ART & THE 60s (3 x 60’)
This is the wild story of art in London in the 1960s, told by the extraordinary cast of artists and dealers who were part of the scene at the time. Interviewees include Kenneth Anger, Anthony Caro, Patrick Caulfield, Jim Dine, Richard Long, Mark Boyle, Marianne Faithfull, Barry Flanagan, Kasmin, Kenneth Noland, Gustav Metzger, John Latham, David Medalla, Anita Pallenberg and Yoko Ono. Some are cool, some sardonic and others downright curmudgeonly. Many of the contributors have since died, making this series a unique and precious historical document.
Ep 1 portrays art in the social whirl. The film is a tale of two dealers – the flamboyant, gay and extravagantly promiscuous old Etonian Robert Fraser and Kasmin, the cool intellectual businessman, who – in a typically chic 60s gesture - ditched his first name John. Fraser’s gallery epitomised swinging London in all its novelty and glamour, while Kasmin’s stable of artists pursued the high-minded abstract avant-garde. By the end of the decade, Fraser’s gallery had gone bust and he had retreated to India to devote his life to tantric sex and dancing. Kasmin’s gallery closed in 1972.
FROM BRONZE TO BAKED BEANS
Ep 2 tells the story of a revolution in British sculpture. In the space of just ten years, sculpture went from Henry Moore’s bronzes on plinths to Gilbert and George serving cold baked beans in ice cream cones. At the heart of this brilliant and bizarre explosion of ideas was St Martin’s School of Art, where the seeds of today’s contemporary art were sown.
POLITICS AND PERFORMANCE
Ep 3 presents artists who worked outside the commercial art world and who incorporated countercultural politics into their work. The film describes John Latham’s impromptu performance where he burned books, Gustav Metzger’s Destruction in Art Symposium in 1966 and the shortlived Indica Gallery, where Yoko Ono met John Lennon.