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07/18/2017 at 20:36. Facebook
In a previously unpublished interview, artist Theaster Gates talks about the influence that his Chicago upbringing had on his practice, describing his work as an artist, builder, and teacher.

"I wear three hats: I am an artist with a studio, I build these buildings, and I'm a professor at the University of Chicago," says Gates. "My whole self makes things—I'm an artist and I make things.... View more »
In a previously unpublished interview artist Theaster Gates talks about the influence

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07/16/2017 at 12:53. Facebook
Aki Sasamoto explores science through performance, as seen in the latest film from our "New York Close Up" digital series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

"What does it feel like to be a graph myself," asks the artist in this clip from the film. "What does it feel like to put myself in a place of steel being pulled?"

The film is seventh in our series of ten "Summer of Shorts" film premieres.
Aki Sasamoto explores science through performance as seen in the latest film
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07/14/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
Aki Sasamoto unwinds the logic of her latest installation and performance, "Yield Point" (2017), in a new film from the Art21 "New York Close Up" digital series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

Through the work, the artist finds unexpected connections between the tension of stretched materials and the stresses we experience in everyday life. "I use performance to get deeper into my interest in... View more »
Aki Sasamoto unwinds the logic of her latest installation and performance "Yield
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07/13/2017. Facebook
"Inspired by a True Story"—the new issue of the Art21 Magazine—tackles the complex relationship between truth and fiction in storytelling.

Nick Ravich and Ian Forster, Art21 producers and co-guest editors, introduce the issue with their personal motivations for creating documentaries, reflecting on the inherent contradiction in setting a stage to film something real.
"Inspired by a True Story"—the new issue of the Art21 Magazine—tackles the

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07/12/2017. Facebook
"What artists do is invent strategies that allow themselves to see in a way that they haven't seen before, to extend their vision." —Richard Serra

Richard Serra is one of twelve artists included in a new playlist titled "Blockbusters," whose works inspire awe and creativity amongst all walks of gallery goers. Also featured in the playlist are boundary-pushing artists such as Marina Abramović,... View more »
"What artists do is invent strategies that allow themselves to see in

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07/09/2017. Facebook
Stan Douglas imagines a musical utopia with his video "Luanda-Kinshasa" (2013), creating a studio session that blends cultures and influences, as seen in a new Art21 film. — [ A21.tv Link ]

"In my work, I want to go back to these possibilities of 'What if there's another way of considering history?'" says the artist in this clip from the film. "The whole thing, in a way, is a constructed idea... View more »
Stan Douglas imagines a musical utopia with his video "Luanda Kinshasa" 2013
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07/07/2017. Facebook
Stan Douglas took a mixtape-inspired approach to creating his six-hour video work, "Luanda-Kinshasa" (2013), fusing the styles of 1970s Miles Davis records and Manu Dibango's breakthrough disco single. — [ A21.tv Link ]

"This is a very tenuous connection between two things," says the artist in this clip from the film, "which is really more an aesthetic feeling than anything else."

This film... View more »
Stan Douglas took a mixtape inspired approach to creating his six hour
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07/02/2017. Facebook
Jeff Wall reluctantly shares the story behind his 2014 photograph "Changing Room" in the latest film from the Art21 "Extended Play" digital series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

The film is fifth in our series of ten "Summer of Shorts" film premieres.

"The impossibility of seeing it was one of the triggers for it becoming interesting," says the artist in this clip from the film. "The only thing that... View more »
Jeff Wall reluctantly shares the story behind his 2014 photograph "Changing Room"
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06/30/2017. Facebook
Jeff Wall compares the circumstances around creating a photograph to those of other art forms in a new film from the Art21 "Extended Play" digital series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

The film is fifth in our series of ten "Summer of Shorts" film premieres.

"Let's imagine that I found this man on the sidewalk and got him to do what he was already doing—or if I had elaborately reconstructed that,"... View more »
Jeff Wall compares the circumstances around creating a photograph to those of
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06/29/2017. Facebook
"I love the overlap of music and art—I think it all lives in the same world—so I'm excited about seeing how the artists in this playlist bring music into their practice."

Indie rock legend Mac McCaughan (Superchunk / Merge Records) created a music-inspired playlist just for Art21.

We spoke to him about the art seen on his record covers, some of his favorite places to see art, and the artists... View more »
"I love the overlap of music and art—I think it all lives

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06/25/2017. Facebook
Artist Meriem Bennani blends humor and seriousness in her video work, as seen in the latest from the Art21 "New York Close Up" digital series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

The film is fourth in our series of ten "Summer of Shorts" film premieres.

"I use footage as material, and not for its real content, but really using it as material in the direction that is completely disconnected with its... View more »
Artist Meriem Bennani blends humor and seriousness in her video work as
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06/23/2017. Facebook
Meriem Bennani subverts audience expectations of both pop culture and her own Muslim community with unexpected playfulness and pathos, as seen in a new film from the Art21's "New York Close Up" digital series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

The film is fourth in our series of ten "Summer of Shorts" film premieres.

Describing her recent commission for Public Art Fund—displayed in the oculus of the... View more »
Meriem Bennani subverts audience expectations of both pop culture and her own
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06/20/2017. Facebook
"I want the art to trip you up and emphasize a blurred boundary between daily life and art, disorienting and then reorienting you in a new way."

—Sarah Sze on her MTA Arts & Design-commissioned installation for the Second Avenue Subway's 96th Street station
"I want the art to trip you up and emphasize a blurred

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06/18/2017. Facebook
Drawing inspiration from her twin brother, artist Jordan Casteel paints vibrant large-scale portraits, making visible the often unrepresented humanity of Black men. — [ A21.tv Link ]

This film is third in our series of ten "Summer of Shorts" film premieres.

"His story is not mine to tell," says the artist of her brother in this clip. "And [as] somebody who's seen him as this really funny,... View more »
Drawing inspiration from her twin brother artist Jordan Casteel paints vibrant large
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06/16/2017. Facebook
Artist Jordan Casteel shares how she found subject matter that could speak to today's political realities in a new film from the Art21 "New York Close Up" digital series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

The film is third in our series of ten "Summer of Shorts" film premieres.

Recognizing a turning point after the acquittal of the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, the artist found inspiration to begin... View more »
Artist Jordan Casteel shares how she found subject matter that could speak
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06/13/2017. Facebook
Raúl de Nieves is one of the five artists newly added to the "New York Close Up" series roster this year as part of our "Summer of Shorts" celebration. We first featured the artist back in April. — [ A21.tv Link ]

"Growing up in Mexico was really magical because I got to see a lot of forms of celebration," says the artist in this clip from the film. "I got to experience death as a really... View more »
Raúl de Nieves is one of the five artists newly added to
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06/11/2017. Facebook
Theaster Gates archived an entire hardware store from Chicago's South Side to create "True Value" (2016), as featured in the latest from Art21's "Extended Play" digital series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

This film is the second in our series of ten "Summer of Shorts" film premieres.

"I'm having a lot of fun looking at these objects both as sculptural objects and as objects that have the potential... View more »
Theaster Gates archived an entire hardware store from Chicago's South Side to
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Nickole Kerner Bobley
Bruce E Smith
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06/09/2017. Facebook
Theaster Gates shares his interest in acquiring collections, including over 12,000 unbound issues of Jet magazine from the 1990s, in a new film from the Art21 "Extended Play" series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

The film is second in our series of ten "Summer of Shorts" film premieres.

"My hope is that the history and the content that's loaded inside the books will be waiting for people to unearth... View more »
Theaster Gates shares his interest in acquiring collections including over 12 000
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06/08/2017. Facebook
Filming artist Caroline Woolard's collaborative project with Helen Lee and Alex Rosenberg, "Carried On Both Sides," at Rockaway Beach, NY, 2016. Production still from the Art21 digital series, "New York Close Up".

The film is one of ten new films premiering throughout the summer as part of Art21's "Summer of Shorts" programming series ([ A21.tv Link ].
Filming artist Caroline Woolard's collaborative project with Helen Lee and Alex Rosenberg

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06/07/2017. Facebook
How does sculpture change when it is "taken off the pedestal"?

Artist Fred Wilson discusses how the positioning of objects in his work "changes the meaning" in a film from the Art21 "Extended Play" digital series. — [ A21.tv Link ]

"People have to deal with the fact that there is meaning in beauty," says the artist in this clip from the film, "There is meaning in ugliness. I try to bring... View more »
How does sculpture change when it is "taken off the pedestal"
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