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Production still from Exclusive, "William Kentridge: Meaning."

Exclusive | William Kentridge: Meaning

Exclusive | William Kentridge: Meaning

In our latest Exclusive video, William Kentridge discusses how the physical activities of cutting, tearing and collaging generate ideas and infuse his work with meaning.

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy

The Curator of Contemporary Art at Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) talks about the state of contemporary Latin American Art and the role of art institutions today.

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Fictionalized

Fictionalized

What happens when an artist’s real-life experiences are fictionalized for television? Dmitry Samarov reflects on the differences between art and reality.

Cai Guo-Qiang, "Drawing for Transient Rainbow," 2003 Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Words and Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Words and Art

I had no idea what to write about this week, so I asked my son, Paul…. He’s six. “Write about words and art,” he said. “Why?” I asked. “Because words …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Sometimes Doing Something Poetic Can Become Political and Sometimes Doing Something Political Can Become Poetic

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Sometimes Doing Something Poetic Can Become Political and Sometimes Doing Something Political Can Become Poetic

Galimberti looks at several recent exhibitions that subtly foreground politics.

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

Centerfield | Talking to the Moon

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

Centerfield | Talking to the Moon

Silence speaks volumes in the work of artist Katie Paterson as well as in Theater Oobleck’s stage performance of “The Hunchback Variations.”

That Knoxville Girl

Shay DeGrandis

Shay DeGrandis

Guest blogger Dmitry Samarov looks at the highly personal watercolor and fiber works of Shay DeGrandis, who combines humor with the unexpected.

Charles Atlas. Views on Video (2005). Image courtesy the artist.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has news on Charles Atlas, Elizabeth Murray, William Kentridge and other artists featured on Art21 programs.

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Devon Bella of Kadist SF

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Devon Bella of Kadist SF

Huang talks to the program manager of Kadist SF, a contemporary art space with a Reading Shop and a residency program for art magazine publishers.

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New Guest Blogger: Dmitry Samarov

New Guest Blogger: Dmitry Samarov

Our newest blogger-in-residence is Dmitry Samarov, a painter, writer and cabdriver who is the author of “Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab.”

Vegan cream cheese and tomato on a perfectly toasted sesame bagel at Mugshots in Philadelphia.

A Visit to Philadelphia

A Visit to Philadelphia

At what age is it appropriate to expose students to “difficult” works of art? Marcel Duchamp’s “Étant donnés” offers a case-in-point.

Sanford Biggers and the contemporary Mandala (2012). Emory Visual Arts Gallery. Photo by the author.

Sanford Biggers: Contemporary Mandala and the Hip-Hop Ethos

Sanford Biggers: Contemporary Mandala and the Hip-Hop Ethos

Nettrice Gaskins reports on Sanford Biggers’ week-long residency at Emory University, where he created a contemporary mandala that functions as a dance floor.

What else would you be thinking about anyhow?

An Artist’s Education

An Artist’s Education

Artist Lisa Anne Auerbach spends a skill-building weekend spinning fiber, taking improv classes, and discharging weapons at close range.

The Granite Boulder abord its custom transporter nearing LACMA at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10. Courtesy Gene Blevins, L.A. Daily News.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | LACMA’s Rock Star

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | LACMA’s Rock Star

Lily Simonson looks at Michael Heizer’s 340 ton sculpture “Levitated Mass,” and wonders why relatively few female artists have produced large-scale public works.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Collaboration: Whale of a Time!

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Collaboration: Whale of a Time!

What can artists learn by collaborating with others? Jeffrey Songco wants to find out–and finds unlikely inspiration in a group of killer whales.

Jimmy Fallon as Neil and Bruce as Bruce circa 1985

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Sexy and I Know It

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Sexy and I Know It

Jimmy Fallon, in case you haven’t already seen this, does one hell of a Neil Young impression.

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Steam Season

Steam Season

L.A. artist Michael Parker built a large, mirrored, egg-shaped steam chamber that serves as an unlikely communal gathering spot.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Comfort the Disturbed, Disturb the Comfortable

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Comfort the Disturbed, Disturb the Comfortable

Spurred by her thesis writing, M.A. candidate Kelsey Elisabeth Nelson reflects on the meaning of dialogue and the role that opposition plays in arts education.

I Can If I Want To by Arnold Lazarus Ph.D and Allen Fay M.D.

Inspiration! With Alyse Emdur!

Inspiration! With Alyse Emdur!

What do artists look at for inspiration? L.A. artist Alyse Emdur seeks out images that humanize political struggle through self-empowerment.

World Wide Web, a quilt by Daniel Marlos

Pirohi!

Pirohi!

Guest blogger Lisa Anne Auerbach visits Los Angeles artist Daniel Marlos, a photographer who makes quilts, gardens, and delicious Pirohi dumplings.

Computer rendering for Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2012. Courtesy Cai Studio.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup features news on Cai Guo-Qiang, Glenn Ligon, Kiki Smith and many more Art21 featured artists.

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Exclusive | Paul McCarthy: Chaos & Debauchery

Exclusive | Paul McCarthy: Chaos & Debauchery

In Art21′s latest Exclusive video, two of Paul McCarthy’s longtime assistants describe the process of sculpting, molding, and fabricating the artist’s large-scale works.

Andy Warhol, "Hamburger," 1985-1986. Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 66 x 1 1/4 in.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Watching What You Eat

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Watching What You Eat

In the U.S., obesity and food-related illnesses are serious problems–so do museums have a responsibility to raise issues about food?

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A Visit to New Mexico

A Visit to New Mexico

Lisa Anne Auerbach visits New Mexico State University, where she meets art students, stages a fiber Spin-in, and wonders who the ‘stroker girls’ are.

Grafitti in Cairo referencing Aliaa ElMahdy

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | Female Problems

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | Female Problems

How have the ways of representing, questioning or challenging gender in the visual arts changed in Egypt over the past year?

assume vivid astro focus, "assume vivid astro focus VII", 2003. Courtesy Deitch Projects, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Balancing Skill-Building and the Formation of Ideas

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Balancing Skill-Building and the Formation of Ideas

Finding a balance between teaching specific skills and techniques with teaching about how to explore process in order to form and pursue ideas is not easy. If you teach in a culture (or department, or school, or district, or university…) that emphasizes skills and techniques as the “meat” of the curriculum, it’s probably a good idea to begin talking about the kinds of skills that everyone really considers “essential”.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Frames and Filigree

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Frames and Filigree

Antonius Wiriadjaja on GIFs, shadow puppet theaters, and how he wants to frame his future post M.F.A.

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

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #13: “Feast” (or Famine?)

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

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #13: “Feast” (or Famine?)

This month’s podcast from Bad at Sports features a review of the exhibition “Feast” at the Smart Museum of Art.

Lake Michigan can sometimes look like the tropics.

The First Post

The First Post

Lisa Anne Auerbach shares highlights from her recent trip to Chicago, including a memorable encounter with an iconic Mike Kelley piece.

Allora & Calzadilla. Body in Flight (Delta), 2011, U.S. Pavilion, 54th International Art Exhibition, presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Photo by Andrew Bordwin.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup features the latest news on Allora & Calzadilla, William Kentridge, Cai Guo-Qiang, and other artists featured in Art21′s programs.

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New Guest Blogger: Lisa Anne Auerbach

New Guest Blogger: Lisa Anne Auerbach

Our new guest blogger is Lisa Anne Auerbach, an artist who bikes, knits, and runs a publishing house based in a downtown L.A. commune.

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Brenna Murphy and the Future

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Brenna Murphy and the Future

Ali Fitzgerald looks at the digital prints, videos and installations of Brenna Murphy, whose works are both painterly and otherworldly.

Berwick Street Film Collective, still from Nightcleaners, 1970-1975. Courtesy of LUX.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | A Wonderland That Wasn’t Meant to Be

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | A Wonderland That Wasn’t Meant to Be

Catherine Wagley reviews the group show “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States” on view now at LACMA.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Becoming Colossal with Blogger Christopher Jobson

Praxis Makes Perfect

Becoming Colossal with Blogger Christopher Jobson

What can blogging do for the arts? Jacquelyn Gleisner profiles an art and design blog run by Christopher Jobson that shows the vast potential of this medium.

El Anatsui, "Group Photo", 1987. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Slow Turn

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Slow Turn

On Sunday, the National Art Education Association wrapped up their 65th conference here in New York City and more than ever I am encouraged by the state of affairs at NAEA. In just the past four years, as Art21 has brought contemporary artists such as Mark Bradford, Carrie Mae Weems, Mark Dion and most recently, Janine Antoni and Oliver Herring, the change is noticeable.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Magical Thinking

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Magical Thinking

Michelle Jubin finds herself at a crossroads, where she must choose between two equally compelling research topics for her Ph.D. dissertation.