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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Cindy Sherman gets elected, The Global African project presents work by Mark Bradford, Yinka Shonibari MBE, and Fred Wilson, and more. Mel Chin is lecturing at …

W.C. Rice "Cross Garden," Prattville, AL. Image courtesy of and © copyright: http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/

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Under the Influence: Drugs, God and Politics in Self-Taught Art

Flash Points

Under the Influence: Drugs, God and Politics in Self-Taught Art

In 1974, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis launched the exhibition Naives and Visionaries, showcasing nine artists whose work manifested itself through artistic environments, both secretive and public. Martin Friedman …

Neil Young. "Neil Young," (Reprise Records, 1968). From the writer's collection.

Going to California: Gina Tuzzi

Going to California: Gina Tuzzi

It was the United States of America in the cold late spring of 1967, and … all that seemed clear was that at some point we had aborted ourselves and …

M2A™ Diagram. Courtesy of the artist.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Food and Technology in an Art Lab

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Food and Technology in an Art Lab

Last month, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York turned their main exhibition space into X-Lab, a “living” work space where the public can interact with Eyebeam’s fellows and …

Albert Bierstadt. "View of Donner Lake, California," 1871–1872. Oil on paper mounted on canvas,  29 1/4 x 21 7/8 in. Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Going to California: David Wilson, Part 2

Going to California: David Wilson, Part 2

Albert Bierstadt bathed the Sierra Nevada in heavenly light while Ansel Adams photographed Half Dome as though it were on the moon. Many artists depict California’s natural features as mythic …

M.A. Peers, Valentina. 1996 Oil on found sofa upholstery fabric (vinyl), foam stuffing 123 x 74 inches. Image via Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Whippet Good! M.A. Peers at the Pomona College Museum of Art

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Whippet Good! M.A. Peers at the Pomona College Museum of Art

During last week’s panel discussion in conjunction with M.A. Peers‘s exhibition at the Pomona College Museum of Art, Peers recalled a pivotal moment during her graduate studies.  Painter Linda Day told her …

Jessica Rankin: Mind & Language

Jessica Rankin: Mind & Language

“My work’s always had a lot to do with language and the landscape of the mind,” says artist Jessica Rankin, referencing her intricately embroidered pieces. Filmed in 2008 in a Berlin …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thankful

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thankful

Back on May 7, 2008 I wrote my first column for Art21’s blog. In that initial post I said, “Teaching with Contemporary Art is about the things that happen when …

Detail from I Wish Your Wish, 2003, silkscreen on fabric ribbons, dimensions variable.  Installation view from Rivane Neuenschwander:  A Day Like Any Other, New Museum, New York, 2010.  Photo by Benoit Pailley.

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Neuenschwander and Influence

Flash Points

Neuenschwander and Influence

Earlier this week, art historian Monica Amor lectured at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis on the topic of Neo-Concrete art in Brazil in …

Going to California: David Wilson

Going to California: David Wilson

My hometown of Lafayette, California, encompasses a 925-acre nature area, the boundaries of which press up against the town’s suburban roads and cul-de-sacs like a face against glass. When I …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Research and Its Ambiguities

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Research and Its Ambiguities

For a few months now, my thesis project has hit a standstill. Unfortunately what I realized is that the stagnation of not working on it has started to corrode my …

View of photographic installation and record of Tehching Hsieh's "One Year Performance 1978–1979" (Cage Piece). This was exhibited at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2009.  Photo: Victor Felder.

Flash Points

Art Under the Influence of Others

Flash Points

Art Under the Influence of Others

In 1996, Jennifer Ringley took a video camera and placed it on her computer.  The camera was nothing new: a simple web camera with light broadcasting capabilities.  She signed on, …

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

Center Field | Is Locale Needed? Netart in the Midwest

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

Center Field | Is Locale Needed? Netart in the Midwest

Since moving away from Chicago this past summer, I’ve seen how Chicago and the Midwest have influenced my work, as well as  my work ethic. The spirit of experimentation and …

Paul McCarthy

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, William Kentridge receives the Kyoto Prize! Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons, Mike Kelley, and Paul McCarthy have childish things on exhibition and more! William Kentridge has been …

Vintage postcard of car passing through California redwood tree.

Going to California

Going to California

Many people in the East … have been to Los Angeles or to San Francisco, have driven through a giant redwood and have seen the Pacific glazed by the afternoon …

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New guest blogger: Victoria Gannon

New guest blogger: Victoria Gannon

Thanks to Sarah Stephenson for her terrific posts. We’re pleased she put her current art criticism education in practice on this site. Up next is Victoria Gannon. Victoria was born …

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Bruce High Quality Foundation University

Bruce High Quality Foundation University

The popularity of fine art university training over the past few decades (thanks to various factors such as the G.I. Bill and the promise of success through an inflated art …

Allan McCollum. "Over Ten Thousand Individual Works," 1987–88. Enamel on cast Hydrocal, 2 inches in diameter each, with variable lengths, each unique. Photo by Fred Scruton. © Allan McCollum. Courtesy the artist.

Allan McCollum: “Over Ten Thousand Individual Works”

Allan McCollum: “Over Ten Thousand Individual Works”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #129: Filmed in his Brooklyn studio, Allan McCollum reveals the process and logic behind the project Over Ten Thousand …

“By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School” The New School, October 2009 Installation view.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions with Carin Kuoni of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions with Carin Kuoni of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics

For six years, Carin Kuoni has been director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School in New York City. I wanted to pose my …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: Rough Country by Ali Fitzgerald

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: Rough Country by Ali Fitzgerald

Image: Exhibition view of "You Don't Know." Courtesy of the artist and Canada Gallery Striped bathroom wallpaper, Cy Twombly, Imi Knoebel and scribbles resembling Pop-like lineaments or cave markings are all evoked by Matt Connors work in his current exhibition at Canada Gallery.

“You Don’t Know” — Matt Connors at Canada Gallery

“You Don’t Know” — Matt Connors at Canada Gallery

Striped bathroom wallpaper, Cy Twombly, Imi Knoebel, and scribbles resembling Pop-like lineaments or cave markings are all evoked by Matt Connors work in his current exhibition at Canada Gallery. Red …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art Education and Influence

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art Education and Influence

How is art influenced? What role does art education play in how artists form works of art later in their career? Recently, when I posed these questions to colleagues (both …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Choose Your Own Adventure: The Master of Fine Arts

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Choose Your Own Adventure: The Master of Fine Arts

You are an artist living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s been a few years since you received your Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree from Carnegie Mellon University. You work …

Kendra E. Roth, Metropolitan Museum of Art Conservator

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | A Fresh Path at the Met: A Discussion with Kendra E. Roth

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | A Fresh Path at the Met: A Discussion with Kendra E. Roth

Indianapolis Museum of Art conservator speaks with Metropolitan Museum conservator Kendra Roth about ancient chariots, fish, and kinetic sculptures, among other things.

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Mark Bradford repurposes South L.A. urban detritus, Allora & Calzadilla perform at MoMA, Raymond Pettibon goes hard in the paint, artists have a couple of firsts, and much …

Susan Philipsz. Photograph: Karen Robinson for the Observer

Letter from London

Letter from London: Turner Blind Eye

Letter from London

Letter from London: Turner Blind Eye

The Otolith Group ought to win this year’s Turner Prize, if their installation at Tate Britain is anything to go by, which it isn’t. Tate Britain’s press department must really …

Gedi Sibony, The Cutters, From The Center, Her Trumpeted Spoke Lastly, 2007 / 2010

Gedi Sibony at Greene Naftali

Gedi Sibony at Greene Naftali

The invitation for Gedi Sibony’s solo show at Greene Naftali consists of a large grid of uneven lines with the exhibition details run along the edges. The work in the …

Paul McCarthy: “Black & White Tapes”

Paul McCarthy: “Black & White Tapes”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #128: Interviewed in his Los Angeles studio, Paul McCarthy discusses the genesis of his Black and White Tapes (1970–75), …

Bernie Searle, Untitled (red), from Colour Me series, 1998.

Flash Points

There’s No Place Like Home

Flash Points

There’s No Place Like Home

On Johannesburg | “William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible” (2010) Preview | Art21 from Art21 on Vimeo. It is nearly impossible to talk about William Kentridge’s artistic practice without mentioning – …

Rob Pruitt, "Looking, Longing," 2008. Installation view: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of RxArt.

A Conversation with RxArt President and Founder, Diane Brown

A Conversation with RxArt President and Founder, Diane Brown

Rob Pruitt, Looking, Longing, 2008. Installation view: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of RxArt. One of the experiences that I miss the most about working in …

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Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Seen and Felt

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Seen and Felt

When I first encountered the warm voluptuousness of Mary Cassatt’s paintings, it annoyed me. Then I realized the artist had never married, living much of her life frequenting Paris salons, …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Kentridge in the Classroom

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Kentridge in the Classroom

Support Art21 The William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible BACK TO SCHOOL campaign is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Art21’s free education programs and resources accompanying William Kentridge: Anything …

The west wall of Caseros Prison two months after Wulsin completed his onsite work.

Interview with Seth Wulsin

Interview with Seth Wulsin

This is the second of three posts by Daniel Quiles that are loosely based around contemporary art from/in Latin America. — Ed. Born in 1981 in Spring Valley, New York, …

IFPDA Print Fair. Photography by Andrew Sciaulino

NY Print Fair 2010

NY Print Fair 2010

An air of refinement hung fairly heavily throughout the old Armory building this weekend with a weighty reminder of the long history of printmaking at the IFPDA Print Fair. Many …

Fred Wilson, "Untitled" 2005  Courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Hard Conversations (Exploring Inequality)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Hard Conversations (Exploring Inequality)

In the New York Times last week, Nicholas Kristof reported that the richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of the income, up from 9 percent …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Disciplinary Complex

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Disciplinary Complex

Over the past few decades, “interdisciplinary” has emerged as a popular designation in academic culture, particularly in the arts and humanities. Both as an undergraduate in studio art and as …