Friday, May 7, 2010

Art:21 - PBS Video Series

This is an absolutely amazing set of videos - each is approximately 53 - 54 minutes long - This " the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic vision."

Each of the topics resonate and deal with the issues, concerns, approaches, and themes addressed by textile artists in their work.

Sprirtuality - Artists question common assumptions about faith, belief, meditation, and religious symbols

Identity - Artists question assumptions about stereotypes, self-awareness, portraiture, and identity

Paradox - Contemporary artists address contradiction, ambiguity, and truth.

Protest - Artists engage politics, inequality, and the many conflicts that besiege the world today.

Memory - Artists explore how memory functions and how to frame the past in their work.

Power - The theme of power pervades the ideas and concerns of contemporary artists.

Loss and Desire - Artists express longing, love, and human experience in contemporary work.

Stories - Artists reveal narrative traditions and tell stories in their work.

Time - Artists transform time in their work, relating to art of antiquity, to nature, and to life.

Humor - Artists are both funny and critical in their work by employing various elements of humor.

Structures - Artists explore the ways in which we attempt greater understanding.

Play - Play can take many forms in daily life as well as in contemporary art.

Romance - Artists explore intuition, emotion, fantasy, and escapism in contemporary art.

Ecology - Artists explore how our understanding of the natural world becomes deeply cultural.

Place - Artists question commonly held assumptions about land, home and national identity.

Consumption - Artists question commonly held assumptions about commerce, mass media, and consumer society.

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