Here’s a little treat with which to coast into the holiday: Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series , which involves two actors performing hand gestures from State of the Union addresses given by George H. W. Bush in 1990 and Barack Obama in 2012. The work was performed at Derek Eller Gallery and MoMA PS1.
When artist Sarah Sze recreated her installation The Unaccountables (Encyclopedia) in 2010 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, France, she incorporated into her work things she was eating and things she found in the hotel. “Improvisation is crucial,” she says in a video just published by Art21 as she is shown clamping a piece of string to a table on which there’s a small potted cactus. “I want the work to be sort of an experience of something live. To have this feeling that it was improvised, that you can see decisions happening on site the way you see a live sports event, the way you hear jazz.”