Art: 21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season Six
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What I will gripe about is the producer and editor's choice in how they present each artist. It seems they themselves were trying to be "artistic" rather than choosing to educate the public about contemporary art. We see Ai Weiwei pieces on the screen with no explanation as to what they are about or what he did, We are given no history of Mary Reid Kelly and her various projects and only follow one, and I understand the motivation to have Marina Abramovic gaze at us for over twenty minutes, but it isn't helpful when I'm trying to educate students about her projects and the significance of her work.
My fear is that the producers of art:21 season 6 have perpetrated the myth of "Oh those artists, they're just so opaque and odd," rather than to use this series as a venue to educate and include a wider audience into what is going on in the art world.
Overall, I thought it was weak as far as the series goes. I have included a little information that may help explain my rating.
Change: Fairly strong and showcases Artist with deep Social cultural impact. Artists: Catherine Opie (personal), El Anatsui, Ai Weiwei
Boundaries: varied for me with mainly a thumbs down... Tabaimo (Good), Assume Vivid Astro Focus (interesting art, ok segment), David Altmejd (boring with 50/50 enjoyment of Art), Lynda Benglis (wanted to appreciate it, but couldn't)
History: completely hit an miss, mostly miss: Glenn Ligon (good art, extremely boring segment), Mary Reid Kelley (entertaining and great), Marina Abramović (may be good Art, but Bad, Bad, Bad Art 21 segment, there is a reason it was place at the end of the episode. If it was at the bringing you may turn it off)
Balance: Slow but thoughtful: Rackstraw Downes (great, one if not the only realistic painter shown in series) Robert Mangold (repetitive art but informative), Sarah Sze (nice public work, average)
Hopefully that explains why I think it was average for the series: Art was ok, the segments were just not interesting. I will still use it, but very little was enjoyable for me.
I am diverging from the title of my review.
A lot of the words the artist use are the same. The Ideas for each artist are different, but the way each artist describes: so many of them use the same cliche explanations. 'the materials take on a life of there own' 'I am just a guide' 'I don't think about the viewer.'
Do not get me wrong.. there is goodness in what a lot of them say, and some of them, like Ai WeiWei, are just amazing.
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