Art & Music: The Twentieth Century
If a specific topic like Surrealism isn’t handled with any great aplomb in this series from Zane Publishing, then just imagine what happens when the topic becomes Art & Music: The Twentieth Century. Trying to cover the entire scope of 20th century art movements, this disc succeeds only in reducing each to the barest of aesthetic and formalistic details, with an amazing lack of historical or social context. Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is discussed only in terms of its final cubist representation, as if social context or aesthetic development doesn’t exist in relation to the work. The format, regrettably, remains the same – Zane seems to have a lock on the “sixth-grade filmstrip” arm of digital media.
– November 1995