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"I want people to concentrate on the content of the writing and not who done it. I want the work to be of utility to as many people as possible." —Jenny Holzer

Happy birthday today (July 29) to Jenny Holzer. Seen here is the artist’s Installation for Neue Nationalgalerie (2001), installed at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, as featured in ART21’s Protest episode from 2007.

WATCH: Jenny Holzer in Protest [available in the U.S only] | Additional videos

IMAGES: Jenny Holzer. “Installation for Neue Nationalgalerie,” 2001. Installation view at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2006. Production stills from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 4 episode, Protest, 2007. Artwork © Jenny Holzer, member Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © ART21, Inc. 2007.

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th 2014

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"There’s no diploma in the world that declares you as an artist—it’s not like becoming a doctor. You can declare yourself an artist and then figure out how to be an artist." —Kara Walker

In a new episode from the ART21 Exclusive series, artist Kara Walker reflects on her early success and offers advice to the next generation of artists, shown again recent work at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and the 2014 Frieze Art Fair.

WATCH: Kara Walker: Starting Out

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 Exclusive episode, Kara Walker: Starting Out. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Friday, July 25th 2014

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"I want to connect to the people that are going through this transition. You’re changing when you’re going through the consulate…your life is changing." —Marela Zacarías

New in ART21 New York Close Up: Artist Marela Zacarías creates a work commissioned by the Art in Embassies program for the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. The painted sculpture, Red Meander (2014), is her largest work to date and is the first of her works to be shown in her country of birth.

WATCH: Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 New York Close Up episode, Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Friday, July 18th 2014

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"I believe that every human being has an understanding of art." —Thomas Hirschhorn

Introducing ART21’s new broadcast season—Season 7—premiering October 24 on PBS (in the U.S.). Season 7 features artists Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Leonardo Drew, Omer Fast, Thomas Hirschhorn, Elliott Hundley, Katharina Grosse, Graciela Iturbide, Joan Jonas, Wolfgang Laib, Trevor Paglen, and Arlene Shechet.

WATCH: Trailer for Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century

IMAGES: Production stills from ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 7. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th 2014

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"If I’m able to spend a whole day just painting, that’s paradise for me." —Eli Sudbrack of assume vivid astro focus

New episode from the ART21 Exclusive series: A look at the painting process of Eli Sudbrack—a principal member of the artist collective assume vivid astro focus—painting on canvas for the first time in his career.

WATCH: assume vivid astro focus: Learning to Paint

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 Exclusive episode, assume vivid astro focus: Learning to Paint. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Friday, June 27th 2014

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"I remember times in my high school when I felt really shy. If this is the alter ego to a shy side, then I really want them to look and sustain that vision. Being inside that display case, I could roll my structure right up to an audience member, and I had the license to do this in a way I would never have if I weren’t performing. Maybe for once, I get to be the bully." —Bryan Zanisnik

New in the ART21 New York Close Up series, artist Bryan Zanisnik describes how he draws from family and personal history in creating a work, while also shown performing A Woman Waits For Me II (2014) with his parents at Pace University in Lower Manhattan.

WATCH: Bryan Zanisnik Keeps It in the Family

IMAGES: Artist Bryan Zanisnik performs in a display case on wheels for his performance A Woman Waits For Me II (2014) at Pace University, New York, 2014. Production stills from the ART21 New York Close Up episode, Bryan Zanisnik Keeps It in the Family. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Friday, June 20th 2014

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"My idea is this: not so much structure that it’s inhibiting. It’s like a corral around your idea—that you can move but not too much. It’s that limited movement that promotes creativity." —John Baldessari

Happy birthday today to John Baldessari. Seen here is the artist and his work as featured in ART21’s Systems episode.

WATCH: John Baldessari in Systems [available in the U.S. only] | Additional videos

IMAGES (FIRST AND SECOND ROWS): John Baldessari in his studio, Venice, California, 2008. Production stills from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, Systems, 2009. © ART21, Inc. 2009.

IMAGES (THIRD, FOURTH, AND FIFTH ROWS): John Baldessari, Brick Bldg, Lg Windows w/ Xlent Views, Partially Furnished, Renowned Architect, 2009. Installation view at Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany, 2009. Production stills from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, Systems, 2009. © ART21, Inc. 2009.

Posted on Tuesday, June 17th 2014

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"Art can be kind of therapeutic, or kind of a fantasy life, or wish fulfillment…or creating this alternate universe. Art gives me the freedom to do that."
—Raymond Pettibon

Happy birthday today to Raymond Pettibon. Seen here is the artist at work in his Hermosa Beach, California studio in 2003, as featured in ART21’s Humor episode.

WATCH: Raymond Pettibon in Humor [available in the U.S only] | Additional videos

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 2 episode, Humor, 2003. © ART21, Inc. 2003.

Posted on Monday, June 16th 2014

Source art21.org

"To be focused and dedicated to doing one simple thing can perhaps be the most transformative thing. That as narrow as it is, it can be infinitely deep." —Louise Despont

New in the ART21 New York Close Up series: Artist louisedespont creates intricate pencil-on-paper drawings using architectural stencils in her home and studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

WATCH: Louise Despont Draws Deep

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 New York Close Up episode, Louise Despont Draws Deep. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Friday, June 13th 2014

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"The seriousness of play is important as a strategy for allowing images and ideas to emerge. It’s about saying, in the looseness of trying different things." —William Kentridge, from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, Compassion

Get ready to head(er) into the 2014 World Cup games today with work by William Kentridge.

IMAGES (TOP): Artist William Kentridge at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2008. Production stills from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, Compassion, 2009. © ART21, Inc. 2009.

IMAGE (BOTTOM): William Kentridge, Bicycle Kick, 2009–10. Originally produced for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa; re-issued for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil.

Posted on Thursday, June 12th 2014

Source art21.org

"Constructing a space and telling a story became more interesting to me than what the actual object was." —Abigail DeVille

The ART21 New York Close Up series introduces three new artists to the roster today: Louise Despont, Bryan Zanisnik, and, in a film premiering here today, Abigail DeVille.

In the film, DeVille constructs an interactive installation used as the set for a performance of Adrienne Kennedy’s play, She Talks to Beethoven (1989), at the JACK arts center in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

WATCH: Abigail DeVille’s Flair for the Dramatic

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 New York Close Up episode, Abigail DeVille’s Flair for the Dramatic. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Friday, June 6th 2014

Source art21.org

"This is one of the reasons why I wanted to make paintings, because that way, I can actually be more spontaneous myself." —Eli Sudbrack of assume vivid astro focus

New episode in ART21’s Exclusive series: Artists Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, the principal members of the collective assume vivid astro focus, discuss their transition from installations to paintings on canvas, the results of which are currently on view at The Suzanne Geiss Company in New York City through June 21.

WATCH: assume vivid astro focus: Spontaneity & Concentration

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The Suzanne Geiss Company, New York
May 7–June 21, 2014

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 Exclusive episode, assume vivid astro focus: Spontaneity & Concentration. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th 2014

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"It was very important to me to have figures made out of a substance that is so temporal—it’s so subject to change. …They’re very much like the interior of the Domino Sugar Factory, which is also still dripping, still producing molasses from its interior, still weeping this substance." —Kara Walker on her recent project for Creative Time, from the latest episode in Art21’s Exclusive series

WATCH: Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”

IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th 2014

Source art21.org

"I don’t think that my work is actually effectively dealing with history. I think of my work as subsumed by history or consumed by history." —Kara Walker

New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project for Creative Time, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

WATCH: Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”

IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

Posted on Friday, May 23rd 2014

Source art21.org

"I was maybe 5 or 6, and my grandmother would begin sitting me in the Quaker meeting house. I asked my grandmother, ‘What am I supposed to do?’ and she said, ‘Just wait, we’re going inside to greet the light.’ I liked that—this idea to go inside to find that light within, literally as well as figuratively." —James Turrell in Art21’s Spirituality episode

Happy birthday today (May 6) to artist James Turrell.

Seen here is the artist’s work, The Light Inside (1999), commissioned by and installed at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

WATCH
James Turrell in Spirituality: Preview | Full Segment [available in the U.S. only]
From the Art21 Exclusive series: James Turrell: “Second Meeting”

BOTTOM IMAGE: James Turrell sits in his installation, Second Meeting (1989), at the home of private collectors in Los Angeles, California, 2013. Production still from the Art21 Exclusive episode, James Turrell: “Second Meeting”. © Art21, Inc. 2013.

ADDITIONAL IMAGES: James Turrell, The Light Inside, 1999. Site-specific permanent installation at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Spirituality, 2001. Images © Art21, Inc. 2001. Artwork courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th 2014

Source art21.org