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Big Haul: Janne Larsen's installation at Hi-Lite, 2011. Courtesy Carol Cheh.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | The Language of Materials: Janne Larsen and Sibyl Wickersheimer’s “Big Haul”

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | The Language of Materials: Janne Larsen and Sibyl Wickersheimer’s “Big Haul”

  Editor’s Note: This week, Los Angeles-based writer Carol Cheh fills in for Lily Simonson, who is travelling. Cheh is a writer and curator based in Los Angeles. She is …

Amy Sillman, Untitled (object on table), 2007; courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Taking the Long Way Home: Working With a Theme in a Series

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Taking the Long Way Home: Working With a Theme in a Series

One of the students in my advanced classes is taking on the theme of “looking vs. seeing” for her first semester portfolio. She wants to explore the things people tend …

Rachel Mason and Little Band of Sailors performing for ESP TV.

Organs in the Snow

Organs in the Snow

Several months ago, I was invited to perform at an event organized by Scott Kiernan. I didn’t fully know what it was, but it had something to do with a …

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Hand in Glove

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Hand in Glove

                      Between these two covers is artist Vince Leo’s Nobody Remembers Timetable Project, commissioned in 1990 by the now-defunct National …

Gabriel Orozco. "Red Flower Shadow," 2011.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Gabriel Orozco paints with vectors, Florian Maier Aichen explores new forms of photography, Cindy Sherman is honored, several artists contribute calls to action and explore environmental …

Rachel Mason

New Guest Blogger: Rachel Mason

New Guest Blogger: Rachel Mason

Thanks to Chris Cuellar for his wise, witty, and highly informative series of “How To” guides to art-making on the Internet and off. We’re also grateful to Chris’ contributor-collaborators Mark …

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Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Trevor Paglen

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen is an artist, researcher, and writer based in New York and San Francisco. His art practice centers around making what is typically invisible visible—specifically, covert military and intelligence …

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Full Frontal

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Full Frontal

I am on my way to New York, but not before finding Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Roberto Sifuentes delivered to my door on my last …

Because Our Work is Never Done, or How To Make Art with an iPad (and Hot Dogs)

Because Our Work is Never Done, or How To Make Art with an iPad (and Hot Dogs)

OMG we managed to cover SO MUCH in the past two weeks!!! Many thanks to all of our talented and knowledgeable contributors for sharing their arcane art-making secrets. We can …

How To Embed A Microcontroller Inside a Sea Shell to Generate “Real” Ocean Sounds

How To Embed A Microcontroller Inside a Sea Shell to Generate “Real” Ocean Sounds

In this How-To, we’ll go through the steps of assembling a small circuit to generate a continuous ocean sound from a microcontroller. This will require some basic soldering skills and …

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How To Play a Vonome

How To Play a Vonome

You’ve probably already heard of the Monome, or (if you went to ITP), you may have even already made one of your own. In this tutorial, we’re going to take …

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Introduction Part 1: Just Another Night in The Art World

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Introduction Part 1: Just Another Night in The Art World

It’s 9 o’clock on a surprisingly warm September evening in San Francisco, and I’m already at my third art opening of the night.  I should be in New York.  Two …

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Praxis Makes Perfect

New Column! Introducing “Praxis Makes Perfect”

Praxis Makes Perfect

New Column! Introducing “Praxis Makes Perfect”

Art21 Blog is pleased to announce our newest column, Praxis Makes Perfect, written by Jacquelyn Gleisner and Jeffrey Augustine Songco. While pursuing MFA degrees at Cranbrook Academy of Art and …

Illustration by Deirdre O'Sullivan

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Document.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Document.

Do yourself a big favor by documenting your work with students.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | My Year in Books

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | My Year in Books

During my year-long MA course at University College London, nearly all of our readings and texts were available at the library, as PDF files, or online, unlike my experience during …

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How To Harness the Creative Potential of the Video Feedback Loop

How To Harness the Creative Potential of the Video Feedback Loop

Video feedback. It’s a phenomenon as old as the medium of video itself. In fact, it might even be considered an inherent attribute. The infinite tunnel of psychedelic light-forms that …

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How To Use Python To Create A Simple Flickr Photo Glitcher

How To Use Python To Create A Simple Flickr Photo Glitcher

In today’s How To, we’ll write a small program in Python that searches the photo sharing site Flickr for images with a given tag, downloads them, and then glitches them …

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Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | RealTime UnReal

Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | RealTime UnReal

It’s late summer in Montreal, and many of the major museums and even smaller art galleries are doing what they often do during the summer months: exhibit works from their …

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How to Climb the Tallest Mountain

How to Climb the Tallest Mountain

1. Collect as many images of mountains as you can get. Source from Internet using Google, Corbis, etc…. Images should not contain any visible evidence of human technology or the …

Paul Pfeiffer. "Empire," 2004. Paula Cooper Gallery (New York). Photo courtesy of the artist.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Paul Pfeiffer and Cao Fei are exhibiting in Istanbul, John Baldessari is honored in LA, Andrea Zittel presents work from the Mojave desert, and more. Paul Pfeiffer‘s …

Paoloa Ferrario, 19 Pictures, 22 Recipes cover, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Sue Scott Gallery.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Picture Perfect

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Picture Perfect

Mainstream cookbooks tend to present a particular style of photography: food spreads done up like the models of fashion magazines. Stylized still lifes, cropped, color saturated, and Photoshopped look too perfect …

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How to Make a Series of Poignant Conceptual Sculptures Based on the Physical Differences Between Your Body and Another Person’s Body

How to Make a Series of Poignant Conceptual Sculptures Based on the Physical Differences Between Your Body and Another Person’s Body

Step 1 – Measure Begin by taking the measurements of yourself and someone else (this could be your artistic collaborator, your lover, someone you dislike, your dog, etc.). For both …

Kienholz and his team installing Five Car Stud in the parking lot of Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles © Kienholz, photographs by John Romeyn, Bob Bucknam, Malcolm Lublinder, and Adam Avila, 1971

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Five Car Stud

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Five Car Stud

  “All the ghosts are assembling for the party.” That’s what Claire Danes says in the movie The Hours, when her mother, played by Meryl Streep, throws a dinner that …

Cleverbot vs Cleverbot

How To Make a Blogging Robot

How To Make a Blogging Robot

One of the most undeniably thrilling things about the web today is the endless opportunity it affords for interacting with complete strangers. One downside is that it’s often pretty difficult …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Joy and Revolution: Talking with Adam Weiler of Ambrose, Part 2

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Joy and Revolution: Talking with Adam Weiler of Ambrose, Part 2

This week’s column follows up on last week’s post and features part two of my interview with Adam Weiler of Ambrose, an atypical after school club in Holland, Michigan. If …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Escape from 3G

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Escape from 3G

Summer flew by, largely because I spent most of it taking courses in order to graduate in the Spring of 2012. But I can’t complain. I got to take a …

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How To Create A Color-Coordinated Site of Relaxation and Bodily Engagement in a Large Scale Exhibition, Airport, Hotel, Mall, Bank, Spa, or Biennial

How To Create A Color-Coordinated Site of Relaxation and Bodily Engagement in a Large Scale Exhibition, Airport, Hotel, Mall, Bank, Spa, or Biennial

1.0. Open three windows in Google Chrome – one for Target.com, one for WalMart.com, and one for Google Shopping. 1.1. In each window, begin searching for turquoise and white products that are suitable …

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Fielding Practice Podcast Episode #7

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Fielding Practice Podcast Episode #7

After a brief hiatus last month, we’re back with Episode 7 of “Fielding Practice” for Centerfield: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports. This month, our roundtable gabfest includes …

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How To Create A Bitmap Image File By Hand, Without Stencils

How To Create A Bitmap Image File By Hand, Without Stencils

  As someone deeply invested in the art world, chances are you’ve found yourself playing art-guide to your friends or relatives on trips to the museum. And chances are, your …

Production of a Sol Lewitt Wall-Drawing

Make-It-Yourself

Make-It-Yourself

It’s a fact that artists have been more likely to steal than to share. Nevertheless, we are quickly reaching a cultural moment where appropriation will no longer be controversial or …

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New Guest Blogger: Chris Cuellar

New Guest Blogger: Chris Cuellar

A big thanks to guest blogger Mike HJ Chang for his enlightening series of posts on the state of contemporary art and performance in Singapore. We hope to check back …

Hiroshi Sugimoto. Selections from the Lightning Fields series, 2009. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup, Mel Chin commemorates 9-11, Hiroshi Sugimoto creates art with lightning, Mike Kelley delves into Superman, Oliver Herring throws art parties, Kiki Smith creates with paper, and …

Cindy Sherman: Fashion

Cindy Sherman: Fashion

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #143: Commissioned by French Vogue to create a fashion editorial featuring clothes from the Spanish design house Balenciaga, artist …

Installation view of "Untitled (Wildlife)" at Substation, Singapore.

Talking to Kai Lam about Performance Art, Invisibility, and “Art Laws” in Singapore

Talking to Kai Lam about Performance Art, Invisibility, and “Art Laws” in Singapore

  First, before I start, I would like to complain a bit: Singapore prides itself on being a city of electronic gadgets and connectivity-on-the-go. There are many people watching videos …

So long, farewell.... Film still from "The Sound of Music" (1965).

Hellos and Goodbyes….

Hellos and Goodbyes….

For me, September has always been the month I most associate with new beginnings. September is when schools traditionally launch their new year, it’s when museums and galleries open their …

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Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Both a Science and an Art, Part 2

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Both a Science and an Art, Part 2

    Alison Kendall creates drawings and paintings in which viewers’ expectations are breached by dreamlike intruders. The San Francisco–based artist went to school for scientific illustration, learning to draw animals …