Jamian Juliano-Villani's Field Work
Premiered March 17, as part of the Art21 digital series New York Close Up
Artist Jamian Juliano-Villani scours Manhattan in search of inspiration for the unpredictable imagery that fills her paintings, first prowling the Strand Bookstore and later touring Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square.
"I think anyone that is an artist is constantly feeling the guilt of [the pretensions of art-making]," says the artist, "so that's why I like these other weird elements of life."
Minerva Cuevas: Bridging Borders
Premiered March 24, as part of the Art21 digital series Exclusive
Minerva Cuevas considers the implications of President Trump's proposed border wall, and reflects on her 2010 work Crossing of the Rio Bravo, in which the artist painted a bridge across a riverbed that divides Mexico and the United States.
"Books and projects can be important, but they won't be a solution," says Cuevas. "The problems or the crisis in the world is generated by everybody. So it has to be also a massive reaction."