Art and Artists

Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

Francis Bacon was an Irish-born British painter who became very well known for this unusual style of art which could be described as being edgy, emotionally charged and raw. Bacon was a bit slow to get started with regards to his career, it wasn't until his mid-30's that he finally found a subject matter in which could keep him interested. In 1944 Bacon's breakthrough came in the form of a trip

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The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening takes us on the journey of music and explores the process involved in allowing it to reach its listener's ear. Starting out with the intent of a instrument maker and composer, moving on to the producers and engineers who are responsible for capturing the sound produced and blending in the artists voice. Along this journey we hear from artists, engineers and producers themse

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Tapping The Wire

The Wire is an American crime drama tv series which is based in Baltimore, Maryland. Produced by HBO the first episode aired June 2, 2002 and ended in 2008, in its entirety it 60 episodes long all of which are spread out over 5 seasons. The series is highly praised for its literary themes, its unique accuracy with regards to exploring society and politics and its realistic portrayal of urban li

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The Mystery of Van Gogh’s Ear

In 1888, in Provence, France, an event occurred that was so bizarre it would enter modern legend. In the red light district on the edge of town a foreigner arrived at the door of a brothel, he was baring a package which he handed to one of the girls, the package contained a bloody piece of his own flesh. The man's name was Vincent van Gogh and at the time of the incident in question he was an unkn

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Kayenta

Kayenta

Kayenta is a small community which is part of the Navajo Nation located in southern Utah's red rock country (Navajo County, Arizona). From the first glance you can tell that this township is very much a tranquil one, with a population of only about 5,000. It is a 2,000 acre master planned community of fine homes built on an enclave surrounded by protected lands. Anyone looking would discover a wea

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Banksy Does New York

Banksy Does New York is a great showcase for just how big of a deal his artwork is, even in the states. It is an insightful look into one October where the street artist Banksy set about revealing 31 new pieces, one for every day in the month and scattered throughout New York City for people to discover. Making use of not only those who were apart of the "scavenger hunt" at the time but also fo

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Secrets of the Mona Lisa

Bewitching, seductive and world famous, in the minds of millions she is the ultimate work of art being endlessly photographed and admired yet behind the enigmatic smile she remains a mystery. Who was she and why was she painted, what was it that has made her the worlds most famous painting? After 500 years in the spotlight the Mona Lisa is finally giving up her secrets, centuries of old documen

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The Secret of Drawing

Once upon a time the ability to draw was seen as the first and most essential skill of any artist, but in the age of the unmade bed and the pickled shark, drawing is widely perceived as an old fashioned activity. Many modern art schools don't even teach it, preferring to arm their students with digital or video cameras. In this four part documentary series Andrew Graham-Dixon, challenges the tedio

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The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings

It is said that around 47,000 works of art go missing each and every year, this being said it seems to be that we old ever hear of heists that involve the more valuable paintings. High-profile or not once a painting is stolen typically it will never be recovered. In this BBC film art critic Alastair Sooke examines the dark world of art theft, looking into some of the mysteries surrounding such cri

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