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Ann Hamilton, "accountings. soot wall", 2009. Flame-licked walls, dimensions variable. Courtesy Carl Solway Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Art21 artists play with fire, sign new books, design stained glass, collage basketballs, create new films, and pop up in Miami Beach exhibitions: Carl Solway Gallery …

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Blogalogueing with EcoArtTech

Flash Points

Blogalogueing with EcoArtTech

Behold! The experiment begins! Listen in on our first Systems vs. Networks conversation with Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir of EcoArtTech… PS. This is a better spelling of “blogalogueing” right? …

Cao Fei: RMB City. "Art in the Twenty-First Century," production still, 2009. Season 5, Episode: "Fantasy." © Art21, Inc. 2009.

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Virtual Artists’ Immersive Discoveries in a Virtual 3D Frontier

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Virtual Artists’ Immersive Discoveries in a Virtual 3D Frontier

Cao Fei, RMB City. Art in the Twenty-First Century, production still, 2009. Season 5, Episode: Fantasy. © Art21, Inc. 2009. William Saroyan wrote: The role of art is to make …

Eirik Johnson, "Untitled 2003 (#2 debris under the bridge)," 2003, from the series "Borderlands"

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Exploring the Makeshift Landscape

Flash Points

Exploring the Makeshift Landscape

We invited photographer Eirik Johnson to write about his ongoing exploration of humankind’s environmental impact.  Works in his most recent series, Sawdust Mountain, are on view at the Henry Art …

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Lisa Bradley

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Lisa Bradley

Detroiter by birth and New York-raised, Lisa Bradley is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sculpture & Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001, …

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Blogalog, Part 1: About EcoArtTech

Flash Points

Blogalog, Part 1: About EcoArtTech

Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir founded EcoArtTech as their collaborative platform for digital environmental art in 2005. They are 2009 Artist Fellowship recipients from the New York Foundation for the …

Stephen Kanner, Malibu 5 House, Malibu, CA, 2008

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Sustainable Architecture: Style vs. Substance

Flash Points

Sustainable Architecture: Style vs. Substance

Sustainable architecture is in danger. This might sound like a surprising claim, given the fact that never before has “green” living been such a popular concept, nor has “eco-consciousness” been …

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Making It Happen

Flash Points

Making It Happen

I have “email balls.” I sit behind my computer screen, protected by a Gmail-cloak of anonymity and I email whomever, whenever, whatever. I landed my first job out of college …

Mike Kelley, "Painting with Hawaiian Mask, Ballerina, and De Stijl Painting" 1976, Courtesy Jablonka Galerie, Cologne

Teaching with Contemporary Art

If the Shoe Fits, Pay For It

Teaching with Contemporary Art

If the Shoe Fits, Pay For It

I taught visual art in New York City for 13 years from 1990-2003. A majority of that time was spent in middle school classrooms and most of us received something …

Barry McGee stands in front of one of his geometric creations at Prism Gallery. Courtesy Wallpaper.com.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

From the west to the east coast and over to Taiwan, Art21 artists are involved in a number of new and large-scale exhibitions: Works by Barry McGee (Season 1) and …

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Letter from London

Letter from London: Remember, remember…

Letter from London

Letter from London: Remember, remember…

In a recent interview in the New Yorker, artist-of-the-moment Urs Fischer said something about how art and memory work together. I can’t remember the exact quote. It was something about …

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New guest blogger: Nicole Sansone

New guest blogger: Nicole Sansone

Thanks to Maria Stenina for her fabulous posts. Up next is Nicole Sansone, an arts writer and yoga instructor based outside of New York City. She is a contributor for …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

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

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

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

It’s a cage that went in search of a bird…Sreshta Rit Premnath explores the ocean as a territory that lies outside the realm of governmentality. Nicole rounds them up! From …

Paul McCarthy | “Piccadilly Circus”

Paul McCarthy | “Piccadilly Circus”

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Artist Paul McCarthy describes the improvisational process and performances behind the video work Piccadilly Circus (2003). Filmed at an unoccupied London bank before …

Sweet Tactility…

Sweet Tactility…

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video In my last post as your guest blogger, I want to indulge a bit and quickly acknowledge my …

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The Real Story: Laurie Simmons Interviews Art21 Executive Director Susan Sollins

The Real Story: Laurie Simmons Interviews Art21 Executive Director Susan Sollins

Season 4 artist Laurie Simmons recently sat down with Art21′s Executive Director Susan Sollins to uncover the story of how Art21 began and the experience of filming 86 of today’s …

Carla Goldberg - It's all about the River low res

Flash Points

Teaching Ecoartivism

Flash Points

Teaching Ecoartivism

— “ecoartivism”; Pronunciation: ēko’ar –ti,- vi-zəm; Function: noun The practice of using art as a tool for the advocacy of the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment; especially: …

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No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

International Design Conservation: A Discussion with Tim Bechthold

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

International Design Conservation: A Discussion with Tim Bechthold

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy talks with Die Neue Sammlung conservator Tim Bechthold about conserving design arts.

Alen MacWeeney, Bernie, Cherry Orchard, gelatin silver print, dimensions variable, circa 1976, Courtesy of www.alenmacweeney.com

Photo? Art? History?

Photo? Art? History?

It hardly seems fair that in today’s world of the point-and-shoot dominated landscape, where a common tourist can not only take a professional photograph but adequately circulate it via the …

Artist at work: Cai Guo-Qiang. Production still. 2005

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Same, But Different

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Same, But Different

About a year ago at this time I was getting ready for Art21 to come in and film me teaching about the theme of power with my freshman Studio in …

Robert Smithson, "Spiral Jetty", 1970

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Mythic Environments: Robert Smithson and Eames Demetrios

Flash Points

Mythic Environments: Robert Smithson and Eames Demetrios

When I first saw that this site’s new Flash Points topic was Art and the Environment, I immediately thought of two artists: Robert Smithson and Eames Demetrios. They are not …

Gabriel Orozco, "Dark Wave", 2006. Courtesy Jay Jopling / White Cube, via artnet.com

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

Weekly Roundup

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

Weekly Roundup

From exhibitions and public talks, to limited-edition prints and digital calendars, this week you can find Art21 artists involved in various activities in New York, Washington D.C., Dublin, and Johannesburg: …

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A Cage Went in Search of a Bird…

A Cage Went in Search of a Bird…

“A cage went in search of a bird.” — The Zürau Aphorisms of Franz Kafka What is so frustrating, yet so sublimely pleasing about conceptual work? Is it the slight …

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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

How many artists are in the world right now? Ben Street writes to us about ‘letting the outside in’ and the Museum of Everything located on Primrose Hill in London. …

John Baldessari | “Raised Eyebrows/ Furrowed Foreheads”

John Baldessari | “Raised Eyebrows/ Furrowed Foreheads”

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS During the installation of his exhibition Raised Eyebrows/ Furrowed Foreheads (2009) at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York, artist John Baldessari discusses his …

Bernd and Hilla Becher. "Harry E. Colliery Coal Breaker, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania," 1974. 8 Gelatin Silver Prints, 16 x 12 in. each. Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Flash Points

Landscape Revisited

Flash Points

Landscape Revisited

“Life is boring,” said Matthew Coolidge, talking about how most of us live in the uneventful “periods between the monuments.” Coolidge, the director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, …

The Public School, Courtesy Telic Arts Exchange 2009.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: The Public School

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: The Public School

Gold Leafing. Sadism & Masochism. Practical Electro-Mechanisms. The Coming Insurrection. What do these topics have in common? Perhaps with some head-scratching we could ferret out a few threads, but here’s …

Alicia Ross, Motherboard_6 (A Chicken Waits for a Good Cock), cross-stitch on cotton, 72 x 41, 2008 Courtesy of the artist

Four Questions with Alicia Ross

Four Questions with Alicia Ross

This young artist’s Motherboard series features appropriated Internet porn—nubile women sprawl across large cotton panels, cross-stitched in silver and gold thread with digital precision…Witty videos filter sex scenes through those …

Paul McCarthy, "Painting Face Down- White Line", 1972  Courtesy Scala Archives

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Test-Driving the New Season 5 Educator’s Guide

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Test-Driving the New Season 5 Educator’s Guide

Yesterday I was talking with a two students who attended a recent preview screening that featured Paul McCarthy in the Transformation episode. The students asked me about why McCarthy’s work …

Ariana Page Russell, “Index”, C-print, 2005. Courtesy www.arianapagerussell.com

Dermatographia

Dermatographia

Hello Art:21 interweb world! I hope to do you justice with my musings and bits and pieces of contemporary art knick-knacks. I think as an artist and designer working today, …

Julie Mehretu, "Berliner Plätze", 2008-2009. Ink and acrylic on canvas, 120 x 168 in. © Julie Mehretu

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Where in the world are Art21 artists? In Germany — where the Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago today — a new suite of paintings by Season 5 artist Julie …

William Scott self-portrait (Creative Growth)

Letter from London

Letter from London: Outside-In

Letter from London

Letter from London: Outside-In

How many artists are there in the world right now? Let’s be honest. No matter how globalized we’re constantly being reminded the art world is – in symposia, biennales, lists …

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New guest blogger: Maria Stenina

New guest blogger: Maria Stenina

Thanks to Kelly Huang for her series of excellent posts. Up next is Maria Stenina, a writer and multimedia designer in New York City. She received her BFA in Technology …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

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

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

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

Water, water, everywhere! Ever-changing and ever-constant, see a glimpse into Roni Horn’s vast exploration of this traveling landscape in this weeks Art:21 Video Exclusive. Her art was suffused with [a] …

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Initial Thoughts on SF

Initial Thoughts on SF

The San Francisco Bay Area is still new to me. I am still trying to learn as much as I can about both the history of art in the area …

Roni Horn | Water

Roni Horn | Water

Artist Roni Horn discusses the paradoxical identity and dependency of water, paired with scenes of Icelandic landscapes. Water and Iceland serve as both subjects and metaphors in the artist’s work, …