The first offering Art Contains Multitudes, scripted by New York Magazine’s Senior Art Critic Jerry Saltz, delves into art history and considers how modern art is an extension of cave art origins. Saltz is widely recognised as one of the greatest contemporary critics with a career spanning over 20 years. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism three times and has guest critiqued at a number of universities. Saltz’s playful yet informative film promotes deep-thinking into the images that we digest on a daily basis and how the subjective mind allows art to develop. Throughout the film we hear from three forward-thinking artists, Kehdine Wiley a New York-based portrait painter who primarily paints men and women of colour, Shantell Martin a creative whose art is dictated by the movements of her pen and Oliver Jeffers, a northern-Irish artist and illustrator who presents an interesting argument regarding creativity vs. destruction.
The series is inspired by the 1972 BAFTA-winning BBC television series Ways Of Seeing, within which John Berger sought to “question some of the assumptions usually made about the tradition of European painting.”
Tiffany & Co has a heritage steeped in the arts. The labels founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, was an orignal trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tiffany’s son Louis Comfort Tiffany was a respected designer and jeweller of the American Art Nouveau Movement. Aside from concisely producing the most covetable luxury accessories, the brand have continued to build on their art and design heritage. They have confirmed sponsorship of the next three Whitney Biennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and this new video series further establishes Tiffany & Co as a fierce supporter of art in all of its diverse forms.
The second of five films in the New Ways of Seeing series will be presented by the multi-talented Miranda July and will be exclusively premiered by Wonderland.