THIS IS CIVILIZATION
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"Entirely riveting" —The Observer (U.K.)
A globe-trotting tour of art and culture
In This Is Civilization, artist and critic Matthew Collings follows the common threads of inspiration and influence that link diverse art movements over centuries and continents. This four-part series is a contemporary update of the BBC’s landmark 1969 series Civilization, with an expanded focus on non-Western art.
Collings traces the currents of emotion, money, and politics that shaped art through the centuries as he walks the halls of London’s Tate Gallery, the temples of ancient Egypt, a munitions-factory-turned-art space in Beijing, and other locales. As Collings shows, intricate patterns on mosques exude the same unifying aesthetic found in Jackson Pollock’s paintings, and kitschy reprints of Mao Zedong echo the devotional zeal of medieval church mosaics. At the same time, cultural forces as diverse as fascism and Christianity leave their own distinctive stamps on the art of their eras.
Broadcaster, critic, and author Matthew Collings has written extensively on contemporary art and hosted television programs including This Is Modern Art and Beautiful Equations. A classically trained artist, he collaborates with his wife, Emma Biggs, on abstract paintings.
- 12-page viewer’s guide with articles including Muse vs. Master, Living in the Material World, and the Art of War
- Biographies of featured artists
- Plus discussion questions and more at athenalearning.com
Top Customer Reviews
Overall it's an instructive trek, with the narrator's opinion of how history has proved to tie together civilization and visual art forms. It converges into at least 11 countries and art from Egyptian to today's popular digital images. Collings tries to show the influence of his four chosen topics, one each episode. His ideas are not always mainstream.
There is nudity, primarily in the form of fine art sculpture, paintings and photo images.
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~~1 YE GODS
A look at art and religion through history beginning with Greek gods, then backing up to Egyptian gods. Back to a Parthenon look prior to the Isenheim Alterpiece; Christian God art. Beliefs depicted in images. Roman gods shown in art fell with the Empire due to Christianity spreading & its art replacing pagan god sculpture. View catacomb paintings followed by Constantine's Roman-Christian influence. Geometric patterns-not images, abstract art, represent Islamic belief.
Two revolutionary artists--David & Goya and how they portray political uprising. A charge of brushes, not swords. 18th Century questions of gods and if they are needed. Feeling emotion through 2 French & Spanish artists.Read more ›