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Tim Hawkinson, "Egg", 1997  Ground fingernails and hair, superglue   Courtesy Ace Gallery, Los Angeles

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Summer Reading

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Summer Reading

Friends close to me know two things- I have a coffee problem and I have a book-buying problem. If I have money in my pocket and am anywhere close to …

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Open Enrollment

New Internet Meme: Cheers!

Open Enrollment

New Internet Meme: Cheers!

With my summer break between the first and second year of my graduate studies at San Francisco Art Institute in full force, I’ve taken a few weeks to visit some …

Antony Gormley, "Angel of the North", 1998, steel and concrete.  Copyright John Clive Nicholson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

It lives in public

It lives in public

It is base-level arts conversation but it is the very one that I have had most in my life.  Like the best conversations, everybody has an opinion, whether you are …

John Baldessari, "Tips for Artists to Sell", 1966-68. Acrylic on canvas, 68 x 56 1/2 in. The Broad Foundation, Santa Monica. © 2009 John Baldessari. Photo courtesy of The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup you’ll read about a retrospective in the Golden State, a pack of wolves in Singapore, a dreamy gift in Berlin, de-monumentalisation in Italy, Oprah culture the …

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100 x 100 Exclusive: Donate Today!

100 x 100 Exclusive: Donate Today!

Video above: Jeff Koons: Money & Value The 100 x 100 Exclusive campaign has only 18 days left! Since last week we’ve added five new donors, leaving us 36 spaces …

Wolfgang Tillmans, "still life, New York", 1995.  Courtesy the artist and Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln/Berlin.

Ze Germans

Ze Germans

So there we have it.  I suppose, at least, it means that we will all have the large part of our summer back.  The glee that I took from the …

Carrie Mae Weems & David Alan Grier: In Conversation

Carrie Mae Weems & David Alan Grier: In Conversation

SUBSCRIBE TO VIDEOS: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Carrie Mae Weems and David Alan Grier have an intimate discussion on a range of topics including childhood idols, the …

Esther Stocker, "Untitled", 2009.  Courtesy South London Gallery

All things to all men

All things to all men

Over the past ten years, an interesting and forward-looking trend among contemporary art galleries in the United Kingdom  has been the aim to secure a legacy beyond the general functions …

Tim Hawkinson Apples and Bananas, 2010 Apple cores, banana peels, grape skin, twist ties, bread tabs, orange peel and bronze 9 1/2 x 4 x 3 1/2 inches. Courtesy Blum & Poe.

Looking at Los Angeles

Bikes, Bodies, and Blastulas: Tim Hawkinson Talks About His New Work

Looking at Los Angeles

Bikes, Bodies, and Blastulas: Tim Hawkinson Talks About His New Work

From intimate sculptures to mammoth collages, Tim Hawkinson (Season 2) gracefully creates tension between the playful and the profound.  His current exhibition at Blum & Poe continues longstanding threads while …

Both wearing headsets, a visitor and I are able to share in the same experience of the dinosaur.

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Dinosaurs and Mummies: Augmenting the Art Experience at Onishi Gallery, Chelsea

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Dinosaurs and Mummies: Augmenting the Art Experience at Onishi Gallery, Chelsea

This story starts with a dinosaur. It’s a bipedal one, sort of like a mini Tyrannosaurus, running around by my feet.  My friend laughs as he sees it scurry beneath …

Visitors watching a performance piece in the Marina Abramovic exhibition. Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/NYTimes

Flash Points

Creat(ive) Expectations

Flash Points

Creat(ive) Expectations

Earlier this spring, I ventured to MoMA with my parents who were visiting from New Hampshire for the weekend. Since I can recall, my folks have consistently supported my own …

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GIF(t) Basket

Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 2 Recap

GIF(t) Basket

Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 2 Recap

In a special series of posts, Wesley Miller watches Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, frame by frame, and attempts to uncover what it all means through the …

My attempt at a decent photo to pair with this week's column.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art Beyond Excerpts

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art Beyond Excerpts

Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s book, “Seen Art?”, starts this way: It all started when I told my friend Art I would meet him on the corner of 5th and …

The Present Perfect at Art21

The Present Perfect: Tune In TONIGHT on PBS.org at 8 p.m. EST

The Present Perfect: Tune In TONIGHT on PBS.org at 8 p.m. EST

Tune in on PBS.org Look out, Internet: The Present Perfect is here! We’re coming at you live from the 92YTribeca in New York City tonight, starting promptly at 8:00 p.m. …

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Open Enrollment

Art Journalism in the Twenty-First Century: Where Is It Headed?

Open Enrollment

Art Journalism in the Twenty-First Century: Where Is It Headed?

This fall, I will be beginning my final year as a Masters candidate in New Arts Journalism (NAJ) at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). According to …

Berliner Plätze, 2008–09 Ink and acrylic on canvas, 304.8 x 426.7 cm Commissioned by Deutsche Bank AG in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin

Mehrutu’s Grey Area

Mehrutu’s Grey Area

In her large, complicated paintings, Ethiopian-American artist Julie Mehretu has blended everything from historic ruins to plans for sports arenas into her rich canvases in ways that make identifying individual …

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

The Suburban: A Space for Contemporary Art in Oak Park, Illinois

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

The Suburban: A Space for Contemporary Art in Oak Park, Illinois

Oak Park, Illinois is a very pretty and historically significant suburb that lies just outside of Chicago. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple is located here, along with a number of …

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Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

London’s Hayward Gallery re-opened to the public this past Saturday with two new exhibitions. Headlining is The Edges of the World, a solo show by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, who …

Mel Chin, Fundred Dollar Bill (detail), project ongoing.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

7,000 t-shirts, 22 paintings, two awards, a powerful pair, and one big open studio in this week’s roundup: Mel Chin (Season 1) has been named a finalist of the first …

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Letter from London

Letter from London: Interview with Aaron Moulton (Feinkost, Berlin)

Letter from London

Letter from London: Interview with Aaron Moulton (Feinkost, Berlin)

This Letter from London is, for one time only, from Berlin. — B.S. Aaron Moulton is a curator of contemporary art and, with his wife Mette Ravnkilde Nielsen, founder of …

Filming at the Brooklyn Museum, NY, June 19, 2010. Photo by Katie Payne.

The Present Perfect Participation: Last Call and Weekend Roundup

The Present Perfect Participation: Last Call and Weekend Roundup

Filming at the Brooklyn Museum, NY, June 19, 2010. Photo by Katherine Payne. Today is your final chance to participate in advance of Wednesday’s live event, The Present Perfect with …

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New guest blogger: Ajay RS Hothi

New guest blogger: Ajay RS Hothi

Thanks to Caroline Lagnado for her plethora of terrific posts. Up next is Ajay RS Hothi. Ajay RS Hothi is a London-based documentary maker and writer.  His films focus on …

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Klein’s Big Leap

Klein’s Big Leap

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. is currently showing the first Yves Klein retrospective to hit the United States in nearly 30 years. Called Yves Klein: With …

Annie Leibovitz, "Louise Bourgeois", date unknown. Image via Flickr.

Gastro-Vision

Bourgeois the Artist, Bourgeois the Cook

Gastro-Vision

Bourgeois the Artist, Bourgeois the Cook

The passing of Louise Bourgeois (Season 1) naturally prompted a host of critics to reflect on her life and artwork. They have written of her famed sculptures and textiles, recurring …

No Man's Land, Christian Boltanski

The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory

With our poor economy and tough times in general, it would be natural for artists to look ahead to happier days. Like the rest of us, they are frustrated, and …

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Yinka Shonibare MBE: “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle”

Yinka Shonibare MBE: “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE SUPPORT ART21: It seems like only yesterday that the 100 x 100 Exclusive campaign kicked off! Now with 32 days …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: BB6

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: BB6

Aligning smoothly with the start of Art Basel for the first time, the 6th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (BB6) opened this past week, two months later than its previous …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

New column! Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin

New column! Lives and Works in Berlin

Art21 is thrilled to announce the launch of our latest column. Heading the curriculum vitae of Berlin’s artists, curators, and other breeds of art junkies, Lives and Works in Berlin. …

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Dumbing Down the Art Museum

Dumbing Down the Art Museum

A popular article in Tuesday’s New York Times discusses the Brooklyn Museum’s failed efforts at drawing bigger and more serious crowds. This historic museum has tried everything from Saturday night …

Twitpic by @MaxAndersonUSA or steel workers atop Free Basket

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Looking Back Through 100 Acres

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Looking Back Through 100 Acres

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy looks back at the documentation around the projects in 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park before it opens this weekend.

Get Interactive with Art21 at the Brooklyn Museum

Get Interactive with Art21 at the Brooklyn Museum

Want to participate in one of these: …but finding it difficult to get enough people together? Let Art21 help you out! Join us this Saturday, June 19, in front of …

Painting by Kimberly Castillo

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Everything All at Once

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Everything All at Once

For many of us, a summer break is right on the doorstep and this is the time when teachers tend to think of everything all at once. We think about …

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Open Enrollment

The Collaborators: Artists Working Across Disciplines

Open Enrollment

The Collaborators: Artists Working Across Disciplines

This spring, in lieu of yet another show of disparate student work, my MFA class decided to create an entirely collaborative exhibition. The seemingly idyllic idea was to work as …

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GIF(t) Basket

Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 1 Recap

GIF(t) Basket

Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 1 Recap

In a special series of posts, Wesley Miller watches Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, frame by frame, and attempts to uncover what it all means through the …

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Art of the Oil Spill

Art of the Oil Spill

As Gawker posted the other day, in an act of what now seems like prescience, Chicago artist Chuck Meyers painted a leaking “BP Truck” in oil. This was back in …

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On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Live Jitters, Mendocino Film Festival, and Real Art

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Live Jitters, Mendocino Film Festival, and Real Art

Howdy y’all.  First a little news from Art21 production HQ.  After a successful shoot in London (expect an Exclusive on Season 5 artist Yinka Shonibare’s just-unveiled Nelson’s Ship in a …