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


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.
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Stephanie Syjuco

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

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