Kicking off our year-long 21st anniversary celebration: a special series of new films, premiering every other Wednesday through March 21.

Art21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.

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  • New Video: Doreen Garner Probes History

    In a new film from our New York Close Up digital series, Doreen Garner forces audiences to face the profound racism underlying the life and work of Dr. J. Marion Sims. Despite being hailed as the “father of modern gynecology,” Sims performed torturous procedures on enslaved Black women without anesthesia or consent.

  • Art21 News Roundup: Doreen Garner Upends the Pedestal

    In February, Art21 premiered two new films from the digital series New York Close Up, and published a new playlist in honor of Black History Month.

In addition to its flagship television series, Art in the Twenty-First Century, Art21 produces two digital series, New York Close Up and Extended Play.
Art21 provides unparalleled access to the artist’s voice—

“That’s what my work is about…seeing the facets of happiness and sadness all in one place.”

Raúl de Nieves

“The most toxic combination in the world is…the certainty of being right and a monopoly of power.”

William Kentridge

“The most important part is the process. It is the actual living and doing and making.”

Barbara Kasten

“Art isn’t a material, it’s not a medium—it’s not a certain product. It is the choices I’ve been able to make.”

Liz Magor

“Drawing is like practicing the piano, because the first ones that I do often don’t come out so I have to practice.”

Joan Jonas

“Beauty is just kind of an accident. Beauty is just a happenstance. Beauty is the remainders of being a painter.”

Kara Walker

“The studio is a sacred place that you come to do some bigger reflection and thinking.”

El Anatsui

Art21 also serves educators and students and presents a wide range of writing on contemporary art.

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