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New York Close Up Film Fund . . . and a new film with Rashid Johnson

I know it’s been a little awhile but we’ve just released our latest, Rashid Johnson Trades Art With Angel Otero.

But first, an important announcement.  This week, in celebration of the 11th film to publicly debut in the New York Close Up series, we invite you to join the  New York Close Up Film Fund.  Members receive benefits throughout the year and become part of a network that champions films like today’s – a look at a rarely documented, but common practice, an artwork exchange between two artists.  In our particular case, it’s between artists Rashid Johnson and Angel Otero.

At least as far as I can tell these kinds of informal artist to artist trades are rarely documented.  And that’s one of the big reasons we wanted this to make this material the core of our second film on Rashid.  We’ve just never seen one go down on video.   Another big reason.  It’s a great way to open up a bigger conversation about how artists value their own work.   And about how complicated that calculation can become when it rubs up against the value others – galleries, collectors, the art market in general – have given it.

Oh, and there’s one last big reason.  We wanted to get this footage out there in the world so we could encourage the art world, and really the general populace, to use the superlative “banger” as much as possible.  Watch the video and you’ll see what we mean.

ABOVE:  Artists Angel Otero and Rashid Johnson in Otero’s studio.  Ridgewood, Queens, 03.25.11. Production still from the series New York Close Up. © Art21, Inc. 2011.

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