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Artist to Artist




Artist to Artist


Art pours out into the world in such an uneven fashion. This is perhaps what makes it so fascinating. Some questions about the art experience will never go away. Instead of losing relevance, the changes brought about by the internet, social media and technology in general, in addition to evolving ideas in art for art's sake, the artist is accessible to the public without the screen of critics or art historians as never before. 

There is a great book by Richard Meyer titled What Was Contemporary Art? published by MIT Press in 2013 that puts an interesting perspective on the development of "contemporary" art. Art is historically always contemporary to the artist producing it and the formal boundaries between the art historian, the art critic, the art and the artist have shifted over the decades. Meyer covers the changes and places an informed perspective on the history of some leading art critics and historians greats such as Rosalind Krauss, Micheal Fried etc and spotlights Alfred Barr's role in encouraging that it was critical to record as much as possible in the lifetime of an artist via interviews, archiving process and other documentation meant to support the assessment of the artist within art history and art criticism.  But where do personal relationships between the artist and art historian or art critic become blurred ethical lines? With the abundance of media produced by an individual now via Facebook, selfies, blogs, websites, Twitter feeds, Pinterest boards, Kickstarter, YouTube, Behance, Vimeo, self-publishing platforms etc. ...Are laptops now archived, browsing history, cookies, downloads, doodles on iPad apps (yes, David Hockney iPad art)?

In celebration of the upcoming Art21 season 7 being released by PBS, their series Artist to Artist.  Video one  is artist Shahzia Sikander at the 13th Istanbul Biennial. The second video is artist Diana Al-Hadid at the 55th Venice Biennale interviewing select artists on their work presented. And lastly, artist Shahzia Sikander again but at the Sharjah Biennial 11. These short videos are interesting on many levels from the said to the unsaid to the air and energy in the moments captured. 

Shahzia Sikander travels to the 13th Istanbul Biennial and speaks with four fellow artists and a two-person design collective about their projects. “There’s so much within the art world that happens by word of mouth, by engaging, by making a connection,” says Sikander. Artists address not only the concepts that underlie their work, but also the public protests in Gezi Park and Taksim Square—also known as the Gezi Resistance—that began three months before the Biennial opened and impacted its organization. Sikander discusses the palpability of social unrest in Istanbul and describes an “energy and anxiousness” that would occasionally erupt. Diego Bianchi, Gülsün Karamustafa, Basim Magdy, Hito Steyerl, and RAAAF (formerly Rietveld Landscape) are also featured in the film. The 13th Istanbul Biennial was on view September 14–October 20, 2013. Learn more about "Artist to Artist" at: "Artist to Artist" Created & Produced by: Ian Forster. Director: David Howe. Editor: Morgan Riles. Cinematography: Murat Otunc. Additional Cinematography: Amanda Long. Sound: Mert Aksuna & Ian Forster. Assistant Editor: Stephanie Andreou. Music: Pinch Music. Images Courtesy: Eda Elif Tibet. Artists: Diego Bianchi, Gülsün Karamustafa, Basim Magdy, RAAAF (formerly Rietveld Landscape), Shahzia Sikander, & Hito Steyerl. Thanks: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Fulya Erdemci, & SALT. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2013. All Rights Reserved.
Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid travels to the 55th Venice Biennale, where she tours the exhibition and speaks candidly with five of her peers about their work. “It is fascinating to see what problems other artists are solving,” says Al-Hadid, “and what curiosities they’re pursuing that sometimes feel very similar to the curiosities [I’m] pursuing.” In Venice, she interviews artists Jesper Just, Kimsooja, Mark Manders, and Katrín Sigurdardóttir. Back in Brooklyn, Al-Hadid video chats with fellow Art21 artist Ai Weiwei who is prohibited from leaving China; their conversation is accompanied by footage of Ai’s collateral exhibition in Venice. Learn more about "Artist to Artist" at: CREDITS: "Artist to Artist" Created & Produced by: Ian Forster. Director: Susan Sollins. Editor: Morgan Riles. Cinematography: Stephanie Andreou, John Marton, Wesley Miller, & Jared Schiller. Sound: Ian Forster & Jared Schiller. Production Assistant: Joanne Dawson. Composer: Henry Terepka. Images courtesy: Diana Al-Hadid. Artists: Ai Weiwei, Diana Al-Hadid, Jesper Just, Kimsooja, Mark Manders, & Katrín Sigurdardóttir. Thanks: The Venice Biennale & Massimiliano Gioni. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2013. All Rights Reserved.
Filmed during opening week of Sharjah Biennial 11, New York-based artist Shahzia Sikander takes viewers on an enlightening journey through the exhibition, speaking with six fellow artists along the way. They discuss their projects and performances, as well as their experiences in Sharjah. Works by David Claerbout, Thilo Frank, Lucia Koch, Ahmed Mater, Ernesto Neto, and Wael Shawky are featured along with an outdoor performance related to Sikander’s biennial installation "Parallax". Sharjah Biennial 11 was on view March 13 through May 13, 2013. Learn more about "Artist to Artist" at: CREDITS: "Artist to Artist" Created & Produced by: Ian Forster. Editor: Morgan Riles. Cinematography: Ian Forster. Sound: Areeb Al-Shathri. Production Assistant: Zeina Ziad Aly. Artists: David Claerbout, Thilo Frank, Lucia Koch, Ahmed Mater, Ernesto Neto, Wael Shawky, Shahzia Sikander, & Du Yun. Thanks: Sharjah Art Foundation, Yuko Hasegawa, Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi, & Judith Greer. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2013. All rights reserved.