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“William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible” Wins A Peabody!

“William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible” Wins A Peabody!

Art21 is honored to be among the recipients of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards—the premiere international prize in electronic media—for its film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. The Peabody board …

Mark Dion gets set to give the keynote at the NAEA annual conference in Seattle. Over 3,000 people were in attendance!

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Wrapping Up Art21 at NAEA 2011

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Wrapping Up Art21 at NAEA 2011

It was suggested that perhaps the TWCA column could provide a a wrap-up of the National Art Education Association’s annual conference in pictures this year, and while I would like …

A group of Detroiters gathers on the lawn in front of Michigan Central Train Station, image courtesy of Imagination Station

Living in the Present

Living in the Present

The abandoned buildings in Detroit have an air of nostalgia and a visceral seductiveness. When encountered for the first-time, they can be overwhelming. No building represents the affects of ruin …

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Open Enrollment | Los Angeles: Nice Meeting You Again and Again

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Open Enrollment | Los Angeles: Nice Meeting You Again and Again

This week began with Dean Rochelle Steiner of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts signing off on my thesis and me paying the publishing and binding fee. My thesis …

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Open Enrollment | BFA and MFA Shows: The New Collector’s Market?

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Open Enrollment | BFA and MFA Shows: The New Collector’s Market?

Last Friday, I got off the subway and felt the crisp, eight o’clock Chicago evening air and saw something I was not expecting: a line around The School of the …

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

Center Field | Protest Songs and Lullabies: Susan Philipsz in Chicago

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

Center Field | Protest Songs and Lullabies: Susan Philipsz in Chicago

What does it mean to sing a protest song as if it were a lullaby? It’s a question I often ask myself. My five-year-old daughter has trouble falling asleep at …

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We Almost Lost Detroit

We Almost Lost Detroit

I was in Detroit this weekend catching up with my family and friends and was able to look at the city with fresh eyes. Distance is necessary to have criticality, …

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New guest blogger: Allison Glenn

New guest blogger: Allison Glenn

Thanks, Joe Grimm, for stopping by our blog for the past two weeks. Up next is Allison Glenn. Allison is a dual MA candidate in Modern Art History, Theory and …

Picasso's 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' (1932) at Tate Modern. Image Andy Paradise/PA

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Letter from London: The Price is Right

Letter from London

Letter from London: The Price is Right

Funny how very expensive paintings become metaphors of themselves. The 45-million-dollar Duccio bought by the Met in 2005 shows the incarnate deity supported with infinite care by his reverentially gazing …

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Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Laurie Anderson performs for Japan aid, Maya Lin is honored, several artists are keeping it real in London, work by An-My Lê and Richard Serra soon to come …

Vija Celmins, "Time Magazine Cover," 1965, Oil on canvas, 22x16 in., Private Collection c/o Ms. Laura Bechter, Image Courtesy LACMA.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Vija Celmins’s Visions of Violence

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Vija Celmins’s Visions of Violence

Last Saturday, March 19—the day that the US began air strikes in Libya—I passed an anti-war demonstration while driving to LACMA to see Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966. It …

"Violins Violence Silence" 1981-1982 Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frame, 60 1/2 x 66 1/2 x 6 inches Oliver-Hoffmann Family Collection, Chicago Courtesy Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, © Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Late, Dearly Missed Kathryn Hixson on Comedic Aggression in 70′s Art

The Late, Dearly Missed Kathryn Hixson on Comedic Aggression in 70′s Art

Critic and teacher Kathryn Hixson is the one person I’ve had in my life who felt like a mentor in the deepest sense. She was wickedly funny, challenging, and yet …

Roy McMakin's "Love and Loss" at Olympic Sculpture Park. Image: pamdora.com

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Lots of Questions and Lots of Coffee: NAEA 2011

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Lots of Questions and Lots of Coffee: NAEA 2011

As I mentioned last week, Art21’s Education and Public Programs team recently took to Seattle for the National Art Education Association’s annual conference. Over 3,000 educators from across the country …

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Open Enrollment | I Do Art, Here’s My Card: A Trip to SXSW

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Open Enrollment | I Do Art, Here’s My Card: A Trip to SXSW

I have a pretty set routine that very delicately balances work and school, sandwiching meals and sleep somewhere in the nooks and crannies of my schedule. So my friends and …

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Open Enrollment | What up, Internet? Saxophonist Throws Mad Wrenches in Capitalism’s Machinations

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Open Enrollment | What up, Internet? Saxophonist Throws Mad Wrenches in Capitalism’s Machinations

I’m happy to report that I’m alive. I made it through my first conference presentation as part of The Now Museum Graduate Student Symposium last Sunday at the New Museum. …

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Turkish and Other Delights | Burak Arıkan

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Burak Arıkan

Burak Arıkan is a busy guy. When we met in Istanbul two months ago to discuss his work, he had recently returned to the city from a net art conference …

Henry Flynt’s Weird Philosophy

Henry Flynt’s Weird Philosophy

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video I first became a fan of Henry Flynt when I heard his incredible zonked hillbilly fiddle jams. Since …

Louise Bourgeois, Arch of Hysteria, 1993

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Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Louise Bourgeois’s art arrives in Latin America, Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee are part of a major street art exhibition, Tim Hawkinson plans to build a …

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Ben Russell at threewalls

Ben Russell at threewalls

For some time now, Ben Russell has been tearing it up in the world of experimental cinema, but with his new solo exhibition, he is establishing himself as a force …

Rikrit Tiravanija, Fear Eats the Soul (soup kitchen), 2011. Courtesy Gavin Brown's Enterprise.

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Gastro-Vision | On Soup

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Gastro-Vision | On Soup

Rare is the occasion when people talk about food in art without someone uttering (or at least thinking) the name Rirkrit Tiravanija. Known as “the artist who cooks,” Tiravanija began to eschew …

Carrie Mae Weems. "Untitled," from Kitchen Table Series,1989–90. Set of 20 gelatin-silver prints, 28 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches each. © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Carrie Mae Weems: “The Kitchen Table Series”

Carrie Mae Weems: “The Kitchen Table Series”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #138: Filmed in her Syracuse studio, artist Carrie Mae Weems discusses the impetus for her work “The Kitchen Table …

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Lives and Works in Berlin | Absalon at Kunst-Werke

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Absalon at Kunst-Werke

It was back in 2005 when I first encountered the work of Absalon at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof in a exhibition called Fast Nichts – Minimal Artworks from the Friedrich Christian …

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See You in Seattle

Teaching with Contemporary Art

See You in Seattle

The Art21 Education and Public Programs team is flying to Seattle this Thursday for the annual National Art Education Association conference March 17-20. We will be bringing season 4 artist …

“Justice and Punishment”: The symbol of the escrache of HIJOS. courtesy Colectivo Situaciones

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5 Questions with Colectivo Situaciones

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions with Colectivo Situaciones

* This interview has been translated and co-edited by Brian Whitener. I first heard about Colectivo Situaciones about a year ago, when I received a publication in the mail titled …

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Open Enrollment | To Pick a Topic

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Open Enrollment | To Pick a Topic

With the taught portion of my Courtauld MA degree in Art History concluded (the final exam completed last week), it’s now time to start thinking of dissertation topics and plunge …

LARGE SCALE: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Looking at LARGE SCALE; A Conversation with Jonathan Lippincott

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Looking at LARGE SCALE; A Conversation with Jonathan Lippincott

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy talks with Jonathan Lippincott about his new book, “LARGE SCALE: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s.”

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New guest blogger: Joe Grimm

New guest blogger: Joe Grimm

Thanks to Lindsay Lawson for her thoughtful posts. Up next is Joe Grimm. Joe  (b. 1978, Safety Harbor, FL) is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with light and sound. In …

The Complexity of the Do-Over

The Complexity of the Do-Over

  There is something strangely satisfying about the act of repeating. Perhaps this is because as children we begin our lives mimicking adults to learn language and behaviors that are …

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Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada: Ken Lum 30 Year Retrospective at Vancouver Art Gallery

Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada: Ken Lum 30 Year Retrospective at Vancouver Art Gallery

Ever watch a three month old baby stare into a mirror for the first time? Its face is an expression of pure awe and confusion. What is the thing in …

Janine Antoni, Caryatid

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Weekly Roundup

In this roundup (with a few exceptions), it’s a week to honor women with exhibitions, events, and articles highlighting the work of several female artists. Janine Antoni, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, among …

Banu Cennetoglu, "CATALOG" and "iheartphotograph," installation view, 2011. Care of the artist.

Sampling the Document or Documenting the Sample: An Interview with Banu Cennetoglu

Sampling the Document or Documenting the Sample: An Interview with Banu Cennetoglu

Banu Cennetoglu’s website has read “meşgul/busy” since the summer. And even after four months of emails, having never meet in person, Banu Cennetgolu is still a source of fascinating mystery …

32,000 year old painting in Chauvet Cave. Photo by Jean Clottes/Chauvet Cave Scientific Team.

The Cave of the Mind

The Cave of the Mind

Inhale. As you exhale your body relaxes. Exhale moving into a deep quiet place inside you… You can see off in the distance what appears to be a cave. As …

William E. Jones, "Killed," 2010, video still.

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Looking at Los Angeles: Killed Posterity

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Killed Posterity

Roy Stryker, the man who ran the Historical Section of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and sent some of the best-known 20th century photographers out on their first assignments, “didn’t …

David Kramer, "Untitled (Stop Me)", 2010  Image: artnet.com

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What I Learned at the Armory Show

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What I Learned at the Armory Show

A long stroll and purposefully slow visit to the Armory Show last week opened my eyes to quite a bit. In addition to being exposed to new artists (my main …

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Open Enrollment | On Hierarchies: Thoughts after Sarah Thornton

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Open Enrollment | On Hierarchies: Thoughts after Sarah Thornton

Sarah Thornton, the author of Seven Days in the Art World — a book that made me book laugh, giggle, and weep — spoke last night at the Museum of …

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

Center Field | Fielding Practice: Episode #2

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

Center Field | Fielding Practice: Episode #2

We’re back with our second edition of “Fielding Practice,” a podcast produced exclusively for Art21′s listeners and readers. On today’s episode, Duncan MacKenzie, Dan Gunn, and I are joined by …