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"William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible" (2010), production still.

Fall Previews: Trailer, Teasers, and Slideshows

Fall Previews: Trailer, Teasers, and Slideshows

William Kentridge in his studio, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2008. William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, production still, 2010. © Art21, Inc. 2010. Fall preview season is upon us, so it’s time …

Video still from Lauren Kelley's Big Gurl. Courtesy Artadia

3 Museums, 2 Days (part II of II)

3 Museums, 2 Days (part II of II)

II. After my visit to the New Museum, I headed uptown to the Studio Museum in Harlem. What stood out to me at the Studio Museum were a series of sculptural, photographic, …

Lari Pittman, Untitled #1.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Lari Pittman takes over L.A., Trenton Doyle Hancock issues a call to color, Tim Hawkinson explores sustainability, Cao Fei exhibits in Poland, and more! Centre Pompidou …

Materials juxtaposed from Bidoun library at New Museum. Courtesy Bidoun website

3 Museums, 2 Days (part I of II)

3 Museums, 2 Days (part I of II)

I. This past weekend I visited three museums in New York City — New Museum on the Bowery, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and P.S.1 MoMA in Queens — if …

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New guest blogger: Thom Donovan

New guest blogger: Thom Donovan

Thanks to Meg Floryan for her series of posts on the unmistakable relationship between nature and art. Up next is Thom Donovan. Thom lives in New York City, where he …

Brian Griffiths, 'Battenberg' [maquette], 2010

Letter from London

Letter from London: Public Enemy

Letter from London

Letter from London: Public Enemy

Public art is rubbish. Starting from that premise is the best possible pre-emptive strike against disappointment. Don’t expect public art to be any good and you’ll be surprised when it …

Sharon Core, Early American, Still Life with Vegetables, 200?

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Eating Your Vegetables Is a Luxury

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Eating Your Vegetables Is a Luxury

Gastro-Vision launched last August with a two-part post about the trend in urban farming. Interest in sustainable and local food practices continues to spread among creative types and appears to …

Floral design by the Hopkinton Garden Club, Flora in Winter, Worcester MA, 2009. Image via the museum website. Interpretation of “Untitled” by Ilya Bolotowsky.

The Nature of Art: Blueprints

The Nature of Art: Blueprints

As a visitor walking around an art venue, it’s refreshing and pleasing to stumble across green spaces. Open-air and enclosed courtyards featuring lush vegetation and bubbling fountains, outdoor terraces and …

The Studio Reader: On The Space of Artists, University of Chicago Press, 2010. Cover illustration: Rodney Graham, The Gifted Amateur, November 10th, 1962 (detail), 2007.  Courtesy of the artist, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago; the Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Press.  Design by Matt Avery.

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: The Studio Reader and the SAIC Summer Studio

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: The Studio Reader and the SAIC Summer Studio

The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists is the kind of book an artist would eat up in a single sitting. It is about the STUDIO — the spaces …

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Open Enrollment

Crafting a Moment

Open Enrollment

Crafting a Moment

Red waterfalls hang frozen from tarnished candelabra arms above hardened wax puddles joined permanently to a floral cloth. Dew collects on the open mouths of emptied wine bottles as cool …

Two of my favorites in the Whitney Museum's Collecting Biennials show: Mike Kelley, "More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid" and "The Wages of Sin," both 1987

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Not Playing the Patsy

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Not Playing the Patsy

Sometimes certain quotes hit you in a way that make you think and rethink… Here’s one I came across recently from Mike Kelley in Press Play: Contemporary Artists in Conversation: …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: The Sommerpause Art Guide

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: The Sommerpause Art Guide

Nothing spells houseguest season like late-August in Berlin. With school about to resume and the major art metropolises shut down for summer, the town becomes besieged by the event hungry. …

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

Frances Whitehead, Embedded Artist

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

Frances Whitehead, Embedded Artist

What do artists know? A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon at the Chicago home of Frances Whitehead talking about the philosophical and pragmatic underpinnings of this question. To …

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009. Image via Flickr. Photo by Andrew Ciscel.

The Nature of Art: Footprints

The Nature of Art: Footprints

It’s hip to be high-minded these days. In the cultural spheres, showing awareness of environmental concerns can prove to be a savvy PR move, and architectural firms and museum committees …

Charles Atlas video still.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

As summer 2010 winds down this week’s roundup gets ready for an exciting fall season when Mark Dion embarks on an expedition in Oakland, Andrea Zittel lands on the Portland …

“Elephant Parade,” London, 2010. Image via Flickr. Photo by Mark Pether-Longman.

The Nature of Art: The Bigger Picture

The Nature of Art: The Bigger Picture

We’re accustomed to porticoed Greek temple-style museums, white-walled galleries, conspicuous label texts, a high level of organization, and clearly-defined thematic spaces. For those of us who are city-dwellers, we expect …

Furries reclining in Marnie Weber's "Furry Womb" at "A Night of Growth and Discovery." Image via For Your Art.

Looking at Los Angeles

Burn, Baby, Burn: Furries Join Baby Ikki on a Voyage of Growth and Discovery

Looking at Los Angeles

Burn, Baby, Burn: Furries Join Baby Ikki on a Voyage of Growth and Discovery

Last month, I opened my email to find a “Call For Furrie Interns.” The call came from LA artist Marnie Weber and was forwarded to me by a mutual friend …

Waldemar Smirnov of the Fraunhofer Institut Angewandte Festkörperphysik, Germany, “Squaring the Circle,” 1st place winner of Materials Research Society “Science as Art” competition, fall 2009. Image courtesy of MRS. Crystalline diamond grain anisotropically etched by spheres of molten nickel.

The Nature of Art: On Closer Inspection

The Nature of Art: On Closer Inspection

Popular opinion concerning the relationship between technology and the environment is of great interest to me; my own graduate research focused on its treatment in mid-century American children’s book illustration. …

Tobias Putrih, Re-projection: Hoosac, 2010   Source: MASS MoCA

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Solid Sound

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Solid Sound

Is sound an element of design right alongside biggies like line, color, shape and texture? Teachers today are faced with the unseemly job of breaking outside “the” seven elements of …

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Open Enrollment

Life After MFA…What Next?

Open Enrollment

Life After MFA…What Next?

As summer wraps up, I’m slowly packing my bags and getting ready to move from the sunny coast of Marseille back to beautiful Montreal, where I will have to prepare …

William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible

Announcing Our Latest Film: “William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible”

Announcing Our Latest Film: “William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible”

Art21 is proud to announce the forthcoming broadcast of our latest film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, the first film produced by Art21 for national television broadcast outside of the …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week in the roundup … Barbara Kruger gets a celebration started, Cao Fei has her eyes on a prize, Cai Guo-Qiang goes in with a bang, Raymond Pettibon is into …

Matthew Albanese, “Salt Water Falls,” mixed media, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist.

Gastro-Vision

The Nature of Art: Let’s Situate Ourselves

Gastro-Vision

The Nature of Art: Let’s Situate Ourselves

Get to the root of the matter. Plant an idea. Sow the seeds. Call it what you will — the environment, biosphere, landscape, wilderness, terra firma, mother earth, etc. — but nothing …

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New guest blogger: Meg Floryan

New guest blogger: Meg Floryan

Thanks to Steven Frost for giving us some amazing insights in fiber art, and extra bonus points for whipping up a fascinating post that combines Catwoman & patriarchy. Next up is …

"Philip IV" and "Mariana of Austria" shoot the breeze in the Prado

Letter from London

Letter from London: Masterpiece Theatre

Letter from London

Letter from London: Masterpiece Theatre

On a single day this week I saw a clutch of paintings that would, by most reckonings, be referred to as “masterpieces”: Velazquez’ Las Meninas (1656), Goya’s Third of May …

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Open Enrollment

My MFA Letter to Santa

Open Enrollment

My MFA Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Jeffrey, I’m 26 years old, and I live in San Francisco, California.  I know it’s kind of early to be writing to you in …

Stephen Shore, Andy Warhol with Kip Stagg, Beauty # 1. 1965-1967.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Summer Social

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Summer Social

Kip[p] Stagg, nineteen years old and a Columbia undergraduate, was walking in New York one night in 1965 when he heard a man’s voice shouting names at him from somewhere …

Alfredo Jaar, "Lament of the Images (Version 1)" 2002   Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Film and Objects

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Film and Objects

Teaching with film or taking a trip with students to a museum can sometimes be an experience somewhere between total bliss and a dental visit. It can be eye-opening or …

Tim Burton, “Batman Returns”, Video Still, 1992. Courtesy Warner Bros Pictures

Patriarchy: Catwoman’s Scratching Post

Patriarchy: Catwoman’s Scratching Post

When I was a little kid I was obsessed with comic books. I consumed anything super hero related with a sense of urgency. I imagined that some day I would …

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

Go West | Roger Brown: California U.S.A

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

Go West | Roger Brown: California U.S.A

After passing away in 1997, painter, sculptor, and notorious collector, Roger Brown bequeathed his homes and collections to his alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). …

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GIF(t) Basket

Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 7 Recap

GIF(t) Basket

Bravo’s Work of Art: Episode 7 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 …

Cai Guo-Qiang.  Peasants—Making a Better City, A Better Life, 2010. Photo Credit: Lin Yi. Courtesy Cai Studio.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Alfredo Jaar and Andrea Zittell go natural, Bruce Nauman tries to get off the ground, Cai Guo-Qiang answers questions about the impact of social visibility in …

The closest I'm ever going to come to my 15-minutes of fame … being interviewed by James Kalm of the Kalm Report. (Photo by Veken Gueyikian)

Art21′s New Guest Editor

Art21′s New Guest Editor

Starting today, and running through to August 25, I will be filling in for Kelly Shindler as guest editor of the Art21 blog. Kelly, who has taken a much needed …

"Some people say modern art is pretentious, but if you look at it like this..." Photo by the author at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. July 2009.

Flash Points

Secrets of Art Appreciation

Flash Points

Secrets of Art Appreciation

I am not an “art critic.” I can tell you how I feel about a given work of art, but I may feel differently over time or if I see …

Siena's Campo dei Miracoli at Mini-Europe, Brussels

Letter from London

Letter from London: In the Loop

Letter from London

Letter from London: In the Loop

My favorite things in Pallant House, the excellent gallery of modern British art in Chichester on the south coast of England, are a couple of small models made before its …

Architect, N. Bernard Viljoen

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: N. Bernard Viljoen and the Twilight Children

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: N. Bernard Viljoen and the Twilight Children

N. Bernard Viljoen is a South African architect based in Johannesburg. He was raised on a farm in the Free State outside the quaint South African town, Parys. He graduated as …