Art 21

Art 21

Art in the Twenty-first Century Season Four

DVD - 2007
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"Meet contemporary artists at work and speaking in their own words--direct, accessible, and unfiltered--in Season Four of the Emmy-nominated ART:21--ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY documentary series. ... This unique four-hour series spotlights 17 artists working in the United States today, and invites viewers behind the scenes to see artists at work in their homes, communities, and unexpected sites--from an old-growth forest to a military base to a film set. The artists ... explore questions ... about politics, mortality, love, nature, science, order, chaos, and more. Themes of Romance, Protest, Ecology, and Paradox provide a connective thread between profiles ..."--Container.


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Sep 14, 2017

A fascinating look at art and artists in the early 21st century. Topics range from painting and photography to sculpture and installations. Each artist’s work is showcased, and the artist is interviewed – though the interviewer is never present in the video; the artist seems to be making entirely personal statements about his/her work. My particular favorites were Pierre Huyge’s “island” installation (music by Xenakis!); Ursula von Rydingsvard’s massive, rough-hewn wooden sculptures; and Robert Ryman’s “blank” canvasses that depend entirely on their environment and lighting (he also has a humorous way of talking about his work, seemingly at odds with the work itself) – but that is merely my opinion and anyone interested at all in art can probably find something here to their liking. The introduction to each artist, a running white line on a colored background with descriptive words interposed, is in itself something of a video art piece. I picked this up more or less at random, but I’ve ordered all of the other seasons.

Jan 02, 2016

The work of Lari Pittman, Robert Adams, and to a lesser degree Ursula von Rydingsvard, Judy Pfaff, and Jenny Holzer, are the only ones I considered interesting and wondrous. Others are absent minded, ludicrous, and in at least one case utter bullshit (Robert Ryman (the white painting guy)).


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