Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8
Running time: 56 minutes
Cinematography: Damon Hennessey
© ART21, Inc. 2016
Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century presents sixteen artists in four cities. In episode 4, it focuses on Chicago and features Nick Cave, Chris Ware, Barbara Kasten and Theaster Gates who discuss their practice and their relationship to the “city of architecture”. Nick Cave sees art as form of diplomacy, as a way to change the way we engage with each other. He creates sculptures from vintage or discarded materials and performances which can include as many as 500 participants to create what he calls a “place of dreaming”. Chris Ware is a cartoonist who sees the process of drawing comics as way of defining himself. Discussing his practice and working methods, Ware talks about the American honesty of Chicago and how the culture of serialised comics is deeply embedded within its history. Barbara Kasten creates work through experimentation with different sculptural materials and photographic techniques. Her photographs and video use light and constructed elements to question not just art but the entire world around us. Theaster Gates' extraordinary practice uses art to reinvigorate communities and change the social conditions of contemporary life. Gates discusses his childhood on the West side of Chicago and how the systematic destruction of this urban area, the haven of the Black Church and his training in clay have all influenced his diverse art. Gates' works include sculpture and installation using recycled objects and materials as well as the restoration and construction of entire buildings to create centres for social and cultural interaction.
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