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DUMBO Art Tour: Art Under the Bridge & the 2008 Triangle Workshop

DUMBO Art Tour: Art Under the Bridge & the 2008 Triangle Workshop

It was a rainy Saturday and it was the kind of day that amplified the bizarrely romantic quality of Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. During the popular Art Under the Bridge festival …

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The Kalm Report: Art Vlogging as Performance & Critique

The Kalm Report: Art Vlogging as Performance & Critique

While I promised a view of DUMBO’s Art Under the Bridge festival today, I will have to leave that for tomorrow. But I did want to post this interview with …

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Letter from London

Letter From London: Protest Too Much

Letter from London

Letter From London: Protest Too Much

Whichever candidate succeeds this November, there will be a discernible effect in art. The last eight years have seen a resurgence of politically motivated art comparable to that produced during and …

Mark Dion; Courtesy Art:21.

Mark Dion Wins 2008 Lucelia Award

Mark Dion Wins 2008 Lucelia Award

  Mark Dion is the 2008 winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s prestigious Lucelia Artist Award. Given to an artist under fifty who has shown distinguished vision and achieved …

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Ephemeral or Permanent: Should Art Last? (A Panel Discussion)

Ephemeral or Permanent: Should Art Last? (A Panel Discussion)

Every two years, the Triangle Arts Association organizes a workshop that welcomes dozens of artists from around the world for the Triangle Workshop. Participating artists are offered free room and …

"MAD" (2008), Courtesy MAD.

First Opportunity at MAD and Last Chance at That Was Then…

First Opportunity at MAD and Last Chance at That Was Then…

Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the bigger and better Museum of Arts and Design opens this weekend in New York. Located in the dizzy vibrant Columbus Circle on the southwest …

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Kerry James Marshall | On Museums

Kerry James Marshall | On Museums

EXCLUSIVE: Kerry James Marshall discusses his relationship to museums during the installation of the exhibition Black Romantic at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, which features five paintings from the artist’s …

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Some Notable Links

Some Notable Links

The link is the lifeblood of any blogger and here are my picks for the week: >> According to AMNP, Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects hailed parametricism as the …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mining Ideas Part 2: Using Sketchbooks to Help Teach About Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mining Ideas Part 2: Using Sketchbooks to Help Teach About Contemporary Art

Last week’s Teaching With Contemporary Art column, Mining Ideas, had some very interesting thoughts and perspectives submitted by Jennifer, Eric, and Sue. I want to continue the dialogue this week …

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“Party at Phong’s House” Starts with a Plan for a Party & a Love of Abstract Art

“Party at Phong’s House” Starts with a Plan for a Party & a Love of Abstract Art

Artist Chris Martin admits that the initial idea behind the exhibition title, Party at Phong’s House, was to throw a party at Phong Bui‘s home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The longtime …

Kerry James Marshall, "Untitled (Pin-Up)", 2008. Acrylic on PVC panel. Courtesy Koplin Del Rio.

Kerry James Marshall in Southern California

Kerry James Marshall in Southern California

An exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Kerry James Marshall (Season 1) is on view at Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City, California through October 24, 2008. PORTRAITS, PIN-UPS And Wistful …

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Letter from London

Letter from London: Art During Wartime

Letter from London

Letter from London: Art During Wartime

All the talk around the potential sale of two of the most important paintings in British collections (Titian’s Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto) has generated more interest than usual in …

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Art Exhibit as Swap Meet: “Have a Painting? Leave a Painting. Need a Painting? Take a Painting”

Art Exhibit as Swap Meet: “Have a Painting? Leave a Painting. Need a Painting? Take a Painting”

Space is at a premium in New York and for that reason the idea of an art swap meet appealed to me. A longtime fan of alternatives to the art …

Raymond Pettibon, “No Title (Stop the War…)”, 1981. India ink and blue crayon on paper. Courtesy BFAS.

Kelley and Pettibon in Political Correct

Kelley and Pettibon in Political Correct

On view through October 25, 2008, Blondeau Fine Art Services(BFAS) in Genève, Switzerland presents the exhibition Political Correct. Taking Martin Kippenberger’s 1994 painting Ohne Titel (Political Correct III) as its starting point, the exhibition is …

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Two Weeks in the Life of a New York Art Blogger

Two Weeks in the Life of a New York Art Blogger

Hi, my name is Hrag Vartanian (Her-ug Var-tan-ian) and for the next few weeks I want to offer you a glimpse of New York’s vibrant art blogging, art non-profit, small …

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New guest blogger: Hrag Vartanian

New guest blogger: Hrag Vartanian

  Thanks to Erin Riley-Lopez over at the Bronx Museum for highlighting some very intriguing exhibitions. Up next is Hrag Vartanian, a New York-based writer and critic. Born to Armenian …

Judy Pfaff, "Year of the Dog" (2008). Courtesy Tandem Press.

Pfaff in Albany, Pfeiffer in Berlin

Pfaff in Albany, Pfeiffer in Berlin

The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York inaugurated its new art gallery at the Massry Center for the Arts this past weekend with a one-person exhibition by Season …

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[St.] Raymond Pettibon[e]: 1978-1986

[St.] Raymond Pettibon[e]: 1978-1986

Yesterday, the New York Times published a review of the exhibition [St.] Raymond Pettibon[e]: 1978-1986 at Specific Object in Chelsea. The review and the press release sparked my interest though …

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New Maya Lin film on Spark

New Maya Lin film on Spark

Our friends at KQED’s Spark have just released a brand-new film on renowned Art21 artist and architect, Maya Lin. The film follows her as she plans, constructs, and installs her …

David Novros, "4.24," Acrylic paint and metallic powder on canvas, four parts, 1965. Courtesy the Blanton Museum of Art

Art of the 1960s at the Blanton Museum of Art

Art of the 1960s at the Blanton Museum of Art

Two new exhibitions opening September 28, 2008 and running through January 18, 2009 at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas explore an overlooked chapter in regional art history. …

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Roundup: 30 Weeks & 30 Exclusive Videos

Roundup: 30 Weeks & 30 Exclusive Videos

Hooray! We’re celebrating thirty consecutive weeks of thirty exclusive online videos! Looking back over these past few months, we’ve featured several 2008 exhibitions by artists such as Eleanor Antin, Kerry …

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Gabriel Orozco | “Mobile Matrix”

Gabriel Orozco | “Mobile Matrix”

EXCLUSIVE: Gabriel Orozco discusses the process behind his sculpture Mobile Matrix (2006), a permanent installation for the José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City. Gabriel Orozco’s sculptures and photographs disrupt conventional …

Mickalene Thomas (American, b. 1971). A Little Taste Outside of Love, 2007. Acrylic, enamel, and rhinestones on wood enamel. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Giulia Borghese and Designated Purchase Fund, 2008.7a-c

21 at the Brooklyn Museum

21 at the Brooklyn Museum

On September 19, more than forty pieces from the Brooklyn Museum’s expanding collection of contemporary art will go on long-term view in a newly renovated 5,000 square-foot space. 21: Selections of Contemporary Art …

Agistators Collective, "Be Wary (Evil Eye)," 2008. Courtesy the artists.

Agitators Collective at Jersey City Museum

Agitators Collective at Jersey City Museum

Be sure to catch a glimpse of the newest Agitators Collective installation, Be Wary (Evil Eye), on view at the Jersey City Museum in the Atrium Gallery from September 18 …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mining Ideas

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mining Ideas

Getting students into good habits early in the year, such as regularly working with sketchbooks and journals- in the classroom and at home, is a way to help students “mine” …

Louise Bourgeois, "Spiral I" no date). Courtesy Cheim and Read New York.

Nochlin on Bourgeois at Guggenheim Tonight!

Nochlin on Bourgeois at Guggenheim Tonight!

Scholar Linda Nochlin discusses Louise Bourgeois’ “late style” within the context of the artist’s long and distinguished career. Focusing on the Bourgeois’ recent stuffed fabric sculptures, Nochlin contrasts this characteristic …

Artist Ann Hamilton is seen at work in this handout photo taken on May 9, 2008. Photographer: Sidney B. Felsen/Heinz Foundation via Bloomberg News.

Ann Hamilton Wins Heinz Prize

Ann Hamilton Wins Heinz Prize

Artforum.com and Bloomberg.com recently reported that Ann Hamilton (Season 1) is among the winners of the Heinz Family Foundation’s 2008 Human Achievement Awards. The Heinz Awards honors those who have distinguished themselves in …

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Letter from London

Letter from London: Hirst Among Equals

Letter from London

Letter from London: Hirst Among Equals

Art gets into the national news in the UK in four ways. One: a publically funded institution decides to purchase something of apparent worthlessness (a ‘pile of bricks,’ a can of poo) …

Maya Suess, Helmet Piece, 2008 Courtesy the artist

Conflux 2008

Conflux 2008

From Thursday through Sunday, September 14th, Conflux, the art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space, will present a number of art installations, street art interventions, …

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, "Johnny", 2004. High Definition Video with sound transferred to DVD. Duration: 3 min 51 secs, loop. Installation dimensions variable.©Courtesy the Artists and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

Hubbard/Birchler: No Room to Answer

Hubbard/Birchler: No Room to Answer

Hubbard/Birchler: No Room to Answer is the first major survey in an American museum of works by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler (Season 3). The exhibition is on view from September 14, …

Louise Bourgeois, Installation view of "ECHO." Courtesy Cheim & Read.

Louise Bourgeois at Cheim & Read

Louise Bourgeois at Cheim & Read

While the major exhibition Louise Bourgeois is still on view at the Guggenheim, a display of recent sculptures and gouaches by the Season 2 artist recently opened at Cheim & Read. The sculptures, entitled Echo, date from 2007 …

Barry McGee, Untitled (2008). Courtesy Radio 3 Gallery.

Surprise Barry McGee Show at Ratio 3

Surprise Barry McGee Show at Ratio 3

Everyone loves surprises. Barry McGee, aka Twist, aka Ray Fong, and now aka Lydia Fong, opened an unannounced exhibition last week in San Francisco at Ratio 3 Gallery. Things looked …

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Nancy Spero | Leon Golub’s “Gigantomachy II”

Nancy Spero | Leon Golub’s “Gigantomachy II”

EXCLUSIVE: Leon Golub’s Gigantomachy II (1966) and Nancy Spero’s Maypole: Take No Prisoners (2007) in her New York studio. A pioneer of feminist art, Nancy Spero’s work since the 1960s …

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Arturo Herrera at Gallery 16

Arturo Herrera at Gallery 16

  On view from September 12 through November 7, 2008, 15 years of Gallery 16: These Are the People in Your Neighborhood celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of Gallery 16 in San Francisco’s SoMA district.  Artists from the …

Thakoon Dress (2008). Courtesy Keith Bedford and Reuters.

Laurie Simmons at Fashion Week

Laurie Simmons at Fashion Week

Segueing from the start of the New York fall art season last week to Fashion Week’s spring collections, we have neck and neck competition from the world of the critical …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Questions for Artist-Educators

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Questions for Artist-Educators

Last week’s column reflected on the different ways to pair and juxtapose Art21 photographers and/or artists that use photography as a tool in their work. Throughout the conversations that inspired …