Row Row Row Your Boat to Governors Island


This Sunday, June 29th from 4:30 to 6pm, ART21 is screening seven films at LMCC’s Arts Center as part of the River to River Festival. Artists Mary Mattingly, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Bryan Zanisnik will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with Melissa Levin, Director of Cultural Programs for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and New York Close Up co-creator Nick Ravich. Films about additional artists include Martha Colburn, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Liz Magic Laser, and Shana Moulton. Best of all, the event is FREE and takes place on scenic, summery Governors Island.

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May “The Six-Sided Force” Be With You


Opening this Sunday from 5-8pm and on view through August 2014, Louise Despont’s exhibition The Six-Sided Force at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, includes many of the works featured in the New York Close Up film Louise Despont Draws Deep. This show is buzzing with good vibes. ART21 has been documenting the installation, and we plan to check out a few of the upcoming events associated with the exhibition, such as “Herbal Remedies for Honey Bees” and “Sacred Geometry and the Architecture of Well-Being” Hope to see you there!

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Welcome to the Neighborhood!


We’re happy to announce the addition of three new artists to the New York Close Up family: Louise Despont, Abigail DeVille, and Bryan Zanisnik.

We’ve been hard at work this past winter and spring—filming in studios, documenting performances, and even traveling to distant shores (okay…New Jersey)—to bring you stories with each artist. Films are premiering throughout June 2014, so be sure to check back each week for something new!

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Flash Gordon


This Wednesday, January 29th at 6pm, artist Daniel Gordon will discuss his work in the exhibition Shadows and Pears at The Horticultural Society of New York. Art21 will be screening the film Daniel Gordon Gets Physical, followed by a conversation with the exhibition’s curator, Chris Murtha, and writer Claire Barliant. We hope to see you there!

We’re also happy to announce that the film Daniel Gordon Gets Physical has been selected by the 32nd International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), to be held in Montreal, March 20-30, 2014. The film will be screened as part of the Horizons program featuring “the latest films on art from around the world, which take a penetrating look at art in all its forms.”

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Kalup Linzy Must Have Gotten an “A” in Environmental Science

What we’re watching: The year is 1994. Florida. Kalup Linzy makes his very first soap opera for his Environmental Science class in high school. The theme music is Natalie Cole’s song Take a Look. Our grade: A+. Continue reading

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