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Colorado Public Television to Celebrate Art & Artists

Colorado Public Television to Celebrate Art & Artists

Mondays and Tuesdays in April and May 2013 to feature documentaries by
CPT12 Director and Producer, Joshua Hassel.


April 3, 2013 - Denver, CO – As part of PBS affiliate, Colorado Public Television’s (CPT12) commitment to local programming and the arts, they will dedicate primetime spots on Mondays and Tuesday in April and early May to the award-winning documentary work of CPT12 producer and director, Joshua Hassel, who specializes in films about art and architecture for the station. 

Beginning Monday, April 8 and continuing each Monday through May 6, with Tuesday repeats airing on April 16 through May 7, Hassel’s acclaimed portraits of four artists, all of which have a connection to Colorado, will broadcast as part of CPT12’s Monday line-up that includes PBS’ Masterpiece.

Each of Hassel’s documentaries is born of a lifetime love of the arts and architecture. “I combine these subjects with my lifelong interests in history, travel and culture in order to produce programs that are not only entertaining but educational,” said Hassel. “Though I don’t consider myself to be an expert in either field, I draw upon the foremost authorities on a specific subject to shape the documentaries.”

Hassel’s recent body of arts documentaries includes: Sweeney’s America, DIA: Art & Architecture Review, Allen True’s West, How to Make a Rex Ray, Radical Geometry: The New DAM, Sandzén: Ecstasy of Color, and Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey.

REX RAY: How to Make a Rex Ray
No other contemporary artist has mastered the handcrafted aesthetic of fine art while pushing the limits of graphic design as Rex Ray.  Raised in Colorado Springs, Rex Ray moved to San Francisco in 1981.  Cutting, pasting, gluing, painting, collaging, installing – the documentary captures the grace and handiwork of the casual and sophisticated artist.  His work does not skirt the line between graphic and fine art but shows the beauty and power of living right on that line.
Monday, April 08, 7 p.m.
Monday, April 15,  9 p.m.
Tue, April 16, 12 a.m.

Allen True’s West
Allen Tupper True (1881 – 1955) was destined to become Colorado’s foremost muralist (Mountain Bell, CO State Bank, CO and WY State Capitols).  True first gained fame as a youthful illustrator of magazines and books.  His illustrations – like his sun drenched paintings of New Mexico – forged a vision of the American West that was at once romantic and realistic.  Allen True was an American original who captured the character of a region in transition from wild frontier to modern West.
Monday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Monday, April 22, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 12 a.m.

Sandzén: Ecstasy of Color
Swedish-American artist Birger Sandzén (1871 – 1954), who studied in Skara, Stockholm and Paris, immigrated to Kansas at the end of the 19th Century.  In this remote part of the country, the artist found spectacular vistas and in depicting them, he created masterpieces.  Inspired by the landscape of Colorado, Utah and Kansas his vibrant colorful paintings pushed at the limits of early modernism and moved towards abstraction.
Monday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Monday, April 29, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30, 12 a.m.

Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey
Although Edgar Payne (1883 – 1947) was chiefly self taught, he became one of America’s most significant painters in the early 20th century.  A California impressionist, Payne created masterpieces using his innate talents and his love for the natural environment.  Best known for his depictions of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Payne also painted the California coast, the American Southwest, as well as the Alps.  Learn more about Edgar Payne who has served as an inspiration for generations of landscape painters in Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey.
Monday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Monday, May 06,  9 p.m.
Tuesday, May 07, 12 a.m.

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