The Shock of the New (Again)

posted: 03-19-10
Robert Hughes and the Large Glass, circa 1982
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The 1982 BBC series Shock of the New is often considered the greatest televised art program of all time, but its observations about post-impressionist artists and their concerns are unavailable on home video. However, out of Robert Hughes' sprawling five-hour epic, fragments -- like the eight-minute Duchamp segment -- have been extracted and are available online.


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