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"There are a number of things that set Southern artists apart from anyone else. … Their obsession with place and their obsession with family." —Sally Mann

In a new episode from the ART21 Exclusive series, photographer Sally Mann reflects on the life of Virginia Franklin Carter (1894–1994)—a woman who helped raise the artist and her two brothers in Lexington, Virginia. “My parents were important but Virginia may have been the single most important person in my life,” says Mann in the episode, who named her youngest daughter after Carter.

WATCH: Sally Mann: “The Two Virginias”

IMAGES (TOP ROW): Sally Mann in her Lexington, Virginia home, 2000. Production stills from the ART21 Exclusive episode, Sally Mann: “The Two Virginias”. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

IMAGES (BOTTOM ROWS): Photographs from Sally Mann’s series, The Two Virginias (1988–1991). Courtesy of the artist. © Sally Mann.

Posted on Friday, September 12th 2014

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"There is an overall agreement that I have with myself as I start something. That agreement is based on a judgment." —Katharina Grosse

In this week’s Season 7 preview, artist Katharina Grosse describes a “thought-based” approach to creating work. Shown at work from Amaral Custom Fabrications in Bristol, Rhode Island, the artist spray paints sculptural elements for Just Two of Us—her 2013 exhibition for Public Art Fund (publicartfund) at MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn, New York.

WATCH: Preview of Katharina Grosse in Fiction

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Fiction airs Friday, November 14, 2014.

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

Posted on Wednesday, September 10th 2014

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This week’s Season 7 preview features artist Leonardo Drew at work in his Brooklyn, New York studio in 2013, surrounded by multiple sections of in-progress sculptures.

"They speak to one another," says the artist, describing the interconnected relationships amongst each of the sections. "A lot of times I can rip things out…and the longer the work hangs around, the better off it is."

WATCH: Preview of Leonardo Drew in Investigation

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), beginning with the Investigation episode.

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

Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

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"I really do think of them as post-minimalist sculptures, inspired in large part by some very early spacecraft that NASA built." —Trevor Paglen

This week’s Season 7 preview features artist Trevor Paglen, shown at work on Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 4) (2013) in a San Antonio, Texas hanger.

WATCH: Preview of Trevor Paglen in Secrets

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Secrets airs Friday, October 31, 2014.

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

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th 2014

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This week’s Season 7 preview features artist Joan Jonas as she conducts a rehearsal for a reconfigured version of her early performance work, Mirror Piece I (1969), at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden.

"The movement is very simple," says the artist about the work. "You don’t have to be a skilled performer, but you have to be somewhat at ease."

WATCH: Preview of Joan Jonas in Fiction

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Fiction airs Friday, November 14, 2014.

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

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th 2014

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"If I feel authentic in one particular milieu but I switch milieu and I feel just as authentic in that other place, then what is that thing that we call ‘identity’ about?" —Omer Fast

This week’s Season 7 preview features artist Omer Fast recalling the influences of having been raised between two cultures, while seen working on his multichannel video installation, Everything That Rises Must Converge (2013), in Los Angeles. Omer Fast is featured in the Fiction episode, airing in November.

WATCH: Preview of Omer Fast in Fiction

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Fiction airs Friday, November 14, 2014.

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

Posted on Wednesday, August 13th 2014

"Clay is extremely elemental. … The lack of beauty in its raw state is important to me, because it gives me great freedom. Because it has no character, I can make anything. It’s just there to be invented." —Arlene Shechet

This week, we preview artist Arlene Shechet's segment in the upcoming Season 7 Secrets episode, premiering this October. Shown in this preview is the artist working with clay at her Woodstock, NY studio in early 2014.

WATCH: Preview of Arlene Shechet in Secrets

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Secrets airs Friday, October 31, 2014.

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

Posted on Wednesday, August 6th 2014

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"There’s a lot of emotionality when you see thousands of things. Some people would want to run out of the room when there’s too many objects to look at, and other people would stand there in awe." —Allan McCollum

"I’m not trying to satisfy an audience. My responsibility is to the ideas." —Paul McCarthy

It’s a double ART21 artist birthday today (August 4)! Happy birthday today to artists Allan McCollum and Paul McCarthy, both of whom were featured in Season 5 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Seen here in the top two rows is Allan McCollum’s Shapes from Maine project installed at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in 2009, as featured in ART21’s Systems episode.

Seen here in the bottom two rows is Paul McCarthy at work in his Los Angeles studio in 2009, as featured in ART21’s Transformation episode.

WATCH:
Allan McCollum in Systems [available in the U.S only] | Additional videos
Paul McCarthy in Transformation [available in the U.S only] | Additional videos

IMAGES: Production stills from ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 5, 2009. © ART21, Inc. 2009.

Posted on Monday, August 4th 2014

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"There is no perfect painting and there is no perfect solution." —Elliott Hundley

Each week leading into our Season 7 premiere, we will preview each of the artists featured in the new season. This week, we preview artist Elliott Hundley, who will be featured in the Secrets episode. Seen here is the artist at work in his Los Angeles studio in early 2014.

WATCH: Preview of Elliott Hundley in Secrets

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Secrets airs Friday, October 31, 2014.

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

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th 2014

Source art21.org

"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

Source art21.org

"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

Source art21.org

"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

Source art21.org