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Salvador Dali and Alice Cooper

Pop (and) Art

Pop (and) Art

The relationship between fine art and pop music is characterised most often by a specific historical period in Europe and America, the mid-sixties, which is probably the closest point there …

Louise Bourgeois, "La Rivière Gentille." 2007. Mixed media on paper. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Zurich.

Louise Bourgeois’ River Life at Hauser & Wirth

Louise Bourgeois’ River Life at Hauser & Wirth

Opening this Saturday at Hauser & Wirth Zurich is an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ (Season 1) beautiful series on paper La Rivière Gentille (2007). Occupying three tiers around the gallery, …

Mike Kelly, "Kandors," Installation view, 2007. Copyright Fredrick Nilsen. Courtesy Mike Kelly and Jablonk Galerie, Cologne/Berlin.

Berliner Salon: First steps in Kraków + Mike Kelley and Raymond Pettibon at auction

Berliner Salon: First steps in Kraków + Mike Kelley and Raymond Pettibon at auction

Yesterday witnessed the inauguration of an exhibition at the National Museum in Kraków, Poland that is being heralded as the “first step towards a collection of Western contemporary art.” In …

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Sally Mann on Denmark’s radar

Sally Mann on Denmark’s radar

Following is a special report on Season 1 artist Sally Mann, just in from our fabulous former intern Karen Johanne Bruhn, now back home in Copenhagen… During the past few …

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Josiah McElheny | “Conceptual Drawings for a Chandelier, 1965″

Josiah McElheny | “Conceptual Drawings for a Chandelier, 1965″

EXCLUSIVE: Josiah McElheny discusses his film Conceptual Drawings for a Chandelier, 1965 (2005), shot at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Josiah McElheny creates finely crafted, handmade glass objects that …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Pre-Teen Wolf

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Pre-Teen Wolf

I spent last Sunday morning at the National Gallery with a large group of very small children in front of Sassetta’s early Renaissance painting of St Francis and the Wolf …

Matthew Riochie, "Forge." 2007, Oil and marker on linen. COurtesy Jay Jopling/White Cube and Andrea Rosen.

Matthew Ritchie at White Cube

Matthew Ritchie at White Cube

Matthew Ritchie’s Ghost Operator opened last week at White Cube and will run until June 28. The Season 3 artist’s enveloping installation transforms the entire gallery using an array of …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Finding a Balance (Part 2)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Finding a Balance (Part 2)

Many thanks to Yolanda, MK, William, and Suzanne for their responses to our third post last week. To continue the conversation, I’d like to address some of the comments made …

Rachel Whiteread, “Village”, 2006-2008, Mixed media. Copyright © Rachel Whiteread. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

Do-Ho Suh in “Psycho Buildings”

Do-Ho Suh in “Psycho Buildings”

New work by Art21 artist Do-Ho Suh (Season 2) is on view today through August 25, 2008 in the exhibition Psycho Buildings: Artists and Architecture at The Hayward Gallery in London. …

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Elegy for Robert Rauschenberg

Elegy for Robert Rauschenberg

Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in that gap between the two.) — Robert Rauschenberg, 1959 Elegy for Robert Rauschenberg is …

Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh in "Lust for Life" (1956)

Best Supporting Artists

Best Supporting Artists

Artists in films tend to act as shorthand for oversensitive loners, just as lawyers in films are shorthand for unscrupulous money-grubbers and people with British accents are shorthand for oleaginous …

Mark Dion, "Neukom Vivarium," 2006. Courtesy the Seattle Art Museum

Mark Dion | “Neukom Vivarium”

Mark Dion | “Neukom Vivarium”

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Dion leads a discussion of his installation Neukom Vivarium (2006) at the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle. Mark Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public …

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Cai Guo-Qiang media explosion

Cai Guo-Qiang media explosion

Art21 artist (Season 3) Cai Guo-Qiang‘s exhibition I Want to Believe at the Guggenheim Museum may go down as the most-documented show on video of 2008 in New York. However, …

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Dream,” 2008, Mixed media. Courtesy of Cai Studio.

Up to the Minute: Cai Guo-Qiang

Up to the Minute: Cai Guo-Qiang

Exhibition: I Want to Believe, the acclaimed retrospective exhibition of works by Cai Guo-Qiang (Season 3) closes at the Guggenheim Museum, New York next Wednesday, May 28. Also closing is …

Lucian Freud, “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping”, 1995. Courtesy Getty Images.

Bacon: Whoopee

Bacon: Whoopee

Roman Abramovich, the partially-bearded Russian owner of Chelsea Football Club (AKA ‘Chelski’), and 16th-richest person in the world (according to Forbes), was this week reportedly the purchaser of two paintings …

Kerry James Marshall, “Untitled (painter)”, 2008, acrylic on PVC. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery.

Kerry James Marshall at Jack Shainman Gallery

Kerry James Marshall at Jack Shainman Gallery

Recent paintings by Art21 artist Kerry James Marshall (Season 1) are on view May 22 through July 3, 2008 at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. The exhibition, titled Black …

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Conversations | Judy Pfaff with Betsy Sussler part 3

Conversations | Judy Pfaff with Betsy Sussler part 3

Following is the conclusion of the conversation between Judy Pfaff and BOMB Magazine‘s Betsy Sussler that took place on March 3, 2008 at the Mid-Manhattan Library. BS: I’m going to …

Sharon Styer, "Maya Lin at the Museum of Glass." No date. COurtesy the artist and Museum of Glass.

Maya Lin Awarded Van Alen Prize

Maya Lin Awarded Van Alen Prize

Van Alen Institute announced yesterday that Maya Lin (Season 2) has been awarded the New York Prize Senior Fellowship.  Appointed Senior Fellows are accomplished thinkers, artists and practitioners who have …

Sally Mann, "Emmett, Jessie, and Virginia", Gelatin silver print, 1989. Courtesy the artist and Edwyn Houk Gallery, New York.

Jessie Mann Discusses the Role of the Subject in Art

Jessie Mann Discusses the Role of the Subject in Art

This week, photography blog Subjectify is featuring a serialized interview with Jessie Mann, daughter of photographer Sally Mann (Season One) and the subject of much of her mother’s work. (That’s …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Finding A Balance (Part 1)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Finding A Balance (Part 1)

Time and time again, we are reminded how sharing work by a variety of artists can inspire new thinking, perspectives, techniques, and meaningful questions, but we often get swept up …

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Danger Book: Suicide Fireworks”, flammable and adhesive substances and gunpowder, 2008. Courtesy Ivory Press.

(Artist) Frays Book

(Artist) Frays Book

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s latest exhibition, Blood on Paper: The Art of The Book, showcases book-based work by a wealth of modern and contemporary artists, including Cai Guo-Qiang and …

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Conversations | Judy Pfaff with Betsy Sussler part 2

Conversations | Judy Pfaff with Betsy Sussler part 2

The following is the second part of the conversation between Judy Pfaff and BOMB Magazine‘s Betsy Sussler that took place on March 3, 2008 at the Mid-Manhattan Library. BS: I …

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Turner: New Leaf?

Turner: New Leaf?

The announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Turner Prize has coincided neatly with a short-lived heatwave in the UK that sent Londoners leaping out of their winter clothes to …

Photo of Mike Kelley by Filip van Zieleghem. Courtesy of Wiels Contemporary Art Center (Brussles, Belgium).

Mike Kelley at the National Museum Kraków

Mike Kelley at the National Museum Kraków

According to Artforum.com and The Art Newspaper, the National Museum, Kraków is scheduled to open a new department of contemporary Western art this month—the first devoted to a collection of …

Raymond Pettibon, "No Title (Wild LSD)," 1985. COurtesy the artist and BFAS.

Pettibon’s Punk Epocha at BFAS

Pettibon’s Punk Epocha at BFAS

Raymond Pettibon‘s (Season 2) Punk Epocha: 70 Drawings from the Eighties opens this Thursday at Blondeau Fine Art Services in Geneva. The solo exhibition runs through July 19 and includes …

Raymond Pettibon, "No Title (I Thought California)", 1989, Lithograph. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Orange County Museum of Art.

2008 California Biennial

2008 California Biennial

The Orange County Museum of Art recently announced the names of fifty artists selected to participate in the 2008 California Biennial (CB08). The Museum launched the California Biennial in 1984; …

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Conversations | Judy Pfaff with Betsy Sussler part 1

Conversations | Judy Pfaff with Betsy Sussler part 1

The following interview took place at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library on March 3, 2008, following a screening of the Art:21 episode Romance. Featured artist Judy …

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New guest blogger: Ben Street

New guest blogger: Ben Street

Thanks to Rosanna Flouty of the ICA Boston for all her colorful, engaging posts. Up next is Ben Street, who teaches Art History at Westminster School in central London and …

Alec Soth, Untitled 02, Bogotá, Chromogenic Color Print, 2002. Courtesy the artist.

Berliner Salon: The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and Alec Soth

Berliner Salon: The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and Alec Soth

Disclaimer: the following post is biased, self-indulgent, anecdotal and probably too long for a blog. Yesterday I had the delight of seeing one of my all time favorite people for …

Laurie Simmons, "Woman Listening to the Radio", 1978, b/w photograph. Courtesy of Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art.

Laurie Simmons: In and Around the House

Laurie Simmons: In and Around the House

In and Around the House, the first comprehensive survey of early black and white photographs by Art21 artist Laurie Simmons (Season 4), opens tomorrow at Carolina Nitsch Project Room in …

James Nares, "Rome 78". Film still. Courtesy the artist.

When in Rome 78

When in Rome 78

Through May 22nd at Anthology Film Archives is a retrospective of artist/filmmaker James Nares, perhaps best known for Rome 78, an anachronistic, subcultural take on decadent Rome via New York …


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Josiah McElheny | “The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown”

Josiah McElheny | “The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown”

(Also watch Josiah McElheny’s “Conceptual Drawings for a Chandelier, 1965″ on the Art21 blog.) EXCLUSIVE: Josiah McElheny discusses his installation The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown (2007) at the Museum …

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McElheny, Mies, & Modernism

McElheny, Mies, & Modernism

In this week’s Art:21 video and interview The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown, artist Josiah McElheny references a number of modernist figures and projects, from architects Bruno Taut and Mies …

Mark Bradford, "Help Us." 2008. Courtesy the Artist and Sikemma Jenkins.

Mark Bradford’s Help Us

Mark Bradford’s Help Us

On view now at the Carnegie International’s Life on Mars exhibition is Mark Bradford’s (Season 4) rooftop installation Help Us, a white stone sculpture that is theoretically visible from Google …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Expanding the Definition(s): Some Days Are Easier Than Others

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Expanding the Definition(s): Some Days Are Easier Than Others

Many thanks to those who have helped get the Teaching with Contemporary Art column off to a smooth start! Recently, a few friends and colleagues have mentioned (even e-mailed) about …

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Allora and Calzadilla at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Allora and Calzadilla at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland celebrates its 10-year anniversary with the exhibition Fluid Street-Alone, Together. Art21 artists Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla (Season 4) are included along with fifteen other artists who use the …