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Great Artists in their own Words

Great Artists in their own Words

Wed May 15, 9-10pm, BBC4

By Claire Winter
Series one, episode two
This week’s ‘horse’s mouth’ analysis uses archive film and interviews to put key artists of the late ‘30s to mid ‘60s under scrutiny: from the postwar works of Henry Moore and Francis Bacon, to the pop culture inspirations of Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake. The ‘in their own words’ spin is slightly misleading: interview clips with the artists are frustratingly short, with a more traditional ‘overview’ favoured for the most part.

But with those profiled including Andy Warhol and David Hockney, it could never be dull, and even the snippets we are supplied provide a fascinating insight into, and demystification of, the artists in question. Absorbing, if not groundbreaking, and a must-see for any lover of contemporary art.

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