Art 21

Art 21

Season Four Art in the Twenty-first Century

Streaming Video - 2015
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Meet the most dynamic visual artists of our time in the award-winning documentary series Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century. Unparalleled in its access to today's artists, this unique series invites viewers into artists' studios, homes and communities to provide an intimate view of their lives, creative processes, and sources of inspiration. The one-hour programs present groundbreaking artists of the new century at work and speaking in their own words-direct, accessible, and unfiltered-about how, why, and what they create. Compelling and thought-provoking, Art in the Twenty-First Century takes viewers behind the scenes-and beyond the museum or gallery experience-to reveal how contemporary art can change how we see the world around us.


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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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