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Jeff Koons, "Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Two Dr J Silver Series, Spalding NBA Tip-Off)", 1985   Image: themainevent.us

Teaching with Contemporary Art

How Much Is That?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

How Much Is That?

“How much is that?” or “How much is that worth?” are popular questions students ask, especially when teaching with contemporary art. Often I find myself embarrassed having to admit that …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Talking Shop, Lurking Around Presses

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Talking Shop, Lurking Around Presses

Is art school relevant? Good question. Are galleries? Museums? The rotary telephone? High heeled shoes? It’s all a matter of perspective, I suppose. There are some people out there with …

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Open Enrollment

Introducing New Open Enrollment Blogger Jenn Pascoe

Open Enrollment

Introducing New Open Enrollment Blogger Jenn Pascoe

  As the end of the year and the end of the Fall semester looms, we’re slowly rolling out our new roster of Open Enrollment bloggers, who will be joining …

Mark Titchner performing at Warsall New Art Gallery infront of his installation "Be Angry But Don't Stop Breathing," September 2, 2011. Photo by author

Mark Titchner: More noise, more silence, sigils, and word viruses

Mark Titchner: More noise, more silence, sigils, and word viruses

  In September of this year I traveled to Wolverhampton, U.K. to present some of my research on Black Metal and contemporary art to the Home of Metal Conference, a …

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Set Me Free! Performa 2011 Part II: Beyond the Biennial

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Set Me Free! Performa 2011 Part II: Beyond the Biennial

If moribund is defined as an adjective for that which is approaching death or obsolescence, then perhaps it is the best word to describe my experience of Performa’s last week. This …

Barbara Kruger. Floor piece for the Pinakothek der Moderne.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Barbara Kruger designs in Munich, Josiah McElheny reflects a mirage, Laurie Anderson joins the Occupy movement, Jeff Koons get under your skin, Lucas Blalock intervenes digitally, and much more. …

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Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Alena Williams on Nancy Holt

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Alena Williams on Nancy Holt

  Nancy Holt, perhaps best known for her Sun Tunnels installed the Utah desert, is currently the subject of a traveling exhibition, Nancy Holt: Sightlines, curated by Alena Williams. The exhibition originated at …

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix presenting "Transcendental Black Metal" at Denmark National Art Gallery, 2011 (image gleaned from "Black Sofie," via the Facebook)

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix: “My stance right now is that everything I ever make will be Transcendental Black Metal”

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix: “My stance right now is that everything I ever make will be Transcendental Black Metal”

  Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s work first caught my attention a year and a half ago when I came across his manifesto “Transcendental Black Metal” in Hideous Gnosis, a published compendium of the …

Asco. "First Supper After a Major Riot,"1974, printed 2011. Photograph by Harry Gamboa Jr. Courtesy of Harry Gamboa Jr. Image via LACMA.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | ASCO and Activisim in Pacific Standard Time

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | ASCO and Activisim in Pacific Standard Time

  When I moved to LA from Northern California, my Bay Area friends accused me of taking up with a city that was historically cultureless and apolitical.  If Pacific Standard …

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Did You Apply?

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Did You Apply?

The other week, my non-sexual digital boyfriend’s laptop crashed.  Our nightly online video chats were reduced to boring phone conversations.  He said he lost years of writing: pages of journaling, …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Occupy This

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Occupy This

Yinka Shonibare MBE says in his season 5 segment that he would like to have the “trappings of wealth” himself, even though he may be criticizing it. And being made …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | A History Lesson

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | A History Lesson

“First my father and my mother—both immigrants newly arrived on these shores—and then I and my late brother, Joseph, as well as many of the people who would become my …

Will Cotton, CONSUMING FOLLY, 2009-2010, oil on linen, 72 x 96 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery

Gastro-Vision | Performing Cotton Candy in a Land of Cockaigne

Gastro-Vision | Performing Cotton Candy in a Land of Cockaigne

  Will Cotton’s candy and pastry-filled landscapes have come to life in recent years, taking the form of a posh pop-up bakery in 2009, and a year later, forming the …

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Support Art21: Donate to the 2012 Annual Fund

Support Art21: Donate to the 2012 Annual Fund

Dear Friends: The support of many friends, partners, and sponsors has made for an extremely productive year at Art21! Highlights of 2011 include: The Peabody Award for William Kentridge: Anything …

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Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert: Vibrations of Light and Sound, to trigger seismic molecular events, to shake the wall, to break down barriers

Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert: Vibrations of Light and Sound, to trigger seismic molecular events, to shake the wall, to break down barriers

  Earlier this year Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert responded to a call for entries I posted for two separate curatorial endeavors: one for the Black Metal theory journal Helvete, …

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle With Bad at Sports | An Interview with Thomas Comerford

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle With Bad at Sports | An Interview with Thomas Comerford

Thomas Comerford is an experimental filmmaker from Chicago with a background in performance and sculpture. His current work considers ideas of place, and the relationship of history to our physical …

Erik Hood and Sam Willcocks at the Hedreen Gallery, 2010.

Flash Points

How to Fire a Quaker Cannon: Tactical Gestures of Critical Discourse

Flash Points

How to Fire a Quaker Cannon: Tactical Gestures of Critical Discourse

  Beginning with the notion of a gallery as a charged or loaded space, Vancouver-based artists Erik Hood and Sam Willcocks produced a fleeting gesture based on military traditions and …

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New Guest Blogger: Amelia Ishmael

New Guest Blogger: Amelia Ishmael

  Thanks to our previous guest bloggers Claire Breukel and Tina Acevedo of Dirty Pink 305 for their tour of the Miami art scene and their cogent analyses of a …

Allora & Calzadilla. THE STATE: The Coming Insurrection

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Allora & Calzadilla explore causes of discontent, Paul McCarthy channels aggression, the Red Hot Chili Peppers pay homage to Raymond Pettibon, Laurie Anderson is sampled, and …

Moveable type no Documenta - Printing in Kassel. Courtesy Ben Kinmont.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Ben Kinmont

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Ben Kinmont

  This past month, I encountered Ben Kinmont’s work for the first time, appropriately enough at the Fales special collection in New York University’s Bobst library. Walking through the double …

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Performa 2011: Performance Art Is Dead. Long Live Performance Art!

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Performa 2011: Performance Art Is Dead. Long Live Performance Art!

November brings with it the sweeping Performa 2011 Biennial, filling theaters, galleries, churches and plazas across New York City. This is the fourth Biennial to date, and the most far-reaching, ambitious …

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Ten Years of Art Fairs, Two Weeks in an Artist’s Lifetime

Ten Years of Art Fairs, Two Weeks in an Artist’s Lifetime

With Art Basel Miami Beach only two weeks away, we are all holding our breath in anticipation of the flurry of events that will be taking place throughout South Beach and …

Johnny Hardstaff, "Sketchbook 3, Page 23". Image: johnnyhardstaff.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Taking Note

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Taking Note

This week I want to share what seems like a simple idea… While many of us insist that students keep sketchbooks or journals in our classes, it isn’t as popular …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Le Fils du Gong

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Le Fils du Gong

I am riding on the adrenaline rush of playing at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reader Theater to a sold-out audience with my classical Javanese gamelan orchestra, Kusuma Laras. I wasn’t …

Opening Session at the ICOM-CC Triennial

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | The State of Affairs in the Conservation of Contemporary Art

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | The State of Affairs in the Conservation of Contemporary Art

IMA Conservator Richard McCoy looks back at two international conferences that dealt with the conservation of contemporary art.

PUT THE VELVET ROPES TO BED: How arts organizations can stay afloat

PUT THE VELVET ROPES TO BED: How arts organizations can stay afloat

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Patti Her discussing community in Miami in a video produced for Dirty Pink 305. Art has the power …

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Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada | Roboti Art, “Cinétose” by Projet EVA

Calling from Canada

Calling From Canada | Roboti Art, “Cinétose” by Projet EVA

There I was, lying on my back, the sharp bang of shots coming closer and louder. I stood up and I could feel air pressure from the vibrations of the …

Christina Pettersson. "Ophelia at fourteen," 2008. Graphite on paper. 72 x 80 in. Courtesy the artist.

WITHIN EARSHOT: A plea to end couch-potato dialogue and obscurity

WITHIN EARSHOT: A plea to end couch-potato dialogue and obscurity

  I’ve lived in Miami my whole life, and yet I first heard about Art Basel when I was in my senior year of high school. That was 2009 and …

Kiki Smith. "Worm," 1992. Image courtesy the artist and the High Museum of Art.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Kiki Smith’s graphic works are on display in Atlanta, Ann Hamilton’s work focuses on mouths and hands, Raymond Pettibon opens a cultural grab bag of artwork, …

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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 #9

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Fielding Practice Podcast Episode #9

On this month’s edition of our Fielding Practice podcast, Duncan MacKenzie, Dan Gunn and Art21 Blog Editor Claudine Isé discuss the upcoming New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) Art Fair in …

Woody Harrelson in a still from "Rampart" (2011)

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Ladies of Old School L.A.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Ladies of Old School L.A.

  Rampart, an “L.A. Noir” set for limited release the day before Thanksgiving, is a relentless film with a hero who’s impossible to love but a narrative thrust that forces …

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Hustling with Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Hustling with Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw

“All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.” -Aristotle “Most artists work all the time, they do actually, especially good artists, they work all the time, what else is there …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

It’s OK to Make Art…

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It’s OK to Make Art…

It’s amazing… After over twenty years teaching I still get nervous. And I’m not thinking about the first day of classes (everyone gets nervous then), I was actually thinking about …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Put your money where your mouth is

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Put your money where your mouth is

So, this morning I’m off to sunny Savannah, Georgia, for SECAC (the Southeastern College Art Conference) to present on some of the ideas I shared at the Now Museum earlier …

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Documenting Miami in Motion

Documenting Miami in Motion

When I started Dirty Pink 305, I was well aware of two very important projects that have already taken big strides in documenting Miami’s artist community. The first was the Miami …

David Wojnarowicz, Fire, 1987. Synthetic polymer paint and pasted paper on plywood, two panels, 6 x 8 feet (182.9 x 243.8 cm). Gift of Agnes Gund and Barbara Jakobson Fund. © 2011 Estate of David Wojnarowicz. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Flash Points

Call for Flash Points Writers | The New Culture Wars: What’s at Stake?

Flash Points

Call for Flash Points Writers | The New Culture Wars: What’s at Stake?

  In connection with Ideas, a new section of Art21’s website that will explore a single theme in depth over a period of several months, the Art21 Blog is calling for …