Spotlight: Art World Videos


Above video by the author. Depicts Clock Prototype, A Million Times, 288 H (2013) by Humans Since 1982, now at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

In a recent post, we explored the various publications from whom I receive articles about art, via email, on a daily basis. Now I’d like to talk about informational videos, as there is a slew of creative content on the internet that is worth the watch.

First up, the new “Art Market in Four Parts” series by Artsy, which attempts to clarify through documentary footage and interviews how the art world functions. Episode 1 centers on Auctions, episode 2 on Galleries, episode 3 on Patrons, and episode 4, which will be released on June 13th, examines Art Fairs. Though they move quickly, each installment is thoughtful, satisfyingly straightforward, and generally fun. Another publication, the New York Times Magazine, concentrates on studio visits and installations in its own ‘Art&Design‘ videos. ArtNet News has some, too.

Then there’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Artist Project, which I previously mentioned  being a really wonderful resource and way of becoming familiar with both a remarkable collection and talented artists of today– some are big names, others less well-known, but all have something meaningful to share. There’s also The Met Collects programs and research symposiums that can be found online through MetMedia. Other institutions offer similar opportunities and most of their videos are short: MoMA has an amazing YouTube channel, as does the Guggenheim (includes features in Spanish and ASL)  and the Tate Modern in England.

The aforementioned Art21, which, paraphrasing from its website, “has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning, PBS-broadcast television show, Art in the Twenty-First Century,” is another one of my favorites.

Next week I’ll hopefully have the chance to recommend some art-themed podcasts! In the meantime, follow me on twitter (@molapola).

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