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The first couple of hip-hop with a bottle of Ace of Spades.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: On Bottle Poppin

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: On Bottle Poppin

Artist-designer Tahir Hemphill is gathering quirky facts about popular culture via Hip-Hop Word Count, his searchable directory of over 40,000 hip-hop songs. If you’ve ever wanted to know the education level …

Mike Kelley and Michael Smith. "A Voyage of Growth and Discovery." Installation view: Sculpture Center, Long Island, New York, 2009.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Mike Kelly navigates the Burning Man, Mark Dion reimagines the humanities, Krzysztof Wodiczko interviews anonymous war veterans, and more. Mike Kelley and longtime friend Michael Smith …

Jenny Marketou at her studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Jenny Marketou

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Jenny Marketou

  Jenny Marketou was born and raised in Athens, Greece and educated in the United States. She lives and works in New York. Marketou earned a BFA from the Corcoran School …

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I International Forum on Spaces for Culture November 8-10

I International Forum on Spaces for Culture November 8-10

We thought the Art21 Blog’s readers might be interested in this international conference taking place in in Santiago de Compostela, Spain: the I International Forum on Spaces for Culture. Art21’s Executive …

Porkchop, a DPW crew member, pounds a T-Stake into the desert floor, helping to build the fence that surrounds perimeter of Burning Man's temporary metropolis, Black Rock City. Courtesy John Curley.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Working for The Man: Building Burning Man’s Infrastructure

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Working for The Man: Building Burning Man’s Infrastructure

  When I first found out about the Black Rock City Department of Public Works, it was like finding out that Santa Claus did not exist. I was disappointed, and …

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Drifting: My Day Job

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Drifting: My Day Job

I wake up surprisingly refreshed this morning with enough time to make my usual breakfast, browse the Internet, and watch Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg moderate the ladies on The View. …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Interdisciplinary Is Not a One-Way Street

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Interdisciplinary Is Not a One-Way Street

What makes a good interdisciplinary lesson?

Cyrus Tilton. "Lovers."

The Curious Creations of Cyrus Tilton

The Curious Creations of Cyrus Tilton

  If you saw the science fiction movie Starship Troopers a few years ago, you have already seen Oakland sculptor Cyrus Tilton’s handiwork—both literally and figuratively: the hands mangled in that alien-bug …

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New Guest Blogger: DeWitt Cheng

New Guest Blogger: DeWitt Cheng

Thanks to last week’s guest blogger Tricia Van Eck for her inspiring series of posts on the Occupy movement and the political and aesthetics implications of happiness, which suggested that …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Through The Looking Glass

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Through The Looking Glass

It is difficult to believe that only a year ago, I was beginning my MA in Art History at The Courtauld. In 2010, to inaugurate my beginnings on the British …

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

Centerfield | Two Anecdotes Concerning the Architecture of Bertrand Goldberg

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

Centerfield | Two Anecdotes Concerning the Architecture of Bertrand Goldberg

I don’t live in Chicago anymore, but I frequently visit. Over the past summer I was invited to a housewarming party for friends who had rented a large loft space …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Cao Fei holds up half the sky, Carrie Mae Weems speaks at the Corcoran, Janine Antoni draws with her hair, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero present …

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Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven

Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven is an artist based in Antwerp, Belgium. Her work is currently being featured in a solo exhibition, In a Saturnian World, at the Renaissance Society (on view …

Hank Willis Thomas. Photo: Tricia Van Eck.

Poetry, Prose, and Pamphlet

Poetry, Prose, and Pamphlet

Recently, I visited three shows– September 11, Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennale), and Creative Time’s Living As Form – all of which I highly recommend. The shows were a treasure trove …

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Exorcising the Post-Democratic Body

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Exorcising the Post-Democratic Body

At St. Mark’s Church in New York City, the home of Danspace Project, Jeremy Wade performed fountain. With the house lights on, Wade stumbled along the carpeted edge of the church floor, …

David Hammons, America The Beautiful, 1968 from NOW DIG THIS! ART AND BLACK LOS ANGELES 1960 - 1980.

Money/Market

Money/Market

Let’s face it. Occupy Wall Street, and just about everything else, is about money – who has it and who doesn’t – and how the market can help or hurt …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with New York Close Up: Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with New York Close Up: Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude

While watching Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude, I kept wondering to myself… What can students and teachers learn from engaging with this five minutes of film? I wanted a …

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Open Enrollment

Seeking Graduate Student Writers for Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Seeking Graduate Student Writers for Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment chronicles the experience of graduate school via the perspective of current students. As MA and MFA degrees become ever more the norm for the professional training of artists, educators, …

Exterior view: Institute for Wishful Thinking Artists in Residence for the US Government at Momenta, April, 2011. Photo: Bianca Prime

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Maureen Connor

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Maureen Connor

In the past decade the visual arts have seen a retreat from traditional locations of meaning making and power. This retreat can be partially attributed to the increasing disparity between …

Cai Guo-Qiang, Fallen Blossoms: Explosion Project (2009), Philadelphia Art since the Mid-20th Century, Room 410.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Yinka Shonibare MBE discusses post-Colonial Britain, John Baldessari talks about graffiti and street art, Barbara Kruger explores the game of chess, works by Barry McGee and Fred Wilson are …

At Occupy Wall Street. Photo by Tricia Van Eck.

What Is To Be Done?* Conversations, Commerce, and Collaborations

What Is To Be Done?* Conversations, Commerce, and Collaborations

Canceled: Exhibiting Experimental Art in China, presented at The Smart Museum of Art in Chicago in 2000, was a metaphorical representation of It’s Me, a 1998 Chinese experimental art exhibition that was …

Willem de Ridder. European Mail-order Warehouse/Fluxshop. Winter 1964-65. Photo: Wim van der Linden/MAI. The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift, 2008.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | The Birth of the Underground: Fluxus Editions

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | The Birth of the Underground: Fluxus Editions

Fluxus, an international counter-culture collective of artists, musicians, and designers, was formed 50 years ago in 1961/2.  Its goals were laid out in the 1963 offset lithograph Fluxus Manifesto (on …

Ed Ruscha, "Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas," 1963, Oil on canvas. © Ed Ruscha

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Boosterism

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Boosterism

  Dave Hickey has called us out. “It’s corny,” the critic told the New York Times, referring to Pacific Standard Time, L.A.’s current, Getty-funded initiative to canonize L.A.’s post-war art …

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | End-troducing

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | End-troducing

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” – T. S. Eliot “We …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Set for PS1’s “September 11″

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Set for PS1’s “September 11″

In two weeks I am taking a group of students to visit the September 11 exhibition at PS1. Most of the high school students in these two classes have some …

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Happiness as an Aesthetic Strategy

Happiness as an Aesthetic Strategy

After 22 years of Richard M. Daley, the longest-serving mayor in Chicago’s history, our city has a new mayor, Rahm Emanuel. While artists often greet new politicians with a screed …

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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 #8

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle With Bad at Sports | Fielding Practice Podcast Episode #8

We are back with our next podcast featuring the latest in art news and reviews from Chicago and the Midwest! This month, Duncan Mackenzie, Dan Gunn, and Art21 Blog Editor …

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Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada | Haute Culture: General Idea Retrospective at AGO

Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada | Haute Culture: General Idea Retrospective at AGO

Hundreds of giant, silver, cloud-like, helium-filled Mylar balloons reading “Magic Bullet” float in a white room in the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto. Magic is right. The shiny, …

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Encounters with Generosity, Cooperation, and Community

Encounters with Generosity, Cooperation, and Community

The unpredictable and often ephemeral encounters that occur when art, community, audience, and ideas intersect are what excite me most about working with artists. For my last project at the …

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New Guest Blogger: Tricia Van Eck

New Guest Blogger: Tricia Van Eck

Our huge thanks to previous guest-blogger Rachel Mason for her fantastic profiles of some of the most interesting performance artists and performance-related work taking place right now in New York, …

Beryl Korot. "Video — Text/Weave/Line," 2011. Photo courtesy of the artist and Jaffe-Friede Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Beryl Korot prints and weaves video, Jenny Holzer is honored, artists explore being American, several others celebrate creating art in Los Angeles, and more. Beryl Korot‘s exhibition, Video — Text/Weave/Line, …

Chris E. Vargas. Still from the three-channel, 16 minute video "Liberación," 2011.

Chris Vargas

Chris Vargas

Chris E. Vargas and I went to high school together at Grover Cleveland High, a public school in Reseda, in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. The tattooed …

Chapter VII, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, 2008-2011 © Taryn Simon

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Taryn Simon

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon‘s solo-exhibition, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters (2008-2011) at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is an imposing and exhaustive investigation of eighteen diverse bloodlines and their related stories. On the surface, …

MPA. "Initiation," 2011. From the exhibition "Directing Light Onto Fist of Father." Performance at Leo Koenig, Inc. Photo courtesy Leo Koenig, Inc.

MPA

MPA

A few weeks ago I went to Chelsea to see Robert Melee’s show at Andrew Kreps Gallery. As I was enjoying the way the gallery space seemed to unexpectedly take a turn, …

Bryan Crockett, "Gluttony", 2002. Cultured marble, 12 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery and Julian LaVerdiere

On View Now

On View Now | The Curious Case of “Night Scented Stock”

On View Now

On View Now | The Curious Case of “Night Scented Stock”

Halfway through Night Scented Stock, an exhibition currently on view at Marianne Boesky Gallery’s uptown space in New York City, I found myself standing before an oversized, hairless (save for …

Jenny Saville: Continuum, installation view at Gagosian Gallery

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Whiplash

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Whiplash

Last week, I had the displeasure of experiencing exhibition whiplash at Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue. On one side of the building, “Continuum”- an exquisite show by Jenny Saville and …