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Allan McCollum, The Shapes Project: Shapes From Maine (Shapes Rubber Stamps) 2005/2008   Courtesy Friedrich Petzel Gallery

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Enjoying the Steps

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Enjoying the Steps

Recently I have participated in a few discussions that relate to teaching students about slowing down and examining their process in order to create quality works of art- works that …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Life After MFA…The PhD Option?

Open Enrollment

Life After MFA…The PhD Option?

After reading my fellow blogger Oliver Wunsch’s interview with George Smith, the founder of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts (IDSVA), I began thinking about a PhD in …

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How NOT to Approach a Curator

How NOT to Approach a Curator

Mike Brenner tells horror stories about artists who wanted to show at his art gallery.

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

Four for Fall

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

Four for Fall

Traditionally, fall is the time when galleries launch their new slate of exhibitions after a relatively slow-paced couple of summer months. Galleries tend to highlight some of the most prominent …

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Owning an Art Gallery Was Something I Fell Into

Owning an Art Gallery Was Something I Fell Into

Mike Brenner talks about the perils of owning an art gallery and running a nonprofit arts service organization in Milwaukee.

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, abstraction is the theme, with James Turrrell on view in Brussels, Sally Mann preparing to push boundaries, while Allan McCollum’s work is on view as Jessica …

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New guest blogger: Mike Brenner

New guest blogger: Mike Brenner

Thanks to Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin, who provided a generous overview of the contemporary art and artists in Montreal. Up next is Mike Brenner. An Open Enrollment alumnus, Mike attended the Bauhaus-Universität, …

Jeff Koons at "Popeye Series" opening at Serpentine Gallery, London, 2009.  Photograph courtesy of the London Evening Standard.

Flash Points

Making the Most of It

Flash Points

Making the Most of It

I’ve always thought of artists as romantic creatures. Their desires are truly unlike those of any other profession in the world. While many people work their way up in careers …

Krzysztof Wodiczko: Peace

Krzysztof Wodiczko: Peace

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #121: “You cannot work towards peace being peaceful” says artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, who explains this paradoxical position in terms …

Geneviève Cadieux, "La voie lactée," billboard-sized image, 1991. Image perched on top of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Photo courtesy of M. Beaulne.

MontreART

MontreART

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Last August, Travel+Leisure ran the article Magnificent Montreal, in which Adam Sachs attempted to sum up Montreal, saying …

What You Give is What You Get: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

What You Give is What You Get: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Mexican-born electronics artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates installations that could not exist without the participation of the public. His …

Monica Majoli. Hanging Rubberman #1, 2006. Watercolor and gouache on paper. 123 x 51 in. Photo: Brian Forrest. Image via hammer.ucla.edu

Looking at Los Angeles

Dark Undercurrents in the Hammer Contemporary Collection

Looking at Los Angeles

Dark Undercurrents in the Hammer Contemporary Collection

Last week, Art21 treated Angelenos to the very first preview screening of William Kentridge: Anything is Possible at the Hammer Museum‘s Billy Wilder Theater.  As Art21’s executive director Susan Sollins …

Vida Simon, "Cantastoria: a drawn opera," , performance-installation, 2010. Courtesy of Eman Haram (photographer).

Embodiment and Process: Vida Simon

Embodiment and Process: Vida Simon

Vida Simon enters her work. The Montreal-based artist creates gentle, introspective drawing installation/performances where we witness her artistic process live and in progress. She literally embodies her own art, working …

"Doormat: Welcome (Amber)," detail 1998, Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Developing Themes

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Developing Themes

“I have to say that my work actually started from my interest in the notion of space, particularly this notion of personal space or individual space. And that’s actually the …

The Medium is Not the Message: Adad Hannah

The Medium is Not the Message: Adad Hannah

Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House) #2 from Adad Hannah on Vimeo. Adad Hannah’s videos are moving pieces of work. And they move, just barely. What started as a …

John Campbell working on Jonathan Borofsky's Hammering Man

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Caring for Outdoor Sculptures: A Conversation with John Campbell

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Caring for Outdoor Sculptures: A Conversation with John Campbell

IMA Conservator Richard McCoy finds out what John Campbell has been up to at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

The Kokoromi Collective, "GAMMA3D," documenting photo, 2010. Courtesy of Simon Law (photographer).

Game (as) Art: The Kokoromi Collective

Game (as) Art: The Kokoromi Collective

Trying to explain GAMMA is kind of like trying to describe Burning Man. The members of Kokoromi Collective best described their annual showcase for game creation and art as a …

Jeremy Deller's '5 March 2007' on display in the Imperial War Museum, London. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Letter from London

Letter from London: Spoils of War

Letter from London

Letter from London: Spoils of War

There’s a new display at the Imperial War Museum, London, orchestrated by the artist Jeremy Deller, which consists of a burnt-out, red-brown car, mangled in an an explosion in Baghdad …

Sherman in Balenciaga.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup includes art that is about being social: Cindy Sherman poses in Balenciaga, Carrie Mae Weems teaches about art and social engagement, Barbara Kruger displays art about social life, …

Tom Wesselmann, "Still Life #30", 1963. Oil, enamel and synthetic polymer paint on composition board with collage of printed advertisements, plastic flowers, refrigerator door, plastic replicas of 7-Up bottles, glazed and framed color reproduction, and stamped metal, 48 1/2 x 66 x 4 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Philip Johnson. © 2010 Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Back in the Kitchen

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Back in the Kitchen

The Museum of Modern Art could not have picked a better moment to mount Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, an exhibition about the changing aesthetics and politics of …

Allan McCollum: “Plaster Surrogates” & “Surrogate Paintings”

Allan McCollum: “Plaster Surrogates” & “Surrogate Paintings”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #120: Filmed in his Brooklyn studio, Allan McCollum discusses his Surrogate Paintings (begun in 1978) and Plaster Surrogates (begun …

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Open Enrollment

Seeking graduate student writers for Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Seeking graduate student writers for Open Enrollment

Why art school? Why now? Why does it matter? “It wasn’t till I got to art school that I really understood how art can connect you through human history and …

Jenny Schade, "Stryving," oil on canvas, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.

Oil on Canvas: Jenny Schade

Oil on Canvas: Jenny Schade

Jenny Schade thinks she was born in the wrong century. The 25-year-old Montreal-born artist has devoted herself fully to painting — pure oil-on-canvas painting. Her large works depict abstract landscapes …

Arts in Ed

Arts in Education: Mark Bradford’s Open Studio

Arts in Education: Mark Bradford’s Open Studio

Did you know that this week, September 12-18, is Arts in Education Week? On July 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 275, a resolution that seeks to “support …

Elizabeth Murray at work: Art21 production still, 2003

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Brainstorming Big Ideas and Arriving at the Best Idea

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Brainstorming Big Ideas and Arriving at the Best Idea

Every art student (and I mean EVERY art student- K-12, undergrad, graduate, adult education, private lessons, you name it) has had one or more situations when an initial idea for …

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Open Enrollment

OMG Mid-Grad Crisis or RTV/MFA

Open Enrollment

OMG Mid-Grad Crisis or RTV/MFA

Sometimes when I’m sitting in class, I switch to a third-person perspective and feel like I’m watching a reality television show about myself. One of my professors, Clark Buckner, assigned …

Yves Médam, "L'indécis," photo collage, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.

One Hour Photo: Yves Médam

One Hour Photo: Yves Médam

A former commercial photographer, Yves Médam has only recently made the shift to fine art in the last 3 years. The French-born artist constructs large format photographic re-inventions of reality, …

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Flash Points

Come Curious: The Artists Look

Flash Points

Come Curious: The Artists Look

“When I was sixteen and knew nothing about art, I sat through almost six hours of Andy Warhol’s Empire. I did not understand it but thought: this is in a …

Paul Warne, "Breaking The Ice," telepresence interface, 2010. Courtesy of John Desjarlais (photographer).

Augmenting Reality: Paul Warne

Augmenting Reality: Paul Warne

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Paul Warne doesn’t consider himself so much an artist as a designer. While trained in animation and film …

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

Interview | Bill Eiseman of Polyester

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

Interview | Bill Eiseman of Polyester

Like many people, my girlfriend and I set out on a road trip this summer. Our trip took us from Chicago to Portland, following most of the Lewis and Clark …

Barry McGee. Houston Street (NYC), 2010.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup: Barry McGee tags Houston Street in NYC,  Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra contextualize and collaborate, Robert Adams comes to Vancouver, Roni Horn channels Emily Dickinson, and more. …

Shelley Miller, "Cargo," sugar mural, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

How Sweet It Is: Shelley Miller

How Sweet It Is: Shelley Miller

Shelley Miller creates exquisite, intricate artworks out of sugar. In 2009, her mural installation, Cargo, won the People’s Choice award at Montreal’s Mois de la Photo (Montreal’s biennale for contemporary …

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New guest blogger: Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin

New guest blogger: Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin

Thanks to Thom Donovan for his excellent exhibition and artists’ books reviews, and interview with the fascinating Primary Information. Follow his writing and projects back on his own site here. …

Primary Information co-publisher, Miriam Katzeff

5 Questions with Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information

5 Questions with Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information

1. What inspired you to start Primary Information? I think there were two reasons to start Primary Information. James [Hoff] and I are both very interested in artists’ books and …

Future Metaphors

Future Metaphors: Fractured Time

Future Metaphors

Future Metaphors: Fractured Time

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Ryan Trecartin, I-BE AREA (Double Jamie, Ramada Omar, and Sally Man Pause), video excerpt, 2007 Lately, I’ve been …

Thom Powers.  Courtesy Stranger Than Fiction.

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

On Location: Dr. Doc | An Interview with Thom Powers

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

On Location: Dr. Doc | An Interview with Thom Powers

I’m back from my summer break and ready to change things up a bit with this column.  So instead of the usual long laundry list of documentary various and sundry, …