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Eye to Eye; Painting the Town


Dubbed 7/28/96 from A2-01442 - original date 2/9/72.

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Eye to Eye
Painting the Town
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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

The point of Painting The Town”is that art is all around us - on our doorsteps, on our walls, in the sky - there for the looking, if we pause an instant to do so. It’s the kind of art you’d probably never see inside museum walss - it’s too big or it passes in an instant - or nobody would ever think of it as “art.” Like grafitti, public gardnes, crosswalks and the flashes of color seen from a speeding car. And “street furniture” too - mail boxes, stop signs and traffic lights - all part of the art in a neighborhood.



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Broadcast program

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Fine Arts
Hauser, Richard (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Eye to Eye; Painting the Town,” 02/09/1972, GBH Archives, accessed February 28, 2024,
MLA: “Eye to Eye; Painting the Town.” 02/09/1972. GBH Archives. Web. February 28, 2024. <>.
APA: Eye to Eye; Painting the Town. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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