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Pop Culture Pirate [interview w/Elisa Kreisinger]

Pop Culture Pirate [interview w/Elisa Kreisinger]

Elisa Kreisinger is a video remix artist, writer, curator, and educator whose work often addresses feminist, queer, and social issues. While there is a long history of appropriation-based political critique …

"A State of Mind in Which Someone Is Or Seems To Be Unaware Of Their Immediate Surroundings," Alisha Kerlin, 2011

The Lexicon of Alisha Kerlin

The Lexicon of Alisha Kerlin

I’ve held my own definition of literacy for some time now: that becoming increasingly literate is essentially seeing the world with increasing nuance.  Greater literacy means grasping the many shades …

Anthony Hernandez, from "Landscapes for the Homeless". Image: cgrimes-news.blogspot.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching About Poverty and Homelessness

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching About Poverty and Homelessness

This past Saturday, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wrote an op-ed piece called Them That’s Not Shall Lose which highlighted, as James Baldwin put it, how expensive it …

Work Smarter, Not Harder [an interview w/Evan Roth]

Work Smarter, Not Harder [an interview w/Evan Roth]

Evan Roth is a prolific producer whose activities take on many different forms, including teaching, collaborating, engineering, collecting gifs, analyzing graffiti, enriching the public domain, developing tools of empowerment and …

Eleanor Nagy conserving a Donald Judd artwork in her studio. Photo by Shelley M. Smith.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Preservation, Perfection, and Patina: Eleonora Nagy Discusses Conserving Judd’s Art

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Preservation, Perfection, and Patina: Eleonora Nagy Discusses Conserving Judd’s Art

Art conservator Eleonora Nagy talks about her historic relationship with the conservation of Donald Judd’s artworks with IMA conservator Richard McCoy.

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New York Close Up: The First 10 Films

New York Close Up: The First 10 Films

Art21’s newest documentary series, New York Close Up, just premiered its 10th film in its first installment. More film are forthcoming in the fall. In honor of this milestone, we’ve …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Christopher Tourre and Derek De Haan

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Christopher Tourre and Derek De Haan

This week is the final installment of Art21 Educators introductions, featuring the eighth pair of extraordinary educators chosen to participate in the third year of the program. It’s hard to …

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

Center Field: Talking with File Type curators Chaz Evans and Lorelei Stewart

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

Center Field: Talking with File Type curators Chaz Evans and Lorelei Stewart

When I initially saw the promotional poster for File Type, currently on view at University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gallery 400, I was immediately intrigued by the curatorial premise posed …

A Better Ghost [Interview w/Evan Meaney]

A Better Ghost [Interview w/Evan Meaney]

Evan Meaney is an artist, curator and educator currently teaching time-based media design at the University of Tennessee. His practice dives into the “liminalities and glitches of all sorts, equating …

Martha Colburn

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Martha Colburn animates war, Jeff Koons and William Wegman are in the dog days of summer, and much more. Martha Colburn presents the topic of war …

Lisa Adams, Stump Without a Pot, Unfinished Painting, 2011 Oil on panel 30" x 36"

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Revealing “Unfinished Paintings”

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Revealing “Unfinished Paintings”

The nature of painting – its objecthood, its permanence — demands a level of resolution and wholeness to which other more ephemeral art practices need not always answer.  Hence the …

Atsuko Tanaka (1932-2005), "Round on Sand", 1968

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It’s a Wrap: Looking Backward and Thinking Forward

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It’s a Wrap: Looking Backward and Thinking Forward

Atsuko Tanaka (1932-2005), “Round on Sand”, 1968 Right around this time I usually write a post that relates to things we as art educators often think about at the end …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Karen Melvin and Sue Carris

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Karen Melvin and Sue Carris

Last week we featured Samantha Melvin and Kim Timmons from Burnet, Texas. This week, in the seventh installment of Art21 Educators introductions, allow us to introduce Karen Melvin and Sue …

Jacopo Comin, aka Tintoretto, 'The Stealing of the Body of St Mark' (1562-66) and 'The Last Supper' (1592-94) at the Venice Biennale (image courtesy Phaidon)

Letter from London

Letter from London | The Secret History

Letter from London

Letter from London | The Secret History

Academic specialization is bad for art, and has led to a situation in which contemporary art seems more unmoored from its past than at any other moment in history. This …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Ursula von Rydingsvard is obsessed with wood, Do-Ho Suh incites dreaming, Andrea Zittel explores fragmented patterning, LaToya Ruby Frazier takes on Levi’s, and more. Do-Ho Suh‘s “Staircase – …

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New guest blogger: Nick Briz

New guest blogger: Nick Briz

Thanks to Tom McCormack for his series of media- and newer media-centric posts. Up next is Nick Briz. About his practice, Nick writes: I am a new media artist living …

Carlos Motta Brief History of U.S Interventions in Latin America Since 1946 (2005) Freely distributed newsprint publication, 22 x 16” View of a newsprint during exhibition at CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2008 Courtesy of the artist

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Carlos Motta

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Carlos Motta

While Carlos Motta’s work exists through a number of different media, I think of it primarily as putting forth a series of socially and politically committed archives. These archives are …

Anthony McCall, "Long Film for Ambient Light," 1975

Questionnaire for Ed Halter

Questionnaire for Ed Halter

Founded in 2008, Light Industry, which is run by Ed Halter and Thomas Beard, is already thought by many to be one of the premiere venues for cinema and new …

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Internet Connoisseurship

Internet Connoisseurship

Since the 60s, cinephilia—obsessive movie love—has proved to be a particularly popular, durable, and visible form of connoisseurship. Susan Sontag wrote that camp aesthetics tried to address the question of …

Carrie Mae Weems, "The Kitchen Table Series", 1990

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Using Art21 Video Exclusives

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Using Art21 Video Exclusives

If you follow the Art21 blog and work with Art21 materials you know full well there are plenty of opportunities to see and share a huge variety of video about …

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EVERYTHING TRANSFORMS

EVERYTHING TRANSFORMS

I first met Maya Kramer at a dinner party she was hosting at her home in one of the tree-lined compounds of the former French Concession in Shanghai. But it …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Samantha Melvin and Kim Timmons

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Samantha Melvin and Kim Timmons

This week is the sixth installment of Art21 Educators introductions, featuring each of the eight pairs of educators who were chosen to participate in the third year of the program. …

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Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Şener Özmen

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Şener Özmen

While preparing to travel to Diyarbakır, the largest city in southeastern Turkey, I discovered that telling Turkish people who live outside of that region that you’re going to visit Diyarbakır …

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

Center Field | Fielding Practice Episode 5: Open Engagement, William J. O’Brien at The Ren

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

Center Field | Fielding Practice Episode 5: Open Engagement, William J. O’Brien at The Ren

On this month’s episode of Fielding Practice, Bad at Sports’ co-founder Richard Holland joins Duncan MacKenzie, Dan Gunn and Ime for our regular roundtable discussion about art, culture, and related …

“New York Close Up” Film Premiere: Shana Moulton and Kalup Linzy

“New York Close Up” Film Premiere: Shana Moulton and Kalup Linzy

It’s a momentous Monday here at Art21. Following Maren Miller’s thoughtful introduction of our newest documentary series, New York Close Up, last week, we are thrilled to present you with …

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Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | Surrey Art Gallery’s “Dwellings”

Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | Surrey Art Gallery’s “Dwellings”

As part of the exhibition Dwellings at the Surrey Art Gallery, Sitely Premises is a group show of works by artists who have examined the exterior of Lower Mainland residential …

Kalup and Franco. Turn It Up EP, 2011. Courtesy of Dutty Artz.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, NYCU’s Kalup Linzy teams up with James Franco, Barry McGee is featured, Trenton Doyle Hancock does all he can in Atlanta, Shahzia Sikander pays a tribute to …

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Cory Arcangel and New Media One-Liners

Cory Arcangel and New Media One-Liners

New media artist Nick Briz has defined a “new media one-liner” this way: The new media one-liner is a sub-genre of new media art. Enthusiasts and practitioners of the new …

Barbara Kruger, The Globe Shrinks, 2010, video installation. Installation Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com, Courtesy L&M Gallery.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Barbara Kruger, Shafted and Shining

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Barbara Kruger, Shafted and Shining

In 2008, when Eli Broad opened his big, brazen inaugural BCAM show on the Los Angeles County Museum’s Campus, Barbara Kruger (Season 1) was shafted, stuck accenting an elevator while …

Allora & Calzadilla, Installation of "Track and Field", © All rights reserved by IMA - Indianapolis Museum of Art

VeniceЯUs

VeniceЯUs

Walking into the Venice Biennale is like traversing into an art-induced headlock set in a labyrinthian wonderland. Slather on enough Vaperetto excursions and optical trickery, and you’ve got a fabricated …

William Kentridge, "Felix in Exile," 1994. Production stills; 35mm animated film transferred to video. Copyright and courtesy of William Kentridge.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reflecting on Teaching with William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reflecting on Teaching with William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible

This past Saturday I sat down with a small group of wonderful teachers at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Media Arts Lab for the second part of a two-part workshop …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Todd Elkin and Teri Hu

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Todd Elkin and Teri Hu

This week, we introduce the fifth pair of Art21 Educators, Todd Elkin and Teri Hu, hailing from the Bay Area in Northern California.  Last week, we featured Jeannine Bardo and …

Henri Cartier-Bresson, "Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare," 1932

Street Photography and Google Street View

Street Photography and Google Street View

In her essay “Certainties and Possibilities,” Janet Malcolm offers a brief genealogy of what she sees as a particularly American form of street photography. Malcolm starts by talking about European …

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Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Hungry in San Francisco Part 2

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Hungry in San Francisco Part 2

New relationships are often built over food. We sit down to share a bowl of soup together and rise knowing each other better than before. But food’s not just a …

Tony Tasset, "Judy," 1998. 35mm six second film loop, dimensions variable. Courtesy Leo Koenig Projekte Inc.

Letter from London

Letter from London | The Look of Love

Letter from London

Letter from London | The Look of Love

For one week only, this Letter from London is from New York — B.S. Tony Tasset’s Judy, currently on show at the Leo Koenig Projekte Space in Chelsea, New York, …

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Problematic: Answering Questions with Questions

A Problematic Introduction

Problematic: Answering Questions with Questions

A Problematic Introduction

It’s complicated. Last year, over 3 million Facebook users willingly adopted this dubious relationship status even after the drop-down menu expanded to accommodate eleven statuses, including newer options like civil …