More than 100 interviews with artists, curators, and art-world stakeholders, including Mark Bradford, Doris Salcedo, Amalia Pica, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sir Nicholas Serota, among many others.
Mark Bradford’s exhibition Shade for Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum
“Let’s make abstract painting, and let’s imbue it with policy, and political, and gender, and race, and sexuality … let’s make the context full.” —Mark Bradford
Renowned contemporary artist Mark Bradford explores the history of abstraction in a new body of work for the exhibition Shade, a collaborative presentation by the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum. The exhibition examines both Bradford’s and abstract expressionist painter Clyfford Still’s unique relationship to black in their paintings, whether it’s used to force viewers out of their comfort zones, evoke emotions, or confront conventional notions of race. Always a quotable interview subject, Bradford breaks down the complex, conceptual foundations for his work in the most delightful ways, “But black is like Voldemort. It will cause you to fail. It is the most difficult color to work with. But yet, for me it’s the most satisfying. It has that depth to it. It has like fear and possibility for me.”
The final video was featured prominently in both museums.
Doris Salcedo’s Public Works
“Every time a person is killed, there is an absence that is created in us, and that absence should be addressed.” —Doris Salcedo
Produced for renowned sculptor Doris Salcedo’s first retrospective, this 25-minute film chronicles Salcedo’s site-specific and large-scale public projects, a significant aspect of her artistic production over the past 15 years. The film culls footage from around the world, including interviews with her studio partners, curators and gallerists, Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota, and the artist herself in her studio in Bogotá, Colombia.
The final film was featured in the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and traveled with the exhibition to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Pérez Art Museum.
Amalia Pica video for MCA Chicago
“I make a work and I think, what would my mom think of it?” —Amalia Pica
Produced for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, this video features the work of artist Amalia Pica on the occasion of her first major solo museum show in the United States. Pica uses simple materials—lightbulbs, drinking glasses, beer bottles, and other found materials—to create work that explores metaphor, communication, and language. Combining behind-the-scenes footage with solid commentary on the conceptual themes that run through Pica’s work, the final edit includes a wonderfully personal and relatable thought by the artist, “I make a work and I think, what would my mom think of it?”