Articles by Nick Ravich

Artist Caroline Woolard speaking at the inaugural meeting of the New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative (Middle Collegiate Church, East Village, 4.28.15). Production still from the series, ART21 New York Close Up. Cinematography by Rafael Salazar. © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Caroline Woolard Flips the Real Estate Script

Caroline Woolard Flips the Real Estate Script

An introduction to the latest “New York Close Up” film from series co-creator/co-producer Nick Ravich and artist Caroline Woolard .

Artist Jamian Juliano-Villani in her Bedford-Stuyvesant studio, Brooklyn, NY, 2015. Production still from the ART21 "New York Close Up" film "Jamian Juliano-Villani's Painting Compulsion". © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Painting Compulsion

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Painting Compulsion

Filmed in her Bedford-Stuyvesant studio, artist Jamian Juliano-Villani uses a digital projector to create surreal paintings and discusses the graphic source material that inspires her.

Artist Diana Al-Hadid in her studio, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, 2015. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Diana Al-Hadid Plays the Classics.  © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Diana Al-Hadid Plays the Classics

Diana Al-Hadid Plays the Classics

Artist Diana Al-Hadid creates a singularly hybrid artwork, transforming brushstrokes on a wall into architectural sculpture, in a new film from the ART21 “New York Close Up” series.

Rashid Johnson. Installation view of ILLUMInations, 54th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 2011. Artwork courtesy the artist; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; and Hauser & Wirth, London, New York and Zurich. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Rashid Johnson Keeps His Cool.

Rashid Johnson Keeps His Cool

Rashid Johnson Keeps His Cool

In a new ART21 “New York Close Up” film, artist Rashid Johnson charts a decade-long aesthetic and professional development from his early portrait photographs to his later conceptually-based sculptures.

Alejandro Almanza Pereda in his Hunter College studio (Manhattan, 12.21.14). Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film, Alejandro Almanza Escapes from New York. © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Alejandro Almanza Pereda Escapes from New York

Alejandro Almanza Pereda Escapes from New York

In a new ART21 New York Close Up film, artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda lives out his own personal “Escape from New York” (1981), completing a big mission before time runs out.

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We Are Family: Seven New Artists Join “New York Close Up”

We Are Family: Seven New Artists Join “New York Close Up”

Art21 Director of Production and “New York Close Up” series co-creator/co-producer introduces new artists to the “New York Close Up” series roster.

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Smack Mellon Could Use Your Help!

Smack Mellon Could Use Your Help!

Smack Mellon was seriously damaged during Hurricane Sandy. You can help by attending Wienerfest & Fundraiser, where fifty percent of full price ticket sales will go to Smack Mellon relief.

Photo by Mark E. Hogancamp.

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

On Location: Marwencol / An Interview with “Marwencol” filmmaker Jeff Malmberg

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

On Location: Marwencol / An Interview with “Marwencol” filmmaker Jeff Malmberg

Sadly, this is Nick’s last post for the foreseeable future.  At least we know he’s not able to contribute for good reasons. Season 6 production has started to seriously heat …

Thom Powers.  Courtesy Stranger Than Fiction.

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

On Location: Dr. Doc | An Interview with Thom Powers

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

On Location: Dr. Doc | An Interview with Thom Powers

I’m back from my summer break and ready to change things up a bit with this column.  So instead of the usual long laundry list of documentary various and sundry, …

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On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Live Jitters, Mendocino Film Festival, and Real Art

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Live Jitters, Mendocino Film Festival, and Real Art

Howdy y’all.  First a little news from Art21 production HQ.  After a successful shoot in London (expect an Exclusive on Season 5 artist Yinka Shonibare’s just-unveiled Nelson’s Ship in a …

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On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

London Calling, Going Tapeless & Meta Madness

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

London Calling, Going Tapeless & Meta Madness

Art21’s Season 6, at least as far as video production is concerned, is getting a little more real everyday.  We’re deep in the throes of pre-producing our first honest-to-god shoot …

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

100th Exclusive & William Kentridge Exclusives, Carrie Mae Weems Uncut, the problem with talking, and screenings

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

100th Exclusive & William Kentridge Exclusives, Carrie Mae Weems Uncut, the problem with talking, and screenings

As usual, there’s a lot of production-related ground to cover I’d like to cover.  First, I really need to publicly acknowledge what’s hopefully no longer a private landmark, the release …

“La Danse—The Paris Opera Ballet.” 2009. Directed by Frederick Wiseman.

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Frederick Wiseman, Orphan Films, FIFA Montreal, & Other Documentary Screenings

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Frederick Wiseman, Orphan Films, FIFA Montreal, & Other Documentary Screenings

Though it’s been a particularly busy past few weeks here at Art21 production HQ – creating new exclusive videos, shooting the preparation and rehearsals for William Kentridge’s Nose production at …

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On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Karen Schmeer, the Maysles Brothers, & Art Doc Screenings in NYC

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Karen Schmeer, the Maysles Brothers, & Art Doc Screenings in NYC

Before I do anything, I want to mention the very sad passing of an important member of the independent documentary community, Karen Schmeer. Karen was killed in a hit and …

Julie Mehretu. Art21 production still, 2009.

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Julie Mehretu & the Problem of Shooting Big

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Julie Mehretu & the Problem of Shooting Big

In our new column, On Location, Art21 Director of Production Nick Ravich breaks his silence and gives you the scoop on Art21’s production comings and goings including, among other things, …

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On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

On Location: Filming Art21 Educators in Southern California

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

On Location: Filming Art21 Educators in Southern California

In our new column, On Location, Art21 Director of Production Nick Ravich breaks his silence and gives you the scoop on Art21’s production comings and goings including, among other things, …