Artspace Magazine's brand new series "Art Video + Video Art" brings you three short films that provide context for the month's goings-on. For this edition, we're watching films either by or about three of the artists we featured in this month's "Artist to Watch": Sarah Lucas, whose survey at the New Museum opens September 26; Martine Syms, who this month has solo shows at both Bridget Donahue in New York and Sadie Coles HQ in London; and João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, who have their first exhibition in New York at Andrew Kreps this month.
For more information about each of these artists, why they're important, and what to expect to see at their shows this month, read our "Artists to Watch This September 2018" article. Otherwise, pop some corn, get comfy on the couch, and enjoy!
Fried eggs and spam: behind the scenes at the 2015 Venice Biennale with Sarah Lucas
Via The Guardian
While this video was produced three years ago for the Venice Biennale, it gives a great overview of not only Lucas' work, but also a intimate glimpse of the artist—and her vivacious spirit and irreverent attitude that she expresses so clearly through her work. Hear Lucas talk about her show, and prepare yourself for Lucas' major, 3-floor survey at the New Museum "Au Natural" opening September 26.
The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto
In 2013, artist and filmmaker Martine Syms published a piece on Rhizome called "The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto." It was so popular, she then turned the text piece into a new film on Artbound. Featuring techno producer Delroy Edwards, video artist Nicole Miller, curator Erin Christovale, and writer Tis Bryant, the video is a great way to introduce yourself to the artist's philosophy before seeing her solo shows at Bridget Donahue in New York or at Sadie Cole HQ in London this month.
JOÃO MARIA GUSUMÃO + PEDRO PAIVA
Via São Tomé and Príncipe Biennale and Frac Île-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris.
We attempted to write about the films of Porteguese artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, but they're so non-linear and abstract, they're much better watched than explained. Watch their 2011 film in preparation for their first New York exhibition at Andrew Kreps this month.