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Uncertainty

48 minutes 14 seconds

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Part of the "This Is Civilization" series. Instead of offering an idealized or ennobled vision of humankind, modern art-an instrument of the tumultuous 20th century-communicates chaos, anxiety, and above all, uncertainty. Matthew Collings contrasts the works of Pablo Picasso with the abstracts of Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian and the architecture of Le Corbusier, tells how the Nazis tried to eradicate modern art's uncertainties with some crushing certainties of their own, and shows how modern art's relationship with modern life changed. NOTE: Includes some graphic nude images. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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