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Architectural DigestJuly 31, 2015

“20 Artists Pick Their Favorite Artworks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art” by Stefanie Waldek

Today the Metropolitan Museum of Art released the highly anticipated second season of “The Artist Project,” a video series in which contemporary artists choose their favorite work of art or gallery in the museum. Continuing the trend set in the first episodes, the 20 artists of season two have picked quite a diverse range of objects that span both place and time. Iranian painter Y. Z. Kami favors Egyptian mummy masks, while Japanese photographer and videographer Mariko Mori is partial to Botticelli’s The Annunciation.

The museum has long inspired artists from around the globe. “I arrived in New York in 1977,” says Korean ballpoint­ pen artist Il Lee, who chose Rembrandt’s portraits for his episode. “The next day, I came to the Met Museum.”

The first season launched in March and included artists John Baldessari, Nick Cave, Mickalene Thomas, and Xu Bing, among others. The three remaining seasons will be released over the course of the next eight months.

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