Unlock Art: What's so Funny?

Tamsin Greig finds the funny side of art

Actress Tamsin Greig, of Channel 4’s Black Books and Green Wing fame, gets to grips with humour in art.  From conceptual artist Duchamp to Dutch performance artist Bas Jan Ader,  we discuss the central role that humour has played in art over the last 100 years.

Unlock Art: Exploring the Surreal

The Doctor travels through time to bring us the story of Surrealism

Need some help getting to grips with Surrealism? The Doctor will see you now.

Peter Capaldi, a former art student, and the latest actor to play Doctor Who, settles down on Freud’s couch to deliver his wry take on the Surrealist movement. 

Unlock Art: Great Double Acts

Rock band The Kills  jump on a tandem to explore the art of collaboration

Rock duo Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart, know a thing or two about creative partnership.  Challenging the popular myth that art is made by solitary, angst-ridden individuals, they celebrate some of the art world’s most interesting collaborators,  such as Marina Abramović and Ulay, Gilbert & George and Jake and Dinos Chapman.

Unlock Art: A Brief History of Art Undressed

Television presenter and writer Dawn O’Porter takes us on a whistle-stop tour of nudity in art, from its origins 25,000 years ago to the present day

With an unflinching gaze, O’Porter tackles the ever-changing rules of acceptability for representing and beholding flesh in art.

Unlock Art: Where are the women?

Jemima Kirke, the British-born American artist and actress best known for her role as Jessa Johansson on the HBO television series Girls, stars in a new online film about Women in Art.

In this film, the Girls actress Jemima Kirke addresses the topic of women in art (or the lack them).

Kirke, best known as Jessa Johansson in the HBO series, looks at the changing role of female artists in a male dominated art world over the centuries – and how some of them eventually took on the establishment in the 1970s.

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Unlock Art: Alan Cumming on Pop Art

Actor Alan Cumming presents a quick fire guide to Pop Art

From the streets of Manhattan Alan Cumming whips through the history of Pop Art in America and Britain, from Andy Warhol’s soup cans to Peter Blake’s blue jeans.

Unlock Art: Sally Phillips on Shopping for Art

From Tutankhamun to the ancient Greeks, the church to the Medicis, there’s a long history of shopping for art. Comedian Sally Phillips explains the bulk-buys and the beheadings – then explores the international art fair circuit to find out what’s worth its weight in gold … and why Tate bought the rights to form an orderly queue at any time

Unlock Art: Frank Skinner on performance art

Comedian Frank Skinner gets to grips with performance art

Comedian and art enthusiast Frank Skinner explores performance art and its origins; from dada and surrealism through to Yoko Ono and Joseph Beuys.

Unlock Art is Tate’s new short film series, offering a witty inside track on the world of art. Frank Skinner joins forces with new Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi, Alan Cumming and other celebrity art fans to introduce some of the big ideas that have shaped art history. A new film is released each month, with topics ranging from the history of the nude and the nature of the art market, to surrealism and Pop art. The topic of the last of the eight films in the series will be put to an online public vote.

Unlock Art is a collaboration between Tate and Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. 

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