The exhibition at Tate Britain was accompanied by a major BBC Four TV series, also called Art and the 60s, part of BBC Four’s Summer in the Sixties season. It tells the extraordinary story of London’s art world in the Sixties through the era’s artists, collectors and gallery owners themselves. This is a three-part series and each of the three films forming Art and the 60s highlights a different aspect of this era.

With its tale of two influential dealers, Kasmin and Robert Fraser, Episode one, entitled Groovy Galleries, most closely conjures up the Sixties of folklore. Episode two, entitled From Bronze to Baked Beans, tells the story of St Martin’s School of Art, where the seeds of today’s contemporary art were sown. Episode three, Politics and Performance, considers those artists working outside the commercial art world whose stance reflected the countercultural politics of the time.

The first programme aired on Thursday 1 July 2004 at 9pm on BBC Four. After its BBC Four premiere the series aired on BBC Two. 

The Tate Britain exhibition and BBC Four series were developed in close collaboration.

BBC audio interviews 

Listen to interviews with architects Denys Lasdun and James Stirling

Hear artists Anthony Caro, Howard Hodgkin, Richard Long and Bridget Riley talk about their work.

These architects and artists feature in the Art and the 60s exhibition at Tate Britain.