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Revolution 2.12: The Revolution Will Not Be Veiled

Revolution 2.12: The Revolution Will Not Be Veiled

Safa Samiezade’-Yazd looks at female identity in Middle Eastern art through “the one object that encapsulates and defines the average Muslim woman” to Western eyes: the veil.

Maya Lin, Dew Point 18 (detail), 2007, blown glass; © Maya Lin Studio, Inc., courtesy The Pace Gallery; Photo courtesy The Pace Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has news on Maya Lin, Alfredo Jaar, Pepón Osorio and many other artists featured on Art21 programs.

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Q&A with Marina Abramović, Mary Reid Kelley, and assume vivid astro focus

Q&A with Marina Abramović, Mary Reid Kelley, and assume vivid astro focus

Have a question for Marina Abramović, Mary Reid Kelley, or assume vivid astro focus? Send it to Art21, and selected questions will be answered!

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Leeza Ahmady (Part 1)

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Leeza Ahmady (Part 1)

Georgia Kotretsos talks with independent curator and arts administrator Leeza Ahmady, the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week in New York.

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A Few Of Our Favorite Artists Are Throwing Us A Telethon!!

A Few Of Our Favorite Artists Are Throwing Us A Telethon!!

Join us for an Art21 Telethon on May 6th, 3-11pm, at Algus Greenspon Gallery in NYC for musical acts, animal talents, interviews and more!

Photo by Reza Hakimi;  www.facebook.com/ahmadrezahakimi.

Revolution 2.12, Part II: Gender in the Middle East Cause

Revolution 2.12, Part II: Gender in the Middle East Cause

Samiezade’-Yazd responds to Egyptian-American writer Mona El Tahawy’s controversial article “Why Do They Hate Us?” published in Foreign Policy magazine this week.

Cai Guo-Qiang, "Mystery Circle," April 7, 2012. Photo by Zen Sekizawa, Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Sparks Fly from MOCA for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Sparks Fly from MOCA for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder

Lily Simonson confronts mortality and the expansive scale of the universe on viewing Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Sky Ladder” at MOCA Los Angeles.

Zoe Strauss, "Mattress Flip", 2001. Image: pdnphotooftheday.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ten Years…… Right Between the Eyes: Zoe Strauss at the Philadelphia Museum

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ten Years…… Right Between the Eyes: Zoe Strauss at the Philadelphia Museum

Every once in a blue moon you get surprised by an exhibit that takes your breath away. Kiki Smith did it to me in 2006 and last year Glenn Ligon …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The New Aesthetic

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The New Aesthetic

His thesis is due in two weeks, but Antonius Wiriadjaja takes time out to talk about the New Aesthetic, a nascent art movement that blurs the digital and the real.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | How to Rule the Art World

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | How to Rule the Art World

Jeffrey Songco looks at the multiple roles he and other artists often perform–blogger, critic, curator–and how those activities inform and build on one another.

Cairo: Tank Versus Bread Biker and Sad Panda, by Egyptian graffiti artist Ganzeer

Revolution 2.12: This Year’s Arab Spring as Told By Its Art and Music, Part I

Revolution 2.12: This Year’s Arab Spring as Told By Its Art and Music, Part I

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Middle East region artists are learning to abandon fear and work for safety of expression in burgeoning public spaces.

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

Centerfield | Black Visual Archive

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

Centerfield | Black Visual Archive

Terri Griffith talks with artist and Art21 Blog columnist Meg Onli about Black Visual Archive, a website of critical writings on the work of African American artists.

Sanford Biggers. Codex (2012). Courtesy the artist and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Photography by Giovanni Lunardi.

Sanford Biggers’ Codex Navigates the Past, Present and Future

Sanford Biggers’ Codex Navigates the Past, Present and Future

Nettrice Gaskins reports on Sanford Biggers’ new work “Codex,” which repurposes historical quilts that may have been used as signposts on the Underground Railroad.

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Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | What is on YOUR list?

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | What is on YOUR list?

Kelly Huang shares some of her own personal favorite readings, and ask readers to get in touch and let her know what publications have inspired them.

Carrie Mae Weems. When and Where I Enter—Ancient Rome (2006). Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York/Carrie Mae Weems.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup contains the latest news on Ann Hamilton, Collier Schorr, Carrie Mae Weems and other Art21 artists.

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New Guest Blogger: Safa Samiezade’-Yazd

New Guest Blogger: Safa Samiezade’-Yazd

Art21 blog’s latest blogger-in-residence is Safa Samiezade’-Yazd, a writer and editor who focuses on contemporary art and performance in the Middle East.

"This is a book I'm writing," 2010 by Billy Mavreas. Image: Reading Art - http://www.readingart.ca

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (My Final Take)

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (My Final Take)

Polson Lacy discusses the Twelve Galleries Project, an transitory “exhibition experiment” that straddles the realms of visual art and literature.

Jacolby Satterwhite, "Country Ball 1986-2012" (video still), 2012. Courtesy of the artist, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Monya Rowe Gallery.

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Gastro-Vision | Queer Cakes for a Country Cookout

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Queer Cakes for a Country Cookout

Jacolby Satterwhite’s multi-media project “Country Ball” merges the practices of “insider” and “outsider” artists: he incorporates drawings made by his mentally ill mother, Patricia.

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Support Art21: Give to the Power of Six!

Support Art21: Give to the Power of Six!

Support Art21′s Power of Six campaign to celebrate our latest milestone–the broadcast premiere of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” on PBS!

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Year 4 Art21 Educators Announced!

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Year 4 Art21 Educators Announced!

First of all, I cannot believe that we are approaching year FOUR of the Art21 Educators program. It seems like a very short time ago we were just hatching this …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Get The Balance Right

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Get The Balance Right

Jenn Pascoe finds resonance in Sarah Sze’s discussion of flexibility in the Season 6 “Balance” episode of “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” on PBS.

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Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (Take Three)

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (Take Three)

Jamilee Polson Lacy looks at line and labyrinth in the construction of visual and textual narratives, from Jose Luis Borges to the collaborative Dexter Sinister.

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice | (It’s the Political Economy, Stupid)

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice | (It’s the Political Economy, Stupid)

Thom Donovan looks at Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette’s exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum, which foregrounds aesthetic responses to the ongoing financial crisis.

Rashid Johnson. Triple Consciousness (2009). Courtesy MCA Chicago. Collection of Dr. Daniel S. Berger, Chicago.

The Weekly Roundup

The Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has the latest news on Rashid Johnson, Lynda Benglis, Kalup Linzy and other Art21 artists.

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Season 6 of Art in the Twenty-First Century Premieres on PBS Tonight!

Season 6 of Art in the Twenty-First Century Premieres on PBS Tonight!

Season 6 of Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres nationally tonight and features artists Catherine Opie, El Anatsui, and Ai Weiwei.

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Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (Take Two)

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (Take Two)

Continuing her examination of art’s relation to literature and language, guest blogger Jamilee Polson Lacy looks at narrative in the paintings of Clare Rojas and others.

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Talking with Sarah Michelson about “Devotion Study #1″ at the Whitney Biennial

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Talking with Sarah Michelson about “Devotion Study #1″ at the Whitney Biennial

Sarah Michelson discusses the ideas and concepts leading her to create Devotion Study #1, a dance developed specifically for the Whitney Biennial.

Cover of the catalog for Jeffrey Vallance's 2004 exhibition on Thomas Kinkade

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | The Painter of Light is Radically Not Me

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | The Painter of Light is Radically Not Me

Catherine Wagley reflects on the passing of Thomas Kinkade, the infamously popular “Painter of Light” who pushed the idea of coziness to mind-numbing extremes.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | HELP!

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | HELP!

Jacquelyn Gleisner talks to artist and writer Bean Gilsdorf, who pens the weekly HELP DESK arts-advice column on Daily Serving’s website.

Robert Adams, "Adams County, Colorado," 1973  Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ambiguity and Teaching with the Photography Robert Adams

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ambiguity and Teaching with the Photography Robert Adams

Teaching with and sharing Robert Adams’ photography with students can allow for a broader understanding of what makes a great picture.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Memes, Moms and Home Depot: Public Perceptions of Artists

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Memes, Moms and Home Depot: Public Perceptions of Artists

A popular internet meme leads Lindsay Preston Zappas to wonder how the public’s ideas about art-making differ from reality.

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

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #14: The New Art Examiner, Re-Examined

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

Centerfield | Fielding Practice Podcast #14: The New Art Examiner, Re-Examined

A discussion with editor Terri Griffith about “The Essential New Art Examiner,” an anthology of writings from Chicago’s only major art periodical, which folded in 2002.

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Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (Take One)

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures* (Take One)

Jamilee Polson Lacy looks at intertextuality–the intrinsic relation of words and images–in the writings of Italo Calvino and works by several contemporary artists.

LaToya Ruby Frazier (b. 1982), Where is Emergency Care for Braddock?, 2010. Gelatin silver print, 16 × 20 in. © LaToya Ruby Frazier; courtesy the artist.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has news on LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ai Weiwei, Andrea Zittel and other artists featured in Art21′s documentaries and programs.

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New Guest Blogger: Jamilee Polson Lacy, Independent Curator

New Guest Blogger: Jamilee Polson Lacy, Independent Curator

Independent curator and writer Jamilee Polson Lacy is the Art21 Blog’s newest blogger-in-residence.

Dana Schutz. “Brünnhilde,” 2011. Watercolor monotype with colored pencil, crayon, and pastel on Lanaquarelle watercolor paper. 46 x 60 in.  Image courtesy Two Palms, New York.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Brilliance Under Pressure: Dana Schutz’s Monotypes at Gallery Met

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Brilliance Under Pressure: Dana Schutz’s Monotypes at Gallery Met

Sarah Kirk Hanley looks at Dana Schutz’s most recent body of work: a series of large watercolor monotypes created at Two Palms, New York.