Part 3 - What Lies Beneath

Art of America Episode 3 of 3

Beginning with Jasper Johns' iconic flag paintings, Andrew suggests that pop art, which dominated the 60s, was born out of a desire to 'kill' the abstract expressionists. He explores the attempt to return to pantheism and the sublime in landscape, especially with the minimalist works of artists like Donald Judd. Andrew visits Marfa in the Texan desert where Judd sited some of his largest and most ambitious work. He also looks at this legacy in the work of James Turrell, and takes part in the radical, experimental Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert. Finally Andrew travels to New York and Los Angeles to explore the contemporary art market, driven by powerful figures like Larry Gagosian. He explores yet another paradox at the heart of American culture - the 'filthy capitalism' of market economics versus the purity of idealism.

50 minutes

Last on

Sun 26 Jan 2014 20:10 GMT
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Filming Locations

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Universal Hollywood, Los Angeles

Levittown, Long Island, New York

LAX Airport, Los Angeles

Las Vegas


Role Contributor
PresenterAndrew Graham-Dixon
ProducerIan Leese
DirectorIan Leese
Series ProducerSilvia Sacco
Executive ProducerBasil Comely