An HBO documentary spotlights the role of art in the age of consumerism. And the space exploration series “Mars” returns on National Geographic.
What’s on TV
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING (2018) 8 p.m. on HBO. What defines one painter’s success and another one’s failure? Is the commercialization of art a boon to the industry or its death knell? The answers to these and other questions raised in this documentary depend on whom you ask — at least that’s what the film suggests. As curators, artists, auction house executives and critics reflect on the value of art in the age of consumerism, we see that the issue is rarely black and white. “If the artists are the heroes, the auctioneers, collectors and dealers aren’t exactly the villains,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. “Their acquisitiveness might be an expression of love.”
CHINA FROM ABOVE 8 p.m. on Smithsonian. This new limited documentary series explores 40 locations across China with stunning aerial imagery, beginning with a look at dragon boat races that ring in the Chinese New Year and villagers who cross rivers by zip-lining.