"A work of art doesn’t have to be explained. If you do not have any feeling about this, I cannot explain it to you. If this doesn’t touch you, I have failed." —Louise Bourgeois
Looking back at Louise Bourgeois's Helping Hands (1993–96), relocated from Chicago’s Jane Addams Memorial Park to Chicago Women’s Park in 2011, and featured in Art21’s 2001 Identity episode.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Identity, 2001. © Art21, Inc. 2001.
Posted on Thursday, April 10th 2014
Some nice GIFs made from our Jacolby Satterwhite New York Close Up film. We made a few GIFs of our own back when we premiered the film in August 2013.
Jacolby Satterwhite Dances with His Self
Video short from Art 21 profiles New York digital artist whose works combine 3D, dance culture, performance, gaming, experience, and sexuality - video embedded below:
How does an artist use digital technology to perform new identities? In this film, artist Jacolby Satterwhite crafts surreal 3D animated videos while transporting characters from his virtual worlds into the streets of New York City. “We’re in the age of the remix,” says the artist, who observes that “now it’s about how you use the information around you to generate your individuality.” At a modest computer setup in his Chinatown studio, Satterwhite digitally traces by hand his mother’s schematic drawings of inventions, reimagining them into baroque, neon-colored landscapes in a constant state of flux. Adapting additional visual references—home movies, family photos, documentary footage, and images throughout art history—Satterwhite “queers” the purpose and meaning of his source material, creating a unique personal mythology through stream of consciousness storytelling techniques.
"It’s not just what I say about the work…it’s about what I miss—what I couldn’t see in the images of the work." —Gabriel Orozco
New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: Gabriel Orozco conducts what he calls a “Mirror Crit”—during which he presents a student’s artwork as if it is his own.
Orozco conceived of the Mirror Crit model after doing one-on-one critiques with college art students, where they typically explain or defend their work. Orozco sought an alternative to help students better understand what their images communicate. He discusses each photograph without having previous knowledge of the student’s background or intentions, allowing the images to, in a sense, speak for themselves. The Mirror Crit session in this film features the work of Maximiliano Siñani, and took place as part of Gabriel Orozco’s Spanish Lessons project at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, in late 2013.
IMAGES: Gabriel Orozco performs a “Mirror Crit” of student Maximiliano Siñani’s work at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2013. Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Gabriel Orozco: “Mirror Crit”. © Art21, Inc. 2014.
Posted on Friday, April 4th 2014
"I’m presenting my struggle—my own paranoia or neurosis…. It’s still from this totally personal, fallible point of view." —Shana Moulton
In the 50th film from Art21’s New York Close Up series, artist Shana Moulton and composer Nick Hallett collaborate on the opera Whispering Pines 10—rehearsing and performing this one-act production at the New Museum as part of the Rhizome New Silent series.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 New York Close Up episode, Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera. © Art21, Inc. 2014.
Posted on Friday, March 28th 2014
"Inserting a moment in a commercial gallery is saying that it’s not just about the object as a commodity…but that you can learn, you can acquire knowledge, you can exchange knowledge." —Gabriel Orozco
In the 200th episode from Art21’s Exclusive series, artist Gabriel Orozco describes his use of art as a way of teaching Spanish, as shown through his Spanish Lessons project at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City, which took place in 2013.
IMAGES: Gabriel Orozco’s thinking in circles and Spanish Lessons at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2013. Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Gabriel Orozco: Spanish Lessons. © Art21, Inc. 2014.
Posted on Monday, March 24th 2014
Art21’s Exclusive series, which turned six years old this month, will premiere its 200th episode this coming Friday, March 21, 2014.
Since its premiere in 2008, the series has featured a range of artists who were also featured in Art21’s PBS-broadcast Art in the Twenty-First Century series, such as Mark Bradford, Laurie Simmons, and Kerry James Marshall—and more recently, has featured new interviews with artists such as Janine Antoni, Ellen Gallagher, and Tim Hawkinson.
Catch up with the series and get a taste of what’s to come with Ian Forster, Art21 associate producer and current producer of the Exclusive series, on the Art21 Magazine.
READ: Exclusive: 200 Episodes Later on the Art21 Magazine
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th 2014
"I didn’t want just random drips. I wanted something that you could dance to. Something kind of choreographed-sounding. So I ended up making this…I guess it’s sort of a drumming machine."
—Tim Hawkinson describing his work, Drip (2002)
Happy Pi Day! Have a slice of Tim Hawkinson’s Drip (2002), the artist’s “drumming machine” installation that includes water rhythmically dripping into buckets covered with pie tins which, as the artist describes in Art21’s “Time” episode, “create sort of a resonator—really give it a nice loud drip.”
IMAGES: Tim Hawkinson works on Drip (2002) in his Los Angeles studio, 2002. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 2 episode, Time, 2003. © Art21, Inc. 2003.
Posted on Friday, March 14th 2014
"Just the smallest movement of the finger—and the spread of the toes and the arch of the head—took me to a place that I would never go on stage. There was a kind of intimacy that I long for on stage, but I couldn’t have on stage."
—Choreographer Stephen Petronio on his collaborative video work with Janine Antoni, Honey Baby (2013), as featured in the latest episode from Art21’s Exclusive series
IMAGES: Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio, Honey Baby, production stills, 2013. Featured in the Art21 Exclusive episode, Janine Antoni: Collaborating with Stephen Petronio. Artwork courtesy of Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio.
Posted on Friday, March 7th 2014
This the final week of The Shadows Took Shape, catch this exhibition before it closes March 9th!
(Top) Laylah Ali, Untitled, 2005. Courtesy the artist
(Bottom) Laylah Ali, Untitled, 2005. Courtesy Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; Museum Purchase: the Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund
Posted on Monday, March 3rd 2014
Reblogged from The Studio Museum in Harlem
"The things that separate the planes are the incisions and the edges of the matter. Each separate layer of cutting or painting is visible and readable as an edge." —Ellen Gallagher
Detail views of a recent work by Ellen Gallagher shown in her 2013 exhibition Don’t Axe Me at the New Museum in New York City, as featured in the latest episode from Art21’s Exclusive series.
WATCH: Ellen Gallagher: Cutting
IMAGES: Ellen Gallagher, Untitled (2013), installed at the New Museum, New York, 2013. Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Ellen Gallagher: Cutting. © Art21, Inc. 2014. Artwork courtesy of the artist.
Posted on Sunday, February 23rd 2014
"I like radically cutting into the painting, inserting these paper birds, and then trying to figure out how to believe in it." —Ellen Gallagher
New episode in Art21’s Exclusive series: Ellen Gallagher explores the cut-based approach used throughout her career, featuring works shown in her 2013 exhibition Don’t Axe Me at the New Museum in New York City.
WATCH: Ellen Gallagher: Cutting
IMAGES: Untitled works (2013) by Ellen Gallagher installed at the New Museum, New York, 2013. Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Ellen Gallagher: Cutting. © Art21, Inc. 2014.
Posted on Friday, February 21st 2014
"I don’t really get homesick, but I’ve noticed that I have this longing for this particular space, and I want to recreate that space or bring that space wherever I go. …I didn’t want to sit down and cry for home. I wanted to more actively deal with these issues of longing." —Do-Ho Suh
In a 2002 interview from the Art21 archives, artist Do-Ho Suh discusses his 1999 work, Seoul Home/L.A. Home/New York Home/Baltimore Home/London Home/Seattle Home—a replica of his parents’ house in Seoul, Korea, made entirely out of fabric.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 2 episode, Stories, 2003. © Art21, Inc. 2003.
Posted on Friday, February 14th 2014
"Paint is a very sensual material. It’s lovely to work with and lovely to look at." —Glenn Ligon
Whatever Valentine’s Day means to you, there’s always room to get sensual with art!
IMAGES: Glenn Ligon in his studio, Brooklyn, New York, 2011. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 6 episode, History, 2012. © Art21, Inc. 2012.
Posted on Friday, February 14th 2014
"People have to deal with the fact that there is meaning in beauty—there is meaning in ugliness. I try to bring out that tension." —Fred Wilson
New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: In previously unreleased footage from 2004, artist Fred Wilson describes the roles of both beauty and ugliness, as seen through his work at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2004.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Fred Wilson: Beauty & Ugliness. © Art21, Inc. 2014.
Posted on Friday, February 7th 2014
In honor of his new solo show at Andrea Rosen, we take you back to David Altmejd’s Untitled (Swallow) and Untitled (Bluejay) in 2004. The work, on view in partnership with that year’s Whitney Biennial, brought two jewel and sparkle encrusted, oversized werewolf heads to Central Park.