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Rene Magritte (2004)

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The works of Belgian surrealist painter Rene Francois Ghislain Magritte make unusual use of common images juxtaposed with unusual contexts that transform the meaning in the familiar.

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Rene Magritte

Joan Miro (2004)

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The early works of Spanish-born Joan Miro shows wide-ranging influences, including the bright colors of the Fauves, the broken form of Cubism and the two-dimensionality of the Catalan folk art. In his early 20s, he settled in Paris, where he met Picasso and fell under the influence of the Surrealist poets and writers. Miro drew on memory and fantasy to create works of visual metaphor.

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Wassily Kandinsky (2004)

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Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky is generally regarded as an originator of abstract painting and one of the most important innovators in modern art, both as an artist and as a theorist. He began painting at the age of 30 after training as a lawyer in Moscow. His talent quickly tested the constraints of art school, and he began exploring his own ideas.

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Wassily Kandinsky

Jackson Pollock (2004)

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This program presents a biography plus images of Pollock's greatest works. Born in Wyoming in 1912, Jackson Pollock became one of the most notorious artists that America ever produced. He developed a technique in which he would fix his canvas to the floor, drip and splash paint onto it, then use a variety of objects to manipulate the paint.

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Jackson Pollock

Man Ray (2004)

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This program presents a biography and visual analysis of Man Ray's major works. Inventive, audacious, with an effervescent imagination and a continual willingness to call traditional notions of art into question, Man Ray was the quintessential avant-garde artist.

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Piet Mondrian (2004)

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This program presents a biography and visual analysis of Piet Mondrian's major works. Piet Mondrian tested the limits of abstraction in his art. By radically simplifying composition and color, Mondrian sought to express only the universal absolutes that underlie reality, rather than reproducing images of real objects.

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Piet Mondrian

Francis Bacon (2004)

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Irish-born to English parents, Francis Bacon originally settled in London to build a name for himself as a furniture designer. Quickly turning away from this path, he switched to painting and almost immediately began getting recognition for his new interest.

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Marcel Duchamp (2004)

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This program presents a biography plus images of Duchamp's greatest works. Born in 1887 in France, Marcel Duchamp -- painter, sculptor and author -- was associated with Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism, though he avoided any strict alliances. Duchamp's early works were post-Impressionist in style, though he eventually turned toward the avant-garde.

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Andy Warhol (2004)

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This program presents a biography plus images of Warhol's greatest works. In the early 1960s, Warhol's first Pop paintings -- many of which remain icons of 20th-century art such as the Campbell's Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe screenprints -- catapulted him to fame.

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Andy Warhol

The Soul of a Man: A Film by Wim Wenders (2003)

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Director Wim Wenders looks at the dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of his favorite artists: Skip Blues, Blind Wille Johnson and J.B. Lenoir.

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The Soul of a Man: A Film by Wim Wenders

Red, White & Blues: A Film by Mike Figgis (2003)

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During the 1960s, the UK was the location for a vibrant social revolution. The post-war traditional jazz and folk revival movements sowed the seeds- in fertile musical ground - for the roots of a new kind of blues music, entirely influenced by the authentic black blues of the United States.

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Red, White & Blues: A Film by Mike Figgis

The Road to Memphis: A Film by Richard Pearce and Robert Kenner (2003)

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Director Richard Pearce traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. Pearce takes us on the road and behind the scenes with Memphis blues veterans Bobby Rush and Rosco Gordon. Features original performances by B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon, Ike Turner, Rev.

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The Road to Memphis: A Film by Richard Pearce and Robert Kenner

Warming by the Devil's Fire: A Film by Charles Burnett (2003)

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Charles Burnett explores his own past as a young boy who was shuttled back and forth between Los Angeles and Mississippi, torn between and uncle who loved the blues and a mother who believed the blues was the devil's music.

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Warming by the Devil's Fire: A Film by Charles Burnett

Godfathers and Sons: A Film by Marc Levin (2003)

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Hip-hop legend Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and Marshall Chess (son of Leonard Chess and heir to the Chess Records legacy) return to Chicago to explore the heyday of Chicago blues as they unite to produce music that seeks to bring veteran blues players together with contemporary hip-hop musicians such as Common and members of The Rods.

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Godfathers and Sons: A Film by Marc Levin

Piano Blues: A Film by Clint Eastwood (2003)

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Director - and piano player - Clint Eastwood explores his life-long passion for piano blues, using a treasure trove of historical acts as well as interviews and performances by legends such as Ray Charles, Fats Domino, and Dr. John.

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Piano Blues: A Film by Clint Eastwood

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