|Art21 lauches their own version of a summer "reality" series following contemporary artists|
|"Work of Art" contestants awaiting their final crits. Jerry Saltz is pictured at far left. Note the|
Hollywood lighting and wardrobe. I can assure you most artists I know don't generally dress like this either.
(image courtesy: Vulture)
From Art21’s own dedicated website to the show, it is clear that they approach they will be taking with “New York Close Up” is aimed at bringing about a more intimate and personal look at the real lives of emerging artists: “Structured as an open-ended cinematic collaboration, Art21 is partnering with local artists to imagine new ways of telling stories about their creative process, political and aesthetic philosophies, personal backgrounds and community perspectives. Presented online as a suite of interdependent and experimental short films published over several years, this original Web series chronicles today’s artists as their works, ideas and lives evolve over time. Motivated by the experiences, relationships, and opportunities afforded to artists at the start of their careers, the series provides a unique perspective and behind-the-scenes guidebook for viewers to navigate the complex and emerging cultural geography of New York City. With artists serving as informal guides, the series captures the realities of living and working in the city, featuring: homes and studios, live performances, exhibitions, residencies, day jobs, nightlife, and social scenes.”
So far, Art 21 has released two teaser clips (see above and below) and I am truly intrigued. The feature artists also represent a diverse range of talents from all conceivable areas of contemporary art production: Lucas Blalock, Martha Colburn, Keltie Ferris, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tommy Hartung, Rashid Johnson, Kalup Linzy, Shana Moulton, Mariah Robertson, and Mika Tajima. If nothing else, I hope that the series can bridge that gap in reality programming where the banalities and real-world obstacles of an individual’s life are made more a part of the final representation. Interestingly enough, Art21 has chosen to call their program a documentary film series, distancing themselves from the lingo associating their project with a show like “Work of Art” (Oprah has done something similar on the new OWN channel with her “docu-series”). Best of all, the series will be launching episodes on-line and focus on particular artist stories each week. I look forward to seeing how the final episodes shape up and what the discussions around Art21’s efforts will be. Stay tuned.
"Close Up" | Teaser | Art21 2011 Project from Art21 on Vimeo.