A four part 2010 television series by the BBC detailing the life and works of four artists who are amongst the most important artists of the 20th century, the journalist Alastair Sooke explores why these artists are considered so important to the world of art and discusses their influence on the world today. The artists featured are Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali.
Andy Warhol, the King of Pop Art, is quite possibly the single most famous artist of the 20th century. This episode looks at just how brilliantly Warhol portrayed societies obsession with consumerism and celebrity, and shows how his work still inspires and influences today.
Sooke traces the biography Matisse, the fascinating Belgian artist and travels through Russia, France, and America to explore some of his greatest works of art. He explains why his art is considered so great and how it still influences artists, designers and illustrators today. He talks to prominent people from the fashion industry including Sir Paul Smith about their passion for Matisse and reveals some surprising corporate logs which are inspired by his works, including the 2012 London Olympics Logo.
Sooke travels through France, Spain, and the US to see some of Picasso’s greatest works in between telling some of his life story. He talks to architects, artists, and figures from the fashion industry to talk about how Picasso’s work still influences art, fashion, and even our architecture.
In this fourth and final episode Sooke travels through Spain and America to explore the life and art of the eccentric Salvador Dali, explaining the thinking behind some of his most famous pieces. He speaks with numerous celebrity Dali fans including the comedian Noel Fielding who explain what his art means to them and how it has influenced their own work, as well as wider culture.