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Carey Young, "Speech Acts," 2009, installation view at Contemporary Art Museum St Louis. Photo: David Ulmer.

Flash Points

Some Alternatives to Institutional Critique

Flash Points

Some Alternatives to Institutional Critique

In 1974, Hans Haacke mounted an index of the museum’s corporate sponsors and board of trustees along the Guggenheim’s walls. The work, simply titled, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Board of …

Jason Bailer Losh at his studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Jason Bailer Losh

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Jason Bailer Losh

Jason Bailer Losh is an American artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the midwestern town of Denison, IA. Denison is also the birthplace of actress Donna …

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Mike Kelley: “Day Is Done”

Mike Kelley: “Day Is Done”

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Carl Gustav Jung, The Red Book. Courtesy The New York Times, 2009.

Looking at Los Angeles

Jung’s Red Book Begins a New Chapter at UCLA’s Hammer Museum

Looking at Los Angeles

Jung’s Red Book Begins a New Chapter at UCLA’s Hammer Museum

In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Carl Gustav Jung recalls a hallucination that would spark a monumental shift in his approach to the human psyche: In October [1913], while I …

Carrie Mae Weems, "A Class Ponders the Future", 2008  Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Power of Saying Yes

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Power of Saying Yes

Below is a continuation from last week’s column, “Nourishment”, where I began to share excerpts from Carrie Mae Weems’ dialogue with five Baltimore high school students at the most recent …

Katia Zavistovski examines Karin Sander's Wallpiece (2010)

Open Enrollment

The Exhibition in Art & Business

Open Enrollment

The Exhibition in Art & Business

Oliver Wunsch considers the role of exhibition work in an art historical education by looking at MASS MoCA’s current show InVisible, curated by one of his classmates. Mike Brenner discusses different cost structures of grassroots art exhibitions, and how changing economic times force artists to adapt to find space and funds.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Exhibiting the Intangible

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Exhibiting the Intangible

Recently, Bad at Sports was invited to exhibit at apexart, an alternative gallery space in New York known for presenting innovative thematic exhibitions and public programs. In order to take …

Message found in a fortune cookie. Photo by Holly Witchey.

Flash Points

What’s In a Code of Ethics?

Flash Points

What’s In a Code of Ethics?

I am not a professor of ethics.  I have been a curator and a director of new media at a major art museum, but I am first and foremost an …

Culture Wars, April 28, 2010

Soldier On. Culture Wars Returns this Wednesday!

Soldier On. Culture Wars Returns this Wednesday!

After March’s event —with over 120 participants spread across 26 teams— Jonathan Munar, Art21′s Web Manager and I are returning to host the next Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia …

Cao Fei, "Whose Utopia", 2006. Color video, with sound, 22 min. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by the International Director’s Council and Executive Committee Members: Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian, Christina Baker, Edythe Broad, Janna Bullock, Rita Rovelli Caltagirone, Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Harry David, Caryl Englander, Shirley Fiterman, Laurence Graff, Nicki Harris, Dakis Joannou, Rachel Lehmann, Linda Macklowe, Peter Norton, Tonino Perna, Inga Rubenstein, Simonetta Seragnoli, Cathie Shriro, Ginny Williams, and Elliot Wolk, and Sustaining Members: Linda Fischbach, Beatrice Habermann, and Cargill and Donna MacMillan 2007.130.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In today’s roundup, you’ll read about rabbits and cracked eggs, love in the Ole South, community art making in the Twin Cities, an amusement park in Paris, a family of …

Ryan Trecartin, K-Corea INC. K (Section A), 2009, HD Video, 31 minutes, 20 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York.

The Intangible as Object

The Intangible as Object

In September of last year, Kelly Klaasmeyer, the Houston art critic and Glasstire.com editor, made a pretty deft observation. Writing for the Houston Press, she noted that, “Internet content is …

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New guest blogger: Evan Garza

New guest blogger: Evan Garza

Thanks to Nettrice Gaskins for her series of scintillating posts on the wonders and complexities of art and community in Second Life. Follow her adventures back on her own site …

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Beryl Korot: “Radical Software” 1970-74

Beryl Korot: “Radical Software” 1970-74

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Beyond Boundaries: Art Exhibition & Virtual 3D Worlds

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Beyond Boundaries: Art Exhibition & Virtual 3D Worlds

I like using the word ‘totality’ as in the ‘totality of one’s surroundings.’  Self provides the essentials of our internal existence  and environment is the external display of all that.  …

Jules de Balincourt in his Bushwick studio following his solo exhibition opening at Deitch Projects in SoHo

Open Enrollment

Life After Graduation

Open Enrollment

Life After Graduation

by Matthew Newton and Jeffrey Augustine Songco First, Matthew interviews Hunter College alum Jules de Balincourt on the occasion of his solo exhibition at Deitch Projects, followed by Jeffrey’s look …

Art & the Avatar: Ambiguity of Identity in Virtual 3D Worlds

Art & the Avatar: Ambiguity of Identity in Virtual 3D Worlds

Self is the essential being of a person.  Art is a mirror image of a person’s identity, circle of influence, and perceived worlds or realities.  Art reflects what we feel, …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Nourishment

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Nourishment

Each year the National Art Education Association holds a conference for a few thousand people and streams of art teachers, art professors, artist-educators, museum educators, administrators, starving artists, starving administrators, …

The Search

The Search

Following is a final post from our previous guest blogger, Baseera Khan. — Ed. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video On Saturday March 20, …

Burning Life

Call + Response: Collaborative Art in Virtual 3D Worlds

Call + Response: Collaborative Art in Virtual 3D Worlds

Collaborative art as joint production by two or more artists is a typical style among sound, video, and performance artists.  Many artists are changing the concept of art into something …

Alfred Molina as Mark Rothko in 'Red'

Letter from London

Letter from London: Everything Must Go

Letter from London

Letter from London: Everything Must Go

John Logan’s play Red, currently playing at the Golden Theater, New York, centers around a perennial ethical conundrum many successful artists face: whether or not to “sell out” to corporate …

Tim Hawkinson, "Point", 2009. Mixed media/found objects, 10 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1 in. Photo: G.R. Christmas; © Tim Hawkinson; Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Avant-garde cinema, organic designs, sculpture theory, animal extinction, and more in today’s roundup: Dead or Alive, an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), will showcase the work …

Dustin Wayne Harris, "Stephanie", 2009. Courtesy Heist Gallery.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: On Cake

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: On Cake

My love of cake straddles the line between innocent obsession and utter perversion. I tend to think of cakes like my favorite celebrity bodies. Be it big and firm like …

Immersive & Interactive: Virtual 3D Art Revisited

Immersive & Interactive: Virtual 3D Art Revisited

Solkide Auer, Shellina Winkler, and Binary Quandry are Second Life artists who are part of the Pirats Art Network, a partner and major contributor in the Through the Virtual Looking …

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Mary Heilmann: Home & Studio

Mary Heilmann: Home & Studio

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From "Torture of Women" by Nancy Spero, Siglio Press (c) 2010 / photos courtesy National Gallery of Canada

Flash Points

Nancy Spero’s Torture of Women

Flash Points

Nancy Spero’s Torture of Women

“In our day, [when] we came back from war,” said Seymour Hersh to Bill O’Reilly in 2004, “We would take our pictures and hide them behind the socks in the drawer and …

Shopping bag from the 2009 Armory Show. Photo credit: David Willems.

Flash Points

Is the Avenue for Artistic Success Ethical?

Flash Points

Is the Avenue for Artistic Success Ethical?

Accepting the trope of the struggling artist, many decide to go ahead and brazenly attempt to carve out a spot for themselves in the art world. You just need to …

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Looking at Los Angeles

The Ring Festival and the Confined Deep

Looking at Los Angeles

The Ring Festival and the Confined Deep

All my windows look into windows of other apartments and, on warm days like those we’ve had lately, I’m set up for delicious eavesdropping. I like it best when my …

Winold Reiss’s drawing classes at 4 Christopher Street, NYC, c. 1920

Open Enrollment

The Radical Workshop: For Students, By Students

Open Enrollment

The Radical Workshop: For Students, By Students

by Lily Rossebo and Carrie McGath Lily and Carrie add their two cents about the significance of radical workshops in art school programs. Lily Rossebo: Without student protests, what would …

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Responsive Art & Evolving Artificiality in Virtual Worlds

Responsive Art & Evolving Artificiality in Virtual Worlds

To the uninitiated, virtual 3D worlds may seem like games.  However, game culture often revolves around rules of play.  Artists creating work in virtual 3D worlds are usually trying to …

Detail from the current Kidspace exhibition, "You Art What You Eat"

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Laura Thompson at MASS MoCA’s Kidspace, Part 2

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Laura Thompson at MASS MoCA’s Kidspace, Part 2

Below is the second part of my conversation with Laura Thompson, Director of Exhibitions and Education at Kidspace (part one of the interview can be found here). Many thanks to …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports: Interview with Jacob Meehan

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports: Interview with Jacob Meehan

Art21 is proud to present another new column, Center Field | Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports. Since 2005, Bad at Sports’s podcast and blog have acted as …

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Participatory Culture & Social Capital in Virtual Art

Participatory Culture & Social Capital in Virtual Art

Art production in virtual 3D worlds usually doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  As a contemporary practice, virtual art can create social capital that provides opportunities for individual and collective action, …

Nancy Spero, 2003. Photo: Abe Frajndlich. Courtesy Galerie Lelong.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup is dedicated to the ladies: On Sunday, April 18, a public commemoration will be held for Season 4 artist Nancy Spero (1926-2009) in Cooper Union’s Great Hall. …

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New guest blogger: Nettrice Gaskins

New guest blogger: Nettrice Gaskins

Thanks to Baseera Khan for her thoughtful posts. Follow her work back on her own site, baseerakhan.com. Up next is Nettrice Gaskins. A regular writer for Art 2.1, Nettrice is …

Julie Mehretu: Painting Conservator Luca Bonetti

Julie Mehretu: Painting Conservator Luca Bonetti

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Episode #101: Luca Bonetti leads the installation of artist Julie Mehretu’s massive painting Mural (2009) at Goldman Sachs, coordinating a team of installers …

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Remains to be Seen

Remains to be Seen

For any fiending New York City art and culture aficionado, renting an automobile and driving up to The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art to see Michael Ashkin’s recently installed …