The Urbanist

Cities through the artist’s eye

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13 June 2019

Episode 400

29 minutes


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We stroll through the halls of The Urbanist art gallery to look at how the artist’s perspective can help us paint a new picture of the cities we live in.

13 June 2019

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Chapter 1

7 minutes


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Chapter 1

‘Untitled (Esther Terrace)’, Gregory Crewdson

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Jessica Bridger takes us to US suburbia with a Gregory Crewdson photograph that explores the camaraderie and peculiar loneliness of life in these often overlooked corners of our cities.

7 minutes

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Chapter 2

5 minutes


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Chapter 2

‘Portrait of the Bourgeoisie’, David Alfaro Siqueiros

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George Kafka explores how David Alfaro Siqueiros’s peculiarly placed mural speaks volumes about Mexico’s struggles in the 1930s and beyond.

5 minutes

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Chapter 3

7 minutes


Photo: Omar Bárcena

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Chapter 3

‘Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica’, Denise Scott Brown

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Gili Merrin tells us how Denise Scott Brown’s photography reveals early signs of architects’ attitudes towards Santa Monica in the 1970s.

7 minutes

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Chapter 4

8 minutes


Photo: Alexey Ivanov

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Chapter 4

‘Flying Gardens of Maybe’, Andrew Yang

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Crystal Bennes explains how Andrew Yang’s multimedia work shows the impact of Chicago’s famous glass skyscrapers on the city's birdlife.

8 minutes

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