Part 2 - Modern Dreams

Art of America Episode 2 of 3

At the end of the 19th century, after the trauma of the American Civil War, began the battle to make a truly American art. Andrew visits Philadelphia where he explores the work of Thomas Eakins and Albert Pinkham Ryder, best known for his poetic and moody allegorical paintings. But the age of the machine was rapidly transforming America and creating powerful new cities. Andrew travels to New York and Chicago, and sees the impact of mechanization on the earliest modernists. He looks at the figurative style of Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell and the work of Pollock, DeKooning and Rothko, and argues that abstract expressionism was the first unique and definitive American art.

50 minutes

Last on

Sun 19 Jan 2014 20:10 GMT
BBC World News except North America

Andrew Graham-Dixon inside Mark Rothko's chapel in Houston, Texas

Andrew Graham-Dixon inside Mark Rothko's chapel in Houston, Texas

Andrew Graham-Dixon and Autumn Rhythm

Andrew Graham-Dixon and Autumn Rhythm
Andrew at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in front of Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950 by Jackson Pollock.

Filming Locations

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

McSorley’s Bar, 15 East 7th Street, New York

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New York

Newark Museum, New Jersey

Statue of Liberty, New York

Four Seasons Restaurant, Seagrams Building, New York

One World Trade Centre, New York

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas


Role Contributor
PresenterAndrew Graham-Dixon
ProducerPaul Tilzey
DirectorPaul Tilzey
Series ProducerSilvia Sacco
Executive ProducerBasil Comely