The Shock of the New - 4 DVD Set
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Robert Hughes' history of Modern Art from Cubism to Pop and the Avant-Garde The popular art history sequel to the BBC's Civilization series, picks up at the threshold of the 20th century. It is written and presented by Robert Hughes, art critic and senior writer for Time. Hughes draws on a wealth of documentary materials from the archives of the BBC, including rare footage and interviews with noted artists. The range of major figures includes Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, le Corbusier, Maz Ernst, Francis Bacon and Jackson Pollock. Available for delivery to US destinations only. Series of 8 programs on 4 DVD's
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On a side note there's a follow-up episode, a kind of delayed epilogue, shot by Hughes before he died recently. It isn't out on video yet but if someone has the sense to do a proper digital release of Shock of the New, using the original materials (16mm, I'm guessing), that extra episode would be a nice addition.
I was impressed and captivated by Hughes since the very first minute. His way of integrating evolution of art in history, and the influence of technical, political and social events as well as individual influence of the major artists, draws a very clear and personnal view of the whole thing. He expresses his opinion loud and clear, and is not concerned about being politically correct, so you may agree or not with him, but you surely will be involved as if you were arguing with him.
Of course, quality of the now 30 years old Betamax tapes was very poor, so I decided to purchase this DVD set. Much to my disappointment, transfer quality of the DVD's from the original 16mm master films is very poor, lacking sharpness and with severe color shifting. Ironically, color in the old tapes I had was perfect. Another curious thing is that, in each chapter, about 3 minutes of footage have been cut, I suppose in order to kept the running time of each chapter under 60 minutes.
Anyway, this is the only commercially availaible copy of The shock of the new series, and though it is a pity that the image is not of top quality, the amazing commentaries by Hughes are worth the expense of purchasing it. I hope we would see it some day remastered in a proper Blu-ray high quality version.
on DVD. This is a dream come true. The late Robert Hughes is one of my favorite art
critics.The other series by him is American Visions, now available only in book and VHS.
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