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Scenery by Santiago Calatrava from Melissa Barak's Call Me Ben, (C) Paul Kolnik

Looking at Contemporary Dance

Looking at Contemporary Dance

As an art form, dance is a mixture of the visual and the auditory. While we watch dancers perform aesthetic pieces onstage, we hear music meant to enhance the experience. …

Andrea Zittel, "Indianapolis Island", 2010. Sketch of work to be installed in 100 Acres’s 35-acre lake in Indianapolis. via Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup you’ll find two island exhibitions, some curiosities of Monaco, a photographer who pushes buttons, and a group of artists who keep it real: Indianapolis Island, a floating …

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Allan McCollum: “Shapes Ornaments”

Allan McCollum: “Shapes Ornaments”

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"Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present," MoMA, 2010. Photo by Marco Anelli.

Flash Points

The Experience of Unknowing

Flash Points

The Experience of Unknowing

“We lay hold of the full import of a work of art only as we go through in our own vital processes the processes the artist went through in producing …

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The Present Perfect with Art21 – June 23 in NYC and online

The Present Perfect with Art21 – June 23 in NYC and online

Art21 is thrilled to announce our latest program, The Present Perfect with Art21, featuring Art21 artists Oliver Herring and Laurie Simmons in conversation with Robert MacNeil. It takes place Wednesday, …

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Koons on your Google homepage?

Koons on your Google homepage?

Today Google unveils a new “choose your own background” feature. According to the company’s official blog, “You can choose a photo from your computer, your own Picasa Web Album or …

Kathryn Andrews, "Gaylen Gerber," 2010. Installation view. Courtesy Thomas Solomon Gallery.

Looking at Los Angeles

Support Group

Looking at Los Angeles

Support Group

If you type the phrase “I need support” into Google, the first hit is a letter addressed to “Dear Sugar.” Sugar is the advice columnist for the Pop Sugar spin-off …

Janine Antoni, "Tear"   courtesy Luhring Augustine Gallery

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thinking Like an Artist, part 2 (and hold the Saltz)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thinking Like an Artist, part 2 (and hold the Saltz)

The Guggenheim Museum’s recent conference, Thinking Like an Artist: Creativity and Problem-Solving in the Classroom, turned out to be both an exciting and frustrating two days of panel-lectures and keynote …

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Open Enrollment

A video conversation on our MFA

Open Enrollment

A video conversation on our MFA

In front of two computers, somewhere between Detroit and Marseille, towards the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Concordia University, and Université de Provence, Corina Reynolds and Vency Yun decided to sit …

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

The Green Lantern | Caroline Picard

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

The Green Lantern | Caroline Picard

During the golden age of comic books, All-American Comics debuted Alan Scott as the Green Lantern in 1940. At the time, Scott was a railroad engineer who, when in possession …

Louise Bourgeois, "Crouching Spider", 2003. Steel, 106 1/2 x 329 x 24 inches. Courtesy Cheim & Read, Hauser & Wirth, and Galerie Karsten Greve. Photo: Christopher Burke. via Art Daily.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

A tribute to a great artist, a series of German faces, a big film of tiny things, some drawing restraint, and a bunch more in this week’s roundup: The Emilio …

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Flash Points

Come Curious

Flash Points

Come Curious

Good experience, bad experience. Life experience, work experience. First experience, years of experience. Learning experience. Sensory experience. Out-of-body experience. Shared experience. We experience life in innumerable, and oftentimes indescribable, ways. …

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An Artist’s Day Job

An Artist’s Day Job

To support themselves, artists typically have day jobs. While many teach, some find other ways to make ends meet. Warhol and Hopper earned money in advertising and commercial art, while …

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New guest blogger: Caroline Lagnado

New guest blogger: Caroline Lagnado

Thanks to Erin Sickler for her series of posts on and interviews with innovative artists seeking and creating solutions under trying economic circumstances. Up next is Caroline Lagnado. A native …

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Pardon This Brief Commercial Interruption: Ghana Think Tank

Pardon This Brief Commercial Interruption: Ghana Think Tank

In 2006, Christopher Robbins, John Ewing, and Matey Odonkor came together to form Ghana Think Tank, a problem-creating project with the motto Developing the First World. Drawing from their experiences …

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(UC Crisis) Post 3: Try Not to Do This Again

(UC Crisis) Post 3: Try Not to Do This Again

In a series of special posts, guest blogger alum Marc Herbst and regular contributor Catherine Wagley chronicle the University of California education crisis. Following is Wagley’s take. — Ed. When …

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Jeff Koons: Potential

Jeff Koons: Potential

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Pardon this Brief Commercial Interruption: Change

Pardon this Brief Commercial Interruption: Change

Lin + Lam (Lana Lin and Lan Thao Lam) are the current fellows at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School University in New York. …

Antony Gormley, "Blind Light," 2007. Image via BBC Online.

Flash Points

Interactive and Participatory Art

Flash Points

Interactive and Participatory Art

“Our advanced art approaches a fragile but marvelous life, one that maintains itself by a mere thread, melting into an elusive, changeable configuration, the surroundings, the artist, his work and …

Louise Bourgeois at the Académie de la Grande-Chaumiére, Paris, 1937. Courtesy Louise Bourgeois Archive.

Louise Bourgeois Left Nothing to be Desired

Louise Bourgeois Left Nothing to be Desired

When I heard that Louise Bourgeois (Season 1) passed away on the morning of May 31, I was genuinely surprised. It seemed only natural that she would live into a …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thinking Like an Artist, Part 1

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thinking Like an Artist, Part 1

This Thursday and Friday the Guggenheim Museum hosts Thinking Like an Artist: Creativity and Problem Solving in the Classroom. Educators will arrive by plane, train, automobile, even on foot, to …

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Open Enrollment

Meandering art school, advocating outsiderness

Open Enrollment

Meandering art school, advocating outsiderness

Beginning with the writings of Michel de Certeau, over the past several months, I’ve thought a lot about the idea of meandering an institutional presence. That thinking bled into my …

Great Small Works, "The Toy Theater of Terror As Usual, Episode 9: Doom 1996, A photomontage news serial", created by John Bell, Trudi Cohen, Stephen Kaplin, Jenny Romaine, Mark Sussman, Roberto Rossi; first performed at Performance Space 122, NYC Photo courtesy of Mark Sussman

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Pardon this Brief Commercial Interruption: Economies of Scale or Too Big to Fail?

Flash Points

Pardon this Brief Commercial Interruption: Economies of Scale or Too Big to Fail?

In 1934, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis coined the phrase “the curse of bigness” to describe the disastrous effect that concentrated economic power can have on small business, communities, and …

Louise Bourgeois. "Art in the Twenty-First Century", production still, 2001. Season 1, Episode: "Identity". © Art21, Inc. 2001.

In Memoriam: Louise Bourgeois, 1911–2010

In Memoriam: Louise Bourgeois, 1911–2010

Louise Bourgeois. Art in the Twenty-First Century, production still, 2001. Season 1, Episode: Identity. © Art21, Inc. 2001. “A work of art doesn’t have to be explained….If you do not …