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The Art21 Blog’s Most-Viewed Posts of 2010

The Art21 Blog’s Most-Viewed Posts of 2010

The continuing rise and social influence of Facebook and Twitter may have contributed plenty to the growing readership of the Art21 Blog, but ultimately, it is quality of writing and …

Artemis Potamianou at her studio in Thissio, Athens.

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Artemis Potamianou

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Artemis Potamianou

Artemis Potamianou is a visual artist based in Athens, Greece. She attained a BFA Degree from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1997 and an MFA from the Staffordshire …

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

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Top 10 Chicago Art Events in 2010

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

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Top 10 Chicago Art Events in 2010

Meg Onli and Claudine Ise’s list of the ten best–or at least most interesting–events in Chicago art in 2010. 1. Best city-wide, sustained, multi-platform discussion of a single topic in …

Felix Gonzalez-Torres at the Deadlines Exhibition, Musee d'Art Moderne

Marissa Perel’s Top 10 of 2010

Marissa Perel’s Top 10 of 2010

1. Felix Gonzalez-Torres in Deadline, exhibition at the Musee d’ Art Moderne, Paris. October 16, 2009 – January 10, 2010. Curator Odile Burluraux said of the exhibition, “Deadline has chosen …

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Ali Fitzgerald’s Top 9 European Gender-Journeys of 2010

Ali Fitzgerald’s Top 9 European Gender-Journeys of 2010

After attempting a general top 10 list of shows, I felt a mild distaste for my own artistic leanings, which, while not limited to investigations of gender and queerness, are …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ten for ’10

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ten for ’10

Looking back over the column this past year, I thought it might be worthwhile to pick the top ten questions generated in a year’s worth of posts. Below are some …

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Baseera Khan’s Noted in 2010

Baseera Khan’s Noted in 2010

The most notable word for 2010 is leak. Aside from that, here is my list: 1. Experimental Film: Phil Solomon’ s American Falls, 55 min., commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery …

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

Center Field: Sustaining Practices

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

Center Field: Sustaining Practices

Lately I have been thinking a lot about sustainability and sustenance. Not the environmental kind of sustainability–the personal and emotional kind.  Chicago’s art community is rich in relationships, but like …

William Pope.L, Small Cup, 2008

Liz K. Sheehan’s Top 10 of 2010

Liz K. Sheehan’s Top 10 of 2010

Ten memorable art-related moments of 2010, in no particular order: 10. Best animal weirdness: William Pope.L, Small Cup, 2008, Video, 12:52 minutes, included in the 2010 DeCordova Biennial Filmed in …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Closing out year 2010 for this week’s roundup, Pierre Huyghe and Mel Chin receive artist awards and a few upcoming shows to mark in your 2011 calendars. Pierre Huyghe is …

Tony Bennett, whose nom de paintbrush is Anthony Benedetto, has painted throughout his life.  Courtesy benedettoarts.com

Looking at Los Angeles

(Looking at Los Angeles) Top 10 of 2010: Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists

Looking at Los Angeles

(Looking at Los Angeles) Top 10 of 2010: Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists

Since last year’s Top 10 list was posted, we have seen the passing of two individuals who have greatly impacted both the art world as well and entertainment world.  Dennis Hopper …

David Wojnarowicz, "Night Train Dream" 1983  P.P.O.W Gallery

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with David Wojnarowicz (and Not Teaching with the Smithsonian)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with David Wojnarowicz (and Not Teaching with the Smithsonian)

In light of the recent debacle at the Smithsonian involving the removal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly, I thought it might make sense to suggest some ways …

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Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada: Virtual Reality Bites

Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada: Virtual Reality Bites

“Maybe the Internet is for me what Paris in the 20s was for Joyce, Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein or New York in 50s was for Jasper Johns and Rauschenberg.” — …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Just in time for the holiday season, this week’s roundup brings to you plenty of news, including last-minute gift ideas such as President Obama’s children’s book homage to Maya Lin, …

The Heads of the Kings of Judah and Rudolph Stingel 'Untitled' at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Letter from London

Letter from London: Hell Is Other People

Letter from London

Letter from London: Hell Is Other People

It is a truth universally acknowledged that artists make the best curators. Mark Wallinger’s exhibition, The Russian Linesman at the Hayward Gallery last March, was a proposal about what creative …

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Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: The Best in Food-Art 2010

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: The Best in Food-Art 2010

From cotton candy rooms to painterly cakes, meaty dresses to pork rind sculpture, pickle portraiture to animated toast, this year was chock-full of good “food-art” — food inspired by art …

Paul McCarthy: Art & Entertainment

Paul McCarthy: Art & Entertainment

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #132: Filmed in his Los Angeles studio alongside his son and frequent collaborator Damon McCarthy, artist Paul McCarthy reflects …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Stage your Melodrama: An Elmgreen and a Dragset

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Stage your Melodrama: An Elmgreen and a Dragset

When the art historians start treading through Berlin’s turn-of-the-millennium years to chart artists’ march to Neukölln, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset‘s studio will be a main stop for tea and …

Pamela Johnson, "Ice Cream I," 2009. Oil on canvas, 54 x 34 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Connecting – Part 6: Postscript and Postmortem

Connecting – Part 6: Postscript and Postmortem

After exhibiting at The Artist Project in 2008, Pamela Johnson’s American Still Life series began getting attention. Pepperdine University’s Weisman Museum of Art, Adler & Co. Gallery, and the San …

Paul Chan Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, 2007 Photo: Frank Aymami, courtesy Creative Time.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Nato Thompson

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Nato Thompson

I am a bit late coming to the curatorial work of Nato Thompson, which first became recognizable to me at this past October’s second annual Creative Time Summit, a gathering …

Mark Bradford, "Los Moscos", 2004  Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mark Bradford: Painter

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mark Bradford: Painter

If you live, work, or happen to be traveling through Boston any time soon, make absolutely sure you see Mark Bradford‘s mid-career retrospective at the Institute for Contemporary Art. This …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: And the Nominations Are In…

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: And the Nominations Are In…

Yesterday morning, the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations kick started the award season for excellence in television and movies. A variety of awards have already been given out this …

Pamela Johnson, "Starlight Mints," 2008. Oil on canvas, 26 x 40 in. Courtesy of Pamela Johnson.

Connecting – Part 5: Effortless

Connecting – Part 5: Effortless

During the film My Kid Could Paint That (2007, Sony Pictures), New York Times chief art critic Michael Kimmelman said: I think the beauty of art is that it is …

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

Center Field: Interview with John Riepenhoff of The Green Gallery

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

Center Field: Interview with John Riepenhoff of The Green Gallery

In his artist statement for a recent exhibition at the Institute of Visual Arts, John Riepenhoff used Colby cheese to make a comment on regionalism. His bio describes him as …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup: Allora & Calzadilla play Beethoven from inside their pianos, Margaret Kilgallen will soon be honored, Laurie Anderson is planning delusions for Chicago, and more. Bruce Nauman‘s …

Pamela Johnson, "Bunnies," 2009. Oil on canvass, 46 x 50 in. Courtesy of Pamela Johnson.

Connecting – Part 4: All spin of one kind or another

Connecting – Part 4: All spin of one kind or another

Errol Morris said at a Chicago Humanities Festival Q&A in 2006, on the iconography of Abu Ghraib, that human stupidity is one of the only things he really believes in, …

The London protests heat up (image courtesy Antony Bennison)

Letter from London

Letter from London: Tuition and Hopin’

Letter from London

Letter from London: Tuition and Hopin’

This week, Britain’s coalition government (narrowly) passed a proposal to dramatically hike university tuition fees, the results of which were a number of occasionally violent protests in central London. The …

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The Shifting Aura of Contemporary Art

The Shifting Aura of Contemporary Art

As a research artist and digital media Ph.D student, I am constantly challenged to reflect critically upon the nature of the various forms which are emerging in contemporary artistic practices.  …

Beryl Korot: “Text and Commentary”

Beryl Korot: “Text and Commentary”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: ITUNES | YOUTUBE | BLIP.TV | ARTBABBLE Episode #131: Featuring excerpts from her groundbreaking video installation Text and Commentary (1977), artist Beryl Korot discusses how information has …

Pamela Johnson, "Girl Scout Cookies," 2008. Courtesy of Pamela Johnson.

Connecting – Part 3: Ceci n’est pas une Twinkie

Connecting – Part 3: Ceci n’est pas une Twinkie

I asked Pamela Johnson about other people who had encountered the massive Girl Scout cookies or cheese and cracker Handi Snacks™, eager to know how they were received and processed …

Itlian President Giorgia Napolitano at Milan's La Scala Opera House on December 7, 2010.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Senators with No Talent

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Senators with No Talent

I woke up Wednesday morning to news of fracas at the opera. The La Scala opera house in Milan had just hosted its annual gala, the sort of event heads …

Deke Weaver as Hero in Elephant

“Elephant,” or Why I Love Performance Art

“Elephant,” or Why I Love Performance Art

Recent guest blogger Marissa Perel wrote a post following up her residency on this site. — Ed. 2010 wouldn’t be complete without the Art21 world knowing about this mind-blowing show …

James Turrell, "Afrum-Proto" 1996  Courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Need-to-Know (Basics)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Need-to-Know (Basics)

On a recent visit to one of Lois Hetland’s classes at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Lois and I were engaged in a discussion about what teachers of …

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Support Art21: Donate to the 2011 Annual Fund

Support Art21: Donate to the 2011 Annual Fund

Dear Friends, I know you receive many requests for support at this time of year. Here is the reason you should respond generously to this one – stated quite elegantly …

Pamela Johnson, "House II," 2006. Oil on canvass, 44 x 36 in. Courtesy of Pamela Johnson.

Connecting – Part 2: Useful Junk

Connecting – Part 2: Useful Junk

Sometime in September of 2006, I came across the paintings of Pamela Michelle Johnson, vaguely oppressive canvases dominated by clouds of slate and steel gray, foregrounds indistinguishable from back, and expanses …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Words

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Words

As I struggle with papers at the end of the semester, I feel tempted to bemoan the futility of writing about art. I want to reassure myself that my problems …