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Leading creative thinkers choose an artwork from the Museum of Modern Art, and talk about how it inspires or provokes, thrills or surprises them. Presented by Alastair Sooke.

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Leading creative thinkers choose an artwork from the Museum of Modern Art, and talk about how it inspires or provokes, thrills or surprises them. Presented by Alastair Sooke.

    Alastair Sooke

    Alastair Sooke

    Over the last 29 editions art critic Alastair Sooke, in the company of some of the leading creatives of our age, has dived into the stunning works in the Museum of Modern Art's collection, whilst exploring what it really means “to see” art.

    In this final edition, Alastair makes his own selection. And, as with several of his guests in the series he goes for two choices. The first, a painting that bowled him over as a young visitor to MoMA, Matisse’s Red Studio, but what will the second be, and has making this series changed the way he sees art?

    Producer: Tom Alban

    Main Image:
    Henri Matisse, The Red Studio, 1911. Oil on canvas, 71 1/4" x 7' 2 1/4" (181 x 219.1 cm). Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. Museum of Modern Art, NY, 8.1949.© Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2019

    • 14 min
    David Henry Hwang on Martin Wong's Stanton near Forsyth Street

    David Henry Hwang on Martin Wong's Stanton near Forsyth Street

    Art critic Alastair Sooke, in the company of some of the leading creatives of our age, continues his deep dive into the stunning works in the Museum of Modern Art's collection, whilst exploring what it really means “to see” art.

    Today's edition features playwright, librettist and screenwriter, David Henry Hwang. He chooses a painting by the artist Martin Wong - Stanton near Forsyth Street (1983).

    Producer: Tom Alban

    Main Image:
    Credit: Martin Wong, Stanton near Forsyth Street, 1983. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 64" (121.9 x 162.6 cm). Courtesy of the Estate of Martin Wong and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY. Museum of Modern Art, NY, 863.2011

    • 13 min
    Yves Behar and the IEC's Power Symbol

    Yves Behar and the IEC's Power Symbol

    Art critic Alastair Sooke, in the company of some of the leading creatives of our age, continues his deep dive into the stunning works in the Museum of Modern Art's collection, whilst exploring what it really means “to see” art.

    Today's edition features Swiss designer Yves Behar, whose choice is a powerful one - literally. He chooses the internationally recognised power symbol, the circle broken with a vertical line. Is it really art? That is how he sees it.

    Producer: Paul Kobrak

    Main Image:
    International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)’s Power Symbol (2011)

    • 13 min
    Lady Ruth Rogers on Henri Rousseau's The Dream

    Lady Ruth Rogers on Henri Rousseau's The Dream

    Art critic Alastair Sooke, in the company of some of the leading creatives of our age, continues his deep dive into the stunning works in the Museum of Modern Art's collection, whilst exploring what it really means “to see” art.

    Today's edition is the choice of award-winning chef, Ruth Rogers: The Dream, by Henri Rousseau.

    Producer: Tom Alban

    Main Image:
    Henri Rousseau, The Dream, 1910. Oil on canvas, 6' 8 1/2" x 9' 9 1/2" (204.5 x 298.5 cm). Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller. Museum of Modern Art, NY, 252.1954

    • 13 min
    Stanley Tucci and Giacometti's Head of a Man on a Rod

    Stanley Tucci and Giacometti's Head of a Man on a Rod

    Art critic Alastair Sooke, in the company of some of the leading creatives of our age, takes us on a deep dive into the stunning works in the Museum of Modern Art's collection, whilst exploring what it really means “to see” art.

    Leading cultural figures in the series include Grammy- and Emmy-award-winning Hollywood actor and comedian Steve Martin, one of the founders of minimalism – composer Steve Reich and stand-up comedian Margaret Cho. Each episode introduces us to an important art work in the collection, but asks how our own perspective affects our appreciation of the piece.

    In this edition, American actor Stanley Tucci chooses Alberto Giacometti's "Head of a Man on a Rod" from 1947.

    Producer: Tom Alban

    Main Image:
    Alberto Giacometti, Head of a Man on a Rod, 1947. Bronze, 23 1/2" (59.7 cm) high, including bronze base 6 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 6" (16.0 x 14.9 x 15.1 cm). Gift of Mrs. George Acheson. Museum of Modern Art, NY, 595.1976. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

    • 13 min
    Isabella Boylston on Maya Deren and Talley Beatty

    Isabella Boylston on Maya Deren and Talley Beatty

    Art critic Alastair Sooke, in the company of some of the leading creatives of our age, continues his deep dive into the stunning works in the Museum of Modern Art's collection, whilst exploring what it really means “to see” art.

    Today's edition features the choice of American ballet dancer Isabella Boylston, currently a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. It's a short Black and white film: A Study in Choreography for Camera by Maya Deren and Talley Beatty, made in 1945

    Main Image:
    A Study in Choreography for Camera (film still), 1945. 16mm film (black and white, silent), 4 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase from the Estate of Maya Deren

    Producer: Tom Alban

    • 13 min

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