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Broadcasting News (04:43)


Journalists discuss the top news stories of the day. Independent Television News (ITN) employs over 900 people. A report examines the release of Nelson Mandela.

Leon Golub (07:46)

Painting is a privileged and specialized art form; the media provides a constant flow of violent scenes. "Mercenaries Five" depicts a man with his captors. Golub discusses the United States permitting itself to exercise dominance and power over Third World nations.

Saatchi Gallery (03:37)

Charles and Doris Saatchi own several of Golub's paintings. Private collectors help repress critical views of political and economic realities. Anyone who buys work takes possession of the artist's mind.

Hans Haacke (07:44)

"Taking Stock" depicts Margaret Thatcher; it is unfinished. In "MetroMobiltan," Haacke combines quotations from corporate executives of Mobil and individuals from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The artist criticizes Peter Ludwig's investments in East Germany.

Peter Dunn and Loraine Leeson (06:29)

Artists turn to street, community, objectless, and public art after becoming radicalized. "Dockland" explores issues of planning, public housing, and communal space. Dunn and Leeson collaborate on the Docklands Community Poster Project.

Victor Burgin (09:03)

Burgin wants his artwork to have the appearance of advertising. The artist discusses making political and economic statements. A painting by Edward Hopper inspires the series "Office at Night."

Terry Atkinson (03:41)

The political climate is more brutal than it was in the 1960s. In "Art and the Bunker" a miniature wheelbarrow bomb disposal unit is suspected of being booby-trapped. Atkinson's work explores the tensions between Northern Ireland and England.

Teaching Art (06:46)

Atkinson asks about his students' inspirations and inner meaning of their political art. "The Stone Touchers" depicts Atkinson's children.

Credits: Politics (01:12)

Credits: Politics

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Part of the Series : State of the Art: Ideas and Images in the 1980s
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How can art self-consciously engage with urgent social and political questions? How might art contribute to social and political change? A wide range of practices is featured here in the work of artists in the United States and Britain. Leon Golub’s epic paintings, achieved by scraping paint from a canvas, confront the viewer with scenes of interrogation and torture. Hans Haacke’s work is more conceptual, analyzing the operations and networks of corporate capitalism, including how the art market is complicit in exploitation. Peter Dunn and Loraine Leeson collaborate with community groups in London’s Docklands to explore concerns about planning issues, housing and public space. Victor Burgin combines texts and images in artworks that are informed by debates about representation, psychoanalysis and desire. And Terry Atkinson aims to reinvent History painting for the contemporary world, tackling among other concerns the presence of the British in Northern Ireland.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: FMK194774

ISBN: 978-1-64867-408-2

Copyright date: ©2006

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