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Erin Riley-Lopez (Photo John Pankratz)

Curator Finds the Perfect Job (and makes a decent living, too)

Curator Finds the Perfect Job (and makes a decent living, too)

Brendan Carroll talks to Erin Riley-Lopez, Curator of the Freedman GAllery at Albright College, about how curators weather an uncertain job market during tough economic times.

Jennifer Bolande, Marshall Stack, 1987. Photo by Eeva Inkeri.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Landmarks

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Landmarks

Lily Simonson looks at Jennifer Bolande’s survey exhibition Landmarks, on view at Cal State Los Angeles’ Luckman Gallery.

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Repeat Repeat Repeat

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Repeat Repeat Repeat

Antonius Wiriadjaja reflects on the meaning of a quote from playwright Anna Deavere Smith: “If you say a word often enough, it becomes you.”

Amy Wilson (Courtesy of the artist)

Painter’s Hardnosed Observations About Art, Multiple Income Streams, and Living Within One’s Means

Painter’s Hardnosed Observations About Art, Multiple Income Streams, and Living Within One’s Means

Brendan Carroll talks to artist Amy Wilson about how she keeps her studio costs low and strives to live within her means.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Interview with Jessica Hoffmann Davis, Part Two

Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Interview with Jessica Hoffmann Davis, Part Two

This week it’s my pleasure to share part two of our interview with Jessica Hoffmann Davis. Many, many thanks to those who sent along such positive e-mails and messages saying they enjoyed the first half last week. I have a feeling you will also find part two inspirational…

Marius Watz (Courtesy of the artist)

Bare-Knuckle Reflections About Art and Commerce from a Digital Nomad

Bare-Knuckle Reflections About Art and Commerce from a Digital Nomad

Brendan Carroll talks to artist Marius Watz about the ramifications of being a digital artist in today’s art market.

ISEA2012 screen printing at the Downtown Block Party. Photo courtesy of Nettrice Gaskins.

ISEA2012: Machine Wilderness in Review

ISEA2012: Machine Wilderness in Review

Nettrice Gaskins reports on the conference that convened hundreds of artists and others working at the intersection of computers, technology, science and the arts.

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

Centerfield | Goal-less Living Things: The Plants of Heidi Norton

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

Centerfield | Goal-less Living Things: The Plants of Heidi Norton

Caroline Picard talks to artist Heidi Norton about her current solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which incorporates living houseplant material.

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Hand-to-Mouth Existence Begins to Pay Dividends

Hand-to-Mouth Existence Begins to Pay Dividends

Brendan Carroll talks to artist Jen Mazza about the impact that the global financial meltdown has had on both her sales and her studio practice.

Angie Waller (Courtesy of the artist)

Internet Forager Shuns Art World; Embraces Open Source

Internet Forager Shuns Art World; Embraces Open Source

Carroll talks to artist Angie Waller about her decision to make open-sourced, non-collectable work, and how she negotiates the dynamic between cost and labor without sacrificing creativity.

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New Guest Blogger: Brendan Carroll, Artist, Writer and Independent Curator, NY

New Guest Blogger: Brendan Carroll, Artist, Writer and Independent Curator, NY

  Our grateful thanks to Mike HJ Chang for his guest blog series on contemporary art–and contemporary art issues–in Singapore right now. You can keep up with what Mike is …

Walton Ford. The Rolling Stones, Grrr! 2012. Image courtesy of rollingstones.com.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has the latest news on Cai Guo-Qiang, Barbara Kruger, Walton Ford and other artists featured in Art21 documentaries and programs.

Production still from Art21's Exclusive video, "Lynda Benglis: India."

Exclusive | Lynda Benglis: India

Exclusive | Lynda Benglis: India

Watch Lynda Benglis give a tour of the family home of Anand Sarabhai in Ahmedabad, India, a city she’s been visiting and working in for over 30 years.

Lisa Meyers and Autumn Chacon's "Noise Cooking" at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Gastro-Vision | Supersonic (After Cage)

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Supersonic (After Cage)

Nicole Caruth on Lisa Myers’ and Autumn Chacon’s sound and video show “Noise Cooking,” now on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Interview with Jessica Hoffmann Davis, Part One

Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Interview with Jessica Hoffmann Davis, Part One

This week it’s my pleasure to kick off a two-part interview with one of my favorite authors in the field of education, Jessica Hoffmann Davis.

Jessica Hoffmann Davis has published and lectured extensively on the role and promise of arts learning, drawing not only on her own and other current research, but also on personal experience as a visual artist, writer, and educator. While her popular book, Why Our Schools Need the Arts (Teachers College Press, 2008), proposes a “new and unapologetic approach to advocacy for the arts in education”, I originally came to admire her work through reading (and re-reading!) Framing Education as Art: The Octopus has a Good Day (Teachers College Press, 2005), where she challenges non-arts education to be more connected to and like the arts.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The One with the Unpaid Intern Debate

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The One with the Unpaid Intern Debate

Sarah Merianos looks into the controversies surrounding unpaid internships.

Yayoi Kusama and Joseph Cornell, c. 1971.

Alchemy of Inspiration

Alchemy of Inspiration | The Mind’s Lovers

Alchemy of Inspiration

Alchemy of Inspiration | The Mind’s Lovers

The debut of the Art21 Blog’s newest column takes a look at Yayoi Kusama’s recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Alchemy of Inspiration

New Column: Alchemy of Inspiration

Alchemy of Inspiration

New Column: Alchemy of Inspiration

The Art21 Blog’s newest column is “Alchemy of Inspiration,” which explores the nature of artistic inspiration and the intersection of artists’ lives and work.

On Pulau Ubin Island, I spent most of my time sitting on the front porch.

Island. Then Island Again.

Island. Then Island Again.

Mike Chang goes to Pulau Ubin Island to speak with artist Amanda Heng about the early days of Artist Village, a long-running art space and residency program there.

Ai Weiwei. “Cube Light”, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has news on Cindy Sherman, Richard Tuttle, Shahzia Sikander and other artists featured in Art21 documentaries and programs.

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NYCU | Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s Obstacle Course

NYCU | Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s Obstacle Course

How do artists overcome the hurdles of moving to New York City? Watch Alejandro Almanza Pereda contend with a series of obstacles during his first semester of graduate school at Hunter College.

Brad Kayal, "Job Creators,” from “Occuprint 2012.” Color screenprint, 18 x 12 in. Published by Occuprint.org, edition of 100.  Image courtesy Booklyn Artists Alliance, Brooklyn.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Political Art for a Contentious Time

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Political Art for a Contentious Time

Following a trend that began with the Enlightenment, prints play a role in today’s political discourse by disseminating artists’ views and rallying the public.

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Transmission | An Interview with Aldo Tambellini: Black Zero, Avant-Garde Jazz, and the Cosmic Void

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Aldo Tambellini: Black Zero, Avant-Garde Jazz, and the Cosmic Void

An interview with the 82 year old experimental artist who is best known for exploring the color and concepts of black.

Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Ken Price outside Hotel Caesars in Tijuana, Mexico, 1968. Image courtesy of Larry Bell.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | I Already Know I Exist: Ken Price at LACMA

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | I Already Know I Exist: Ken Price at LACMA

Catherine Wagley considers the role that personal biography plays–or doesn’t–in LACMA’s newly-opened “Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective.”

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | A Good Wind: Forces of Nature in the New Age of Innocence

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | A Good Wind: Forces of Nature in the New Age of Innocence

How can artists and other cultural practitioners create the spaces they need to work and to exhibit? In part, says Erin Sweeny, by forming those spaces themselves, through partnerships and collaborations.

Arturo Herrera, "Untitled", 2002. Courtesy Sikkema, Jenkins & Co., New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Uncovering Works of Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Uncovering Works of Art

Monday evening I had the pleasure of participating in a dynamite online conversation with our current group of Art21 Educators. We decided, based on some requests we received recently, to spend a little time actually looking at art together.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Swimsuits and Ibiza: Lessons from Bob and Joni

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Swimsuits and Ibiza: Lessons from Bob and Joni

Does it still make sense to divide art-making into distinct genres? A look at Joni Mitchell, Robert Irwin, and other artists who actively resist labels and categorization.

Production still from the Art21 Exclusive video "Catherine Opie: Cleveland Clinic"

Exclusive | Catherine Opie: Cleveland Clinic

Exclusive | Catherine Opie: Cleveland Clinic

Catherine Opie describes her intentions behind the permanent installation “Somewhere in the Middle” (2011) at Hillcrest Hospital, a branch of Cleveland Clinic, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

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New Hairdo for a New Era

New Hairdo for a New Era

Mike Chang’s fear of the barbershop leads to a realization that artists not only have to know what they want, they need to know how to say it–otherwise, someone else will say it for them.

Kerry James Marshall, If They Come, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s Roundup has news on Bruce Nauman, Laylah Ali, Rashid Johnson and other artists featured in Art21’s programs and documentaries.

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New Guest Blogger: Mike Chang, Artist, Singapore

New Guest Blogger: Mike Chang, Artist, Singapore

Former guest blogger Mike Chang, an artist and educator living in Singapore, returns for another stint as the Art21 Blog’s writer-in-residence!

Matt Hanner. 2002.

Evolution (the whole point of no return*)

Evolution (the whole point of no return*)

Stephen Lacy winds up his guest blog series with an ode to friendship and to a lost friend, the artist Matt Hanner.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, “Elizabeth II,” 1999. Gelatin silver print, 58 3/4 x 47 in. (149.2 x 119.4 cm). © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Pace Gallery, New York

On View Now

On View Now | The New Normal: Photographs from the Traina Collection

On View Now

On View Now | The New Normal: Photographs from the Traina Collection

Max Weintraub reviews “Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

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Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Catalog Crimes

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Catalog Crimes

What happens when fashion becomes a signifier of altruism? Victoria Gannon on the aspirational identities catalogs weave around desirable objects.

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Lives and Works in Berlin | Portrait of Joanne Greenbaum in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Portrait of Joanne Greenbaum in Berlin

Ali Fitzgerald on the “privately performative” practice of Joanne Greenbaum, whose works will be on view at Nicolas Krupp gallery in Basel.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Building Trust On The Way In

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Building Trust On The Way In

Starting off each new school year, one of my biggest concerns in the first few weeks is getting to know my students better in order to build trust. Without trust students will not take the risks necessary to break free from the habitual and try new things, which teaching with contemporary art will ultimately call for.