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Year in Review: 23 Portraits of Creative Innovation

Art21’s 21st year was a milestone.

Throughout 2018, millions of viewers from around the world tuned in to watch among the twenty-three newly released artist portraits from each of our series: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Extended Play, and New York Close Up. Even more viewers—teachers, students, artists, and others hungry for creative inspiration—continued to enjoy films year-round from our 60-hour library on Art21.org and via the newly launched Art21.live. Thousands more joined our Screening Society partners for viewings of our latest television season hosted in spaces across the globe like at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila, Philippines. We are humbled by having the opportunity to bring the creative processes of these extraordinary artists to screens of all sizes worldwide.

In celebration of Art21’s rich history, we returned to the printed word this year with the release of new volume of artist interviews, Being an Artist, drawing from our comprehensive library of artist conversations. Copies have been flying off the shelves.

Like years previous, we served a vast network of communities with a steady stream of artist conversations, screenings, and educator workshops. But, in an organizational first, we also threw a rousing party in celebration of our 21st birthdaycake and all.

Our 21st anniversary year is ripe with memories that we’ll carry with us into our 22nd year and beyond. We can’t wait to share what we have in store for the new year.

Thank you to everyone who spent time with Art21 this year—in person or online. We would not have been able have such a productive year without your viewership and support. From all of us at Art21, we wish you a healthy and happy new year.

Tina Kukielski
Executive Director and Chief Curator, Art21
December 26, 2018

Twenty-Three New Artist Portraits

Throughout 2018, Art21 presented twenty-three new artist portraits across four film series—among the 60 hours of films now available for free streaming on Art21.org and Art21.live.

Art in the Twenty-First Century

The Art21 television series

Creative Growth Art Center
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Olafur Eliasson
David Goldblatt
Katy Grannan
Nicholas Hlobo
Hiwa K
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Zanele Muholi
Susan Philipsz
Robin Rhode
Stephanie Syjuco

Extended Play

An Art21 digital series

Alex Da Corte
Marcel Dzama
Barbara Kasten
Barbara Kruger
Damián Ortega
Kara Walker & Jason Moran
Jack Whitten

New York Close Up

An Art21 digital series

Raúl de Nieves & Colin Self
Abigail DeVille
Doreen Garner


Art21 digital films

Valeska Soares