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#TVforHE – Pick of the Week – Conceptual Art Programming on BBC4

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

Across the next week BBC Four are running a number of programmes dealing with Conceptual Art. From a documentary dealing with how to approach art works, to the history of the Dadaism — these programmes will give your students an excellent introduction to the movement and its pieces.

Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? (Monday 19th September, 9pm, BBC Four)

From the BBC:

Dr Fox embarks on an open-minded guide for the perplexed and asks ‘What is conceptual art?’, ‘How should we approach it?’ and crucially, ‘Why should we care?’

Bricks! (Tuesday 20th September, 9pm, BBC Four)

From the BBC:

In 1976 Carl Andre’s sculpture Equivalent VIII, better known as ‘The Tate Bricks’, caused a national outcry. ‘What a Load of Rubbish’ screamed the papers, ‘it’s not even art’. Worse still, in the midst of a severe economic depression, the Bricks were paid for with taxpayers’ money. One man was so outraged he went to the Tate Gallery and threw blue food dye all over at them.

BBC Four marks the 40th anniversary with award-winning director Clare Beavan’s entertaining and revealing documentary looking back at the creation of the sculpture – which consists of 120 fire bricks – and the frenzied outcry that followed

Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels (Wednesday 21st September, 9pm, BBC Four)

From the BBC:

To mark the 100th anniversary of Dada, Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) takes us on an irreverent trip into the world of the influential avant-garde art movement.

Absurd, provocative and subversive, Dada began as a response to the madness of World War I. But its radical way of looking at the world inspired generations of artists, writers and musicians, from Monty Python to punk, Bowie to Banksy.

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