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Some of the earliest landscape paintings are found on the walls of Egyptian tombs—demonstrating that, since ancient times, panoramic scenes of nature have held spiritual significance. This program guides viewers through the history of landscape art and its various emotional, symbolic, and sacred meanings. Progressing through ancient Greek and Roman villa paintings, Byzantine art, and the proto-Renaissance advances of Giotto and Lorenzetti, the program shows how awareness and mastery of perspective evolved, leading to magnificent works by Giorgione, Brueghel, da Vinci, and other masters of landscape. (27 minutes)
Landscapes: The Sculpture Diaries (49:00)
Sculpture likely began as a form of spiritual expression, celebrating life and death and the connection both have to the Earth. Thousands of years later, that aspect of sculpture is still difficult to dismiss. This program follows British critic Waldemar Januszczak as he travels across North and South America, encountering stunning examples of sculpture tied to nature and the physical environment. From Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels in the U.S. to the ancient Inca settlement of Machu Picchu in Peru, Januszczak is determined to unlock sculpture’s inextricable link with the planet’s surface—and, in turn, with the cosmos. Decoding ancient Stonehenge, uncovering the mystery of Peru’s Nazca Lines, and building brand new sculptures with modern landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy, Januszczak offers an artistic journey that viewers won’t soon forget. Contains mature imagery and subject matter.
Famous for sculptures that combine fluidity with monolithic bulk, Richard Serra favors two basic materials: compressed steel, which he manipulates in a factory setting, and the natural spaces found at his installation sites. This program takes viewers inside Serra’s creative process while documenting his work at locations across the globe. Featuring detailed interviews with the artist—and with longtime associates, including composer Philip Glass and master rigger Ernst Fuchs—the film supports visual analysis of The Matter of Time at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as well as pieces installed in Berlin, Hamburg, New York, San Francisco, and many other cities. Brief portions are in French and German with English subtitles. (44 minutes)