Wachtel on the Arts from CBC Radio's Ideas

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IDEAS presents a monthly feature with CBC Radio's celebrated arts journalist Eleanor Wachtel. Wachtel on the Arts is similar to Eleanor's program Writers & Company but, instead of focusing on writers, it presents hour-long in-depth interviews with artists, architects, composers, filmmakers, theatre and opera directors and choreographers from Canada and around the world. Creators of film, opera, the visual arts, theatre, dance and architecture talk about their latest work but also their personal lives and the events and ideas that shaped them as creative people.

Eleanor Wachtel talks to American painter Frank Stella. Since the late 1950s he's been at the forefront of the art world, constantly pushing new ideas for abstract painting.


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