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By transforming the contemporary Black experience into powerful works of art, African American artists have created some of the most compelling, significant artworks of our lifetime.

Portraying the Black American Experience

An artist’s identity and experiences implicitly inform, and in some cases even drive, the work they create. By transforming the contemporary Black experience into powerful works of art, African American artists have created some of the most compelling, significant artworks of our lifetime.

Whether they’re bringing attention to important issues that news headlines omit, or celebrating the history and heroes that brought us to our present moment, the artists in this playlist are celebrated in their own right for expanding and illuminating the conversations we have around bias, race, and representation.

by Art21

February 14, 2018

12 videos • 1:41:50 total runtime

The artists in this playlist consider notions of where art exists—questioning the distinctions between public and private spaces, traversing sprawling expanses to evoke feelings of exploration and liberation, and expanding their practice across disparate environments.

Boundary Crossing

How can boundaries be perceived as opportunities rather than limitations? In testing ideas of spatial borders, artists challenge constructs of space by experimenting with the concept as both subject and material. The divisions that define and separate environments present artists and viewers with ways to investigate the spaces around them.

The artists in this playlist consider notions of where art exists—questioning the distinctions between public and private spaces, traversing sprawling expanses to evoke feelings of exploration and liberation, and expanding their practice across disparate environments.

by Art21

January 31, 2018

15 videos • 1:58:37 total runtime

While some artists fill their studios with noise and action, others require a certain quiet—an intimacy facilitated through stillness. The artists in this playlist find serenity in silence and ask us to press pause so we can find it too.

Slow Unfolding Moments

While some artists fill their studios with noise and action, others require a certain quiet—an intimacy facilitated through stillness. Distractions must be set aside in order to tap into the deepest levels of inventiveness. For artists whose work and practices exist in this quiet, they tune their energies to develop environments that foster peacefulness for creators and viewers alike.

Some artists utilize the art-making practice itself as a form of meditation, concentrating on the rhythm of a recurring gesture. Others meditate on a single experience, establishing deep connections with their subjects. Some wish to pass on that moment of stillness, creating a space in which viewers can find quiet for themselves. The artists in this playlist find serenity in silence and ask us to press pause so we can find it too.

by Art21

December 20, 2017

12 videos • 1:46:47 total runtime

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