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The Art21 Guide to PERFORMA 09

The Art21 Guide to PERFORMA 09

If you’re lucky enough to be in New York City during Performa 09 this month, there are a number of events featuring Art21 artists that are not to be missed! …

Nancy Spero, "The Hours of the Night II," detail, 2001. Handprinting and printed collage on paper, 11 panels approximately 9 x 22 feet overall. Photo by David Reynolds, © Nancy Spero, courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.

Ever Spero

Ever Spero

Spero’s art was suffused with [a] very human hope, which she saw as being grounded in the intractability of human struggle. Her work was never crudely utopian—as she told me, …

Filming Mary Heilmann in Bridgehampton, NY, 2008. "Art in the Twenty-First Century," production still, 2009. © Art21, Inc. 2009.

Ask Art21 a Question

Ask Art21 a Question

Filming Mary Heilmann in Bridgehampton, NY, 2008. Art in the Twenty-First Century, production still, 2009. © Art21, Inc. 2009. Why are there only 4 episodes a season, and 1 season …

Donate $5 for Season 5

Donate $5 for Season 5

Donate $5 for Season 5

Wow! We can’t believe Season 5 of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century is over. Hopefully you joined the over 4 million viewers who watched Season 5 on PBS during October, …

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Notes from a Biennial Conference

Notes from a Biennial Conference

In September, the Bergen Kunsthall hosted “To Biennial or Not to Biennial” in Bergen, Norway. The goal was to gather a group of people in the arts to discuss the …

Kiki Smith, "Rapture" 2001, Courtesy PaceWildenstein

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Another Kick in the Pants

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Another Kick in the Pants

I use Art21 for a kick in the pants from time to time, whether it’s to inspire my teaching by watching Carrie Mae Weems or to give my studio practice …

Spencer Finch, White (Niagara Falls obscured by mist, April 17th, 2006 5:30pm)

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art and the Environment

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art and the Environment

Today we launch the next Flash Points topic, Art & the Environment. We first addressed this issue in Season Four’s episode, Ecology, which delved into the work of artists who …

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Flash Points

New Flash Points Editor, Rachel Craft

Flash Points

New Flash Points Editor, Rachel Craft

Art21 is pleased to introduce our new Flash Points editor, Rachel Craft. Rachel is the Communications and Web Manager for the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.  In addition to managing …

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The center of the art world?

The center of the art world?

The New York art world is a shell of its former self. And I think that’s because New York is such a hard city to live in, that it is …

Paul McCarthy, "[White Snow] Dwarf Heads (detail)", 2009. Set of 7 drawings, pencil on vellum, tape. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

White Snow, a solo exhibition of work by Season 5 artist Paul McCarthy, opens at Hauser & Wirth, New York on November 5. The gallery will debut pieces from a …