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Seoidín O'Sullivan

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Seoidín O’Sullivan

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Seoidín O’Sullivan

Seoidín O’Sullivan is an artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Her art practice investigates sociopolitical and ecological narratives, which she represents in critically engaged and poetic ways. Working within a group—an …

Ida Applebroog | Collecting

Ida Applebroog | Collecting

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: Artist Ida Applebroog leads a tour of her personal collection of thrift store and auction finds, in her home and studio in …

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Holla from Hotlanta

Holla from Hotlanta

Beyond Tutlanta… I’m writing from Atlanta. A newcomer, I have just learned gardenias are a sign of summer. Apparently, so are Monet’s Water Lilies, which will be temporarily transplanted from …

Allora and Calzadilla- production still (2007).

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Summer Reading Part 1

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Summer Reading Part 1

As we get closer to rounding out another academic year, it’s probably a good time to think about some of the books that might make it onto our summer reading …

Martin Puryear, "Untitled I", 2002. Aquatint etching. Ed: 40. Courtesy of Barbara Krakow.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

The Cincinnati Art Museum has announced an exhibition of prints by Season 2 artist Martin Puryear. The show is scheduled to open December 2009.   Barbara Kruger (Season 1) is …

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Letter from London

Letter from London: The Bubble with Troubles

Letter from London

Letter from London: The Bubble with Troubles

  Working in contemporary art is like being part of a huge extended family of annoying extroverts. “Yes…I’m related to them,” you end up having to explain, as they pull …

New guest blogger: Victoria Lichtendorf

New guest blogger: Victoria Lichtendorf

Thanks to Kemi Ilesanmi from Creative Capital for her series of engaging interviews and artgoing tips. Up next is Victoria Lichtendorf. Victoria, a museum educator, is a recent transplant from New …

Josiah McElheny | Assistant Martha Friedman

Josiah McElheny | Assistant Martha Friedman

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: Watch artist Josiah McElheny and assistant Martha Friedman transform clear hand-blown glass objects into mirrored surfaces in his Brooklyn, NY studio. Josiah …

Pilar Tema and Ilana Percher, "Jell-O Bog," 2007.

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Reflection in the Porcelain Pond

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Reflection in the Porcelain Pond

In the fine art world, the story of the thing is the stuff comprising the thing. Paint, bronze, steel, video, screenprinting, mud, written language—the work is about the medium. And …

"Economic Times Hit The Nat Hist Museum" by uncleboatshoes on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/uncleboatshoes)

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The best is not quite over…

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The best is not quite over…

One of the first rules for the nouveau riche is to save a little for a rainy day. Unfortunately, in the doom and gloom that has come with daily announcements …

Simone Leigh, "The Gods Must Be Crazy," installation view, 2009. Courtesy Sculpture Center and the Artist.

An Interview with Simone Leigh

An Interview with Simone Leigh

Simone Leigh is a new world artist/ceramicist of the highest order. Her gnarly yet incredibly beautiful objects and installations provoke, inspire, and remain with you. She works her particular brand …

Eleanor Antin, "The King" 1972. Video (black and white, silent), TRT: 52 min. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

Don’t Miss: Eleanor Antin at the Drawing Center

Don’t Miss: Eleanor Antin at the Drawing Center

If you missed Eleanor Antin (Season 2) at Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) last night, you can catch her at the Drawing Center this evening. Antin will be reading from her memoir entitled, Conversations …

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, "As-yet-untitled work," 2009. Photograph, Ugandan bark-cloth bags, screw. Courtesy the Artist.

An Interview with Paul Mpagi Sepuya

An Interview with Paul Mpagi Sepuya

I met the artist Paul Mpagi Sepya when he worked at Creative Capital a couple of years back. I’ve followed his thoughtful, evocative, and beautiful photo portrait work ever since. …

Leaving Olafur Eliasson's "The Parliament of Reality" at Bard

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reality Hits at CCS Bard

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reality Hits at CCS Bard

In the final workshop of our three-part series at Bard College, titled “Teaching and Learning with Contemporary Art,” we were lucky enough to have Olafur Eliasson speak with us about …

Josiah McElheny, "Chromatic Modernism (Blue, Red, Yellow)," 2008. Courtesy Donald Young Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography opened this past weekend at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  The show is comprised of over 200 photographs covering …

Francis Alys, "Fabiola," at the National Portrait Gallery (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Letter from London

Letter from London: Attempts on Her Life

Letter from London

Letter from London: Attempts on Her Life

You go into a room full of paintings and every single one is identical, floor to ceiling. They’re packed in about an inch apart, each no more than the size …

Kevin Jerome Everson, "Something Else," film still, 2007. Courtesy the artist.

Solomon: Wherefore wisdom?

Solomon: Wherefore wisdom?

While I love living in New York City, there are nights when I long for the simplicity of only one truly art-worthy thing to do in town. Tonight is one …

Richard Tuttle | Reality & Illusion

Richard Tuttle | Reality & Illusion

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: Artist Richard Tuttle installs the work Ten Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself (1973) at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New …

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Going Fast!: Treeless Mountain

Going Fast!: Treeless Mountain

One of my favorite films of the year is ending its New York run at the Quad Cinema tonight! Treeless Mountain is a beautiful, quiet, and moving film by So …

"Having Fun at the Museum," Uploaded to Flickr by katie killary on April 6, 2009.

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What Goes Down Must Come Up: Talking with Arnold Lehman of the Brooklyn Museum

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What Goes Down Must Come Up: Talking with Arnold Lehman of the Brooklyn Museum

As the recession continues, reports of shrunken endowments, budget cuts, salary reductions, and layoffs pierce the headlines of museum news. The Brooklyn Museum is one of the most recent institutions …

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The Fire’s Good for the Forest: An Interview with David A. Ross

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The Fire’s Good for the Forest: An Interview with David A. Ross

David A. Ross, best known for his directorships at the Whitney Museum of American Art and SFMOMA, has taken on a variety of leadership positions in the art world. Besides …

Alfredo Jaar, "Lament of the Images (Version 2)", 2002

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Make Less Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Make Less Art

At one point in my panel conversation with Olivia Gude, Mark Bradford, and William Crow at the National Art Education Association’s annual  conference in Minneapolis, the discussion got around to …

Filip Gilissen, "Vamos," installation still, 2009.  Courtesy the artist and Exhibition.

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Free & Clear: Exhibition and the Free Store

Flash Points

Free & Clear: Exhibition and the Free Store

Is free sometimes the best value for art?  Well, it certainly can be when artists and curators turn an inquisitive and critically-engaged eye towards the nature of exchange, regeneration, and …

Jessica Stockholder, "Flooded Chamber Maid", 2009. Madison Square Park, New York, NY. Courtesy of Mitchell, Innes & Nash.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Jessica Stockholder (Season 3) has completed her first outdoor installation in the United States. Flooded Chambers Maid is a site-specific multimedia installation on and around the Oval Lawn at Madison Square Park in …

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New guest blogger: Kemi Ilesanmi

New guest blogger: Kemi Ilesanmi

Special thanks to Julia Steinmetz for her series of clever and thoughtful posts, many of which took our own current Flash Points topic, “What is the value of art?“ Up …

Once more, with feeling

Once more, with feeling

Imagine the evening news meets Flight of the Conchords in a project mapping an effusion of feeling onto the flattened affect of reporters and politicians. YouTube video art sensation “Auto-Tune …

Arturo Herrera | Music

Arturo Herrera | Music

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: Filmed in his Berlin studio, artist Arturo Herrera discusses themes of subjectivity and abstraction while drawing connections between his love of music …

Elaine Tin Nyo, "The Bake Sale." Deitch Projects, NYC, 1997.

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What a Way to Make a Living: New Artist Economies and the Role of the Arts Administrator

Flash Points

What a Way to Make a Living: New Artist Economies and the Role of the Arts Administrator

I am an arts administrator, which is arguably the second invisible position in line behind the artist. The administrator’s cultural discount is not only applied when independently presenting an exhibition …

Adrian Piper, Mythic Being Doing Yoga, 1975

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The Power of Now: Adrian Piper’s Indexical Present

Flash Points

The Power of Now: Adrian Piper’s Indexical Present

Everyone has heard about the value of “being in the moment,” letting thoughts of the past and worries about the future drip away while focusing on the here and now. …

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An Interview with EnjoyBanking, New York’s $treet Artist$

Flash Points

An Interview with EnjoyBanking, New York’s $treet Artist$

For months, I’ve been spotting countless friendly and ironic stickers popping up across the city’s art-friendly zones. These cutesy bubble-lettered slogans scream “Enjoy Subprime Lending,” “Enjoy Credit Crunch,” “Enjoy Bailout …

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA), 1991

Catching Feelings

Catching Feelings

I’ve been trying to ignore all of the panic and mania surrounding swine flu, since as far as I know anxiety has not yet been proven to afford protection against …

Matthew Ritchie, "The Dead: Belphegor", 2004

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Authoritarian?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Authoritarian?

As I mentioned last week, the Teaching with Contemporary Art column over the next few weeks will focus on questions generated at the recent NAEA conference in Minneapolis. This week’s …

Photo: Floria Holzherr

This Week’s Round-Up

This Week’s Round-Up

On April 22nd, the collector Donald Hess opened the world’s first James Turrell Museum in Colomé, Argentina. The 18,084sf space is based on a plan created by Turrell himself, and …

Roger Hiorns, "Seizure" (2008)

Letter from London

Letter from London: Turner Round, Bright Eyes!

Letter from London

Letter from London: Turner Round, Bright Eyes!

I don’t know: maybe there will be a time when the announcement of the Turner Prize nominees won’t be greeted with a tiresome trotting-out of hoary old journalistic cliches (yes, …

Artist, Dafni E. Barbageorgopoulou at her studio in Keramikos, Athens, Greece

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Dafni E. Barbageorgopoulou, Athens

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Dafni E. Barbageorgopoulou, Athens

With this post, we introduce a new bi-weekly monthly column to the Art21 Blog: Inside the Artist’s Studio, written by Athens-based artist and contributor Georgia Kotretsos. Here’s an overview, in …

"Mom and Pop Art" The Simpsons Season 10 Episode 19

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The Simpsons Family (Art) Values

Flash Points

The Simpsons Family (Art) Values

It seems The Simpsons has something to say about everything, including the value of art. In “Mom and Pop Art,” a treasure of an episode from 1999, Homer is discovered …