This week on Up Close, making a career in the arts is hard enough; doing the kind of groundbreaking work that will be remembered for generations is yet more difficult.
“The Threepenny Opera” changed what we think about theater, drama, and music. The story that birthed it, and that surrounded it, is told by Pamela Katz in The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink.
And then, there are few painters whose work is so distinctive that even a casual observer can instantly recognize their work. Mark Rothko rebelled against the art world to become one of those artists, as Annie Cohen-Solal describes in Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel.
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