Playlists

In the first season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, we examined how artists respond to the concept of consumption—of images, information, objects, and land. This playlist begins with the five artists who were featured in our original Consumption episode, followed by ten additional artist perspectives how we consume the world around us.

Consumption Revisited

In the first season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, we examined how artists respond to the concept of consumption—of images, information, objects, and land. Over the past 21 years, our films have continued to explore how artists approach this theme, broadening the scope of voices and investigating new forms of consumption introduced by emerging trends such as the rise of social media and the evolution of advertising tactics.

“We spend our whole lives training to understand movies and television and video games and clothes and beds and houses,” writes curator Katy Siegel in her essay for the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 companion book. “And so contemporary art often invokes these experiences and objects; art often looks like a commodity, because in a consumer culture, nothing could be more essential.” This playlist begins with the five artists who were featured in our original Consumption episode, followed by ten additional artist perspectives how we consume the world around us.

by Art21

May 15, 2018

15 videos • 1:58:48 total runtime

By revisiting artists at various stages throughout their careers—in many cases, nearly a decade apart—we have watched their development as creative thinkers unfold over time. The films in this playlist reveal the evolution of these artists’ practices—tracing experiments with material, scale, and overall ambition, and demonstrating that the path of an artist’s growth is never stagnant.

Then & Now

Throughout our first 21 years, our films have documented the progression of artists and their practices, capturing artists as they continuously refine their approaches to creating work. By revisiting artists at various stages throughout their careers—in many cases, nearly a decade apart—we have watched their development as creative thinkers unfold over time.

Studios might relocate and cultural trends might shift, but the ideas that drive each artist remain consistent, becoming more refined and complex with each new work. The films in this playlist reveal the evolution of these artists’ practices—tracing experiments with material, scale, and overall ambition, and demonstrating that the path of an artist’s growth is always clear of stagnation.

by Art21

April 11, 2018

21 videos • 2:31:43 total runtime

Tackling systemic issues, broadening the scope of representation, and transforming imagery from the history of visual culture, the artists in this playlist show that the future of art is in the hands of a new generation of women artists.

The Future is Female

Young women artists are leading the charge in moving the trajectory of contemporary art, expanding the canon of art history while continuing to explore and refine their own practices. Though still early in their careers, these artists demonstrate instinctual proficiency and innovation that places them among the defining creative voices of their generation.

Tackling systemic issues, broadening the scope of representation, and transforming imagery from the history of visual culture, the artists in this playlist show that the future of art is indeed in the hands of this new generation of women artists.

by Art21

March 14, 2018

12 videos • 1:21:52 total runtime

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