he’s forged. Eye To Eye - what you’ve always wanted to know about art but were afraid to ask. Director: David Atwood, Producer: Rick Hauser, 1972.



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Broadcast program

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Fine Arts
Hauser, Richard (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Eye to Eye; Fakes,” 02/27/1972, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 29, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C4102B3F23EC4C208CFBCCE3DD43F85C.
MLA: “Eye to Eye; Fakes.” 02/27/1972. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 29, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C4102B3F23EC4C208CFBCCE3DD43F85C>.
APA: Eye to Eye; Fakes. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C4102B3F23EC4C208CFBCCE3DD43F85C
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