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"There is an overall agreement that I have with myself as I start something. That agreement is based on a judgment." —Katharina Grosse

In this week’s Season 7 preview, artist Katharina Grosse describes a “thought-based” approach to creating work. Shown at work from Amaral Custom Fabrications in Bristol, Rhode Island, the artist spray paints sculptural elements for Just Two of Us—her 2013 exhibition for Public Art Fund (publicartfund) at MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn, New York.

WATCH: Preview of Katharina Grosse in Fiction

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Fiction airs Friday, November 14, 2014.

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7 episode, Fiction, 2014. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

In recognition of International Literacy Day here is Amy Hauft’s 1992 installation Whitman Raised, in which she posted Whitman’s 1855 ode to Brooklyn, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” in the trees of Cadman Plaza Park, steps from where Whitman first published Leaves of Grass.

Celebrate literacy by reading “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” in its entirety!

Photo credit: John Maggiotto

For #FashionFriday we are loving this mother and child combo looking very late-70’s. They’re experiencing Robert Taplin and Daniel Wolff’s 1978 work Nine Views of New Haven in New York, in which the artist and poet arranged a series of viewfinders throughout Manhattan that, when viewed in sequence, told the story of a love affair.  HD

For #FashionFriday we are loving this mother and child combo looking very late-70’s. They’re experiencing Robert Taplin and Daniel Wolff’s 1978 work Nine Views of New Haven in New York, in which the artist and poet arranged a series of viewfinders throughout Manhattan that, when viewed in sequence, told the story of a love affair. 

“The nicest thing about a public sculpture is that it doesn’t require an explanation.”

- Lawrence Weiner

For today’s #ThrowbackThursday here is Louise Bourgeois’ Maman and Spiders which closed thirteen years ago today at Rockefeller Center!

Photo Credit: Bart Barlow

Happy birthday to Mark Dion! To celebrate, here are images of his Urban Wildlife Observation center, full of specimens, reference materials, and equipment. For Public Art Fund’s Target Art in the Park in 2002, Dion consulted with local park rangers and biologists to highlight the wide variety of overlooked fauna and flora in Madison Square Park.  

Photo credit: Aaron Diskin

August 27th is Burger Day in London, but that won’t stop us from celebrating in New York! In solemn recognition, here is Andy Warhol eating a hamburger in Jorgen Leth’s 1981 film 66 Scenes From America!

Downtown Brooklyn art lovers interacting with Sam Falls’ exhibition Light Over Time, currently on view at Metrotech Commons.

All photos: James Ewing

An animated gif of Alfredo Jaar’s “A Logo For America” as it appeared in Times Square from April 19th to May 2nd, 1987 as part of Public Art Fund’s “Messages to the Public” series. See the revived version now in Times Square through August 31st as part of the Guggenheim’s “Under the Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today”  HD

An animated gif of Alfredo Jaar’s “A Logo For America” as it appeared in Times Square from April 19th to May 2nd, 1987 as part of Public Art Fund’s “Messages to the Public” series. See the revived version now in Times Square through August 31st as part of the Guggenheim’s “Under the Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today” 

Happy birthday to Andy Warhol from Public Art Fund! To celebrate, here are some images of how the monument came to be and the time it had in its sixteen month run in Union Square.

Image details:

  1. Happy birthday Andy! 
  2. An early 3D model of The Andy Monument courtesy of Rob Pruitt
  3. The crowd eagerly surrounds the shrouded monument 
  4. Rob Pruitt unveiling The Andy Monument
  5. Andy Warhol is once again surrounded by photographers
  6. Early tributes to the Monument: Brillo pads and Campbell’s Soup
  7. Later tributes: a heart shaped box of chocolates, artificial rose, and a few kisses for good measure

Photos: 1, 7 courtesy of Nora Gomez; 2 courtesy of Rob Pruitt; 3-6 © PATRICK MCMULLAN/CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan.com

Maureen King Fitzgerald (@relarks) sent us these amazing photos of the Split-Rocker installation from her offices in 30 Rock! Thanks Maureen! 

Happy birthday to Alexander Calder! Here are images from our 2007 exhibition Alexander Calder in New York. The show featured five large sculptures (he preferred to call them “stabiles”) in City Hall Park along with one of his largest mobiles in the City Hall rotunda. 

All photos credit: Tom Powel
Courtesy: © 2006 Estate of Alexander Calder / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Today in 1983 Janet Stein’s Untitled opened on the Times Square Spectacolor board for Public Art Fund’s Messages to the Public series.
Photos courtesy of Jane Dickson. HD

Today in 1983 Janet Stein’s Untitled opened on the Times Square Spectacolor board for Public Art Fund’s Messages to the Public series.

Photos courtesy of Jane Dickson.

Several views of Katharina Grosse’s Just Two of Us. Come visit it at Metrotech Commons before it closes this Sunday! 

Photo: @holaelsie

Congratulations to We The People artist Danh Vo on being selected to represent Denmark at the next Venice Biennale! Via GalleristNY: http://bit.ly/1o91ySD
Photo: Heinz Peter Knes HD

Congratulations to We The People artist Danh Vo on being selected to represent Denmark at the next Venice Biennale! Via GalleristNY: http://bit.ly/1o91ySD

Photo: Heinz Peter Knes

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