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Screening and Artist Q&A at BAMcinématek on September 12, 2013

Thursday, September 5th, 2013


Art21 and BAMcinématek are pleased to present a special, one-night-only screening of the Peabody Award-winning documentary William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, at BAMcinématek on September 12th at 7:00 p.m. A Q&A with William Kentridge, led by Art21 Executive Director Susan Sollins, will follow the screening.

Tickets are available via the BAM website.

Have a question for the artist? Post your questions in the comments here (or on Twitter with the hashtag #askArt21) and we may select it for the in-person Q&A, with the responses to be posted here.

Rebroadcast on Thirteen/WNET This Friday

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Re-Broadcast on Thirteen/WNET This Friday

William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (the Peabody Award-winning 2010 film) will rebroadcast on New York’s Thirteen/WNET this Friday, August 9, 2013, at 10:00 p.m.

In addition to the broadcast, the full film is available as a free stream on and on DVD through ShopPBS.

Free screenings of William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, as well as other Art21 films, are taking place in communities throughout the world as part of Art21’s Access 100 Artists campaign. Visit for more information on how to host or attend a free Access 100 Artists screening.

"The Nose" at The Metropolitan Opera, Fall 2013

The Nose at The Metropolitan Opera, Fall 2013
William Kentridge’s production of the Dmitri Shostakovich opera “The Nose” will return to The Metropolitan Opera this Fall as part of the The Metropolitan Opera’s 2013–2014 season. Ticket sales begin on Sunday, August 11 at noon.

William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible features a behind-the-scenes look at The Nose during its inaugural run at The Metropolitan Opera (2010) and highlights the relationship between Kentridge’s production and artwork he created around that time.

Double Peabody, All the Way [GIVEAWAY]

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Double Peabody, All the Way

The Art21 office is still bursting with excitement from the announcement of the 70th Annual Peabody Award recipients, where we were awarded our second ever Peabody.

We, of course, have our loyal viewers to thank for helping us reach this remarkable achievement. To celebrate, we want to give away “Art21 Double Peabody” packs to a few lucky viewers, containing DVDs of both of our Peabody Award-winning films: Season 4 of Art in the Twenty-First Century (2007) and William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (2010).

The drawing is closed. Thanks to all who participated! There are 4 ways to enter the drawing:

1. Enter your email address using the form below
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2. Leave a comment on this post

3. Leave a comment on and/or “Like” our Facebook “Double Peabody” note

4. Send out a tweet via Twitter containing the hashtag #art21peabody

Join the contest by using any or all of the above!

Winners from Twitter and Facebook will be selected at random on April 11, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. ET. All other winners will be selected at random on April 29, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Thank you all for supporting Art21 over the years, and we look forward to sharing even more films in the coming years!


“William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible” Wins A Peabody

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Art21 is honored to be among the recipients of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards—the premiere international prize in electronic media—for its film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible.

The Peabody board recognized William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible as “a veritable all-access pass to [William Kentridge’s] mind and work process” given to Art21 by an artist whom they describe as “creativity personified” and “a one-man seminar.”

“The Peabody Awards were established with deep respect for the critical role played by electronic media in contemporary society and culture,” said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards. “The annual announcement of the recipients continues in that spirit to recognize work that sets the highest standards for the media industries.”

Visit the Peabody Awards site for the full list of this year’s recipients.

This is the second Peabody award for Art21. The non-profit organization received its first Peabody award for the fourth season (2007) of the biennial PBS television series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. To date, Art21 has produced five seasons of the Art in the Twenty-First Century series, featuring 86 artists in total. Art21 is currently in production for the sixth season of the series, tentatively scheduled to premiere in Spring 2012.

William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible is currently available for purchase on DVD through ShopPBS and other retailers. The film is also available to watch instantly through your browser at PBS Video and on the film site, as well as through the PBS Mobile app available for iOS-powered devices.

Watch Online and Download the Educators’ Guide

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Watch Now: "William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible" (2010)

We have a special treat for anyone that was unable to catch last week’s broadcast of William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. The full program is now available for immediate online viewing by way of the PBS Video portal. Whether you’re watching it for the first time, watching it again at your convenience, or using it in a classroom setting, we are pleased to make the entire program available for all viewers.

Watch the full, hour-long program in the Media section or over at PBS Video.

Educators’ Guide and Screening Companion

Educators' Guide and Screening Companion

On the subject of “classroom settings,” we are also very excited to announce the release of the film’s educators’ guide and screening companion, available for download immediately in PDF format. This 22-page guide offers suggestions for facilitating discussions and activities, as well as screening the film with classroom and community audiences.

The film and guide explore topics relevant to studio art, art history, and the humanities, as well as themes central to his artistic practice, including: the role of the artist in society; narrative and storytelling; personal and social histories; process and play; and collaboration. We encourage educators and event organizers to learn more about these topics and to connect them with related discussion questions, activities, and screening ideas.

Tune In: Broadcast Premiere on PBS This Week

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Warm up your televisions and set your DVRs: Art21’s latest film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, premieres on PBS this week. The national broadcast premiere is scheduled for October 21 at 10:00 p.m., though broadcast times vary by region (for example, the New York broadcast time is Wednesday, October 20, at 10:00 p.m.). Please remember to check your local listings to find out when the program will air on your local PBS station.

Join Art21 on Twitter tonight as we share moments live from the New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Educators’ Guide and Screening Companion
A free 26-page educators’ guide and screening companion has been produced to accompany the film. The guide is designed for use in a wide range of cultural and educational institutions, and is available for download from the film site later this week.

Support Art21’s Educational Initiatives
Art21 is pleased to offer educators and their students a number of resources specifically designed to accompany William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. These materials explore various facets of Kentridge’s work and offer suggestions for facilitating discussions and activities, as well as screening the film with classroom and community audiences. Help Art21 provide free resources for educators by joining Art21’s Back to School campaign.

DVD Pre-order
The William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible DVD will be released through PBS Home Video on October 21. Pre-order the film from ShopPBS and receive 20% off this and other Art21 titles. Visit ShopPBS for more information.

Win Tickets to Attend the New York City Premiere Screening at the MoMA

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Production still from the film William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. © Art21, Inc., 2010.

The New York City premiere of William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible will take place on Monday, October 18 at the Museum of Modern Art. While the event is not open to the public, we want to give you a chance to join us for the festivities.

We are holding a simple drawing to give away FIVE pairs of tickets to the exclusive event. For those not in New York, we are also giving away FIVE copies of the William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible DVD (shipping at the end of October) to viewers outside of the New York City area.

Enter the drawing below

Media Roundup: September 1–15

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

We have a handful of new media to highlight from the last two weeks. In addition to the first short preview clip from the film, we also have a pair of new teaser videos, as well as a pair of thematic slideshows.

William Kentridge. Drawing for the film Stereoscope, 1998–99. Charcoal and pastel on paper; 47 1/4 x 63 in. Copyright and courtesy of William Kentridge.

On Play
Examining the role of play in the artist’s work and process, illustrated by the artist’s performance-based works.

On Animated Films
A survey of the artist’s charcoal drawing-based animated films, exploring the history of the early films, as well as the process and subject matter involved.

Production still from the film William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. © Art21, Inc. 2010.

Preview: Life in the Studio
William Kentridge discusses life in the studio as depicted in the films that comprise the series, 7 Fragments for Georges Mèliés (2003).

Teaser #5
Teaser #6

Dive into the Media section for the full set of videos and slideshows, and stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

Just In: Trailer, Teasers, and Slideshows

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Fall preview season is upon us, so it’s time for us to throw our cards into the mix. The first trailer for William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible is now available for your viewing pleasure in the Media section (and after the break below), as well as at any of your (and our) favorite video-sharing or videowatching platforms.

On the subject of media, new image slideshows are coming later this week, each featuring thematic narratives by way of pairing artworks, photos, and exclusive production stills with selected quotes from the artist. In the meantime, catch up with the first two slideshows: In the Studio is a glimpse of the artist at work in his Johannesburg studio; and On Perception shows the range of optical trickery and techniques adapted by the artist through various projects.

Finally, we released two more teaser videos since the launch of this site; all four teasers can be viewed in the Media section. Catch the trailer past the break, and be sure to browse through the Media section for additional videos and images.

Announcing Our Latest Film: “William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible”

Monday, August 16th, 2010

We are excited to formally announce the forthcoming broadcast of our latest film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, the first film produced by Art21 for national television broadcast outside of the biennial Art in the Twenty-First Century series. The film is also Art21’s first feature to focus on a single artist.

The broadcast premiere of William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible takes place this October 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).

On this site, you can learn more about the film, watch related videos, and browse through image slideshows. Throughout the coming weeks leading into the October 21 broadcast, we will be releasing additional features related to William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. Features will include essays and interviews contributed by writers from the Art21 Blog stable of contributors, preview and exclusive videos, thematic image slideshows, educational features, and much more.

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Stay tuned, we’re just getting started!