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Mike Kelley, Still from the "Day is Done," 2005

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Mike Kelley’s Elegance

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Mike Kelley’s Elegance

Mike Kelley gained renown for his sprawling, mixed-media installations, but Catherine Wagley argues that Kelley’s oeuvre should also be remembered for its elegance.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Trial & Error: On Teaching with Beverly Fishman

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Trial & Error: On Teaching with Beverly Fishman

How do artists sustain both a studio practice and a full-time teaching career? Beverly Fishman, Head of Painting at Cranbrook, shares some hard-won knowledge.

Fabulous designer Iris Apfel.  Image: blog.mawi.co.uk

Teaching with Contemporary Art

So, Three Thousand Art Educators Walk Into a Room….

Teaching with Contemporary Art

So, Three Thousand Art Educators Walk Into a Room….

From March 1st through March 4th the National Art Education Association holds their annual conference right here in New York City. Over 3,000 art educators from all levels have the opportunity to attend hundreds upon hundreds of workshops offered by colleagues from close to everywhere across the country.
Here at Art21, we have a few very special things planned….

Nicole Eisenman, Seder, 2010. Courtesy Leo Koenig Gallery.

At the Dinner Table…

At the Dinner Table…

For Aldrin Valdez, a painting about differences coming together at a seder resonates with a recently-held forum on the history of AIDS.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Calling All Art History Survey Teachers

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Calling All Art History Survey Teachers

Michelle Jubin is developing an online, peer-populated platform for sharing resources for teaching the art history survey, and asks readers for their input.

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Bound: The Printed Object in Context

Bound | Exhibition Pamphlets

Bound: The Printed Object in Context

Bound | Exhibition Pamphlets

Meg Onli delves into her extensive collection of exhibition brochures to show how a well-designed pamphlet can change the way visitors interact with exhibitions.

Mike Kelley: 1954-2012. Kandor 10 A (Grotto) at Gagosian Gallery (2011). Photo courtesy Fredrik Nilsen, Gagosian Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup we remember Mike Kelley, and get the latest news on Bruce Nauman, Eleanor Antin, Judy Pfaff and other Art21 artists.

"How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies)," 2006 Two-life size mannequins, two guns, Dutch wax printed cotton, shoes, and leather riding boots, dimensions variable; plinth:63 x 96 1/2 x 48 inches overall, each figure: 63 x 61 x 48 inches overall  Collection of Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. Photo by Stephen White © Yinka Shonibare MBE; Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

Yinka Shonibare MBE | “Black Artists”

Yinka Shonibare MBE | “Black Artists”

Our latest Exclusive video features Yinka Shonibare MBE on his motivation and strategies for getting his work into the art system.

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In Memoriam: Mike Kelley (1954-2012)

In Memoriam: Mike Kelley (1954-2012)

Art21 mourns the passing of Mike Kelley, whose work mined the rich history of vernacular art and American popular culture.

ACT UP, "Let the Record Show...," 1987, Courtesy New Museum (photo credit: Fred Scrutin)

Notes on Silence: A Collage

Notes on Silence: A Collage

Queer artists and writers must negotiate between many kinds of silence, and many kinds of speech.

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | APAP 2012: Time Is Empty and Everything Is Real

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | APAP 2012: Time Is Empty and Everything Is Real

Perel reports on four highlight performances from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference that took place January 6-10, 2012.

Damien Hirst, "Zirconyl Chloride," 2008. Household gloss on canvas, 84 inches diameter. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

On View Now

On View Now | Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings and the “Joy of Color”

On View Now

On View Now | Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings and the “Joy of Color”

Max Weintraub argues that Gagosian Gallery’s exhibition provides convincing evidence that Damien Hirst is indeed an extraordinary colorist.

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | The Mystery of Anna Pavlova

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | The Mystery of Anna Pavlova

Ali Fitzgerald reviews Theo Solnik’s 2011 film “Anna Pavlova Lives in Berlin,” a nuanced portrait of the poetic and aggressive “Russian party queen” of the same iconic name.

Tim Hawkinson, "Sherpa". Image: booooooom.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Transformation and Distortion

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Transformation and Distortion

Two of my classes begin a new unit where students are asked to work with the themes of distortion and transformation. Especially for teens, the idea of transformation- of the self, objects, symbols, even the meaning of words- is an attractive proposal. Add the multiple implications associated with distortion and it becomes the kind of field day you really want in a classroom.

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Open Enrollment

Cold Showers and Manic Transcendence: Cranbrook Students Talk Method

Open Enrollment

Cold Showers and Manic Transcendence: Cranbrook Students Talk Method

How do artists make the most of their time in the studio? Five Cranbrook grad students discuss their personal methodologies.