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Florian Maier-Aichen, "Above June Lake," 2005, C-print.

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Professionalized Fantasy

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Professionalized Fantasy

If I were to name art’s King and Queen of sleek professionalism, Florian Maier-Aichen and Marilyn Minter would take the crowns. They compliment each other, Maier-Aichen bringing out Minter’s reliance …

Florian Maier-Aichen. "Untitled," 2005. C-print, 72 x 90 1/2 inches. © Florian Maier-Aichen, courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and 303 Gallery, New York.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Florian Maier-Aichen

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Florian Maier-Aichen

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Fantasy, premiering on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Fantasy presents four artists — …

Golden Fighter (COSPlayers Series), 2004; Image courtesy Lombard-Freid Projects

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The Cosplay Ethic

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The Cosplay Ethic

I’ll let you in on a secret: I’m a bit of a cosplay fanatic. Yes, these days I sport DKNY glasses and sleek monochromatic clothing, but my urban fashionability is …

Marlene Dumas, "Blue Marilyn", 2008

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dog Days and Banking

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dog Days and Banking

Last summer, while working at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, I had the good fortune of being blown away by the Marlene Dumas exhibition, Measuring Your Own …

Able Archer '83, 2008-09, LP recording, Artist publication

No Nukes

No Nukes

Four years ago, when using Google Earth satellites to zoom in on the roofs of our homes was all the rage, I was living in a Hudson River hamlet about …

The entrance to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, which houses the Mütter Museum.

Mütter on the Mind

Mütter on the Mind

It has been something of a guilty pleasure, but I have always loved off-beat museums. Here in Philadelphia, we have something of an embarrassment of riches: the Mummers Museum, which …

Hiroshi Sugimoto, U.A. Walker, New York,1978

Letter from London

Letter from London: Doublecrossed

Letter from London

Letter from London: Doublecrossed

News of artists famous in one field crossing over into another is very often met with public derision. Bruce Willis, one of the most talented pub-rockers of the late 1980s …

Bob and Roberta Smith, "So I Came to Bourgeois." Courtesy Grey gallery.

Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

Last year the Guardian asked its sports and art writers to swap pieces for a day. Tennis correspondent Steve Bierley reviewed a Louise Bourgeois (Season 1) exhibition, which Bob and …

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

Famished for some art? It’s Friday and we’re back with this week’s Index. Do you know what was sizzling here this past week? Put on your thinking caps — there’s …

Arturo Herrera | Assistant Jeff Bechtel

Arturo Herrera | Assistant Jeff Bechtel

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Arturo Herrera’s assistant Jeff Bechtel describes the process for translating one of the artist’s complex drawings into a refined monochromatic paper collage. Filmed …

Cao Fei. Production still © Art21, Inc. 2009.

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

On Virtual Worlds: An Interview with Filmmaker Victor Pineiro, Part 2

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

On Virtual Worlds: An Interview with Filmmaker Victor Pineiro, Part 2

Cao Fei. Production still © Art21, Inc. 2009. Online platforms have always been social environments. “Web 2.0″ was not the birth of the social Web. Rather, it marked a point …

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BOMB in the Building

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An interview with Tom Sachs by John Kessler

BOMB in the Building

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An interview with Tom Sachs by John Kessler

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, inspired by Jeff Koons‘s …

Front door in Kerameikos

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Summer Travelogue

Flash Points

Summer Travelogue

Upon arriving in Athens, several curious and helpful people gave me every warning to stay far away from the Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio neighborhoods, which was exactly where I was headed, …

Jeff Koons. "Split-Rocker," 2000. Installation view of "Jeff Koons Versailles," October 9, 2008-April 1, 2009, Chateau de Versailles, France. Stainless steel, soil, geotextile fabric, internal irrigation system, and live flowering plants, 441 x 465 x 426 inches. © Jeff Koons, courtesy the artist.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Jeff Koons

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Jeff Koons

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Fantasy, premiering on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Fantasy presents four artists — …

Art21 Educator Joe Fusaro Teaching “Power” at Nyack High School

Art21 Educator Joe Fusaro Teaching “Power” at Nyack High School

Embarrassing as it is, this is the first video I’ve ever made. I am immersed in the world of film production each day, yet focused on the Education side of …

Susan Rothenberg, "Galisteo Creek", 1992

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Avoiding Wallpaper

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Avoiding Wallpaper

This week I’d like to breathe a blissful sigh after a quiet vacation AND take on the Flashpoints question for August… Does art expand our ability to imagine? My gut …

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New guest blogger: Daniel Fuller

New guest blogger: Daniel Fuller

Endless thanks to our hilarious, talented, and devoted guest blogger for the last fortnight, Adrian Duran. We have a hunch we’ll be able to lure him back to the site …

William Pope.L, Sketch for "Yard Reinvention" at Hauser & Wirth New York, 2009. Ink on paper. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth. © William Pope.L

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

On September 23, Hauser & Wirth will open its first gallery in the United States with a reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s 1961 environment Yard by artist William Pope.L. Described as …

Dwayne Butcher, "You Don't Understand Liberty," 2009. Acrylic on paper, 11 X 9 inches. Courtesy the Artist.

South of the Lou, North of NOLA

South of the Lou, North of NOLA

Since my stint here is winding down, I’m going to ask your indulgence as I write about Memphis. My suspicion is that many of you haven’t been yet, or weren’t …