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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Siemon Allen,

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Siemon Allen

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Siemon Allen

Siemon Allen is a South African artist who currently lives and works in the United States. He received his MFA from Natal Technikon (now Durban Institute of Technology) and was …

Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, July 2011, Installation view.  Courtesy Shoshana Wayne Gallery.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Curators Gone Viral: “Chain Letter” at Shoshana Wayne

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Curators Gone Viral: “Chain Letter” at Shoshana Wayne

Did you receive any unusual email forwards this month?  Unrelated to funny cats?  Initially sent out by Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey, a chain letter has been circulating among artists …

Alias Restaurant at the corner of Clinton and Rivington

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Outside Alias

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Outside Alias

On July 13th, after a full week of the Art21 Educators summer institute, I took the opportunity to interview teachers about their experiences attending workshops, meeting Art21 artists, and beginning …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | South African Photography and the Lingering Political Anxieties of Identity

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | South African Photography and the Lingering Political Anxieties of Identity

Last month, I had the privilege and pleasure of attending a symposium that served roughly as a capstone to one of my graduate courses. The symposium was coordinated in conjunction …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Kate Hartman Talks to Herself … and the Art21 Blog

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Kate Hartman Talks to Herself … and the Art21 Blog

One recurring conversation in art school is the difference between art and design. Nowadays technology has also been thrown into the fray. Artist and educator Kate Hartman has the pleasure …

Saint Louis skyline with Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch in the foreground and Minoru Yamasaki's Pruitt-Igoe housing development in the back right.

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Notable attention has turned to what many consider the golden age of modern St. Louis—the 1950s—when the city reached its highest population and garnered international attention for its architectural contributions. …

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

Center Field | Embodying Echoes: An Interview with Matthew Goulish

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

Center Field | Embodying Echoes: An Interview with Matthew Goulish

“WE MAY AGREE on the premise that each work of art is at least in part perfect, while each critic is at least in part imperfect. We may then look …

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Inspired Reading

Introducing Inspired Reading and Jens Hoffmann’s Istanbul Biennial Reading List

Inspired Reading

Introducing Inspired Reading and Jens Hoffmann’s Istanbul Biennial Reading List

Each month, Inspired Reading features an interview with an artist or cultural producer about their current project(s), focusing on what texts have informed them along the way. Each column includes a …

Charles Atlas. "Joints Array," 2011.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Charles Atlas gets close-up on Merce Cunningham’s joints, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photography is explored, Shana Moulton creates on-site art in China, and more. Charles Atlas‘s Joints Array …

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Sanford Biggers

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Sanford Biggers

Images from popular culture abound in Sanford Biggers’s work, and particularly from hip-hop, East Asian Buddhism, and the Antebellum and Afro-Futurist African-American. Two images that have become particularly emblematic for …

James Rees creates a tape drawing during the opening TASK event

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Looking Back on an Inspiring Art21 Educators Institute

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Looking Back on an Inspiring Art21 Educators Institute

From July 6th through the 13th Art21 hosted our third annual Art21 Educators summer institute, which kicks off a year-long professional development initiative between the organization and 16 teachers from …

Jeff Jamieson in front of Compact Gallery

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Making Work: A Continued Discussion with Jeff Jamieson

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Making Work: A Continued Discussion with Jeff Jamieson

Artist Jeff Jamieson talks with IMA Conservator Richard McCoy about working with Robert Irwin and other artists.

St. Louis population in the 1950s. According to the 2010 census, the city currently has a population of 319,294. Film still from The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

When the 2010 U.S. Census figures were released in February of this year, many in St. Louis were alarmed. According to census data, the city’s population declined eight percent in …

Activist Archiving with Mona Jimenez

Activist Archiving with Mona Jimenez

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video The oft-repeated cliche about the early video movement in the United States is that it was driven by …

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New guest blogger: Francesca Wilmott

New guest blogger: Francesca Wilmott

Thanks to Beth Capper for guest blogging for us these last two weeks. Up next is Francesca Wilmott. Francesca is the co-founder of Los Caminos, an apartment gallery in St. Louis’s …

JoAnn Elam’s Everyday People

JoAnn Elam’s Everyday People

For the past year, I have been volunteering at Chicago Film Archives, an organization that serves as a repository for films regional to the Midwest. Recently, I have been archiving …

Albrecht Durer, 'Pictures for Geometry' (2), 1525

Letter from London

Letter from London | World on a String

Letter from London

Letter from London | World on a String

Language draws an imaginary line around objects. That demarcation follows through in all the lines in our lives: the Morse code of a Risk board’s borders, anticipatory lines dragged across …

Louise Bourgeois. "Conscious and Unconscious," 2008.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Louise Bourgeois’s first show in Brazil, Fred Wilson inspires ‘artist as curator’ exhibition, Laurie Anderson’s short talk, and more. There’s still time to see art by Louise …

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

It’s About Time: Gimme Shelter, A New Column on Performance Now

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

It’s About Time: Gimme Shelter, A New Column on Performance Now

In an interview for Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger described the 1969 hit “Gimme Shelter” as a song about apocalypse, about the end of the world. He channeled the rage of …

"Forrest Gump" (film still), 1994.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Gone Shrimping!

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Gone Shrimping!

Forrest Gump was one of those rare films that changed the way people think about random everyday stuff, from a box of chocolates to a new pair of sneakers to …

The proposed "South California." Via SFist

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Since When Is Red a Conservative Color?

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Since When Is Red a Conservative Color?

At a meeting on Tuesday, July 12, officials in California’s Riverside County decided seceding from the rest of the state might not be such a good idea after all. The …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educators in Full Swing

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educators in Full Swing

Art21 Educators has been in full swing over the past week with professional development workshops, curriculum planning, artist talks, studio visits, special events, museum programs and lots of soul-searching. Tune …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Based in Berlin: Best of

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Based in Berlin: Best of

I’ve been thinking about Based In Berlin for weeks.  And while it’s been difficult to keep my pretentious guffaws in check, I have recognized that the show tackles the formidable …

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

Center Field | Fielding Practice Podcast #6: MCA Shifts Gears; Ikea Hacking as Art; and Ai Wei Wei

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

Center Field | Fielding Practice Podcast #6: MCA Shifts Gears; Ikea Hacking as Art; and Ai Wei Wei

This month’s episode of Fielding Practice, a special podcast produced by Bad at Sports exclusively for the Art21 blog, is action-packed and filled with discussion of the latest art happenings …

Cengiz Tekin, "Enentegre," C-print, 2007. Courtesy of the artist and Outlet-Istanbul.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Cengiz Tekin

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Cengiz Tekin

If Şener Özmen (the subject of last month’s Turkish and Other Delights post) is the godfather of Diyarbakır’s contemporary art community, then his long-time collaborateur, artist Cengiz Tekin, is its …

Roni Horn Double Mobious

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, new and permanent exhibitions offset the “dog days of summer” with Louise Bourgeois and Laylah Ali promoting domestic violence awareness, Roni Horn addressing gender issues in …

Shirley with Camera

Building The Pleasure Palace Theater of the Future: Archiving Shirley Clarke’s Early Video Work

Building The Pleasure Palace Theater of the Future: Archiving Shirley Clarke’s Early Video Work

Being a fan of “themes,” my posts as guest blogger for Art21 will revolve around (digital) archives and feminist/women’s art (histories), issues that my own work is heavily concerned with. …

'Cy (Twombly) + Relics - Rome #5', 1952, photo by Robert Rauschenberg

Letter from London

Letter from London | Classic Rock

Letter from London

Letter from London | Classic Rock

The pairing of Cy Twombly and Nicolas Poussin in the current exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery reveals an embarrassment of shared interests that make it surprising they hadn’t been …

Jonathan Seliger, Triple Scoop: Pistachio, Raspberry, Fudge Brownie, 2004. Pigmented Celluclay (ice cream) on pigmented cast cotton (cone) on cotton base sheet with pigmented abaca/cotton stripes. Printed at Dieu Donné. Courtesy Dieu Donné.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | The Possibilities of Paper Pulp

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | The Possibilities of Paper Pulp

For this month’s edition of Ink, guest writer Nicole Simpson fills in for regular columnist Sarah Kirk Hanley. — Ed. During these hot days of summer, visions of ice cream, …

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Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Both a Science and an Art

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Both a Science and an Art

Every Wednesday night, my grammar teacher takes chalk to blackboard to underline subjects and circle direct objects. White dust falling to the floor, she puts brackets around prepositional phrases and …

A Good Engineer [interview w/Todd Bailey]

A Good Engineer [interview w/Todd Bailey]

Within the underground, DIY, and circuit-bending communities of Chicago, NYC, and elsewhere Todd Bailey is the name associated with the 8bit sampler/kit WTPA (Where’s The Party At) and other unique …

Ashley Bickerton, "TITNW7" (detail), acrylic, digital print and plastic laminate on wood, 2010-2011. Courtesy Lehmann Maupin Gallery

On View Now

On View Now | An East Wind Swirls in Chelsea, Lately.

On View Now

On View Now | An East Wind Swirls in Chelsea, Lately.

In his recent show at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Chelsea, Ashley Bickerton, a founding member of the 1980s “Neo-Geo” movement alongside Jeff Koons and Peter Halley, continued his exploration of …

Participants at Ursula von Rydingsvard's studio last summer

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educators: Year 3!

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educators: Year 3!

We are very, very excited to be starting up YEAR 3 of Art21 Educators today. Sixteen teachers from a variety of disciplines and from across the country will join us …

Jeff Jamieson in his studio.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Preservation, Perfection, and Patina: Jeff Jamieson Discusses the Fabrication of Donald Judd’s Wood Furniture

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Preservation, Perfection, and Patina: Jeff Jamieson Discusses the Fabrication of Donald Judd’s Wood Furniture

Jeff Jamieson talks about his history of making Judd Furniture with IMA conservator Richard McCoy.

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New guest blogger: Beth Capper

New guest blogger: Beth Capper

Thanks to Nick Briz for his inventive Skype mashup interviews with new media practitioners. You can follow his pursuits at www.nickbriz.com. Up next is Beth Capper. Beth is an independent …

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Announcing the “New York Close Up” Film Fund

Announcing the “New York Close Up” Film Fund

In June, Art21 launched its first geographically focused film series and public program initiative, New York Close Up. To date, ten films have been released, two public events have taken …