• “State of the Art”

    Channel Four Television

    Television series that offer an extended view of art and culture are rare. Over the past twenty years there have been three: Kenneth Clark’s “Civilization,” John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing,” and Robert Hughes’ “Shock of the New.” Now we have “State of the Art,” six hour-long programs commissioned by Channel Four from writer Sandy Naime, producer/director Geoff Dunlop, and series producer John Wyver. It is inevitable that comparisons would be made between old and new, and it is evident that the series was, from the outset, conceived in opposition to the authorial style of its predecessors. Here,

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