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"I think the most important thing for any human being to understand who you are, and why you are on this planet, what is your purpose."

A fascinating, insightful interview with Marina Abramovic in which the artist discusses her methods, techniques and impending legacy.

Matthew Thomas Cianfrani,  Channel Capacity (video, 2011)

"Who or what cuts the rope is not important, but what matters is that the rope is cut at all, and speeds towards the lens, or the observer."

Cianfrani, an artist in New York City, works with both photos and video but is currently concentrating on combined media.  View more of his work here

wevsyou:

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry trailer

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

http://aiweiweineversorry.com/

Happy birthday to Ai Weiwei! (What is there to say about Ai that hasn’t already been said?  We just love that he always keeps us guessing.)

modernart1945-1980:

Rachel Whiteread’s 1993 The House - destroyed 1994

Another birthday today— this time it’s Rachel Whiteread, who is perhaps best known for House, which explored and solidified the negative space within a home in East London and won her the Turner Prize in 1993.  Whiteread is interested in representing “the residue of years and years of use” by cataloging the empty, usable space within, around and under objects.

thepacegallery:

In the latest installment of “Note to Self” on CBS, Chuck Close writes a letter to himself at age 14, offering himself advice on how to overcome his learning disabilities and his problem with face blindness.

thepacegallery:

A behind-the-scene’s look at the editioning process to complete just one Chuck Close “Roy” at Pace Paper in Gowanus.

Artists: Ruth Lingen, Shannon Kelley, Michael Adams, Akemi Martin, Cory Barber, Ason Milani, Mary MacGill. Camera and Editing by Eli Obus. Pace Prints 2010

wherearewedamfino:

Happy Birthday to Alice Guy Blanche, the first know female director in motion pictures.  

Mrs. Guy-Blanche’s birthday is this Saturday, March 24th— the same day as “REEL Jersey Girls: A Century of Women Filmmakers from Alice Guy-Blanche to Today,” one of the Fort Lee Film Commission’s symposiums in their series of at the 2012 Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park. 

"REEL Jersey Girls" will reflect on the innovations and achievements of first woman filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blache, compares and contrasts between then and now, the ever changing technologies, art, business and gender aspects of filmmaking.  The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A, from 2:30-4:00 PM.

illuhippo:

I really like watching time lapse videos by artists/ illustrators. It’s very interesting watching the progress of an artwork. Angie Mason has a channel on youtube, where you can find a lot of time lapse videos. I adore her unique style!