Makers of Modern Art
Listen again to some of the Sunday Features about 'Makers of Modern Art'
Radio 3 has broadcast Sunday Features about 'makers of modern art' including the artists Donald Judd ('The Man Who Bought Marfa'), Constantin Brancusi, and photographer Tina Modotti. [Photograph: Woman of Tehuantepec c.1929 Tina Modotti Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Mr and Mrs Carl Zigrosser ]
Art, Sex and Revolution: The Life and Work of Tina Modotti
Presented by art writer and broadcaster Louisa Buck.Listen again to the programme
Tina Modotti, 1920s film star, spy and famed beauty, is remembered above all for her photographs, but in her short life she was a woman who inspired passion on both sides of the lens.
The exhibition 'Tina Modotti & Edward Weston: The Mexico Years' was at the Barbican, London. For further details of exhibitions visit the Barbican website.
The Man Who Bought Marfa
Presenter Patrick Wright heads for the remote town of Marfa, Texas (population 2424), on the trail of the artist Donald Judd, whose work was on show recently at Tate Modern, London. After making his name in New York, Judd arrived in Marfa in 1972, and gradually bought up buildings and a former prisoner-of-war camp, which he claimed were ideal spaces for the display of his art. Now, ten years after Judd's death, how does Marfa remember him?Listen again to the programme
The Brancusi Trial
Presented by John Mortimer.Listen again to the programme
Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) was one of the founding figures of modern sculpture and one of the most original artists of the twentieth century. Writer and barrister John Mortimer tells the story of one of the most influential art trials ever conducted: Brancusi v United States.
75 years ago Brancusi had to fight for his name and reputation in a trial which became the cause celÃ¨bre of its day. This extraordinary case resulted in a court of law having to answer that most elusive question - what is art?
Using transcripts of the trial which the programme-makers unearthed last year in a personal archive, Mortimer analyses a remarkable episode which transformed 20th century art.
[Photograph of Bird in Space, 1932-1940 Brass 134.7 x 17 x 17 cm - excludes base. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice Copyright ADAGP, Paris and DACS London 2004]
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