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Bruce Nauman in his New Mexico studio in August, 2000. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Bob Elfstrom

Bruce Nauman Slows Down Time

Bruce Nauman Slows Down Time

In today’s Exclusive, filmed in August 2000, Bruce Nauman discusses his 1994 video Poke in the Eye/Nose/Ear.

Liz Magic Laser, "Flight", production still, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Liz Magic Laser’s Guerrilla Theater

Liz Magic Laser’s Guerrilla Theater

New in New York Close Up, artist Liz Magic Laser directs a group of actors performing theatrical scenes in public locations throughout New York City.

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Failing Productively: A Crash Course

Failing Productively: A Crash Course

How can we help students have a healthy understanding of failure?

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Heritage (installation view), 2013. Courtesy the artist and the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Cai Guo-Qiang gathers 99 wild animals, Bruce Nauman explores optical illusions, and more in this week’s roundup.

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Queer Berlin

A Brief Introduction to the ff

Queer Berlin

A Brief Introduction to the ff

A visual profile of a feminist network operating mostly out of Berlin.

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Marina Abramović Learns to Sing

Marina Abramović Learns to Sing

“I really love listening to people sing and I was always jealous of that kind of talent…to open your heart and sing your soul out.” —Marina Abramović In today’s Exclusive, …

The Dowling Theatre, 1963, courtesy of Ray M. Boriski. Auditorium of the Dowling Theatre, c. 1960, courtesy of Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library, MSS 210. The Dowling Theatre, c. 2007. Courtesy arch-ive.org

Shifting Perceptions of Houston’s Third Ward

Shifting Perceptions of Houston’s Third Ward

Writer-in-Residence Sally Frater explores Unity Foto Bank, an online project and site-specific installation in Houston, Texas.

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Emergency Response

Emergency Response

Alicia Eler speaks with artists Phong Bui and Pinar Yoldas about their individual responses to environmental disasters.

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

LaToya Ruby Frazier charters a helicopter, a building is named after John Baldessari, and more in this week’s roundup.

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Behind the Scenes with Mika Tajima

Behind the Scenes with Mika Tajima

At her Bushwick Brooklyn studio, artist Mika Tajima discusses the processes and ideas behind her two installational-performative works Today is Not a Dress Rehearsal (2009) and The Pedestrians (2011).

Barbara Kruger, Belief+Doubt, 2012. © Barbara Kruger. Photo: Cathy Carver

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Barbara Kruger has a solo, Laylah Ali talks afrofuturism, several Art21 artists set their sights on Art Basel Miami Beach.

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Nuanced Failure and Urban Space

Nuanced Failure and Urban Space

Urban architecture is no stranger to criticism and failure. Consider the work of Le Corbusier “whose legacy of urban plans…has been mythologized and often maligned.”

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I’m a failure. Now what?

I’m a failure. Now what?

How does the life of a boxer compare to the life of an artist?

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Copy That!

Free-Fail

Copy That!

Free-Fail

In reassessing the value of failure, consider Princeton computer scientist Ed Felten’s expression “the freedom to tinker.”

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From the Editor

From the Editor

What does failure mean? Art21’s Digital Content Editor introduces the sophomore issue of the Art21 Magazine.

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Ursula von Rydingsvard Finds Courage in Color

Ursula von Rydingsvard Finds Courage in Color

Ursula von Rydingsvard discusses her large-scale sculpture Ona, which is permanently installed outside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Mariah Robertson explores feelings and monsters, Kerry James Marshall is chosen for a presidential panel, Marina Abramović is the subject of two new productions…

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Staff Pick

smARTpower

Staff Pick

smARTpower

“smARTpower asks provocative questions about what a good work of art is, what art is good for, and for whom.”

Artist Kiki Smith working with technicians at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz.

Kiki Smith Does Her Homework

Kiki Smith Does Her Homework

“I’m good at doing what I can do in my own power, out of my own physicality, and then like a little extension out from that…” —Kiki Smith Filmed in …

Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson, Moon, screenshot from the project website, 2013.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson invite you to make your mark on the moon, Laylah Ali and Ellen Gallagher exhibit their Afrofuturist aesthetics, Jeff Koons teams up with Lady Gaga, and more.

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Alejandro Almanza Pereda Strikes a Balance

Alejandro Almanza Pereda Strikes a Balance

Installing new work in Brooklyn, New York, and Mexico City, artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda discusses the process and ideas behind his finely balanced sculptural works.

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Booked

On the Road to Legendary

Booked

On the Road to Legendary

Veteran photographer Gerard H. Gaskin discusses the long road to his first book, “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene,” due out this month.

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Cao Fei’s work travels to Maine, Erin Shirreff wins Canada’s largest photography prize, Mark Bradford discusses Robert Rauschenberg in Los Angeles…

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

What It Takes

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What It Takes

What does it take to become an artist? K-12 students respond.

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Postcards

Postcard from Brendan Fernandes

Postcards

Postcard from Brendan Fernandes

A new magazine project featuring postcards from contemporary artists living or working outside of the United States.

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Kiki Smith unveils a new mural, Rashid Johnson makes his solo debut in Switzerland, Lari Pittman lectures at UCLA, and more.

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Flashback

Six Artists on Becoming Artists

Flashback

Six Artists on Becoming Artists

A roundup of Exclusive films in which Art21 artists talk about becoming or being artists.

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Art21 Premieres “Artist to Artist” Series

Art21 Premieres “Artist to Artist” Series

The creator of Art21’s “Artist to Artist” film series shares his favorite moments from the first three films.

Trenton Doyle Hancock, The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin’, 2012. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas; 84 x 132 x 3 inches. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery

Trenton Doyle Hancock Busts Out

Trenton Doyle Hancock Busts Out

Trenton Doyle Hancock discusses his large-scale collage The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin’.

Basim Magdy, "13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World," 2011. Super 8 film transferred to HD video. 5 min. 16 sec. Courtesy Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, Hunt Kastner, Prague and artSümer, Istanbul.

Another Side of Reality: An Interview with Basim Magdy

Another Side of Reality: An Interview with Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy talks about his childhood in Cairo, becoming an artist, and his experimental films.

Sally Mann, Jessie Mann, Liz Liguori and the Mountain Lake Workshop. Metempsychosis, Diptych II, 2011. Courtesy the Reynolds Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Sally Mann’s photographs inspire new work, Maya Lin sculpts a landscape, Allora & Calzadilla explore rifts and borders, and more.

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The Revolution: On K–12 Education

The Revolution: On K–12 Education

Contemporary art and artists are essential to change in the American educational system.

Nina Schwanse, Interview with Veronica Compton (Just You), 1986 (still), 2013; Hi8 transferred to digital video. Courtesy the artist.

Unbecoming

Unbecoming

Writer-in-Residence Cameron Shaw follows up her first piece, “On Becoming,” with some thoughts on unbecoming in the work of Nina Schwanse.

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Carrie Mae Weems tackles issues of identity and belonging, Kimsooja has a thirty-year retrospective, Ai Weiwei organizes a film program, and more.

Kimsooja, To Breathe—A Mirror Woman, 2006. Installation at The Crystal Palace, Madrid. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, "Systems," 2009. © Art21, Inc. 2009.

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Kimsooja: It Was Just a Dream

Flashback

Kimsooja: It Was Just a Dream

Artist Kimsooja discusses her path to becoming an artist, her earliest influences, and her “breathing room” installations.

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Dear Artist, What Was Your First Job?

Dear Artist, What Was Your First Job?

Artists Alec Soth, Spencer Finch, Martha Colburn, and Eleanor Antin discuss their very first jobs.