April 26, 2017
Art21 News

As the significance of art continues to be politicized and questioned, we at Art21 have only been strengthening our commitment to what we do: sharing the works and words of contemporary artists. Our new website has already resulted in a noticeable spike in viewer engagement and retention--an encouraging metric as the accessibility of our program becomes more necessary in a time when funding for both the arts and public broadcasting are in jeopardy.

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As always, thank you for your generosity,

Tina Kukielski
Executive Director, Art21
April 26, 2017

New Video Featuring Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze: Designing a Subway Station
Premiered April 14, as part of the Art21 digital series Exclusive
Artist Sarah Sze shares the process and inspiration behind her immersive artwork for the Second Avenue Subway in New York City. Inspired by the Italian Futurists and Russian Constructivists, Sze designed the work around "how we move through space."
"Subway stations are one of the most democratic places," says the artist, "I think it's an important idea that the city values that experience also as an aesthetic experience."

Featured Playlist by Arlene Shechet

Season 7 artist Arlene Shechet has curated Art21's first artist-contributed playlist, featuring seven films in which artists persevere through discomfort to create something meaningful.
"There are so many times in the process of making an artwork when the thing is just hideous and depressing," says the artist, "Unsticking the work from BAD can be a test of nerves but also an invigorating ride."

Highlights from the Art21 Magazine

From the March / April "Balance" issue:
● Rachel Heidenry surveys the work of six artists collectively challenging political rhetoric with intimate perception through their work along the U.S./Mexico border.
● Anna Burckhardt explores the symmetrical tension in Cristina Camacho's painting series, Bilateral Dissections.
Image: Alejandro Cartagena. Between Borders, 2009-2010. Courtesy of the artist.

Featured Video from the Art21 Library

Janine Antoni in "Loss & Desire"
From Season 2 of the Art21 television series Art in the Twenty-First Century
Artist Janine Antoni discusses her 1993 work Lick and Lather in Season 2 of Art in the Twenty-First Century. "For me it's about that conflict--that kind of love/hate relationship we have with our physical appearance," says the artist. "And, really, the problem I have with looking in the mirror and thinking, 'Is that who I am?'"
Learn more about the piece in an Art21 text interview.

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The everyday motivation for all of us here at Art21 is to connect you and audiences worldwide with the creative minds of today's leading artists. We remain committed to producing films that discover the transformative ideas that define contemporary art today.
Art21 has prepared a special playlist featuring artists that go beyond creating objects, and instead urgently and directly engage with the world at large. Get ready to be inspired and watch "Take Action!"
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