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Mondrian

Synopsis
Discusses the abstract art of the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). Painting is conventionally understood as clinical, calculated art from which all traces of life have been expunged by a process of rigorous purification. It is also among the best-known of all abstract art owing to its bright colours and large simple shapes. As such it is frequently ‘quoted’ in interior design, clothes, shopping bags, cosmetic products and so on. Furthermore, Mondrain’s own writings lend weight to this image of his art as rational and almost mechanically pure. David Batchelor argues that this perspective does scant justice to Mondrian’s actual paintings.
Series
Art of the Twentieth Century, Course Aa318
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1993
Availability
Out of distribution
Notes
Combined on one tape with DISPLAYING MODERN ART and THE COLONIAL ENCOUNTER
Previously part of course A316, Modern art: practices and debates
Subjects
Art
Keywords
abstract art; art - modern art; Mondrian, Piet (1872-1944); paintings - Netherlandish

Credits

Contributor
David Batchelor

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
DVD-R
Price
£34.99 (CM)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
25 minutes
Year
2011

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£34.99 (OU)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
25 minutes
Year
2011

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Canny Store

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Phone
01789 207440
Address
The Mansley Centre
Timothy’s Bridge Road
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9NQ
Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
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Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
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Notes
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