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Flash Points

Interview with Jackie Battenfield

Flash Points

Interview with Jackie Battenfield

As our Flash Points topic of Art and Economics comes to a close, I sat down and spoke with Jackie Battenfield, whose first book The Artist’s Guide: How to Make …

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Letter from London

Letter from London: Dead as a Dada

Letter from London

Letter from London: Dead as a Dada

The problem with writing about contemporary painting is that it ends up being an excuse for a riffle through the thesaurus for the most headily baroque terms to describe the …

Vija Celmins, "Web #1" (1999). Courtesy Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Throughout 2009, 18 museums and galleries across the UK will be showing over 30 ARTIST ROOMS from the collection created by the dealer and collector, Anthony d’Offay, and acquired by …

Josiah McElheny | Beauty & Seduction

Josiah McElheny | Beauty & Seduction

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: Artist Josiah McElheny discusses the intentionally problematic nature of beauty and seduction in his “Total Reflective Abstraction” (2004) installation, on view at …

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Announcing Art21 Access ’09

Announcing Art21 Access ’09

Sign up for Art21’s Access ‘09 – an international screening initiative that will present your audiences with a sneak preview of a Season 5 of Art:21-Art in the 21st Century …

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor (photo by An Xiao)

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

@Platea: Art in the Web 2.0 Ethos

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

@Platea: Art in the Web 2.0 Ethos

Social technologies have been around for decades, but mainstream use of social media platforms has grown exponentially only over recent years. This column explores uses of social media platforms relevant …

America's most famous artist, Shepard Fairey, in his studio. Photo courtesy www.latco.com

Art Reality

Art Reality

No matter how hard I try, avoiding reality TV is a challenge. The shows are like invasive kudzu: Nanny 911, Extreme Makeover, The Housewives of New Jersey, Jon & Kate, …

Barron Storrey, Detail,  Lord of the Flies book cover, (1980 edition)

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Making art is part of a ground level experience. The artmaking process can be sensory, visceral and seemingly fleeting, depending on the methods of record of an artist’s choosing, be …

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Announcing Season Five of Art:21

Announcing Season Five of Art:21

We are pleased to announce Season Five of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century, premiering in October 2009 on PBS, and available on iTunes (link opens in iTunes), Hulu, and other …

Christian Marclay, still from Video Quartet, 2002

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Students about Christian Marclay’s “Video Quartet”

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Students about Christian Marclay’s “Video Quartet”

With the opening of Christian Marclay’s Video Quartet at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (on view through July 26, 2009), I have been thinking about how to …

Marcelo Bonevardi, "Wall with Objects," 1966, Indan ink on paper with plaster form, 14” x 11.” Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Armand Versaci.

Back in the Day: Mel Bochner and Marcelo Bonevardi

Back in the Day: Mel Bochner and Marcelo Bonevardi

Mel Bochner’s new book, Solar System & Rest Rooms: Writings and Interviews, 1965–2007, is a compilation of his writing, both about art and as art. The book opens with thirty-five …

A teaser image for the "Blood of Two: Matthew Barney and Elizabeth Peyton" exhibition. Courtesy of Deste Foundation.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Matthew Barney (Season 2) and Elizabeth Peyton have collaborated on a site-specific installation for the Deste Foundation in Hydra, Greece. Blood of Two is on view through September 30 in …

Peter Coffin's "Spiral Staircase" and Chris Martin's "Untitled" at the Saatchi Gallery

Letter from London

Letter from London: Everybody Be Cool, This Is An Art Gallery!

Letter from London

Letter from London: Everybody Be Cool, This Is An Art Gallery!

If  Abstract America, the new show of contemporary American painting and sculpture at the Saatchi Gallery, were a film, it’d be one of those earnest indie dramas made for hipster …

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New guest blogger: Sharon Butler

New guest blogger: Sharon Butler

Thanks to Thomas Micchelli for his thoughtful posts about art and artists old and new. Please follow his pursuits on his own site here. Up next is Sharon Butler. A …

Arturo Herrera | Powerful Images

Arturo Herrera | Powerful Images

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: In his Berlin studio, Arturo Herrera discusses his relationship to creating abstract collages and images. Herrera takes the process of abstraction a …

Opicinus de Canistris (1296–ca. 1354), Diagram with Zodiac Symbols, folio 24r, Diagram with Zodiac Symbols, folio 24r, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City, Pal. Lat. 1993

Dialing Back

Dialing Back

Turning again to the oracular nature of art (see Monday’s post), it is compelling to consider that, in the Western canon, drawing as an autonomous art form first came into …

Jenny Holzer, "WISH LIST BLACK," detail, 2006

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Summer Reading Part 2

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Summer Reading Part 2

Continuing with my column from May 27, I’d like to suggest a few more books related to contemporary art education that you may be inspired to buy, borrow or steal …

Nam June Paik, 'Who's your Tree.' 1997

Flash Points

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives: The Clocks’ Tic Tic Tic …

Flash Points

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives: The Clocks’ Tic Tic Tic …

Spearheaded by Richard McCoy, a conservator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, this site’s newest column, “No Preservatives,” seeks to define the conservator’s role in the conservation of art in …

Paul Chan, "Sade for Sade’s Sake," 2009. Three channel shadow projection. Courtesy VVORK (www.vvork.com)

Nathalie Djurberg and Paul Chan: Making Weird Worlds at Birnbaum’s Biennale

Nathalie Djurberg and Paul Chan: Making Weird Worlds at Birnbaum’s Biennale

Daniel Birnbaum’s poetic theme of the 53rd Venice Biennale, Making Worlds, is, in some sense, an anti-theme, emphasizing the plurality of art today. Birnbaum’s explanation that “we now live in …

Pablo Picasso, The King of the Minotaurs (1958). Oil on canvas.

Labyrinths

Labyrinths

The other night I was at a dinner where someone suggested that, all things being equal, what ultimately makes the difference in a body of work is the character of …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Krzysztof Wodiczko is the sole artist representing Poland at this summer’s Venice Biennale. The striking video installation of milky windows depicts the shadows of immigrant workers as they take on …

Robert Morris' Bodyspacemotionthings at Tate Modern [image: Ben Street]

Letter from London

Letter from London: Pumping Irony

Letter from London

Letter from London: Pumping Irony

Interactivity is now so commonplace at Tate Modern that I sometimes wonder if visitors are disappointed when they see works of art they aren’t allowed to touch. Not that they don’t. …

Laylah Ali | Designer Nicole Parente

Laylah Ali | Designer Nicole Parente

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: Artist Laylah Ali and graphic designer Nicole Parente work together in the designer’s home office in Cambridge, MA. The artist’s hand-drawn notes …

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No Expectations

No Expectations

In his New York Times article on the opening of the Venice Biennale, Michael Kimmelman laments that the look of the exhibition “suggests a somewhat dull, deflated contemporary art world, professionalized …

Webpage from the redesigned MoMA.org, with images from the Online Collection.

Flash Points

Money Changes Everything

Flash Points

Money Changes Everything

I remember, back when I was in art school, walking into a lecture hall where someone had scrawled on the chalkboard, “The only true artists are amateurs.” That was the …

Raymond Pettibon, "No title (I must tell)", 2002

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What’s “The End” Good For?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What’s “The End” Good For?

June can be a real catharsis of both the most beautiful and ugly kinds, but it doesn’t have to be a week-to-week whirlwind waiting for the next test. The last …

Installation shot of Bruce Nauman, "Pink and Yellow Light Corridor (Variable Lights)," 1972. Pink and yellow fluorescent lights.  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Panza Collection, 1991. 91.3828 © 2009 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo credit: Michele Lamanna, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Pride: Golden Lion Awarded to Bruce Nauman’s “Topological Gardens”

Pride: Golden Lion Awarded to Bruce Nauman’s “Topological Gardens”

I have never thought of myself as susceptible to patriotism, but for the second time this year, I’ve felt proud to be an American.  The first incident of pride stemmed …

Name That Season 5 Artist

Name That Season 5 Artist!

Name That Season 5 Artist!

We received some great feedback and enthusiasm for Season 5 since the release of the trailer back in April. When that went up, we challenged our audience to name the …

Aleksandra Mir, VENEZIA (all places contain all others)," 1 million postcards for free distribution, 2009. Photography: Medioimages, Photodisc Getty Images, Courtesy of the artist.

Notes from a Novice in Venice

Notes from a Novice in Venice

Exclusive to the blog this week are the chronicles of artist Lily Simonson’s visit to the 53rd annual Venice Biennale, which opened to the public this past Sunday. Stay tuned …

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New guest blogger: Thomas Micchelli

New guest blogger: Thomas Micchelli

A million thanks to Victoria Lichtendorf for providing us with such a rich view of Atlanta’s contemporary art scene. Her stint sets a new record for the greatest number of …

Bruce Nauman, "One Hundred Live and Die", 1984. Neon tubing mounted on four metal monoliths. Collection of Fukake Publishing Co., Ltd., Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York, © Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Bruce Nauman (Season 1) has won the Golden Lion award for Best National Participation at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Visit the Daily Best Media Gallery to see images of his …

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Conversations with Stuart Horodner & Lila Kanner

Conversations with Stuart Horodner & Lila Kanner

Wrapping up my focus on Atlanta during my stint as guest blogger, I questioned Stuart Horodner, Artistic Director at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Lila Kanner, Executive Director of …

Fahamu Pecou, “The Code”, Acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 66 x 49.5 inches, 2009.

Interview: Fahamu Pecou

Interview: Fahamu Pecou

Next up, as part of my spotlight on Atlanta-based artists, is Fahamu Pecou, of “Fahamu Pecou is the Shit” fame. Known for his large-scale painted riffs on art magazines, Pecou …

Duane Hanson, "High School Student," 1990. Bronze, polychromed with oil, mixed media accessories, 70 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 17 inches. Courtesy Emmanuel Perotin Gallery, Paris.

Letter from London

Letter from London: Parisian Break

Letter from London

Letter from London: Parisian Break

(Disclaimer: this Letter from London is actually from Paris.) Paris’s gallery zone, clustered for the most part around the Marais district east of the center, is so amazingly lovely and …

179 Canal Street, 2nd Floor. Peeper Place, Dani Leventhal, May 16, 2009. Photo by Margaret Lee on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/margaret-lee)

Haberdashery Anyone?

Haberdashery Anyone?

179 Canal Street, 2nd Floor. Peeper Place, Dani Leventhal, May 16, 2009. Photo by Margaret Lee on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/margaret-lee) Artists staging their own shows is nothing new. The French Impressionists …

Ellen Gallagher | Master Printer Craig Zammiello

Ellen Gallagher | Master Printer Craig Zammiello

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: Master Printer Craig Zammiello and artist Ellen Gallagher discuss their working relationship during the process of creating “DeLuxe” (2004–05), a suite of …