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Art in the Streets

Art in the Streets: Untamed Expression and the Clash of Cultures

Art in the Streets: Untamed Expression and the Clash of Cultures

While in California, I made a pit stop to see Art in the Streets at MOCA in Los Angeles.  Art in the Streets is the first major historical exhibition of …

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Becoming an Artist

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Becoming an Artist

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #141: Filmed in his New York studio, artist Hiroshi Sugimoto recounts his student days studying Western philosophy (Hegel, Kant, …

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Notes on Nostalgia

Notes on Nostalgia

The Romantic subject, who emerged roughly two hundred years ago as the prototype of the modern subject, who looks at a beautiful vista to see not the landscape but “an …

2010, set for performance, courtesy of the artist. Photo by Brian Forrest.  Courtesy MOCA.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Flat Affect

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Flat Affect

As I was walking through William Leavitt: Theater Objects, the LA-based artist’s first museum retrospective, a MOCA security guard stopped me. “Are you a writer?” It took me a moment …

Laurie Simmons, "Woman/ Red Couch/ Newspaper", 1978  courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater Gallery

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Catching Up

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Catching Up

This week I’d like to share a quick update on some recent Art21 Education news and highlights …. First of all, we are all set to announce our new group …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Desecrated Priorities

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Desecrated Priorities

It’s the last two weeks of the semester and I should be focusing all my time and energy on finishing final projects and worrying about what to submit to the …

Ellsworth Kelly, "Lake II", Oil on canvas, 2002. Beyeler Collection, Basel. © Ellsworth Kelly.

Susceptible / Silent / Suggestion

Susceptible / Silent / Suggestion

When the war came along, I decided to use only quiet sounds… There seemed to be no truth, no good, in anything big in society. But quiet sounds were like …

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

Center Field | Visons for Chicago: Public Art with Organizer Daniel Tucker

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

Center Field | Visons for Chicago: Public Art with Organizer Daniel Tucker

I’ve known Daniel Tucker for about five years now and I’ve always thought of him as a true Chicago artist, somewhere in between artist, organizer, writer, and administrator and always …

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New guest blogger: Rebecca Leopold

New guest blogger: Rebecca Leopold

Thanks to our regular writer Alex Freedman for her fantastic posts for the guest blog. Look out for more from her in our Lives and Works in Berlin column. Up …

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iheartnewhistoriographies: Conversing with Laurel Ptak

iheartnewhistoriographies: Conversing with Laurel Ptak

I met Laurel Ptak three years ago back when she was coordinating Aperture’s educational programming and I was their intern terrible. Running into her a few weeks ago in one …

Vija Celmins, Galaxy #4

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Vija Celmins explores the desert, sea and stars, Laurie Anderson and Carrie Mae Weems explore vinyl record culture, Mark Dion explores oceanography, and more. Vija Celmins …

"I am so sorry": Tiger Woods with his wife, children, and two mistresses, Rusty and Mr Snuffles

Letter from London

Letter from London | Eye of the Tiger

Letter from London

Letter from London | Eye of the Tiger

Tiger Woods is a profoundly uninteresting man, elevated to role model status in America by his unwavering commitment to brand promotion and the eradication of personal charisma, so when the …

Rochelle Feinstein, "The Estate of Rochelle F.", 2009   Image: On Stellar Rays

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Rochelle Feinstein

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Rochelle Feinstein

This week’s post should really be titled “Rochelle Feinstein Teaching Me” but I’m trying to be consistent… Prior to May 1st, please treat yourself and check out The Estate of …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Love Everyone’s Futures

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Love Everyone’s Futures

The rain finally stopped this past Sunday so that 1001 chairs (or at least a good few hundred of them) could be set up outside Chinese embassies across the globe …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | In Poor Taste,* Lunch with Jani Leinonen

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | In Poor Taste,* Lunch with Jani Leinonen

I was waiting in line to buy a movie ticket when I heard the news: Jani Leinonen had been incarcerated. Conversations with my Finnish friends in the previous weeks had …

Theaster Gates talking at Hard Truths: A Forum on Art and the Politics of Difference. IMA Photo by Tascha Mae Horowitz.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Exploring the Freedom to Re-Present Value: A Discussion with Theaster Gates

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Exploring the Freedom to Re-Present Value: A Discussion with Theaster Gates

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy talks with artist Theaster Gates about Thornton Dial in relations to Gate’s art practice in

Collier Schorr. Andrej Pejic for Dossier, 2011.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Collier Schorr’s cover photo buzz, Ida Applebroog’s art talk, Kara Walker’s giddy embrace, Alfredo Jaar’s Marxist table, and more. Collier Schorr‘s black-and-white photo of the androgynous …

performance for "Passport" on the Hudson River

Imagine That: Interview with Robert Whitman on “Passport,” April 16-17

Imagine That: Interview with Robert Whitman on “Passport,” April 16-17

 Note: The Saturday, April 16 performance of Robert Whitman, Passport, has been cancelled. The Sunday, April 17, 2011, performance will take place as scheduled at 8pm. Robert Whitman is …

Cao Fei. "PRD Anti-Heroes," 2006. Video still. Multi-media opera, single-channel color video with sound, 2 hours 22 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York. © Cao Fei.

Cao Fei: “PRD Anti-Heroes”

Cao Fei: “PRD Anti-Heroes”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #140: Artist Cao Fei discusses her multi-media theatrical work “PRD Anti-Heroes” (2005), a play performed by non-professional actors. Investigating …

John Baldessari, "Heel", 1986

How to Explain Sherrie Levine to Your Grandmother

How to Explain Sherrie Levine to Your Grandmother

Museums have spent millions on art education trying to reach out to the young and elderly. But if you have a grandmother like mine, the kind who, despite a PhD …

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Tania Bruguera

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera’s long and various career as an artist starts with a series of works made after, but mainly through, the Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta. I say “through,” because in …

Reyner Banham, the Silurian Lake south of Death Valley in San Bernardino County, California. Photo: Tim Street-Porter. Via archpaper.com.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Architects on Bicycles

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Architects on Bicycles

Reyner Banham, the British architectural historian whose blatant enthusiasm for Los Angeles nearly got him blacklisted in an era in which the cultured loved to hate this city, revered crisps, …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | rocks/mud/linoleum: sculpture between sites

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | rocks/mud/linoleum: sculpture between sites

Richard Long’s artistic medium, since the 1960s, has been walking. On his walks all over the world, he uses found materials to create formations – circles, lines, ovals — leaving …

Glenn Ligon, "Negro Sunshine", 2005.

Disembarking: Christina Knight on “Glenn Ligon: America”

Disembarking: Christina Knight on “Glenn Ligon: America”

I first saw Glenn Ligon’s Negro Sunshine at Harvard’s Fogg Museum in 2007. And for the rest of the exhibition I was trailed by a staff member to keep me …

Work by Ida Applebroog. Art21 production still, 2005

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rethinking “The Critique”: Possibilities

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rethinking “The Critique”: Possibilities

As promised in last week’s column I want to share some possibilities when it comes to facilitating in-progress critiques with students. Critiques that take place as an idea is taking …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Work after work after work…

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Work after work after work…

On Friday, April 8th, two members from Temporary Services, Brett Bloom and Salem Collo-Julin, gave a presentation on their practice at Outpost for Contemporary Art here in Los Angeles. The …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | On the Precipice of Reality: This and That

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | On the Precipice of Reality: This and That

For this month’s post, I’ve mulled and pondered, thought and reflected, yet I could not come up with any sort of brilliant topic for my penultimate post. So I thought …

Marcel Broodthaers, "Berlin oder ein Traum mit Sahne", 1974, filmstill.

Waiting for Fonda

Waiting for Fonda

Ronald Regan: Hi Ed. Call me Ron. Edward Said: Hi Ron, you don’t mind do you. Marcel Broodthaers: Hello Edward. Well I’m told we are waiting for Jane Fonda. — …

Street view of PiST///. Courtesy PiST///.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | PiST///

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | PiST///

  PiST///Interdisciplinary Art Space is storefront gallery space and artist project co-directed by artists Didem Özbek and Osman Bozkurt. Opened in 2006, PiST/// is located in Istanbul’s Pangaltı neighborhood, a …

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

Center Field | Fielding Practice: Episode 3

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

Center Field | Fielding Practice: Episode 3

We’re back with the latest edition of “Fielding Practice,” a podcast produced by Bad at Sports for Art21 readers and listeners. Before giving you the rundown on this month’s chatfest, …

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Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | Two Tales From One City

Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | Two Tales From One City

I recently made the trip from Montréal to Toronto – clocking in over six hours of driving on the dismal 401 Highway in my packed rental car. In the backseat …

Back Camera

New guest blogger: Alex Freedman

New guest blogger: Alex Freedman

Thanks to Allison Glenn for her series of compelling posts on Detroit confirming that art is alive and well in the Motor City. Up next is Alex Freedman. You may …

Image of Tyree Guyton's Street Folk public art installation on Edmund Street (at Woodward Avenue), Detroit, MI, April 2011.

Street Folk

Street Folk

Like this post? Help us fund our guest blog for the next year. Donate to Blog Party, our first-ever blog fundraiser, today! One cannot talk about the relational art projects …

Richard Serra

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Richard Serra’s elemental drawings, Laurie Anderson’s Brazilian retrospective, Maya Lin is commissioned, a couple of artist talks, and much more. Richard Serra has recent drawings executed …

The Lot is an open performance space in the Detroit neighborhood of Corktown. Image courtesy of Kathy Leisen and The Lot

The Lot: A Functional Site

The Lot: A Functional Site

The Lot is a curatorial project that began in 2009 with the goal to provide space for site-responsive performance art while pushing the boundaries of what non-commissioned public art in …

Nicola López, "Closed System," 2009, installation view, “Next Wave Festival,” Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2009. © Nicola López. Image courtesy the artist.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | The Lexicon of Tomorrow: Print-Based Installation

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | The Lexicon of Tomorrow: Print-Based Installation

With the onset of spring, renewal is in the air.  In the world of contemporary prints, a fresh format that seems to be popping up everywhere is print-based installation.  In …