ART21 New York Close Up

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Artist Abigail DeVille in her studio residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem (Harlem, Manhattan, 04.10.14). Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Abigail DeVille’s Flair for the Dramatic. © ART21, Inc. 2014. Cinematography by Amitabh Joshi.

Abigail DeVille’s Flair for the Dramatic

Abigail DeVille’s Flair for the Dramatic

New in ART21 New York Close Up, artist Abigail DeVille constructs the set for a premiere performance of Adrienne Kennedy’s play “She Talks to Beethoven” (1989) at the JACK arts center in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Jacolby Satterwhite, Reifying Desire 6 (2014), installed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2014. Production stills from the New York Close Up film, Jacolby Satterwhite Is Going Public. © Art21, Inc. 2014. Artwork courtesy OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles and Mallorca Landings Gallery, Spain.

Jacolby Satterwhite Is Going Public

Jacolby Satterwhite Is Going Public

New in New York Close Up, artist Jacolby Satterwhite works to finish his latest animation, “Reifying Desire 6″ (2014), in time for the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

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“New York Close Up” at the Queens Museum

“New York Close Up” at the Queens Museum

New York Close Up Co-Producer Wesley Miller to discuss the art market at the Queens Museum.

Shana Moulton performs Whispering Pines 10 at the New Museum, New York, 2011. Production still from the New York Close Up film, Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera

Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera

New in New York Close Up, artist Shana Moulton and composer Nick Hallett collaborate on the opera Whispering Pines 10—rehearsing and performing at the New Museum as part of the Rhizome “New Silent” series.

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Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going

Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going

New in New York Close Up, artist Josephine Halvorson guides an undergraduate painting class in a group critique at Cooper Union in Manhattan.

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Mary Mattingly’s Waterfront Development

Mary Mattingly’s Waterfront Development

New in New York Close Up, artist Mary Mattingly constructs and occupies “Triple Island” (2013), an outdoor sculpture overlooking the East River.

Liz Magic Laser, "Flight", production still, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Liz Magic Laser’s Guerrilla Theater

Liz Magic Laser’s Guerrilla Theater

New in New York Close Up, artist Liz Magic Laser directs a group of actors performing theatrical scenes in public locations throughout New York City.

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Behind the Scenes with Mika Tajima

Behind the Scenes with Mika Tajima

At her Bushwick Brooklyn studio, artist Mika Tajima discusses the processes and ideas behind her two installational-performative works Today is Not a Dress Rehearsal (2009) and The Pedestrians (2011).

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Alejandro Almanza Pereda Strikes a Balance

Alejandro Almanza Pereda Strikes a Balance

Installing new work in Brooklyn, New York, and Mexico City, artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda discusses the process and ideas behind his finely balanced sculptural works.

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NYCU | Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

NYCU | Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Daniel Gordon is shown in his DUMBO studio photographing paper collages constructed from found images downloaded from the Web.

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NYCU | Debo Eilers Makes Things Uncomfortable

NYCU | Debo Eilers Makes Things Uncomfortable

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Debo Eilers invites two friends to discuss his sculpture and performance work, as the artist quietly observes in the background.

Cai Guo-Qiang. Installation view of "Monument," 2013. Courtesy Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Joana França.

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Weekly Roundup

Cai Guo-Qiang’s flying objects hang in Brazil, Diana Al-Hadid’s sculptures are installed Georgia, William Kentridge lectures in Paris and Vienna…

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NYCU | Jacolby Satterwhite Dances with His Self

NYCU | Jacolby Satterwhite Dances with His Self

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Jacolby Satterwhite crafts surreal 3D animated videos while transporting characters from his virtual worlds into the streets of New York City.

James Turrell. "Aten Reign," 2013. Courtesy GalleristNY and Guggenheim, New York City.

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James Turrell takes over the Guggenheim’s rotunda, John Baldessari explores the complexities of space, Pepón Osorio addressed his inner child, and more.

Mary Reid Kelley. "The Syphilis of Sisyphus," 2011 (still). HD video, sound. Courtesy of the artist, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

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Weekly Roundup

Mary Reid Kelley channels myth, Gabriel Orozco thinks in circles, Kiki Smith and Cindy Sherman explore witchery, and more.

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NYCU | Mary Mattingly Owns Up

NYCU | Mary Mattingly Owns Up

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Mary Mattingly transforms personal belongings into sculptural forms that she later incorporates into photographs and performative actions.

El Anatsui. "Gli (Wall) (detail)," 2010. Aluminum and copper wire, installation at the Brooklyn Museum, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo by Nettrice Gaskins.

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Weekly Roundup

El Anatsui’s Brooklyn show is extended, Mary Heilmann responds to the work of late artist Blinky Palermo, and more in this week’s roundup.

Krzysztof Wodiczko. "Hirshhorn Projection," 1988-2000. Public projection: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong.

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Paul McCarthy in New York, Richard Serra in Montana, Kerry James Marshall in D.C., Mika Tajima in East Hampton…

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NYCU | Marela Zacarías’s Work Finds A Good Home

NYCU | Marela Zacarías’s Work Finds A Good Home

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Marela Zacarías moves a suite of sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum to different spaces in the borough.

Vija Celmins. "Untitled (Web 3)," 2002. 1-color photogravure/aquatint/drypoint. Courtesy the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY.

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Weekly Roundup

Vija Celmins is cast in a web, Ellen Gallagher covers a glossy, Ai Weiwei drops his first music album, Carrie Mae Weems arrives in Cleveland…

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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.

Rashid Johnson. "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," 2008. Blackened gunmetal steel. Courtesy the artist and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. Photo by Nettrice Gaskins.

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Weekly Roundup

Rashid Johnson, James Turrell, Mike Kelley, Cindy Sherman, and more.

Raymond Pettibon. "No Title (Safe he called…)," 2010. Courtesy the artist, the High Line and David Zwirner, New York/London.

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Weekly Roundup

Raymond Pettibon quotes rapper Notorious B.I.G., Ai Weiwei pitches 1,000 tents, Paul McCarthy has multiple exhibitions in New York City, and more.

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NYCU | Eddie Martinez’s Risky Business

NYCU | Eddie Martinez’s Risky Business

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Eddie Martinez discusses the motivation to shift his paintings from Pop-like figurations to pared down abstractions.