In Conversation. Experiencing Art in a Changing World

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In Conversation. Experiencing Art in a Changing World

Curating Art, Thought, and Discussion: A Collection of Five Videos

2020 has been a year fraught with challenges. Social distancing and lockdowns have forced the ways we experience art to evolve somewhat. While nothing compares with personal encounters, this new reality has presented some surprising new opportunities to connect with artists and the art world.

Several institutions have shared recorded conversations with and about artists and art. It is an egalitarian silver lining, giving the global community access to provocative thought leaders in the art world. The following are a select few that really shouldn’t be missed.

1. Anselm Kiefer In Conversation with Alexander Kluge

White Cube presents a thought-provoking discussion following the White Cube exhibition called Superstrings, Runes, The Norns, Gordian Knot, which was presented from November 15, 2019 through to January 26, 2020.

German-born Kiefer is a painter and sculptor who is known for his implacable willingness to confront the darker elements of culture. His work references poetry, historical places, and people.

Alexander, a critically acclaimed filmmaker and philosopher whose work is often referred to as a continuation of the Frankfurt School, is the perfect muse to the conversation. Together, the two men explore memory, cosmos, virus, and poetry while also looking at Kiefer’s new “Bunker” paintings created during the lockdown.

2. Cecily Brown on Gerhard Richter

MET Speaks presents Artists on Artworks, a discussion between Cecily Brown and Sheena Wagstaff, who is the Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of the Metropolitan Museum’s Modern and Contemporary Art program.

The exhibition Gerhard Richter: Painting After All was interrupted by the global Covid-19 pandemic, with the MET having to close its doors due to the lockdowns.

Fortunate to have been present at the opening, Brown reflects on the prestigious influence Gerhard Richter has had on the contemporary art discourse. Richter’s broad body of work has the power to speak to people at different moments in their lives. As Brown remarks: “You can’t ignore Richter.”

Brown, a British-born NYC-based painter, creates artworks that appear to be in constant movement, colorful, erotic, and veering tempestuously between figurative and abstract modes.

3. Gilbert & George in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries London, hosts a discussion with Gilbert & George. The conversation was arranged in connection with Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition, which was presented at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm from February 9, 2019 to May 12, 2019, and later traveled around Europe.

Obrist facilitates a lively dialogue with the artists that elucidates a creative journey spanning over five decades. The inception of the creative collaboration know as Gilbert & George saw the artists living their art by becoming embodied, singing sculptures.

Gilbert & George have always been anti-elitist in their approach to making art, and the conversation brings us into their world as they discuss their iconoclastic idea of art for all.

4. Marlene Dumas at the Munch Museum

The Munch Museum in Oslo presents a dialogue between curator Trine Otte Bak Nielsen and artist Marlene Dumas. The discussion was presented in relation to the exhibition, Moonrise: Marlene Dumas & Edvard Munch, which ran from September 29, 2018 to January 13, 2019 at the Munch Museum.

The exhibition was curated by the South African-born Dutch painter Marlene Dumas, showcasing her works in dialogue with those of Munch. Dumas discusses the influence of Munch on her own work, casting light on her recognition of the similarities between their work. Themes such as loneliness, anxiety, innocence, and sexuality are apparent in pieces by both painters.

Dumas currently resides in Amsterdam where she continues to explore these motifs in her intense, psychologically-charged works.

5. How We Experience Time and Memory Through Art with Sarah Sze

TED Talks presents Sarah Sze, a contemporary American artist known for her large-scale installations and sculpture. Sze answers the question of how and why objects acquire values for us through the context of her immersive installations. These are gargantuan works that use everyday objects to take us on a quest to understand the role of technology and information in our lives.

Sze’s presentation of her work delves into our own dialogue with significant artworks and the way great art blurs the line between time and memory. She shows us how even the strictures of space are rendered redundant with objects caught in suspension. Sze represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

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