Film & Video

Lynda Benglis making “The Wave of the World” (1983-1984) at the Modern Art Foundry in Queens, NY.

Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Photography Courtesy: Peter Bellamy.

Lynda Benglis Reunites with a Lost Fountain

Lynda Benglis Reunites with a Lost Fountain

“I’m not trying to satisfy anyone. I really make things because I’m curious – that’s the reason” — Lynda Benglis Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Lynda Benglis reuniting with her first …

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.

Arlene Shechet arranging plaster sculptures in her New York City studio. Production still from the series ART21 "Exclusive". © ART21, Inc. 2015. Cinematography: Rafael Salazar.

Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

Arlene Shechet discusses a series of plaster sculptures that she created over the course of six years in the mid-1990s, following the death of a close friend.

A wet paper sheet being cast over rubber molds at Dieu Donné in New York City.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: Ian Forster.

Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

“The thing that’s unseen is sometimes way more interesting than what people want you to see.” —Arlene Shechet In the first of two new ART21 Exclusive episodes featuring Arlene Shechet, …

A model posing for a painting by Aliza Nisenbaum.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Courtesy the artist.

Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

“The idea of sitting face to face, it’s a very intimate experience. Having a model and painting them always makes people open up.” —Aliza Nisenbaum Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Immigrant Movement …

Detail of The Lightning's Bride (2011) by Elliott Hundley.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Courtesy the artist.

Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

“What’s appealing to me about collage is the fact that it’s so straightforward—that it’s a good foil to my subject.” —Elliott Hundley Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Elliott Hundley describing an …

Jaimie Warren, Matt Roche, and the Urban Youth Theater Ensemble perform "An Abominable Thawt" (2015) at Abrons Arts Center, New York, 2015. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Welcome to Whoop Dee Doo! (with Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren Too). © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Welcome to Whoop Dee Doo! (with Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren Too)

Welcome to Whoop Dee Doo! (with Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren Too)

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artists Jaimie Warren and Matt Roche produce a one-day-only performance of their variety show, Whoop Dee Doo, at Abrons Arts Center.

Freddy Velez painting a sign at the “Gramsci Monument” (2013), a monument by Thomas Hirschhorn.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: John Marton.

Perspectives from the “Gramsci Monument”

Perspectives from the “Gramsci Monument”

“I don’t do something for the community, I do something, I hope, for art and the understanding of art – my goal is this.” —Thomas Hirschhorn Today’s ART21 Exclusive features the …

Leonardo Drew visiting the grave of Piet Mondrian in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: Joel Shapiro.

Leonardo Drew and Piet Mondrian Meet on the Grid

Leonardo Drew and Piet Mondrian Meet on the Grid

“What can I say about Mondrian, he’s just the man. As far as the grid and composition, obviously I’m working off of him and standing on the shoulders of giants.” …

Still from Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll (1973) by Joan Jonas
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Artwork Courtesy: Joan Jonas and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

Joan Jonas Performs in the Streets of New York

Joan Jonas Performs in the Streets of New York

“I wanted to develop my own language and the minute I started performing I began to invent in a different way.” —Joan Jonas Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Joan Jonas discussing her decision to …

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.

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Anarchic Color in Katharina Grosse’s Paintings

Anarchic Color in Katharina Grosse’s Paintings

“Painting is one of the ways to actually make [my thoughts] visible and understandable for myself” —Katharina Grosse Today’s ART21 Exclusive shows Katharina Grosse in her studio and at Johann König Gallery (both …

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.

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Trevor Paglen Photographs the NSA

Trevor Paglen Photographs the NSA

“You as a member of the public should be able to exert the same kind of power over this institution that we can symbolically do by looking at a photograph …

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Trevor Paglen Flexes His Rights

Trevor Paglen Flexes His Rights

“To go and photograph an airbase is not only to photograph something but it is to insist on one’s right to photograph. You’re flexing that right.” —Trevor Paglen Today’s ART21 …

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.

Ruby Sky Stiler with Daniel Gordon's Summer Fruit (2014) at Wallspace, New York, 2014. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Steps. © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Steps

Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Steps

In a new “New York Close Up” film, married artists Daniel Gordon and Ruby Sky Stiler candidly discuss the complex professional and personal dynamics of bringing a baby into their already busy lives.

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Deeper into the Desert with Andrea Zittel

Deeper into the Desert with Andrea Zittel

“We’ve always tried to help artists find situations to make their work, where it can retain that quality of unknowableness.” —Andrea Zittel Today’s ART21 Exclusive features High Desert Test Sites, …

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Andrea Zittel’s Social Experiment

Andrea Zittel’s Social Experiment

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment—a collection of ”sleeping pods“ installed throughout her property in Joshua Tree, California.

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Andrea Zittel’s Desert Designs

Andrea Zittel’s Desert Designs

“You could say that design has power because it actually touches people in a much more concrete way, but I think that art has more wiggle room and more flexibility.” …

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Joan Jonas Lets the Ink Fly

Joan Jonas Lets the Ink Fly

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Joan Jonas drawing in her Manhattan studio, and on stage at the Umeå Jazz Festival in Sweden.

Kerry James Marshall discussing the work of Yun-Fei Ji at the Prospect.3 biennial in New Orleans, Louisiana. Production still from the series ART21 Artist to Artist. © ART21, Inc. 2014. Cinematography: Ian Forster.

Kerry James Marshall at Prospect.3

Kerry James Marshall at Prospect.3

Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall travels to the Prospect.3 biennial in New Orleans, Louisiana and speaks with six fellow artists and one collective: Zarouhie Abdalian, William Cordova, Lonnie Holley, Yun-Fei Ji, Christopher Myers, and The Propeller Group.

Artist Bryan Zanisnik at the Meadowlands, New Jersey, 2014. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Bryan Zanisnik Goes to the Meadowlands. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Bryan Zanisnik Goes to the Meadowlands

Bryan Zanisnik Goes to the Meadowlands

In new film from the ART21 New York Close Up series, artist Bryan Zanisnik hikes through the New Jersey Meadowlands landscape and exhibits his work “Meadowlands Picaresque” at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Tania Bruguera’s Petition to the Pope

Tania Bruguera’s Petition to the Pope

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Tania Bruguera collecting signatures as part of her project The Francis Effect.

Leonardo Drew visiting the Nazca Lines in Peru. Production still from ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2014.  Courtesy Leonardo Drew.

Where in the World Is Leonardo Drew?

Where in the World Is Leonardo Drew?

In today’s ART21 Exclusive artist Leonardo Drew discusses the importance of travel in relationship to his artwork.

PProduction still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Mariah Robertson’s Chemical Reactions. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Mariah Robertson’s Chemical Reactions

Mariah Robertson’s Chemical Reactions

In a new ART21 New York Close Up film, artist Mariah Roberston experiments with photographic chemistry in her Brooklyn darkroom, leading to a striking series of colorful cameraless abstractions.

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Oliver Herring’s Big Art Party

Oliver Herring’s Big Art Party

Today’s ART21 Exclusive follows artist Oliver Herring around Madison Square Park as he organizes his largest TASK Party to date.

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Abigail DeVille’s Harlem Stories

Abigail DeVille’s Harlem Stories

In a new ART21 New York Close Up film, artist Abigail DeVille stalks the streets of Harlem with a trash-laden push cart, creating temporary sculptural interventions along the way.

Virginia Franklin Carter. Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2014. Courtesy Sally Mann.

Sally Mann and The Two Virginias

Sally Mann and The Two Virginias

Photographer Sally Mann reflects on the life of Virginia Franklin Carter (1894–1994), the African American woman who helped raise the artist and her two brothers.

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Season 7 Preview: Elliott Hundley

Season 7 Preview: Elliott Hundley

A sneak peek at Elliott Hundley in the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century episode, Secrets, premiering on PBS in October.

Kara Walker gives advice

Kara Walker’s advice to young artists

Kara Walker’s advice to young artists

In today’s ART21 Exclusive, Kara Walker reflects on her early success and offers advice to the next generation of artists.

Artist Marela Zacarías works on her large painted sculpture, "Red Meander" (2014), in her Bedford–Stuyvesant studio, Brooklyn, 2014. Production still from the ART21 "New York Close Up" film "Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home." © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home

Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home

In a new film from the ART21 New York Close Up series, artist Marela Zacarías creates a work commissioned by the Art in Embassies program for the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico.

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Eli Sudbrack Learns to Paint

Eli Sudbrack Learns to Paint

An in-depth look at the painting process of Eli Sudbrack, a principal member of the artist collective assume vivid astro focus.

Artist Bryan Zanisnik performs in a display case on wheels for his performance A Woman Waits For Me II (2014) at Pace University's Peter Fingesten Gallery, New York, 2014. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Bryan Zanisnik Keeps It in the Family. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Bryan Zanisnik Keeps It in the Family

Bryan Zanisnik Keeps It in the Family

In a new film from ART21 New York Close Up, artist Bryan Zanisnik discusses how he draws inspiration from his family and personal history in his artwork.

Artist Louise Despont draws with a mechanical pencil and ruler to create Mediated Polarity and the Third Property (2014) on the floor of her home and studio (Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 02.14.14). Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Louise Despont Draws Deep. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Louise Despont Draws Deep

Louise Despont Draws Deep

New in ART21 New York Close Up, artist Louise Despont uses architectural stencils to create intricate pencil-on-paper drawings in her home and studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.