Thursday, October 10, 2013

Classic TV Shows about Art: Halloween Edition

By now, you may be familiar with the Art Shows I've been screening during my open studios. Since Halloween is this month, I've decided to show some of the scarier ones.


Naked City
"Portrait of a Painter," 1962
In this psychological thriller episode of my favorite film noir police procedural, a painter awakens to discover his wife has been murdered in his studio. Also, there's an added bonus: the painter is played by William Shatner. There are eight million stories in the naked city, and I am not going to spoil the end of this one for you.


The Addams Family

"Morticia, the Sculptress," 1965

Morticia takes up sculpture as a way to end her boredom. But will anyone buy her abstract monstrosities?

And finally, I am showing part of Ghostbusters II because its central conflict is between an evil painting and a good statue.

Last year, I read a study which claimed that fear makes abstract art "more engaging." This year, I will put that theory to the test.

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