Robert Hughes' 1980 series tracing the development of modern art from 1880 to the present. Robert Hughes's classic series about art in the twentieth century continues in episode five by looking at the avant-garde and modernism in the century of change. Hughes gets innocent and irrational as he examines the surrealists and their attempts to make art without restrictions. Features artists such as Di Chirico, Ernst, Miro and Dali. In episdoe six Robert Hughes examines the work of the expressionists, looking at artists such as Van Gogh, Munch, Bacon and Rothko, who exposed humanity's deepest anxieties and darkest emotions in their art. In episdoe seven he looks at the way in which artists have reacted to television, advertising, photography and film. We see what artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg have to say about types of art that fed off culture itself. Once accepted as the dominant culture, the art of modernism found itself without an avant-garde and without the ability to shock or provoke - other than as objects that cost absurd amounts of money. Robert Hughes examines how artists have coped with this commercialisation in the eighth and final episdoe of the series
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