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Art in the Twenty-First Century brings us closer to the understanding we're looking for. The series shows us today's top artists (e.g. Richard Serra, Matthew Barney and others) discussing their own work, giving us the opportunity to begin to comprehend their art as the outcome of their personal experiences and interaction with the world at large. We witness the artists in their studios, on site, AS WELL AS in their homes and with their families, leading lives not disimilar from our own - extracting fodder for their artistic visions from everyday observations and occurences.
Set in four epsiodes, the series groups the artists loosely according to themes (i.e. Place, Spirituality, Identity and Consumption). In such a way, we are offered a point of departure for considering a given artist's priorities and concerns, as well as a method for realizing relationships which may exist between two or more artists working in vastly different styles.
After watching Art in the Twenty-First Century you will feel equipped to embrace the ambiguity of contemporary art, to assess the integrity and thoughtfulness of work you may not even like, and to appreciate the wide array of perspectives and processes by which today's artists dissect and reassemble the modern world.
For two years now, my students--most of who have never been to an art museum or thought too much about art--have responded positively to a number of the artists and their stories portrayed here. It's an eye-opener for many of them, all the different ways people can be good at art.
I'll continue to show this DVD, and those from other seasons, to my students.
A balm for the soul of the artist seeking the like-minded. Very useful as an educational tool for high schools and post secondary institutions.
The strength of the series is its lack of pretension and the way that it allows the artists to speak directly to us, and many of the artists are extremely articulate & fascinating to listen to (I was especially impressed with Ann Hamilton). This series avoids (mod, postmod & other) theory & instead foregrounds the artist as a developer of specific skills & strategies. It also foregrounds the artist as an often private creature involved in crafting a highly personal vision, albeit one that is ultimatley meaningless unless shared. The viewer therefore feels invited into the artist's space and vision and feels very welcome there. ART 21 is therefore a very pleasing introduction/orientation into the world of art. After watching a couple seasons worth of ART 21, viewers will likely feel that artists are people just like themselves but with one slight difference: they are obsessively devoted to their work.Read more ›
I will return to these videos for inspiration over and over again.
Great information for art students and art courses.
There are times that a few of the artists included say some interesting things but often times enough, it's hard to see what they are saying has to do with the actual art that they are showing. Richard Sierra (1st season) and Elizabeth Murray(2nd season) are the high points of this series as I see it. They both give honest looks into their thought processes as artists, and without the pretensions of self-importance that most of the artists portray.
It's unfortunate that the producers couldn't find at least a few artists off the beaten path who are doing interesting things that aren't so main-stream for the art world. Perhaps that's too high-minded, but I think it would have made for a way more fascinating view into what is really happening in art in the 21 century!
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I love this series! It is a phenomenal way to begin accessing and understanding contemporary art.Published 13 months ago by Woster
These DVDs are excellent ways to experience different artists creative processes. It is also excellent in that the artists discuss how and were they get their ideas and how they... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jill
A fantastic series documenting art practice at the start of the 21st century. I regularly refer back to this DVD as its artists are still affecting artists today.Published 20 months ago by Catherine M Turner
It is an enjoyable series to watch with lovely commentary and insights by the artists themselves.Well worth a look if you're interested in contemporary American Artists and all... Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Cathy Drew
Many great artists on this DVD. Wish all of them were comprised of two seasons. (4 more words required for this review...really...)Published on July 14, 2013 by Lisa K
If you are interested in Narcicissistic personalities, go for this. Some artists are genuine and credible, others the product of this personality disorder. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by R.C. Driver