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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Jeff Koons, "Rabbit", 1986.  Image: Artnet.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ideas and Objects, Ideas vs. Objects

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ideas and Objects, Ideas vs. Objects

Last week I described a few upcoming classes where my high school students were taking on the question of whether or not an idea can be considered a work of …

The stage at Culture Wars, March 24, 2010. Photo by Katherine Payne.

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco…this is Culture Wars

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco…this is Culture Wars

Art21 hosted the second installment of Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia with Art21 this past Wednesday, March 24. We were shocked to see over 120 participants gathered at the …

March 29th

A history of what I do, and why I do it

A history of what I do, and why I do it

There is a budding tree branch that hangs right in front of my bedroom window. The buds are uniform and pop along the tree branch every two inches. And I …

Barbara Kruger, "The Globe Shrinks" (video still), 2010. Dimensions variable, Four-screen digital video installation. Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

A new video installation by Season 1 artist Barbara Kruger is now on view at the Chelsea location of Mary Boone Gallery. The Globe Shrinks (2010) is a multi-channel piece …

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New guest blogger: Baseera Khan

New guest blogger: Baseera Khan

Thanks to Ivan Lozano for bringing video and performance deeper into the conversation. Up next is Baseera Khan. Baseera is a practicing artist and curator living and working in Brooklyn, …

Screenshot of the IMA's Dashboard (http://dashboard.imamuseum.org/).

Flash Points

Deaccessioning Without Putting Your Mission up for Sale

Flash Points

Deaccessioning Without Putting Your Mission up for Sale

Museums have been disposing of objects since they began acquiring them.  The first documented “deaccessioning” may have involved some of the decayed remains of a Dodo bird, destroyed at the …

Dziga Vertov, “The Man With The Movie Camera,” film still, 1929.

Kino-Eye, the video cyborg

Kino-Eye, the video cyborg

Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (.com) – Tour Promo from visionscraps on Vimeo. I lightly touched on my interest in “posthumanism” and cyborg theory on my last post on John …

Fonzie in a scene from the Happy Days episode "Hollywood, Part Three of Three", preparing to jump on water skis over a shark, SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_the_shark

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

What is the relationship between the cheerfulness of technology, the recognition of cyber-ecology, and the profound sorrow of human expression? In his post, blogger Ivan Lozano quotes Ollivier Dyens’s essay …

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Rachel Moore

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Rachel Moore

Rachel Moore is an American artist and currently a Fulbright Fellow at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from the …

Susan Rothenberg: Emotions

Susan Rothenberg: Emotions

Episode #099: Filmed at her home and studio in New Mexico, artist Susan Rothenberg explains how she transforms personal experiences and feelings into works that can become an “emotional moment” …

Photo courtesy of Winkleman Gallery, New York.

Flash Points

The Nonexistence of “Unethical Art”

Flash Points

The Nonexistence of “Unethical Art”

I’ll agree with Ben Street who said in his recent post that there is “no consensus about the difference between ethics and morals, so let’s be broad about it.” This …

Jeff Koons, Vacuum cleaner: New Hoover Deluxe Shampoo Polishers, 1980  Image: Artnet

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Jumping Right Into the Shark Tank

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Jumping Right Into the Shark Tank

Back in the fall, a good friend and colleague passed along Denis Dutton’s New York Times Op-Ed piece titled Has Conceptual Art Jumped the Shark Tank? Deborah knew that the …

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YOU DECIDE: Viewers Choose the 100th “Exclusive”

YOU DECIDE: Viewers Choose the 100th “Exclusive”

That’s right….we’re nearing our 100TH EPISODE of the Exclusive video series and are asking viewers — THAT’S YOU! — to decide which video (and artist) will have the distinction of …

Doris Salcedo. Left: "Untitled," 1998. Wood, concrete and metal, 74 x 44 x 21 1/2 inches. Collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. Photo: David Heald. Right: "Shibboleth," detail, 2007. Installation at Turbine Hall; Tate Modern, London Concrete and metal, 548 feet long. Photo: Tate Photography, London. Courtesy of the Artist and Alexander & Bonin, New York.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Melancholy photographs, bronze truisms, museum interventions, a giant battleship, and more in today’s roundup: Tonight at 6pm, Season 5 artist Doris Salcedo will speak at the Americas Society in New …

Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia with Art21, March 24, 2010

Culture Wars Returns This Wednesday

Culture Wars Returns This Wednesday

After a well-attended pilot event in January—with over 80 participants spread across 18 teams and music provided by Mary Heilmann—Art21 is returning to host a second installment of Culture Wars: …

'Their relationship was based on preparing absurdly complicated recipes using overpriced ingredients' from unhappyhipsters.com

Letter from London

Letter from London: Ethic Minority (2)

Letter from London

Letter from London: Ethic Minority (2)

There’s a lot of discussion and almost no consensus about the difference between ethics and morals, so let’s be broad about it: both are proposals about how to live. Those …

John Gerrard, "Dust Storm (Dalhart, Texas)," Realtime 3D projection still, 2007, Courtesy of the artist's website

John Gerrard’s “Dust Storm (Dalhart, Texas)”

John Gerrard’s “Dust Storm (Dalhart, Texas)”

This weekend I travelled to Washington D.C. (Arlington VA to be exact) to participate in a panel called WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO DIE for the Arlington Arts Center‘s amazing …

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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

Spring is just around the corner!!! Whew, finally. Meanwhile, here’s What’s Cookin: VIDEO EXCLUSIVE | Jeff Koons: Money & Value: Artist Jeff Koons discusses themes of money, desire, perfection, and …

Raised Eyebrows/ Furrowed Foreheads: (Black and Blue Eyebrows), 2008. Three dimensional archival print, laminated with lexan and mounted on shaped form with acrylic paint, 57 3/4 x 102 x 6 3/4 inches. © John Baldessari, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Writers Wanted (New York, Berlin, Flash Points)

Writers Wanted (New York, Berlin, Flash Points)

Art21 currently seeks several freelance art bloggers to contribute to this site on a regular basis. Application processes for each opportunity are different, so please follow instructions or links below. …

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Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: In the Land of Plenty

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: In the Land of Plenty

Mr. Creosote, the morbidly obese character of the 1983 comedy Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, is a picture of gluttony never to be forgotten. Upon taking his seat in …

Jeff Koons: Money & Value

Jeff Koons: Money & Value

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Episode #098: Artist Jeff Koons discusses themes of money, desire, perfection, and moral responsibility. Filmed in his busy New York studio and surrounded …

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Flash Points

The Conflation of Ethics and Morality

Flash Points

The Conflation of Ethics and Morality

I’ve drawn myself into a debate over ethics and morality with my work, How the New Museum Committed Suicide with Banality (view the high-res version here). I threw a brick …

Mel Bochner, "No," Oil on canvas, 60 x 45 inches, 2009. Courtesy Marc Selywn Fine Art.

Looking at Los Angeles

Mel Bochner’s Burnt Tongue

Looking at Los Angeles

Mel Bochner’s Burnt Tongue

Los Angeles galleries are brimming with minimal, kind-of-conceptual abstraction at the moment — Paul Davis’s successions of hinges and wood and Joe Fyfe’s felt and muslin Motherwell spin-offs at ACME; …

Marina Abramovic, "The Artist Is Present," performance documentation, 2010, courtesy of the New York Times

Performance Art Realness with a Twist

Performance Art Realness with a Twist

It starts like this: One snowy night last month, as New Yorkers rushed home in advance of a coming blizzard, more than a hundred artists, scholars and curators crowded into …

Judy Pfaff at work, Art21 production still, 2007

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Feeding Our Own Fire

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Feeding Our Own Fire

I was recently blown away after seeing a few of our Art21 Educators in action and thought it would be a good time to talk about the best kept (or …

Mitchell Bishop at the Adamson House, Malibu, California. Photo Maria Gilbert.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Cultural Landscapes, Aesthetics, and Tigers: A Conversation with Mitchell Hearns Bishop

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Cultural Landscapes, Aesthetics, and Tigers: A Conversation with Mitchell Hearns Bishop

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy speaks with L.A. Arboretum curator Mitchell Hearns Bishop about cultural landscapes within the context of aesthetics and even tigers.

Photo: Ben Aqua

New guest blogger: Ivan Lozano

New guest blogger: Ivan Lozano

Thanks to Kevin McGarry for his excellent guest blogging and coverage of recent art. Up next is Ivan Lozano. Ivan Lozano is a (mostly) video artist currently working on an …

John Feodorov, "Fairy Tale", (detail), 2007. Mixed media on paper, 30 x 50 in. Courtesy Valise Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Sparkling Nepalese paper, race and civil rights, a northern island, circular botanics, fluorescent lights, a ton of vinyl records, and a few reviews in today’s roundup: Season 1 artist John …

Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Masters of the Universe, Translucent resin, fiberglass, plastic, and human hair, 1998–2000

First Impression: Skin Fruit (Part 2)

First Impression: Skin Fruit (Part 2)

(continued from Part 1) Down the stairs, Nathalie Djurberg’s sexually violent claymations are followed by Cady Noland’s sculptural image of Lee Harvey Oswald at his death. She has him riddled …

Matthew Savitsky's studio: Temp. storage salon, Northeast Philadelphia

Profile: Matthew Savitsky (artist, Philadelphia)

Profile: Matthew Savitsky (artist, Philadelphia)

The artist Matthew Savitsky has based himself in Philadelphia for the past three years after a lengthy tenure in New York. His practice primarily spans sculpture and painting, working with …

"Singing in the Rain", (film still from 1952 film of the same name), SOURCE: www.imgartists.com

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

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

“I am so happy right now.” That is the last line from Nina Schwansee‘s video on the art of Amy Fischer. Whether she reciting Fischers infamous monologues pertaining to art …

a black sclera contact lens from the Juicing the Equilibrium website

Report: Olav Velthuis at Juicing the Equilibrium (at Independent)

Report: Olav Velthuis at Juicing the Equilibrium (at Independent)

Amidst the storm of attractions and distractions pummeling New York last week while the art fairs were in town, one event stood out for making an earnest attempt to rehabilitate …

Moviola, "Dead Knowledge". Catbird Records, CBR010, 2007.

Packaging a Music Experience: Ryan Catbird and Catbird Records

Packaging a Music Experience: Ryan Catbird and Catbird Records

Moviola, “Dead Knowledge”. Catbird Records, CBR010, 2007. Image courtesy of Catbird Records. Ryan Catbird has commanded a silent influence on the independent music scene since he began his blog, The …

Julie Mehretu: Studio Assistants

Julie Mehretu: Studio Assistants

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Episode #097: Filmed in her Berlin studio, a group of Julie Mehretu’s assistants — Sarah Rentz, Damien Young, Erika Fortner and Harmony Murphy …

“La Danse—The Paris Opera Ballet.” 2009. Directed by Frederick Wiseman.

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Frederick Wiseman, Orphan Films, FIFA Montreal, & Other Documentary Screenings

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Frederick Wiseman, Orphan Films, FIFA Montreal, & Other Documentary Screenings

Though it’s been a particularly busy past few weeks here at Art21 production HQ – creating new exclusive videos, shooting the preparation and rehearsals for William Kentridge’s Nose production at …

John Baldessari, "Beach Scene/Nuns/Nurse (with Choices)", 1991  courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Test-Driving the New Season 5 Educators’ Guide: John Baldessari and Juxtaposition

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Test-Driving the New Season 5 Educators’ Guide: John Baldessari and Juxtaposition

Within the first few pages of the season 5 Educators’ Guide, readers are asked to think about the power and influence of juxtaposing images in order to give the viewer …