Painting Life

February 20, 2005
(was 03.07.2004)

From the minute we can pick up a crayon, most of us want to draw something - a house, a tree, the sun.  As we get older we aim for nuance and sophistication - landscapes and shadows, faces and expressions.  A gifted few will achieve something greater - they’ll make art.  On this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, painting life, from the ancient caves at Lascaux to a master of modern criticism.

  1. Susan Vreeland on "The Forest Lover"

    Susan Vreeland talks about why she’s so attracted to the world of art, and why Emily Carr, the subject of her latest book, loved the First Nations’ people and their art.

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  2. Evan S. Connell on "Francisco Goya"

    Evan S. Connell is the author of eighteen books and has won numerous awards and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His latest book is called “Francisco Goya: A Life.”

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  3. Clayton Eshleman on "Juniper Fuse"

    Clayton Eshleman is a poet who’s turned his poetic sensibility loose on the paleolithic cave drawings at Lascaux in France.  He talks about these drawings represent shamanic spirit journeys and rituals.

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  4. Larry Watson on "Orchard"

    Larry Watson tells a story about beauty, art, obsession and betrayal in his novel “Orchard.”

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  5. Michael Fried on Art Criticism

    Art critic and historian Michael Fried talks about his early days in New York and his friendship with the gifted and difficult dean of American critics, Clement Greenberg.

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