Guan Xiao resists modern pressures
Our spring 2021 season continues today with the third of four new films.
Working on a series of sculptures in her Beijing studio, Guan Xiao exercises a resistance to the distractions and expectations of modern times.
Examining a cultural and generational shift amongst Chinese artists and art patrons, Guan identifies a bellwether opportunity for her and her peers to subvert subjective pressures.
“Everything an artist does is to express their sense of freedom,” says the artist.
“To break our ideas free of the frames that are holding them in. That is actually what is political.”
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Liz Magor resurrects neglected objects
Liz Magor makes uncannily realistic casts of humble objects—garments, cardboard boxes, ashtrays—that speak to mortality and local histories.
By resurrecting uncared for items and moments from the recent past, Magor preserves faint whispers of life in artworks that function as fossils do—exacting copies of existence.
“My main talent is my ability to pay attention,” says Magor.
“There are many things in the world that live in this nether zone—this non-zone, this not-needed zone—and so I pay attention to these things, and through that effort, I’ll change their status.”
A talk for educators with Stephanie Syjuco
Join Art21 and Brooklyn Museum on Monday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. ET for an education-focused artist talk with Stephanie Syjuco.
The artist will explore how contemporary art and arts education can support culturally inclusive, antiracist teaching. Presenters will also share strategies and resources to help students engage critically with themes presented by Syjuco.
The program is free and will take place via Zoom.
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Watch: Isabel on HBO Max
Visit: Art and sunsets along the Hudson
Shared by Nick Ravich, Director of Video Programming and Production; Keltie Ferris: Feeling is on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash through May 29; Richard Mosse: Tristes Tropiques is on view at the 20th and 24th Street locations of Jack Shainman Gallery through May 15
Four new films devoted to artists motivated by feminisms
We are pleased to unveil our second new group of releases for 2021. Following last month’s conclusion to our winter programming, our spring season continues today with the third of four new films premiering over the next four Wednesdays on Art21.org and our YouTube channel.
Four artists—Guan Xiao, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Loie Hollowell, and Rachel Rossin—complicate public and private, tradition and innovation, commanding transformative artworks in the face of social, generational, and individual adversities.
Tune in for a new film every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. ET through May 5.
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