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William Eggleston exhibition, Tess Gerritsen, Graphene artists, Wang Jianlin

Eamonn McCabe on a new exhibition by the photographer William Eggleston, author Tess Gerritsen on Playing With Fire, and Variety's Patrick Frater on Hong Kong tycoon Wang Jianlin.

In the 1960s when only black-and-white photographs were considered 'art', the American photographer William Eggleston changed that perception with his brightly-coloured photographs of the American South. Photographer Eamonn McCabe reviews a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which brings together many of Eggleston's portraits of the people who lived there.

Tess Gerritsen, author of the best-selling crime series Rizzoli and Isles, talks to Kirsty about her latest novel, a stand-alone historical thriller, Playing with Fire.

In 2012, the art collective Random International made headlines with their work Rain Room which featured a large room filled with pouring rain which visitors could walk through without getting wet. For a new show at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry they've made their first video work, Everything and Nothing, in response to graphene, the world's first two-dimensional material. Co-founder of the collective, Florian Ortkrass, discusses making art out of scientific discoveries.

Wang Jianlin, one of China's billionaires, made his fortune in property development. Now intent on building a global entertainment empire, he's been busy buying film production companies and cinema chains worldwide, including most recently the UK's Odeon cinema chain. Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief for Variety, explains why Wang Jianlin could soon be making his presence felt in Hollywood.

Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Tess Gerritsen

    Duration: 08:52

  • William Eggleston: Portraits

    Duration: 05:41

  • Patrick Frater on Wang Jianlin

    Duration: 05:54

  • Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond

    Duration: 04:24

  • Garry Marshall remembered

    Duration: 01:27

William Eggleston: Portraits

William Eggleston: Portraits

William Eggleston: Portraits, a retrospective of the photographer's work, is running at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 23 October.

(Main Image: Untitled, c.1975 (Marcia Hare in Memphis Tennessee) by William Eggleston, c.1975 ©Eggleston Artistic Trust / Left Image: Untitled, c.1980 (Joe Strummer) by William Eggleston, [c.1980] ©Eggleston Artistic Trust)

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen is published on 28 July by Bantam.

(Photo Credit: © Jacob W)

Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond

Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond
Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond runs at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester from 23 July 2016 until 25 June 2017.

(Image: Wonder Materials "glittering graphene". Credit: Angela Moore for Museum of Science and Industry)

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Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Jerome Weatherald
Interviewed Guest Eamonn McCabe
Interviewed Guest Florian Ortkrass
Interviewed Guest Patrick Frater

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