This Is Civilisation by Matthew Collings
This Is Civilisation
Illuminating dash through the history of culture The Independent U. Entirely riveting The Observer U. 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 BBCs landmark 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 Londons Tate Gallery, the temples of ancient Egypt, a munitions-factory-turned-art space in Beijing, and other locales.
Whether or not he actually said it is irrelevant though, as the phrase neatly sums up the relationship between artists and of those in power. The battles between artists and their patrons is as old as civilization itself. Each of the four episodes in the series are hosted by Matthew Collings and focus on the various currents which have influenced the world of art over the years. One of the main features of the new series is a focus on non-Western art. The programs were shot on location all over the world, including stops in China, Turkey, and Egypt, along with much of Europe, and the United States. It initially aired in the U.
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They came from the hard drives of kind neighbours, from YouTube, from my favourite semi-legal filesharing service: 20 gigabytes of major blockbuster art television series made over the last 40 years or so. Does television ever really understand art?
Artist and critic Matthew Collings embarks on an epic journey across the planet to explore the ways in which cultures of the past have shaped our civilisation Series Summary Mathew Collings makes a personal selection of the greatest artistic moments and monuments from history to examine how they have shaped our world. He embarks on an epic journey, to stunning locations across Europe, Egypt, China and the United States, to explore the changing ways in which cultures of the past have shaped our civilisation. In doing so, he offers a unique perspective on today's social and political issues. Collings starts in ancient Greece. The Greeks absorbed the awesome power of representations of the gods left by older civilisations, particularly the ancient Egyptians, but it's the element the Greeks added that still fascinates us today: lifelikeness, the human body, the feeling that this is art that celebrates what it is to be human. Collings then explores how the religion that replaced the paganism of the Greeks, Christianity, has reacted to that momentous change in human consciousness.