A playfully absurdist portrait of sculptor and performance artist Aki Sasamoto from Art21. Part of their New York Up Close series, “An Artist Walks into a Bar” combines fiction and documentary to explore the magical realist world of spinning objects particular to Sasamoto’s way of thinking and deadpan style. Drinking and bar culture serves as a source of inspiration for much of her recent work, so a real-world Brooklyn bar becomes a fitting stage for Sasamoto to reflect on past projects and recent motherhood.


Aki Sasamoto
Ray Ekwurtzel-Sasamoto
Pau Atela
Romina Gonzales
Anna Peterson

Directors: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland
Producer: Ava Wiland
Editor: Rafael Salazar
Cinematography: Jon Nelson & Rafael Salazar
Digital Compositor: Luis M. Pla
Series Producer for Art21: Nick Ravich


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