The Shock of the New
|The Shock of the New|
|Directed by||Robert Hughes|
The Shock of the New is a 1980 documentary television series by Robert Hughes produced by the BBC in association with Time-Life Films and RM Productions. It was broadcast by the BBC in 1980 in the United Kingdom and by PBS in 1981 in the United States. It addressed the development of modern art since the Impressionists and was accompanied by a book of the same name; its combination of insight, wit and accessibility are still widely praised.
Series outline 
The series consisted of 8 episodes each one hour long (when broadcast without advertisements):
- The mechanical paradise - The influence of technology on art from 1880 to 1918
- The powers that be - The relationship and conflicts between modern art and authority
- The landscape of pleasure - Artists' visions of paradise 1870s to 1950s
- Trouble in utopia - Modern architecture
- The threshold of liberty - Surrealism
- The view from the edge - Expressionism
- Culture as nature - Pop Art
- The future that was - The commercialisation of Modern Art.
Video releases 
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Follow ups 
In 2004 Hughes created a one hour update to The Shock of the New titled The New Shock of the New.