Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.
In addition to its Peabody Award-winning PBS television series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Art21 produces the online film series New York Close Up and Extended Play; and special artist projects including the Peabody Award-winning feature William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. Art21 also creates educational resources and professional development programs; an online publication featuring guest contributors; and a comprehensive website at Art21.org. Art21 also produces a number of public programs annually that connect audiences to artists and the artistic process.
For this screening, Art21 has curated a selection of their films around the theme “The Anarchic Potential of Color.” Bright and busy to the cusp of chaotic, the color employed by the artists in these films cannot be contained. Instead, exploding palettes fill compositions and entire walls to express the artist’s larger ideas, using color as a starting point to explore notions of memory, space, identity and more. Inspired by the use of color inside and outside the art world, artists such as Keltie Ferrie, Katharina Grosse, Nick Cave, and Mary Heilmann fuse multiple influences to illuminate new ideas. The melding and merging of hues can serve as both a means and an end in abstract compositions, but many of these artists go beyond painting, using light, found objects, and even pollen to infuse their works with color.
56:44 total runtime
1. New York Close Up: Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude
2. Extended Play: “Rubbing / Loving,” Do Ho Suh
3. Extended Play: Painting with Color, Katharina Grosse
4. New York Close Up: Raúl de Nieves is an American Artist
5. Extended Play: Inspiration, Mary Heilmann
6. Extended Play: Learning to Paint, assume vivid astro focus
7. Extended Play: "Bop,” Elizabeth Murray
8. Extended Play: "The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin,” Trenton Doyle Hancock
9. Extended Play: Thick Skin, Nick Cave
10. Extended Play: Beauty & Politics, Jessica Stockholder
11. Extended Play: Pentimento in Paper, Arlene Shechet
Location: The Theater at Untitled, San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts.
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