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Abstract Artists in Their Own Words

Documentary which unlocks the BBC archives to tell the story of abstract art in Britain through the words of some of its leading lights.

From Barbara Hepworth's abstract geometric forms and Bridget Riley's op art imagery to Anthony Caro's bold new ideas about sculpture, the film reveals the remarkable and varied ways in which British artists explored the idea of abstraction in the 20th century.

As well as offering insights into the ideas and working practices of some of Britain's most acclaimed artists, the film also documents the often-uncertain public response to abstract art and considers the legacy of the artists today.

Featuring interviews with artists Howard Hodgkin and Gillian Ayres, Tim Marlow of the Royal Academy, art historian James Fox, Iwona Blazwick from the Whitechapel gallery, Andrew Marr and Colm Toibin.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Mon 8 Sep 2014 21:00


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerRichard Bright
DirectorBen Harding
Assistant ProducerJohn O'Rourke

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