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Artists on Artists

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The "Artists on Artists" project was originally intended to create short spots to be broadcast as fills (segments between other programs). Works were acquired and/or produced for the project. The compilation tape, "Artists on Artists" features the following works: Peter Campus On Paul Strand; Louis Zukofsky; 9 Variations On A Dance Theme; Man Ray, Man Ray; Nam June Paik On The Beatles; Northlight.

Peter Campus looks at the images and writings of the photographer Paul Strand.

Jay Anania's " Louis Zukofsky" presents a portrait of the poet and his work.

The work, "9 Variations on a Dance Theme," shows a female dancer repeating a short dance theme nine times to a soundtrack of piano and flute.

In William Wegman's "Man Ray, Man Ray," the biographies of Wegman's dog and of the artist Man Ray merge.

In "Nam June Paik on the Beatles" the epic four-hour-long "Video Commune" is condensed into a five-minute segment.

Bill Charette's "'Northlight" looks at three different artists with studios in the same building.

"Artist's Showcase" was a series designed to showcase video art and experimental work from WGBH. The program ran on Sunday evenings at 11 P.M., from the fall of 1976 through 1982. In the early 1970's, "Artist's Showcase" was the only consistent broadcast outlet for many of the Workshop productions. Most materials of broadcast quality created at WGBH in the mid-1970's were shown as part of this series. Additionally, earlier video art experiments and segments of related shows, such as "Mixed Bag" or "What's Happening Mr. Silver" were broadcast under these auspices. This series was also a broadcast outlet for a handful of works by video artists that were not created at WGBH but only acquired for this purpose. Some compilation reels showing highlights of Workshop activity were also broadcast.
Topics
Artists, Artists' studios, Dance, Dogs, Video art, Modern dance, Music, Parodies, Photography, Poetry, Documentaries and factual works
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