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Mu Li "The Fruits of Blue Lotus Flower"

Some Thoughts on China + Transformation

Some Thoughts on China + Transformation

In the final week of the Transformation series, I’ve asked a number of people with diverse points of view to offer their thoughts on the topic. To kick things off, …

James Turrell, "House of Light," 2000. © Photo: Kamome Courtesy Echigo-Tsumari Triennial

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

House of Light (2000), a permanent installation in Kawanishi, Japan by Season 1 artist James Turrell, will be open through September 14 as part of the 2009 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial. …

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What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

So many places to go and art to see…let’s get started… Thank you Trong for updating us on the whereabouts of some very special Art21 artists. Guest blogger Quinn Latimer …

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BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Cindy Sherman interviewed by Betsy Sussler

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Cindy Sherman interviewed by Betsy Sussler

Welcome back to BOMB in the Building, where each week we’re featuring a vintage BOMB interview relating to a Season 5 artist. Inspired by Cindy Sherman’s “Transformations,” this week we …

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Flo McGarrell

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Flo McGarrell

Flo McGarrell is a visual artist based in Newbury, Vermont, USA and Jacmel, Haiti. He was born in Rome, Italy to American expatriate artists. McGarrell received a B.F.A. in Fibers …

Oliver Herring | Participant Davis Thompson-Moss

Oliver Herring | Participant Davis Thompson-Moss

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Artist Davis Thompson-Moss discusses his experiences appearing as a performer, alongside his brother, in two videos by Oliver Herring: BASIC (2003) and THE …

Jeff Wall, “Citizen” (1996). Gelatine silver print on aluminium panel, framed, 192 x 244 cm. Photo: Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, Martin P. Bühler, courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel, © Jeff Wall.

From Here To There (and Back Again)

From Here To There (and Back Again)

Collection shows, by their very nature, often feel more like “Best of…” CDs than a well-curated mix-tape. They usually feature the hits—a stripe-y Barnett Newman, an invariably awesome Pablo Picasso—but …

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

ArtPrize: An Experiment in Decentralized Curation and Competition

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

ArtPrize: An Experiment in Decentralized Curation and Competition

Maya Lin’s (Season One) “Ecliptic” in Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Production still from the Art:21 episode, Identity, © Art21, Inc. 2001.) There’s been a fair bit of talk …

Cindy Sherman. "Untitled (#425)," 2004. Color photograph, 72 1/2 x 91 1/2 inches, (framed). © Cindy Sherman, courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Cindy Sherman

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Cindy Sherman

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Transformation, premiering on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Whether satirizing society or reinventing …

Sculpture by Julian Silverman

Teaching with Contemporary Art

….and the Not-So-Powerful (Part One)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

….and the Not-So-Powerful (Part One)

Ever since the blog post Jessica Hamlin wrote a few weeks back regarding my “Teaching About Power” unit I’ve been feeling a little guilty. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gotten …

Left: Karin Bubas, Lauren Crying (2009). Pastel on paper, 9.5 x 12.5 in. Right: Karin Bubas, Heidi Pouting (2009). Pastel on paper, 9.5 x 12.5 in. Both images courtesy Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver.

Chain Link Fence

Chain Link Fence

Some summertime offerings from the internets. Pastels Not Dunzo: Joshua David Stein watches the cast of “The Hills” getting pastel’d. “Chalk pastels are the soft focus of the art world …

Atom Cianfarani, Sketch for "Welcomed Guests," 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Aesthetics of Urban Farming, Part II

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Aesthetics of Urban Farming, Part II

I closed Part 1 of this post with an e-mail from Truck Farmers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney in which they encouraged others to reclaim unused open spaces in New …

Jane and Louise Wilson, 'Unfolding the Aryan Papers' (still), 2009

Letter from London

Letter from London: Hot Scots, Part Un

Letter from London

Letter from London: Hot Scots, Part Un

In a big, sprawling, multi-tentacular artsfest like the Edinburgh Festival, certain forms of art – like, say, one-woman mime interpretations of the career of Robin Williams, or freestyle macrame workshops …

Spread from Helmut Newton's SUMO (1999). 464 pages. Courtesy Taschen, Cologne.

Let Them Read Books/Play Records: Taschen, Plattfon, Stampa, Aniston

Let Them Read Books/Play Records: Taschen, Plattfon, Stampa, Aniston

“This new edition is the fulfillment of an ambition conceived years ago. We jokingly referred to it as ‘Newton for the poor.’ ” Oh, Benedikt Taschen, it’s quotes like these—and your …

John Grande, "My Cindy, Your Cindy" (installation view). Courtesy Sara Nightingale gallery.

Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

On view through October 4th at the Katonah Museum is Dress Codes: Clothing As Metaphor.  36 artists tackle wide-ranging issues from feminism to globalism using clothing as the medium. The …

BOMB in the Building

Letter from London

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

BOMB in the Building

Letter from London

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

It’s mealtime! Join Sonya for a fine helping of nutrients and adventure with this week’s Index: Round ‘em up Nicole! Here’s what Art21 artists have been up to this past …

Oliver Herring | Participant Joyce Pensato

Oliver Herring | Participant Joyce Pensato

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: Artist Joyce Pensato discusses her experiences appearing as a performer in Oliver Herring’s videos. The work, which also features participant Davis-Thompson Moss, …

Herbert Bayer, "Grow It Yourself: Plant a Farm Garden Now, New York NY," ca. 1941-43. Silkscreen on board, WPA War Services. Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, WPA Poster Collection.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Aesthetics of Urban Farming, Part I

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Aesthetics of Urban Farming, Part I

Gastro-Vision is a new monthly column dedicated to all things food. It probably goes without saying that depictions of food in art are as old as art itself. Since the …

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BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Paul McCarthy interviewed by Benjamin Weissman

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Paul McCarthy interviewed by Benjamin Weissman

Welcome back to BOMB in the Building, where each week we’ll be featuring a vintage BOMB interview relating to a Season 5 artist. This week we present Paul McCarthy’s interview …

Frauenkirche (1726-1743, rebuilt 2005), Noitmarkt Square, Dresden, Germany.

Kultur Klub

Kultur Klub

For the past week, my mind has repeatedly strayed to an unsettling and provocative article that appeared in the New York Times on August 14. The article was one of …

Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy. "Carribbean Pirates," 2005. Installation, performance and video at McCarthy Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Ann-Marie Rounkle, © Paul McCarthy, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth, Zurich London.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Paul McCarthy

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Paul McCarthy

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Transformation, premiering on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Whether satirizing society or reinventing …

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MoMA Trumpets Amsterdam’s Role as Hub of Conceptual Art

MoMA Trumpets Amsterdam’s Role as Hub of Conceptual Art

While today Conceptual Art is utterly ubiquitous, MoMA’s current “In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960-1976” examines a period when only a few cities in the world …

Arthur Dove, "Sunrise", 1924, oil on panel

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dove and O’Keeffe… Get ‘Em While It’s Hot

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dove and O’Keeffe… Get ‘Em While It’s Hot

There are many reasons that educators want to visit the Circles of Influence exhibit featuring Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe at The Clark Art Institute through September 7th, but one …

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Flash Points

New Flash Points Topic: Transformation

Flash Points

New Flash Points Topic: Transformation

Starting today (and while the Art21 Blog editor, Kelly Shindler is on vacation), I’ll be guest editing the Art21 Blog while Kelly gets some much needed R&R. To kick off …

Rendering of "Ghost Notes, performance 1" (2009), Basel, Switzerland. Courtesy asiootus, Basel.

Ghost That Note: Harpstrings, Heartstrings, and Street Scenes

Ghost That Note: Harpstrings, Heartstrings, and Street Scenes

This past Sunday evening in Basel could have been like any other but it wasn’t. Not quite. My partner and I finished the strangely purple dinner I had crafted—beet pasta, …

Saya Woolfalk, A Ritual of the Empathics, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

Flash Points

A Look Into the Future with Saya Woolfalk

Flash Points

A Look Into the Future with Saya Woolfalk

Saya Woolfalk, “No Place: A Ritual of the Empathics,” 2009. Courtesy of the artist. This November, New York City will once again be abuzz with PERFORMA, the sprawling biennial dedicated …

2009 Installation of Jenny Holzer's work, Untitled.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Examining the Lives of Jenny Holzer’s Works/Words: A Discussion with SAAM Conservator Hugh Shockey

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Examining the Lives of Jenny Holzer’s Works/Words: A Discussion with SAAM Conservator Hugh Shockey

Art conservator Richard McCoy discusses the IMA’s 1983 Jenny Holzer sculpture, “Untitled,” and interviews SAAM conservator Hugh Shockey about “For SAAM.”

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New Guest Blogger: Quinn Latimer

New Guest Blogger: Quinn Latimer

As we say goodbye (but never farewell) to Daniel Fuller for his extensive posts on museums living beyond their means, art hopping in Athens & Venice, a love letter to …

Welcome. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Fuller.

A Day at Art Disneyland

A Day at Art Disneyland

As an homage to the recurring 36 Hours feature that frequently appears in the New York Times travel section, I have broken down hour by hour a recent perfect weekend …

Legonardo da Vinci, 'The Mona Lisa'

Letter from London

Letter from London: Vandalabra!

Letter from London

Letter from London: Vandalabra!

Last Sunday, a Russian woman walked through the galleries of the Louvre Museum in Paris carrying a small empty ceramic tea cup, which, upon arriving in one of the museum’s …

Mary Heilmann, "Two Lane Backtop", 2009 (below) and Tony Oursler, "Five Take Radius", 2009 (above). Courtesy of AIR, Art International Radio.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Site-specific installations by Mary Heilmann (Season 5), Tony Oursler, Todd Eberle, and Sabina Streeter are currently on view at the Clocktower Gallery in Manhattan. This is the first group of …

Sam Gould introducing Lize Mogel and Alexis Bhagat

The Pop-Up Book Academy: An Interview with Sam Gould of Red76

The Pop-Up Book Academy: An Interview with Sam Gould of Red76

Several weeks ago I found in my email inbox a listing of upcoming events produced by the Portland collective Red76. I regretted that scheduling would prevent me from catching all …

all welcome. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Fuller.

Réquiem, ætérnam dona eis, Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat eis

Réquiem, ætérnam dona eis, Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat eis

Immediately upon entering  Triple Candie’s Harlem gallery you are greeted by a flamboyantly painted coffin lying on a bier, a memorial to an artist who, in many ways, defined the …

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

Sports and art are holding hands. Trong Gia Nguyen takes us to first base with that and other news relating to Art21 artists. Bruce Willis was a pub rocker, Scarlett …

Josiah McElheny | Assistant Anders Rydstedt

Josiah McElheny | Assistant Anders Rydstedt

Long-time assistant and collaborator Anders Rydstedt discusses the differences between creating traditional forms in glass—such as vases—with Josiah McElheny’s sculptural objects and installations. Filmed at the Michael Davis Stained Glass …

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BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

James Casebere interviewed by Roberto Juarez

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

James Casebere interviewed by Roberto Juarez

Welcome back to BOMB in the Building, where each week we feature a vintage BOMB interview relating to a Season 5 artist or theme. This week we look to the …