"When they say, ‘When you get older, life gets easier,’—it does not. My biggest hope is that I get more courage, I get more trust in myself, I get more faith—that I’m able to do things that maybe I wasn’t able to do before."
—Ursula von Rydingsvard
In a new episode from Art21’s Exclusive series, artist Ursula von Rydingsvard reflects on her continuing growth as an artist while discussing her large-scale sculpture Ona (2013). Ona, originally made with cut cedar beams and cast in bronze at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, is permanently installed in the public space outside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Ursula von Rydingsvard: “Ona”. © Art21, Inc. 2013.
Posted on Friday, November 29th 2013
"A lot of my work has been about the unexpected—that kind of wanting to be the heroine and yet wanting to kill the heroine at the same time. That kind of dilemma—that push and pull—is the underlying turbulence that I bring to each of the pieces that I make."
Happy birthday today (November 26) to artist Kara Walker. Seen here is the artist at work in her New York studio in 2002, as featured in the Season 2 Stories episode from Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century series.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 2 episode, Stories, 2003. © Art21, Inc. 2003.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th 2013
Today, we filmed with artist Janine Antoni in her New York studio. The artist was in the process of making new work which continues a series of sculptures—milagros—currently on view at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA.
(Photos by Art21 associate producer Ian Forster, via @art21org on Instagram)
Posted on Friday, November 22nd 2013
"I love that [Kiki Smith] is making art 24 hours a day. It’s this really seamless experience for her, that there’s no border between going to the studio and making artwork. It’s just natural."
—Sue Patterson, a former project manager at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, on working with Kiki Smith
In a new episode from Art21’s Exclusive series, artist Kiki Smith discusses the housewares and other everyday objects that she created for her 2002 solo exhibition Homework at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Kiki Smith: The Fabric Workshop. © Art21, Inc. 2013.
Posted on Monday, November 18th 2013
New work from Roni Horn is currently on view at Hauser & Wirth’s 18th Street location in New York City. The exhibition, Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake, is on view from November 11, 2013–January 11, 2014.
Images via @art21org on Instagram.
TOP AND BOTTOM-LEFT: Roni Horn, Untitled (“My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the deathcup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.”), 2013. Solid cast glass with as-cast surfaces, oculus top, 10 parts.
BOTTOM-RIGHT: Roni Horn, Untitled (“A dream dreamt in a dreaming world is not really a dream … but a dream not dreamt is.”), 2013. Solid cast glass with as-cast surfaces, oculus top, 10 parts.
Posted on Monday, November 11th 2013
Throw Back Thursday! Artist Nancy Spero created this incredible glass and ceramic work, Artemis, Acrobats, Divas and Dancers at the 66th Street-Lincoln Center station in 2001. Check out this stunning work for yourself!
Posted on Thursday, November 7th 2013
Reblogged from Art Along the Way
"In my studio in general, I don’t use erasers. I let the material accumulate and I want you to see the history of everything. The idea of erasure only happens with a knife. I cut back into material to breathe new life into it."
—Trenton Doyle Hancock
The Exclusive series returns with a new episode featuring artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. In this episode, the artist discusses his large-scale work The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin’ (2012). The work was originally shown at James Cohan Gallery in 2012 and is now part of the collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Trenton Doyle Hancock: “The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin’”. © Art21, Inc. 2013.
Posted on Friday, November 1st 2013
One of our favorite artists in costume - Louise Bourgeois.
"I would play in my room just out of curiosity, see what makeup could do—sometimes, you know, become a character."
—Cindy Sherman in Transformation (2009)
Happy Halloween from Art21 and one of our favorite creators of characters, Cindy Sherman!
IMAGES: Works from Cindy Sherman’s “Clowns” (2003–04) series. © Cindy Sherman. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.
BOTTOM IMAGE: Cindy Sherman in her studio, New York, 2008. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, Transformation, 2009. © Art21, Inc. 2009.
Posted on Thursday, October 31st 2013
"I like to think [of] the art space like a lab, where you can do anything."
Artist Diego Bianchi’s installation for the 13th Istanbul Biennial adopted the structure of a storefront and street stalls, inspired by the main entrance of the space, SALT Beyoğlu, being on a busy sidewalk. The artist encouraged viewers to interact with and alter the space through simple performances and mildly embarrassing rules.
Bianchi’s installation is featured in the latest film from Art21’s Artist to Artist series.
IMAGES: Diego Bianchi, Market or Die (2013), installed at SALT Beyoğlu as part of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, 2013. Production stills from the Art21 Artist to Artist film, Shahzia Sikander at the 13th Istanbul Biennial. © Art21, Inc. 2013.
Posted on Tuesday, October 29th 2013
"In Turkey, everybody is a member of Istanbul—of their culture—and want to have a say in the future of it. The biennial brings in a more heightened discussion."
The latest Artist to Artist film features Shahzia Sikander at the 13th Istanbul Biennial. The artists she speaks with—Basim Magdy, Hito Steyerl, Rietveld Landscape, Diego Bianchi, and Gülsün Karamustafa—address not only the concepts that underlie their work, but also the public protests in Gezi Park and Taksim Square that began three months before the Biennial opened and their effects on the Biennial.
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Artist to Artist film, Shahzia Sikander at the 13th Istanbul Biennial. © Art21, Inc. 2013.
Posted on Tuesday, October 29th 2013
Throwback to 2001, when William Wegman and Steve Martin collaborated to create the opening segment for the Identity episode from the inaugural season of Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century series.
In the opening segment, Martin questions the fundamental nature of identity amidst playful diversions which include card tricks, the sound of a lawnmower in the distance, ringing doorbells, and Wegman’s agile Weimaraner dogs.
WATCH: Introduction to Identity by William Wegman with Steve Martin [available in the U.S. only]
IMAGES: Introduction to Identity by William Wegman with Steve Martin, 2001. Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Identity, 2001. © Art21, Inc. 2001.
Posted on Thursday, October 24th 2013
"Rather than art illustrating the identity, I think identity is created through the artistic expression."
Representing Iceland at this year’s Venice Biennale, artist Katrín Sigurdardóttir created Foundation (2013), an ornately-tiled platform based on the footprint of a typical 18th-century pavilion. The artist installed the work in a space she describes as being “a ruin…a shell of a function that is no longer in it.”
Sigurdardóttir tours the work with artist Diana Al-Hadid in the latest film from Art21’s new Artist to Artist series.
IMAGES: Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Foundation (2013) installed at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013. Production stills from the Art21 Artist to Artist film, Diana Al-Hadid at the 55th Venice Biennale. Images © Art21, Inc. 2013.
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd 2013
"Somebody showed me late paintings of Picasso [when I was 17] and then I became fascinated by the way that you could look back in time and see all of his decisions. That really fascinated me—not really the painting itself, but that you could look back in time."
In the latest film from our Artist to Artist series, artist Mark Manders walks through his Dutch Pavilion installation, Room with Broken Sentence, at this year’s 55th Venice Biennale. “His work is intensely curious to me,” says artist Diana Al-Hadid, who tours the installation with Manders in the film.
IMAGES: Mark Manders: Room with Broken Sentence installed at the Dutch Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, 2013. Production stills from the Art21 Artist to Artist film, Diana Al-Hadid at the 55th Venice Biennale. Images © Art21, Inc. 2013.
Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd 2013
"Artists are some of the savviest, inventive people. They have to manage a really illogical pursuit. The rest of the world is a lot more logical. Every artist I know is dealing with a lot of stress, and a lot of desire, and a lot of curiosity."
Before hosting the second film in Art21’s new Artist to Artist series, artist Diana Al-Hadid made her Art21 debut in August 2012 with a film from the New York Close Up series. The film, Diana Al-Hadid’s Studio Boom, featured the artist and her team at work in the artist’s Williamsburg studio producing the sculpture, Nolli’s Orders (2012), for its MASS MoCA debut.
WATCH: Diana Al-Hadid’s Studio Boom
IMAGES (except top): Production stills from the New York Close Up film, Diana Al-Hadid’s Studio Boom. © Art21, Inc. 2012.
TOP IMAGE: Diana Al-Hadid, Nolli’s Orders, 2012. Steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, paint; 264 x 228 x 122 inches. Installation view: Invisible Cities, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery. © Diana Al-Hadid.
Posted on Monday, October 21st 2013