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Monthly Archives: May 2011

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

Center Field | Threading Infrastructure: An Interview with Anne Wilson

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

Center Field | Threading Infrastructure: An Interview with Anne Wilson

When I asked Anne Wilson if I could interview her for Art21, she sent me a preview copy of her book, Anne Wilson: Wind/Rewind/Weave—a catalogue published collaboratively by White Walls and …

Doris Salcedo. Plegaria Muda, 2008-2010.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Doris Salcedo evokes memorials, Cao Fei explores play time, several artists are celebrated and more. Doris Salcedo: Plegaria Muda unveils the newest sculptural work by Doris …

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Gregory Sholette

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Gregory Sholette

Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist, writer, and founding member of Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D: 1980-1988), and REPOhistory (1989-2000). A graduate of The Cooper Union (BFA 1979), The University …

Nicole Eisenman, "Guy Artist," 2011.  Oil and collage on canvas, 76x60 inches.  Image courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Nicole Eisenman and Wynne Greenwood

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Nicole Eisenman and Wynne Greenwood

Digging through Nicole Eisenman’s current show at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, one begins to understand why it’s so perfect that the artist presents us with 77 different titles for …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jethro Gillespie and James Rees

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jethro Gillespie and James Rees

This week is the third installment of introductions to the new cohort of Art21 Educators, featuring each of the eight pairs of educators. Last week, we featured Jack Watson and …

Glenn Ligon, "Rückenfigur", 2009, Whitney Museum of American Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Glenn Ligon, Ai Weiwei and The Art Cops

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Glenn Ligon, Ai Weiwei and The Art Cops

Three things this week… Maika Pollack recently wrote a wonderful review in The New York Observer about the current Glenn Ligon show at the Whitney Museum. As I visited the …

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New guest blogger: Din Heagney

New guest blogger: Din Heagney

Thanks to Amy Whitaker for her series of posts on all things art and economics. Up next on the guest blog is Din Heagney. Din is an Australian writer, editor, …

Amy Whitaker, People Oostende, 2008, digital, courtesy the artist

The Space Outside Your Head: Some Concluding Thoughts

The Space Outside Your Head: Some Concluding Thoughts

Over the course of writing this blog, I have learned that many of my posts are about art and economics.  More broadly, they are about creativity and friendship, and how …

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Support Art21: Join the Circle of Excellence

Support Art21: Join the Circle of Excellence

Today, May 23, Art21 will receive the George Foster Peabody Award for its feature film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. The Peabody Award is widely considered the most prestigious in …

Amy Whitaker, Pink Loos, digital, 2009, courtesy the artist/Madonna Inn

Department of Audience Participation: Wall Label Winners

Department of Audience Participation: Wall Label Winners

I hesitate to say that exactly one person replied to the wall label writing contest, and one to the Mad Lib.  I could wonder about flaws in the design of …

Allora & Calzadilla. Track and Field, 2011.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Allora & Calzadilla are firsts in Venice, Barbara Kruger wraps a room, Chris Rock praises Michael Ray Charles, and much more. Allora & Calzadilla are installing …

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Not An Alternative

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Not An Alternative

I encountered the art group Not An Alternative for the first time about a month ago in Corona, Queens, where Tania Bruguera (featured last month in 5 Questions) had assembled …

Amy Whitaker, Adam Smith Wears a Beret, digital, 2011. courtesy the artist

Adam Smith As an Artist

Adam Smith As an Artist

Part 2 of what art and economics have to do with each other. . . . A few years ago I came across a biographical sketch of Adam Smith, founding …

Nathan Oliveira, "Standing Man with Hands on Belt", 1960

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Under the Influence

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Under the Influence

Now if anyone happened to dial up the title of this post hoping to see me (or anyone, for that matter) reach down deep and start talking about making art …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Holding Back the Tears

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Holding Back the Tears

I’ve never been able to get past the touchy-feely over-share of the title of James Elkins’s 2001 book Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The ITP Class of 2011

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The ITP Class of 2011

When I read Nicole Caruth’s write-up of Miriam Simun’s Lady Cheese Shop last week, I screamed, “she stole my blog post!” Simun was a fellow student of my program until …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | “Feet on the Ground, Head in the Clouds”

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | “Feet on the Ground, Head in the Clouds”

In the Deer Forest “Hi, my name is Peter. Do you want to find out why?” With these words, I became acquainted with Katja Tukiainen. In the back room at …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jack Watson and Holly Loranger

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jack Watson and Holly Loranger

This week, we continue our introductions to each of the eight pairs of educators who were chosen to participate in the third year of Art21 Educators. Last week we met …

Chaos 1 in 2007.  Image from Flickr user S.E. Bennett.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | “Chaos 1″ Returns to Life

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | “Chaos 1″ Returns to Life

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy talks about the return of Jean Tinguely’s 1974 masterpiece “Chaos 1″ in Columbus, Indiana.

Juozas Cernius, Ethiopia, February 2011.  Photo credit: Anita Vizsy

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Juozas Cernius

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Juozas Cernius

Juozas Cernius is a Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. He has received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004) and his BFA from Concordia …

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The Friends and Family Plan: Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse

The Friends and Family Plan: Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse

This post is about a show that’s up at Craig F. Starr Gallery until May 27—a collection of artworks by Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse. This isn’t a review because …

Vera Lutter, 'Chephren and Cheops Pyramids, Giza: April 12, 2010', 2010. Image courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Letter from London

Letter from London | Pyramid Scheme

Letter from London

Letter from London | Pyramid Scheme

A camera is a room and a room is a head, and the head is constantly being filled with images it has to process and make sense of. A person …

Amy Whitaker, Art Sign, digital, 2009, courtesy the artist

Better Not Bigger: What’s Next for Art Museums?

Better Not Bigger: What’s Next for Art Museums?

In the next two weeks, museum leaders gather in two places—art curators in New York May 15-17 and everyone in Houston May 22-25—to contemplate the future of the field.  How …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Jeff Koons and Vija Celmins make room for artists, Mark Bradford inspires Chicago youth, and more. Jeff Koons‘s artwork is currently on view at ARTIST ROOMS …

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Paul McCarthy: “Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement”

Paul McCarthy: “Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #142: Artist Paul McCarthy discusses his interest in art as political theater and his sculptures as akin to amusement …

Miriam Simun, The Lady Cheese Shop, 2011.

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Gastro-Vision | Out of the Mouths of Babes

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Out of the Mouths of Babes

Miriam Simun’s The Lady Cheese Shop, installed at Michael Mut Gallery in New York for four days between April and May, served up three different types of cheese at its opening …

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The Party’s Ending — Donate to Blog Party!

The Party’s Ending — Donate to Blog Party!

Today marks the conclusion of our Blog Party! fundraising campaign. Many thanks to all who have contributed over the last six weeks. As this blog approaches its fourth birthday, it …

Teresa Margolles, Untitled (2010), October 28, 2010 - August 2011, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Islands on Land

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Islands on Land

Late last night, a friend and I decided to find a restaurant we’d seen once, over a year ago, when walking through Virgil Village to Silver Lake. We remembered the …

Any Whitaker, Stop, digital, 2009, courtesy the artist

Contest! DIY Wall Labels. . .

Contest! DIY Wall Labels. . .

My publisher Greg Albers of Hol Art Books got me thinking about museum wall labels again recently.  In Greg’s honor, I thought I would host a (drum roll, please)… Wall …

Work by Laura Siragusa, Nyack High School, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ending in Catharsis, or A New Original

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ending in Catharsis, or A New Original

Work by Laura Siragusa, Nyack High School, New York Spring is in the air. The end of the school year is upon us, or for those who bob and weave …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Job Hunting and Evaluating on the Heels of Graduation

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Job Hunting and Evaluating on the Heels of Graduation

This is not the first time on Open Enrollment that I have discussed my post-graduate school future. In January, I was already feeling the pressure as demonstrated in my post, …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Nine Months Later, a Master’s Degree

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Nine Months Later, a Master’s Degree

Last Friday, my invitation to graduation arrived in the mail. It seemed rather premature as I am but a fraction of the way through researching and writing my final dissertation, …

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Art21 Selects 2011-2012 Art21 Educators

Art21 Selects 2011-2012 Art21 Educators

Art21 is thrilled to announce the new cohort of teachers participating in the 2011-2012 Art21 Educators Program. Applicants were required to submit not only a written narrative, but also a …

Amy Whitaker, "artist businessperson," photo, 2011.

Monday Painter/Sunday Banker

Monday Painter/Sunday Banker

I am so pleased to be a new guest blogger at Art21.  We were encouraged to introduce ourselves in our first blog post, and so I thought I would write …

Asli Cavusoglu, A Few Hours After the Revolution

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Aslı Çavuşoğlu

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Aslı Çavuşoğlu

A small black and white newspaper photograph hangs on the wall of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s studio, located in an old warehouse in Istanbul’s Karaköy district. The photograph is crowd shot, taken …

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New guest blogger: Amy Whitaker

New guest blogger: Amy Whitaker

Thanks to Rebecca Leopold for her posts these last two weeks. Up next is Amy Whitaker, a writer, professor, and creative consultant.  Her great passion in life right now is …