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13.	The Dream one of four paintings commissioned by the artist painted by Suhana Art Studio, Bombay, India.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Claire Pentecost

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Claire Pentecost

By taking on the role of “public amateur,” artist Claire Pentecost models an alternative approach to the way that Western cultures typically produce knowledge.

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No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | The Science and Ethics of Contemporary Art Conservation: A Discussion with Tom Learner

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | The Science and Ethics of Contemporary Art Conservation: A Discussion with Tom Learner

Richard McCoy talks to Tom Learner, senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, whose career has spanned a number of important institutions and projects.

Kiki Smith. Blue Moon III, 2011. Cast 1 of 3. © Kiki Smith/ Courtesy The Pace Gallery Photo courtesy of Melissa Christy / Walla Walla Foundry.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has the latest news on Kiki Smith, Paul McCarthy, Laurie Anderson and other Art21 artists.

Ted Kerr, Questions for a Revolution, 2011, courtesy the artist

Queer Past/Queer Future: In Conversation

Queer Past/Queer Future: In Conversation

What can the Occupy movement learn from the history of HIV/AIDS activism? Ted Kerr’s “Questions for a Revolution” offers a starting point.

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New Guest Blogger: Aldrin Valdez

New Guest Blogger: Aldrin Valdez

Introducing our latest blogger-in-residence: Aldrin Valdez, an artist and writer who is currently a fellow at Queer/Art/Mentorship.

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Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | One Year Later: The Myth of Art in the Arab Spring

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | One Year Later: The Myth of Art in the Arab Spring

How does art function in times of conflict? This new column looks at art’s importance, and its political potential, in post-revolutionary Egypt.

Perfomance by Yuki Higashino at Skånes Konstförening Malmö, Sweden

The Unholy Trinity of Postmodern Architects, Black Metal, and Holy Minimalism

The Unholy Trinity of Postmodern Architects, Black Metal, and Holy Minimalism

What do postmodern architecture, Black Metal culture and ‘holy minimalist’ musical compositions have in common? Read on to find out.

Abdellah Karroum, Venice, 2011

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Abdellah Karroum

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Abdellah Karroum

Georgia Kotretsos talks to Abdellah Karroum, an independent curator who founded L’appartement 22, the first experimental art space in Rabat, Morocco.

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Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

New Column | Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

New Column | Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

The Art21 Blog debuts a new column focusing on the art scene in Cairo and the Middle East region.

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Become an Art21 Access Partner: Host a Screening of “Art in the Twenty-First Century”

Become an Art21 Access Partner: Host a Screening of “Art in the Twenty-First Century”

Partner with Art21 to host an Access screening event at your organization or venue.

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

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #11

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

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #11

This month’s podcast features a review of Cathy Wilkes’s Chicago exhibition and discussion of a greatly-exaggerated report of Damien Hirst’s demise.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | You Teach Some, You Learn Some

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | You Teach Some, You Learn Some

In the post-graduate world, artist Jeffrey Songco discovers that good teachers come in many forms.

Andrea Fraser, Museum Highlights A Gallery Talk, 1989, video still of performance. Courtesy UCLA.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Andrea Fraser’s Men on the Line

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Andrea Fraser’s Men on the Line

Responding to the legacy of the Woman’s Building, Fraser’s new performance revisits 1970s-era gender issues and evaluates feminism’s progress.

Students in Maureen Hergott's class transform the space

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art in the Elementary Classroom

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art in the Elementary Classroom

Julia CopperSmith and Maureen Hergott made some important points in last week’s interview and this week we take the opportunity to point out two of them regarding how teachers construct elementary art-making experiences and use documentation to influence their work.

Stefano Spera, Grand theft auto, 2009, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm

Videogame Appropriation in Contemporary Art: Grand Theft Auto (GTA)

Videogame Appropriation in Contemporary Art: Grand Theft Auto (GTA)

Artists like Joan Pamboukes draw on the Grand Theft Auto videogames to explore real-world issues of violence, gender, and social and economic ills.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | A Place to Call Home

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | A Place to Call Home

What are some of the factors artists consider when deciding what city to live in?

Artistic Machinima and Britney Spears’s Pink Mansion

Artistic Machinima and Britney Spears’s Pink Mansion

Video games have become a serious art form, as Jansson’s interview with Australian “machinima” artist Chris Howlett reveals.

Mark Dion. The South Florida Wildlife Rescue Unit: The Uniforms, 2006. Courtesy Miami Art Museum.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup includes the latest news on Mark Dion, Janine Antoni, Rashid Johnson and other Art21 artists.

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Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Mauricio Ancalmo

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Mauricio Ancalmo

San Francisco artist Mauricio Ancalmo discusses the books that have inspired his complex, multi-media sound and light pieces, including 2010’s “Monolithoscope.”

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Ursula von Rydingsvard | “Becoming an Artist”

Ursula von Rydingsvard | “Becoming an Artist”

Our latest, web-only Exclusive video features Ursula von Rydingsvard discussing her family’s early struggles after WWII and its influence on her studio practice today.

David Levinthal, Untitled from the series Blackface, 1996.  20×24 Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film, 40 x 33 ½ in (framed). Courtesy the artist and John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Simone Leigh and the Fruits of Her Labor

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Simone Leigh and the Fruits of Her Labor

Leigh’s exhibition at The Kitchen uses iconographic food forms–watermelon, plantains–to make ironic reference to postcolonial cultural narratives.

Kristoffer Zetterstrand , Pointer. 41x41cm. oil on canvas (2008)

Kristoffer Zetterstrand: King of Old School

Kristoffer Zetterstrand: King of Old School

Kristoffer Zetterstrand’s works draw equally from old-school computer graphics and Romantic landscape paintings.

Julia and Maureen in the classroom

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Art21 Educators: Julia CopperSmith and Maureen Hergott

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Art21 Educators: Julia CopperSmith and Maureen Hergott

This week I want to share a conversation that took place between myself and two of our current, amazing Art21 Educators. Julia CopperSmith and Maureen Hergott teach elementary art education for the Scott and Westdale Elementary Schools in Melrose Park near Chicago. Their work has been inspiring to all of us here at Art21, especially since they are finding ways to work with contemporary art and engage some very young students in the process.

Don´t Get Raped by Mikael Vesavuori. Courtesy the artist.

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Blows Their Brains Out

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Blows Their Brains Out

Based on violent videogame interfaces, Swedish artist Mikael Vesavuori’s provocative artworks are the opposite of “fun and games.”

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Open Enrollment | Nature and Nurture

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Nature and Nurture

A teaching assistantship with processing guru Daniel Shiffman provides food for thought as Antonius Wiriadjaja looks ahead to life after Tisch’s ITP program.

Museum Meltdown (1996) by Palle Torsson and Tobias Bernstrup

Confessions of a Game Art Addict

Confessions of a Game Art Addict

Guest blogger Mathias Jansson sketches a brief history of video game art.

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New Guest Blogger: Mathias Jansson, Sweden

New Guest Blogger: Mathias Jansson, Sweden

Our latest blogger-in-residence is a Swedish arts writer and critic who specializes in game art.

Gabriel Orozco, My Hands are My Heart, 1991. Photo courtesy the artist and Salt.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has the latest news on Gabriel Orozco, Mike Kelley, Fred Wilson and Carrie Mae Weems, among others.

Jeff Koons. "Hand on Breast," 1990. Photo: Courtesy of Luxembourg & Dayan, New York.

Flash Points

A Willing Girl

Flash Points

A Willing Girl

Still controversial today, Jeff Koons’s 1990s “Made in Heaven” photographs tap into cultural anxieties about pornography, art, and commerce.

Occupy LA at City Hall. Photo: Carol Cheh.

From the Voice of the People to the People of the Voice

From the Voice of the People to the People of the Voice

Matias Viegener offers different ways of thinking about Occupy LA in the wake of its LA City Hall site’s forced closure.

Helen Frankenthaler, Madame Butterfly, 2000 (Goldman 24). Woodcut in 102 colors on 3 sheets of TGL handmade paper, 41 ¾ x 79 ½ in. (overall).  Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, edition: 33. Image courtesy Ameringer, McEnery, Yohe, New York.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | The Unabashedly Beautiful Prints of Helen Frankenthaler

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | The Unabashedly Beautiful Prints of Helen Frankenthaler

The late Helen Frankenthaler’s contributions as a painter are renowned; Hanley argues that her achievements as a printmaker are equally important.

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Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Dirty Laundry

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Dirty Laundry

Suzanne Lacy’s performance “Three Weeks in January” reminds us that after all these years, sexual violence is still swept under the rug.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Draw the Devil from this Boy

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Draw the Devil from this Boy

Traveling to India on a Fulbright scholarship, David MacLean woke up in a train station with no passport and no idea who he was. An excerpt from his forthcoming memoir.

Ai Weiwei, "Sunflower Seeds", 2010 installation view. Image: dezeen.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

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Besides kicking off season 6 of Art in the Twenty-First Century in just a few months, Art21 Educators is gearing up for year 4, which starts this July in New York City.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Joel Sternfeld’s Pictures

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Joel Sternfeld’s Pictures

Michelle Jubin looks at Joel Sternfeld’s “First Pictures,” an exhibition of four photographic series made between 1971 and 1980.