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Eye to Eye; Open Secrets


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Eye to Eye
Open Secrets
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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

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Sex, violence, death - they’re natural attractions for the artist. When art deals with such subjects, it sometimes runs afoul of public sensibilities. And over the years, some these treatments are even vieweed with reverence. Open Secrets is all about the Naked Maja, the lush eroticism of Indian temple art, the Rape of the Sabine Women, Greek erotic art, paintings of execution and dying, and the cold elegence of Aubrey Beardsley’s drawings.

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Fine Arts
Hauser, Richard (Series Producer)
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