News__ MTV Brings Back Art Breaks

April 03, 2012 | By

This photograph by Mickalene Thomas is a first taste of MTV's "Art Breaks"

After years of shockingly low brow programming, MTV has decided to revive its "Art Breaks" video series. It originally aired in 1985 and featured artists like Spike Jonze, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, and the new generation of artists are internationally acclaimed contemporary talents that deserve to share the spotlight with Nicki Minaj and Justin Beiber.

Beginning this week, "Art Breaks" will play between MTV's commercials and regular programming. The first instillation is from New York-based painter, Mickalene Thomas. Her video, "Ain't I a Woman Portraits," captures the retro style of her Blaxploitation canvases. Other "Art Breaks" artists, curated by MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, include Rashaad Newsome, Tala Madani, Jani Ruscica and Mads Lynnerup.

Check out the Tumbr for "Art Breaks" to see video previews before they hit MTV.

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