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The Art of Litter

John Wilson explores the reasons why some artists use rubbish in their work. With Peter Blake and Gavin Turk. From February 2009.

John Wilson explores the reasons why some artists use rubbish in their work.

Picasso, Dali, Georges Braque and Joan Miro all used discarded objects in their art, and in the last few decades there has been an explosion of artists using 'found objects' in their work to communicate many different messages about waste, consumerism and the dispensability of modern life.

Some artists are campaigners and artists in equal measure. John meets Fran Crowe, who creates installations and engages in performance art with the rubbish she finds on the beaches near her Suffolk home. He also talks to Sir Peter Blake, who celebrates litter and tries to create something of aesthetic value from it, and sculptor Gavin Turk, who looks for the beauty in objects that have been thrown away.

30 minutes

Last on

Thu 28 Jun 2018 01:30

Broadcasts

  • Thu 26 Feb 2009 11:30
  • Thu 4 Jun 2015 06:30
  • Thu 4 Jun 2015 13:30
  • Thu 4 Jun 2015 20:30
  • Fri 5 Jun 2015 01:30
  • Wed 27 Jun 2018 06:30
  • Wed 27 Jun 2018 13:30
  • Wed 27 Jun 2018 20:30
  • Thu 28 Jun 2018 01:30