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The boundary between art and pop culture has been breaking down since the latter half of the twentieth century. It’s no surprise then that the past ten years have seen several television shows that deal with contemporary art. Here we highlight a few that our readers might enjoy.
Art on television has come a long way since The Joy of Painting. In the past decade many programs have featured contemporary art, from insightful documentaries to satirical sketch comedies. Regardless of their format, they all provide a distinct perspective on the contemporary art world, shedding light on the often murky world of contemporary art in a variety of ways. Here are just some that we’ve found:
1. Art21 | Profiles of contemporary artists
Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century is a show on the US station Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS), each episode profiles one contemporary artist, the show won a Peabody Award for its in-depth and thoughtful analyses. Season six premieres on 13 April 2012 and will include an episode on Chinese dissident-artist Ai Weiwei. Art21 also produce several online exclusives and education guides for K-12 educators who want to introduce students to contemporary art. You can watch a preview of the Art in the Twenty-First Century episode on Ai Weiwei below.
2. Work of Art | Art reality show competition
Though many critics scoffed at the idea of a marriage between contemporary art and reality television, this weekly elimination-style competition has just completed its second season in December 2011. The Bravo channel show’s success is no doubt helped by the effervescent art critic Jerry Saltz, who acts as a judge, and eminent auctioneer Simon De Pury, who plays the tough-love mentor figure.
3. ArtCops | Art theft documentary program
Six billion dollars of art and artefacts are stolen each year, pointing to a thriving art black market. Though its producers have yet to declare a release date, ArtCops will be both an intriguing glimpse into the world of stolen art and a reminder of the social and cultural losses involved in art theft.
4. Art Republik | Art series from the Philippines
Art Republik is a new television show on the Philippines’ Knowledge Channel featuring Filipino artists in a range of fields. Produced by the Asian Christian Arts Association, Inc., the show aims to introduce Filipino contemporary art and artists to a wider audience. It débuted on 28 February 2012.
5. Whole Day Down | Online sitcom
Billed as “a web series about art and the apocalypse”, Whole Day Down is an absurd take on the contemporary art world. The series follows two second-career gallery owners as they deal with eccentric artists, irritable financiers, and a host of absurd predicaments. Hilarious, and often worrisomely accurate.
6. This is Modern Art | British documentary miniseries
Written by English art critic Michael Collins, this 1999 documentary won a BAFTA award for its witty commentary and insider’s look into the art world. The first three episodes can be found on Youtube. A great watch!
7. Destination Art | International art scenes
This weekly show on Halogen TV travels to a different art hub around the world each week. So far Asian stops include Tokyo, Israel, Moscow and Mumbai. Destination Art is not Halogen TV’s only art-themed show either. The network also produces Art in Progress, on contemporary art inspiration, Aperture, on photography, and Artland, on American art.
8. MOCA TV | Up-and-coming online channel
Part of Youtube’s new original channels initiative, MOCA TV is a diverse set of shows produced by the Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art. The network, which debuts on July 2012, will include a weekly art news round-up, a documentary about street artists, an MTV Cribs-style show featuring artists’ studios, and an art comedy series, among others.
Were there any art shows that we missed? We’d especially love to hear about programs that deal with contemporary Asian art. Leave us a comment below with your suggestions!
- Millenium Magazines at MoMA: What is from Asia? Resource Alert – March 2012 – a roundup of the Asian contemporary culture magazines featured in a recent MoMA exhibition
- 3D digital art catalogues soon a reality – TED video demonstration – September 2011 – a TED talk on how digital platforms may be used to create interactive, multimedia art catalogues
- Tune in to Art International Radio for 30+ talks on Asian contemporary art – May 2011 – a US radio station that produces podcasts covering a range of contemporary art topics
- Contemporary art blogs in 2010: Who made the Arts Media Contacts top 10? – January 2011 – a top ten list of the best contemporary art blogs of 2010
- 3 art DVD stocking stuffers to buy – November 2011 – Art Radar‘s recommendations for the best in art and art history DVDs
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