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Sugimoto + U2

Sugimoto + U2

Word on the street is that one of Hiroshi Sugimoto‘s images will be used as the cover for U2‘s upcoming album No Line on the Horizon, scheduled for release March …

Janine Antoni "T-E-A-R" (2008)

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 3), the Lower Ninth Ward

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 3), the Lower Ninth Ward

If the impact of Katrina now seems minimal in the rest of New Orleans, in the Lower Ninth Ward it was obviously devastating. My guide, who has since become a …

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Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Myths, metaphors, and more: Interview with Eleanor Antin, Part 1

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Myths, metaphors, and more: Interview with Eleanor Antin, Part 1

Last month I had the good fortune to speak with Eleanor Antin (Season 2) in a series of lively and engaging emails that included her thoughts on preparing for exhibitions, …

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Touring Prospect.1 in Photos (Part 2)

Touring Prospect.1 in Photos (Part 2)

As promised, here is a small visual taste of the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ Prospect.1 biennial. More detailed posts about the art in the Lower Ninth Ward, the …

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What does new and interesting mean?

What does new and interesting mean?

If you find yourself in Athens between now and January 24th, follow my advice and visit the What does new and interesting mean? exhibition at AD gallery. This group show is curated …

Art21 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art21 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art21 is collaborating with the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) on a public program series titled Art:21 at SAAM. The film series presents episodes from the award winning television program …

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Flash Points

Teaching with controversial subject matter

Flash Points

Teaching with controversial subject matter

On the topic of art and controversy, I thought I’d share a teaching-related story of my own. Previously to working at Art21, I was an associate educator at the New …

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Letter from London

Letter from London: The sound of two hands being rubbed together

Letter from London

Letter from London: The sound of two hands being rubbed together

Schadenfreude is so central to how the art world functions that it’s no surprise to hear the sound of two hands rubbing together when it comes to talk of how the economic …

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Touring Prospect.1, Talking to Curator Dan Cameron (Part 1)

Touring Prospect.1, Talking to Curator Dan Cameron (Part 1)

I arrived in New Orleans in December on an auspicious occasion—it was the first snow fall since 2004 and one of only a few that has touched down in this …

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The Age of Images

The Age of Images

Television: the small screen, the idiot box, the tube, the boob tube, or the box. With all that’s on television nowadays, Katerina Zacharopoulou presents The Age of Images – a …

Nancy Spero
, "Lovers IX," 1965
. Courtesy Galerie Lelong.

Nancy Spero at Galerie Lelong

Nancy Spero at Galerie Lelong

Nancy Spero‘s Un Coup de Dent opened this week at Galerie Lelong, New York. The Season 4 artist exhibits an early body of expressionistic works referred to as the Black …

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Flash Points

Using contemporary art to help open conversations

Flash Points

Using contemporary art to help open conversations

What’s the place of contemporary art in schools?  What’s the place of “controversial” contemporary art in schools? And what’s our responsibility as teachers? The very best contemporary art speaks a …

Burnt Christmas tree and police, in Athens Greece

Rambo is missing his brothers!

Rambo is missing his brothers!

Veiled in a cloud of national bereavement, I am here to write about art, but first there will be an introduction. The peaceful demonstrations, the protests, the riots, the rallies, …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

In-Progress

Teaching with Contemporary Art

In-Progress

Teaching in the arts requires, at one ugly point or another, to have veiled conversations called critiques. They are hideous things that most students from middle school through graduate school …

Douglas Gordon, 24 hour psycho back and forth and to and fro, 2008. Video installation with two screens and two video projections, 24-hour loop, Courtesy the artist. Installation view, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Photo: Kristopher McKay

24-Hour Marathon at the Guggenheim

24-Hour Marathon at the Guggenheim

Tonight, starting at 6pm, the Guggenheim hosts a 24-hour durational event concentrating on the concept of time, including its “myriad philosophical, psychological, biological, sociological, poetic, aesthetic, and economic manifestations… geared …

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New guest blogger: Georgia Kotretsos

New guest blogger: Georgia Kotretsos

Happy 2009! The year’s first guest blogger is Georgia Kotretsos, an artist based in Athens, Greece. Kotretsos holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004) …

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Migration Patterns

Migration Patterns

Each year the tide of the art world carries hundreds of young artists into Chicago’s several art schools to earn their MFAs. And each year the tide also carries a …

Caption: Robert Adams, (Left) "From Lookout Mountain, at Buffalo Bill's Grave. Jefferson County, Colorado" and (Right)  "Sunday School, a Church in a New Tract, Colorado Springs," 2007. © Robert Adams

Robert Adams | Light

Robert Adams | Light

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Adams in his Oregon home. Robert Adams’s black-and-white photographs document scenes of the American West, revealing the impact of human activity on the last vestiges of wilderness and …

"Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century," production stills, 2007. © Art21, Inc.

Judy Pfaff | Assistant Rob van Erve

Judy Pfaff | Assistant Rob van Erve

EXCLUSIVE: Assistant Rob van Erve during the making of Judy Pfaff’s installation Buckets of Rain (2006) in the artist’s studio in Tivoli, New York. Balancing intense planning with improvisational decision-making, …