I stumbled on The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “The Artist Project” videos. I hope you find the artists Nick Cave, Visual Artist, on Kuba Cloths and Julie Mehretu on Velazquez’s Juan de Pareja perspectives enlightening. Over the next several weeks to come, I will be sharing other artists’ videos.
Ever since it was founded in 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been a place where artists come to gain inspiration from works of art from their own time and place, and also from across time and cultures.
The Artist Project is an online series in which artists have an opportunity to respond to an encyclopedic collection.
From March 2015 to June 2016, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will invite 120 artists—local, national, and global—to choose individual works of art or galleries that spark their imaginations. In this online series, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum and The Met. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.
Over the course of six seasons, The Artist Project will share the perspectives of one hundred and twenty artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.