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Production still from the Exclusive video, Tabaimo:

Exclusive | Tabaimo: “dolefullhouse”

Exclusive | Tabaimo: “dolefullhouse”

Our latest Exclusive video is now live! Watch Tabaimo discuss her 2007 animated video installation “dolefullhouse,” whose disparate elements suggest meaning through their interaction.

Nora Chipaumire, Black Swan, 2011. Performance still. Photo by Tanmay Chowdhary

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Tumelo Mosaka (Part 1)

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Tumelo Mosaka (Part 1)

Part 1 of Georgia Kotretsos’ conversation with Tumelo Mosaka, curator of contemporary art at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, IL.

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | The Evolution of Mike: Michael Smith in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | The Evolution of Mike: Michael Smith in Berlin

Ali Fitzgerald takes us through Michael Smith’s exhibition “Fountain” at Dan Gunn Gallery in Kreuzberg.

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U.S. Department of State Honors Five Art21 Featured Artists with the Inaugural Medal of Arts

U.S. Department of State Honors Five Art21 Featured Artists with the Inaugural Medal of Arts

Art21 featured artists Cai Guo-Qiang, Jeff Koons, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems are awarded the first-ever Medal of Arts from the U.S. Department of State.

Ed Rischa, "The Act of Letting a Person Into Your Home", 1983. Image: whitney.org

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reflecting on Visual Conversations

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reflecting on Visual Conversations

In my previous post two weeks ago I said that I was interested in encouraging students to draw relationships between works of art and to think about how context affects what we see. Can works of art “speak” to the viewer or have “conversations” with other works? If so, how? Today was the day, after a long Thanksgiving weekend, for the group to share works in progress and get some feedback from one another.

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

Centerfield | The Past Lives of Books

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

Centerfield | The Past Lives of Books

Caroline Picard on the many forms that textual marginalia may take.

El Anatsui. "Dusasa I," (2007). Courtesy of the artist and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has news on El Anatsui, Josiah McElheny, Julie Mehretu and other artists featured in Art21 programs and documentaries.

Courtesy the artist and Sergio Bromberg

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Truth and Illusion, Pigeons and Freeways

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Truth and Illusion, Pigeons and Freeways

Catherine Wagley details an L.A. artist’s Quixotic efforts to hack freeway signs using homing pigeons. But was any of it for real?

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Animating Passion

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Animating Passion

Antonius Wiriadjaja visits the studio of famed puppeteer Lou Nasti, whose mechanical displays and animated objects have captivated audiences worldwide.

Spotlight

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Spotlight Conversations

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Spotlight Conversations

During Art21’s yearlong professional development initiative, Art21 Educators, we ask that teachers coordinate a one-on-one or group conversation that allows them to reflect on and explore major successes and challenges …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Let the Good Work Prevail: Navigating Social Practice, Object Making, and the Market

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Let the Good Work Prevail: Navigating Social Practice, Object Making, and the Market

Must contemporary artists choose between object-making and “social practice” art? Lindsay Preston Zappas looks at what it takes to create a “new art world system.”

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NYCU | Liz Magic Laser Talks to the Hand

NYCU | Liz Magic Laser Talks to the Hand

In our latest NYCU short, Liz Magic Laser develops “The Digital Face” (2012), a new performance that examines hand gestures in contemporary presidential State of the Union addresses.

Cullen Washington, Jr. "Caped Crusader," 2011. Mixed media on canvas, 100 x 77 in. Courtesy the artist, cwashingtonstudio.com

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Alchemy of Inspiration I “Fore”ward at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Alchemy of Inspiration

Alchemy of Inspiration I “Fore”ward at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Jessica Lott looks at The Studio Museum’s “Fore,” a group exhibition of young emerging artists of African descent whose works draw from multiple art historical traditions and lineages.

Trenton Doyle Hancock. Plate of Shrimp, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has news on Trenton Doyle Hancock, Cindy Sherman, El Anatsui and other artists featured in Art21 documentaries and programs.

A selection of recent zines by Los Angeles artists.

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Revisiting Zines

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Revisiting Zines

Are zines making a comeback? Carol Cheh looks at the evolution of self-publishing since the 1990s and the resurgence of the zine scene in Los Angeles.

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A Conversation with Barry Jones: How To Generate PR for Ephemeral Works of Internet Art

A Conversation with Barry Jones: How To Generate PR for Ephemeral Works of Internet Art

Guest blogger DC Spensley talks to Barry Jones, associate professor of art at Austin Peay University, about the difficulties of publicizing internet art projects.

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New Guest Blogger: DC Spensely, Artist, San Francisco

New Guest Blogger: DC Spensely, Artist, San Francisco

  Thanks to Honora Shea for her guest blog posts over the past two weeks. Next up, we have David “DC” Spensely, a San Francisco/Silicon Valley based artist. During his time …

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | The Rush of Fall, Part 2: Archive of a Deluge

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | The Rush of Fall, Part 2: Archive of a Deluge

Marissa Perel surveys the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy, and details the local relief efforts of Occupy Sandy and other local ad hoc groups to provide aid.

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Exclusive | Mary Reid Kelley: “You Make Me Iliad”

Exclusive | Mary Reid Kelley: “You Make Me Iliad”

Watch video artist and painter Mary Reid Kelley discuss her work “You Make Me Iliad” (2010), which attempts to reconstitute the experience of women living during the first World War.

Beatriz da Costa with Juan Recaman (camera), "Dying for the Other" (video still), 2011.

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Gastro-Vision | Anti-Cancer Cooking in a Post-Hurricane Sandy World

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Anti-Cancer Cooking in a Post-Hurricane Sandy World

Nicole Caruth looks at two recent projects by Beatriz da Costa, both part of Art, Environment, Action! at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons.

Stanley Livingston, Photo of the Ridges.  2009. Courtesy of The Kennedy Museum of Art.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Moving Time: A Fossil-Fueled Journey from Appalachia to Los Angeles through Motion Pictures

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Moving Time: A Fossil-Fueled Journey from Appalachia to Los Angeles through Motion Pictures

New “Looking at Los Angeles” contributor Danielle McCullough surveys the independent film scene in Los Angeles.

Installation view, Visual Conversations at the Fisher Landau Center for Art.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Set for Visual Conversations

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Set for Visual Conversations

If you haven’t visited already, the Fisher Landau Center for Art is a wonderful oasis to add to the list of places you can see exciting work in Long Island City. This week, I am taking one of my classes to visit the current show, Visual Conversations. Through the visit I am interested in encouraging my students to draw relationships between works of art and to think about how context affects how we perceive what we see.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The Act of Mindfullness

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The Act of Mindfullness

Sarah Merianos discusses the potential benefits that mindfulness practices can give to arts practitioners, including arts managers, artists and students.

from Anatomy Lesson series. Suzanne Lacy. Photo by Rob Blalack

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Suzanne Lacy

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Suzanne Lacy

Thom Donovan interviews Suzanne Lacy, an artist, educator and activist whose career spans multiple decades and several major movements in contemporary art history.

Le Saut dans le Vide (Leap into the Void); Photomontage by Shunk Kender of a performance by Yves Klein at Rue Gentil-Bernard, Fontenay-aux-Roses, October 1960.

Leaping into the Void

Leaping into the Void

Guest blogger Honora Shea considers the relationship between art, architecture, perception and space.

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New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Baudrillard for Bozos: An Interview with Sean Joseph Patrick Carney

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Baudrillard for Bozos: An Interview with Sean Joseph Patrick Carney

Jacquelyn Gleisner talks to Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, an artist whose practice involves the translation of dense theoretical texts in amusing and provocative ways.

William Kentridge in collaboration with Philip Miller and Catherine Meyburgh. "I am not me, the horse is not mine," 2008. © Courtesy of the artist

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has news on William Kentridge, John Baldessari, Allan McCollum and other artists featured in Art21 documentaries and programs.

Wayne Thiebaud, "Park Place," 1995. Color hard-ground etching with drypoint, spit-bite aquatint, and aquatint.  Plate: 29 ¼ x 20 ½ in., sheet: 39 ½ x 29 ¾ in. Publisher and printer: Crown Point Press, edition of 50. Image courtesy Crown Point Press, San Francisco.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Pluck Peppered with Luck: Crown Point Press Celebrates 50 Years

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Pluck Peppered with Luck: Crown Point Press Celebrates 50 Years

Sarah Kirk Hanley looks back on a half-century of printmaking at Crown Point Press.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Yes, We Insist

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Yes, We Insist

During a trip to Chicago after President Obama’s re-election, Erin Sweeny realizes that the pursuits of art and politics may not be as far apart as they seem.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Now See This: Teaching with Hans-Peter Feldmann and John Baldessari

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Now See This: Teaching with Hans-Peter Feldmann and John Baldessari

I have always been interested in the way certain artists, more so than others, have the ability to take us by the hand (or the eye) and walk us through works of art very deliberately. Because the “subject” is often about the whole work and not a single focal point, these artists persuade us to compare and contrast, and see the small differences as well as the commonalities.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Alternatives in a Dark Room

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Alternatives in a Dark Room

Jenn Pascoe explores alternative photographic processes and remembers what she loves about working in the darkroom.

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Join Art21 in Supporting Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy

Join Art21 in Supporting Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy

As Art21 returns to its lower Manhattan office after a week with no power, our thoughts are with those still enduring the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The New York Foundation …

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New Guest Blogger: Honora Shea

New Guest Blogger: Honora Shea

The Art21 Blog’s newest writer-in-residence is Honora Shea, a freelance writer who is based in Beijing.

Production still from Art21's Exclusive video "Robert Mangold: Town & Country."

Exclusive | Robert Mangold: Town & Country

Exclusive | Robert Mangold: Town & Country

  Our latest Exclusive video is now live! Click to watch Robert Mangold: Town & Country on Art21.org. Filmed at Robert Mangold’s upstate New York home and studio in 2011, …

Carrie Mae Weems. "The Obama Project," 2012. Production still. Image courtesy of the artist.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup has news on Andrea Zittel, Krzysztof Wodiczko, James Turrell and other artists featured in Art21 programs and documentaries.

Charles Ray, "Hinoki," 2007. © 2007 Charles Ray. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Flash Points

The Undead Tree of Charles Ray

Flash Points

The Undead Tree of Charles Ray

Caroline Picard looks at Charles Ray’s “Hinoki” and asks, how does this sculpture–a reproduction of a fallen redwood tree–tell a story about survival, time, nature and humanity?