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Eleanor Antin's "Helen's Vengeance" and "Casting Call"

Eleanor Antin | “Helen’s Odyssey”

Eleanor Antin | “Helen’s Odyssey”

EXCLUSIVE: Eleanor Antin’s exhibition Helen’s Odyssey (2007) installed at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. Antin discusses the historical figure Helen of Troy, and how she became the inspiration …

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Conversations | Charles Atlas with Lia Gangitano | Ask questions for follow-up interview

Conversations | Charles Atlas with Lia Gangitano | Ask questions for follow-up interview

The following interview took place at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library on April 7, 2008, following a screening of the Art:21 episode Paradox. Consulting Director and …

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Support Art21 – Win DVDs and Books!

Support Art21 – Win DVDs and Books!

Welcome to Art21′s first ever online fundraising drive! The drive launches today and will run through June 20, 2008, simultaneously at Art21.org/donate and via the Art21 Facebook Cause. Throughout the …

Allora & Calzadilla, "Performance still," Courtesy Haus der Kunst

Allora & Calzadilla’s Ode to Joy

Allora & Calzadilla’s Ode to Joy

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla create public ‘situations’ where the audience commonly plays a communicative or interactive role. Their films, performances, sculptures, site-specific works and actions often address political themes …

Mark Dion, sketch for "Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit", 2006.

Mark Dion and the Folkestone Triennial

Mark Dion and the Folkestone Triennial

The inaugural Folkestone Triennial, titled Tales of Time and Space, will open this Saturday, June 14 with a new work by Season 4 artist Mark Dion. A medium-sized town 66 …

Untitled photo by Amanda Cianciulli, age 17

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Second Look

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Second Look

In the May 14th column I commented on the fact that some people were having a hard time incorporating Season 4 artists into their classrooms and studios. This weekend, hiding …

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Contemporary Jewish Museum Opens in San Francisco

Contemporary Jewish Museum Opens in San Francisco

On Sunday, June 8th, San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum welcomed visitors for the first time in their new building designed by Daniel Libeskind, architect of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. …

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EXIT and Enter

EXIT and Enter

I’ve already mentioned that one way to catch up on the contemporary Danish art scene is to get a glimpse of Forårsudstillingen at Charlottenborg, but another and maybe even more …

Barry McGee, Cinelli/RVCA frame. Courtesy RVCA/Cinelli.

McGee Meets Cinelli

McGee Meets Cinelli

Season 1 artist Barry McGee has collaborated with the legendary Italian bicycle company Cinelli and street-hip lifestyle brand RVCA to create a limited edition Super Corsa Pista bike frame. Only …

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Island of Misfit Toys

Island of Misfit Toys

Salon 94 Freemans just announced that Art21 artist Maya Lin (Season 1), will create a site specific installation in their downtown New York City gallery space. This installation is described …

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Art & Arms

Art & Arms

Controversial and highly provocative Danish artist Kristian von Hornsleth has established a new artistic and capitalistic project, Hornsleth Arms Invest Corporation, HAIC, which challenges the border between art and reality; …

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Berliner Salon: Sensitive Thinking Post-Basel

Berliner Salon: Sensitive Thinking Post-Basel

Berlin was oddly still this week. It seems everyone has gone to Art Basel. Although I’m sure Basel is the circus of fabulous wealth, beautiful objects and pretty people that …

Andrea Zittel, installation view at Regen Projects. 2008. Courtesy Regen Projects.

AZ in LA at RP

AZ in LA at RP

Andrea Zittel (Season 1) presents two new installations at Regen Projects in Los Angeles. The first, Energetic Accumulators, is an extension of the Raugh Furniture series, begun in 1998. While …

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Hot Topic is not Punk Rock!

Hot Topic is not Punk Rock!

Reading Ben Street’s recent post Pop (and) Art, I started to consider links between music and art. It is easy to support Ben’s idea that the relationship between music and …

Caption: An-My Lê, (Right) "Trap Rock (shot I)” and (Left) "Trap Rock (truck load out)," 2006. © An-My Lê, courtesy Murray Guy, New York.

An-My Lê | Becoming an Artist

An-My Lê | Becoming an Artist

EXCLUSIVE: An-My Lê discusses how she came to be an artist after studying biology, while printing a photograph from the series Trap Rock (2006) in her New York studio. An-My …

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Barthes revisited: photographic experiments

Barthes revisited: photographic experiments

Our exposure to the photographic image on a professional as well as a private level has steadily increased since the first photograph saw the light of day in 1839. The …

Hiroshi Sugimoto, "“Seto Inland Sea, Yashima", 2001, Gelatin-silver print. Courtesy of the artist.

Counter-Photography: Japan’s Artists Today

Counter-Photography: Japan’s Artists Today

The Japan Foundation, Manila and the National Museum of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan present a joint photography exhibition to usher in the celebration of Philippines-Japan …

Earnie Grafton. 2008. Courtesy Union Tribune.

Barbara Kruger’s “Another” at UCSD

Barbara Kruger’s “Another” at UCSD

Barbara Kruger (Season 1) has created a wall and floor mural for the 4-story atrium of the Price Center East at the University of California San Diego, where the artist …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Helping Hands

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Helping Hands

I hate to start this column every week by thanking people like it’s a Borscht Belt nightclub, but Teaching With Contemporary Art is off to a great start in its …

Richard Serra, Doctor of Fine Arts, Williams College 2008

Que Será, Serra: Artist Gives Commencement Address

Que Será, Serra: Artist Gives Commencement Address

Richard Serra (Season 1) addressed the Williams class of 2008 during the celebration of the college’s 219th commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 1. His speech, “If Not Now, When?” reads …

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Rebirth of Danish art and design

Rebirth of Danish art and design

If you want to keep track of modern Danish art and design, Forårsudstillingen at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen is a pivotal point of departure. Yesterday was the final day of …

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, "Art in the Twenty-First Century," production still, 2007.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle wins Richard H. Driehaus Foundation award

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle wins Richard H. Driehaus Foundation award

Art21 artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (Season 4) is the winner of a 2008 individual artist award granted by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. This award recognizes artists living in the Chicago …

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New guest blogger: Karen Johanne Bruhn

New guest blogger: Karen Johanne Bruhn

Hot on the heels of her review of Sally Mann’s exhibition at the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen, we are pleased to welcome Karen Johanne Bruhn to the guest …

J. Morgan Puett. Courtesy the NY Times.

Mark Dion at Mildred’s Lane

Mark Dion at Mildred’s Lane

Somewhere in rural northern Pennsylvania, fashion designer and artist J. Morgan Puett has been steadily building a home and creating an eccentric future that is lost in the past of …

Trenton Doyle Hancock, "AND THE BRANCHES BECAME AS STORM CLOUDS", 2003, Mixed media on canvas. Photo courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and the American Folk Art Museum.

Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger

Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger

Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger at the American Folk Art Museum examines the influence of Darger’s work on eleven artists, who respond not only to the “aesthetic beauty of Darger’s …