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Open for Babble, ArtBabble is Live!

Art-Bab-ble [ahrt-bab-uhl]
noun; verb (used without object) -bled, -bling

1. free flowing conversation, about art, for anyone.
2. a place where everyone is invited to join an open, ongoing discussion – no art degree required.

At Art21, we have been burning the midnight oil working on Season 5 of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century, but we are in good company with the Web/New Media departments at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They are the creators of ArtBabble, which launched today! We mentioned the site a few weeks ago on the blog. And the New York Times seems to think it’s cool too.

So what is ArtBabble?

ArtBabble was conceived, initiated, designed, built, sculpted, programmed, shot, edited, painted and launched by a cross-departmental collection of individuals at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). It is intended to showcase video art content in high quality format from a variety of sources and perspectives.

ArtBabble was created so others will join in spreading the world of art through video.

Sounds good, right? We thought so too when Daniel Incandela and Rob Stein at the IMA invited us to be a contributing partner to this new project, we said, “YES!” We could not turn down this invitation to be part of a Web community that showcases videos about art and dedicates itself to open dialogue and accessibility.

The design of the site is fun and quirky and the interface allows us to add tabs with notes. Through ArtBabble, Art21 can provide you with behind-the-scenes commentary, fun facts, and additional information about artists and sources for their inspiration.

Art21 showed up with 19 of our own Exclusive videos, 13 of which are premiering on ArtBabble before they will be available on iTunes, YouTube, or the Art21 Blog. Watch the new videos on artists Arturo Herrera, Ellen Gallagher, Jessica Stockholder, Richard Tuttle, Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Josiah McElheny, and Oliver Herring.

Also as part of this launch, we wanted to give you Art21 aficionados an extra secret sneak peek into Season 5 (coming in Fall 2009). You think you know which artists will be featured in the new season? See for yourself!

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