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SF/Arts and Art21 Partner to Amplify Work of Bay Area Artists

Art21 is excited to collaborate with SF/Arts in our shared missions to expand access to contemporary art through a partnership highlighting the contributions and cultural influence of artists from the San Francisco Bay Area,” says Tina Kukielski, Art21 Susan Sollins Executive Director and Chief Curator. “From Richard Serra to Matthew Barney, Bay Area artists have had a transformative impact on the canon that deserves recognition and the utmost respect.”Sharing a vision of expanding access to contemporary art, SF/Arts is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Art21, producer of award-winning, documentary films about the world’s most groundbreaking contemporary artists. SF/Arts will host a series of Art21 films over the next year featuring contemporary artists who work in and hail from the San Francisco Bay Area. The partnership intends to bring greater attention and a deeper understanding of the scope and impact of visual art and artists in the region.

“SF/Arts is excited to team up with Art21 as this partnership provides an exceptional opportunity to underscore the significance of San Francisco Bay Area artists,” says Geraldine O’Brien, SF/Arts publisher. “This partnership aligns perfectly with SF/Arts’s mission and allows us to connect with the artists and communities we support in innovative and engaging ways, creating a bridge through film to the vibrant artistic landscape of our region.”

“Art21 is excited to collaborate with SF/Arts in our shared missions to expand access to contemporary art through a partnership highlighting the contributions and cultural influence of artists from the San Francisco Bay Area,” says Tina Kukielski, Art21 Susan Sollins Executive Director and Chief Curator. “From Richard Serra to Matthew Barney, Bay Area artists have had a transformative impact on the canon that deserves recognition and the utmost respect.”

On Friday, December 7, the SF/Arts and Art21 partnership will launch with a film about San Francisco native Tauba Auerbach, recently released from Season 11 of Art21’s Peabody Award-winning PBS broadcast series “Art in the Twenty-First Century.” Interested in the relationships between materials, ideas, and people, Auerbach examines connective tissues and structures using a wide variety of materials and processes. Their practice weaves bodily craft traditions with abstract theory to create drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more that expand our comprehension of how the world is structured and connected.

“It seems appropriate to me to work in a lot of different materials, media, and processes, because I’m focusing on connectivity and the relationship between lots of different things,” says Auerbach. As an apprentice at New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco, Auerbach learned to approach painting as a technology, requiring precision and balance to achieve what they call a “sweet spot.”

Be on the lookout for content collaborations from SF/Arts featuring Art21 films online and on social media in the coming year. Art21 will also be hosting virtual workshops for educators in partnership with SFMOMA this month and early 2024.

Learn more about Art21 at art21.org and across social media at @art21.

Watch Tauba Auerbach at work in PBS's "Art in the Twenty-First Century"

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