Art21, the non-profit producer of the Peabody Award-winning series Art in the Twenty-First Century, announced the addition of eight new featured artists in New York Close Up, the Webby Award-nominated online documentary series devoted to showcasing artists in the first decade of their professional career, while living and working in New York City. Among the featured artists are Visual Arts alumni David Brooks ('09 SOA) Josephine Halvorson ('07 SOA), Liz Magic Laser ('08 SOA) and Mika Rottenberg ('04 SOA). Art21 will continue its collaboration with the artists in this multi-year film web series, committing to telling multiple stories with each artist into 2013.
Stories woven into the films with the artists include the drama of completing major commissions from Performa, Public Art Fund, MASSMoCA and Art Production Fund; artists’ first performances and one-person exhibitions; art education as a day job from the perspectives of being a teacher or MFA student; the business of art via sales, real estate and studio assistants; political art and actual protests; as well as the fluid concept of New York as home, explored through artists both moving to and leaving the city.
June 1 - Mika Rottenberg
June 29 - Liz Magic Laser
July 13 - David Brooks
August 10 - Josephine Halvorson
New York Close Up is Art21's documentary film series devoted to artists in the first decade of their professional career, living and working in New York City. This innovative, Webby-nominated project is a collaboration between Art21 and local artists to imagine new ways of telling stories about their creative process, political and aesthetic philosophies, personal backgrounds, and community perspectives. Presented online as a suite of interdependent and experimental short films published over several years, this original Web series chronicles today’s artists as their works, ideas, and providing a behind-the-scenes guidebook for viewers to navigate the complex and emerging cultural geography of New York City.