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Exclusive | Robert Mangold and Sol LeWitt, Security Guards at MoMA

Exclusive | Robert Mangold and Sol LeWitt, Security Guards at MoMA

Robert Mangold on his friendship with the late Sol LeWitt and working as a security guard at the Museum of Modern Art in the 1960s.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Year Five of Art21 Educators: Lynn Grimes and Carol Barker

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Year Five of Art21 Educators: Lynn Grimes and Carol Barker

This week, we are pleased to spotlight the first of this year’s selected educators.

Heather Mekkelson. "Limited Entry" (detail). Installed at Old Gold, 2008.

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Heather Mekkelson and the Flood That Never Came

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Heather Mekkelson and the Flood That Never Came

Columnist Caroline Picard reflects on a 2008 installation by Heather Mekkelson and the stories of disaster conveyed by the artist’s distressed objects.

Ellen Gallagher. "Deluxe 2004–5 (detail, Wiglette)." Courtesy Tate Modern. © Ellen Gallagher

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Ellen Gallagher plays on black vernacular, John Baldessari considers crowds, William Wegmen displays vintage prints, and more…

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NYCU | Erin Shirreff & Tony Smith Go Way Back

NYCU | Erin Shirreff & Tony Smith Go Way Back

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Erin Shirreff discusses sculptor Tony Smith as an inspiration for a pair of works, including a 2011 commission for Public Art Fund.

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100 Artists: Julie Mehretu

100 Artists: Julie Mehretu

On the occasion of Julie Mehretu’s new solo exhibition, and Art21′s ongoing “100 Artists” celebration, we release a new text interview with the artist.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Welcome to the Funhouse: Mike Kelley’s “Mobile Homestead”

Praxis Makes Perfect

Welcome to the Funhouse: Mike Kelley’s “Mobile Homestead”

“Mobile Homestead,” a project by the late Mike Kelley, has a new permanent home in Detroit. Columnist Erin Sweeny revisits this “fitting tribute” to the artist.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Changing Shape of Teamwork

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Changing Shape of Teamwork

Back in October, 2009 I wrote a post called Teamwork which focused on the fact that, as educators, we often have to work creatively with others in order to construct meaningful, age-appropriate and fun lessons. The best lessons and units of study are often the product of people working together, including educators, community members, parents, and of course students. When I look back just four years ago I realize that my experience with collaboration has changed and evolved into other forms.

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To Know Is to Touch and Be Touched

To Know Is to Touch and Be Touched

In her third post on the theme of hindsight, Danielle Sommer considers the “confusing” cataloguing system of German art historian Aby Warburg.

Public Fiction in Los Angeles, set up to look like a foreign correspondent's office

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Public Fiction: The Play’s the Thing

Word is a Virus

Public Fiction: The Play’s the Thing

Public Fiction, an exhibition and event space in Los Angeles, hosts events that “provide constant stimuli” but “the journals really are the gems of the project.”

Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Garden of Delights, 2013 (detail). Mixed media. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week, Kerry James Marshall presents new work, Matthew Barney discusses his career, Mariah Robertson shows photographs at MoMA, and more.

James Turrell, “Second Meeting” interior, 1989. Production stills from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Marc Levy.

James Turrell Revisits “Second Meeting”

James Turrell Revisits “Second Meeting”

“When sitting inside Second Meeting you’re not only looking at the sky—you’re also observing how your eyes and mind perceive color.”

Irwin and Turrell in the anechoic chamber. Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Escaping the Corporate Frame

Looking at Los Angeles

Escaping the Corporate Frame

More than 40 years ago James Turrell and Robert Irwin teamed up on a “hair-raising” art and technology initiative. Columnist Catherine Wagely looks back.

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Connecting Teachers and Artists: Year Five of Art21 Educators

Connecting Teachers and Artists: Year Five of Art21 Educators

Announcing twelve exceptional new teachers in the Art21 Educators program.

Carl Cheng, U.N. of C., 1967. Film, molded plastic, Styrofoam and Plexiglas; 15 x 20.75 x 9 inches. Image courtesy of Cherry and Martin.

Pulling Things Forward

Pulling Things Forward

“…the clumsiest narratives are often the narratives that assume prescribed movement from A to B. “

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New Kids on the Block

“Mapping Soulville” with Aisha Cousins

New Kids on the Block

“Mapping Soulville” with Aisha Cousins

Mapping the life of Malcolm X at the intersection of New York’s past and present. #Art #Community #Change

Jeff Koons. "Antiquity 3," 2009–11. Oil on canvas 102 x 138 inches. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian New York.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Jeff Koons layers ancient sculptures and popular images, Charles Atlas collaborates with sound artists, Ai Wei Wei explores medical disaster in Hong Kong, and more.

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Of Consequence: Santiago Sierra’s “Veterans” at Team Gallery

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Of Consequence: Santiago Sierra’s “Veterans” at Team Gallery

Santiago Sierra’s third solo exhibition at Team Gallery, Veterans, displays nine photographs of war veterans standing in corners.

Oliver Herring, "PATRICK," 2004, Courtesy Meulensteen, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Five Years of Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Five Years of Teaching with Contemporary Art

When I go back to my first post, I had only a vague idea about how I was going to write on teaching with contemporary art.

Cao Fei. "House of Treasures" 2013. Photo by Laurent Fievet.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Cao Fei celebrates abundance, Julie Mehretu has two concurrent solo shows, Raymond Pettibon and Judy Pfaff are honored, and much more.

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Maya Lin reflects on New York’s ecological past and Hurricane Sandy

Maya Lin reflects on New York’s ecological past and Hurricane Sandy

A new “Exclusive” film featuring Maya Lin and her latest exhibition at Pace Gallery.

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Hindsight

Hindsight

Danielle Sommer responds to the current theme on the Art21 Blog: “Hindsight is like an arrow, shot from our own time into another…”

Richard Serra, "To Lift," 1967. Vulcanized rubber 36 x 80 x 60 inches. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery. Photo by Peter Moore © 2013 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Alchemy: Richard Serra’s Early Work

On View Now

Alchemy: Richard Serra’s Early Work

David Zwirner Gallery revisits early works by Art21-featured artist Richard Serra. Columnist Max Weintraub says this show is “not to be missed.”

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May Blogger-in-Residence | Danielle Sommer

May Blogger-in-Residence | Danielle Sommer

Danielle Sommer — an L.A.-based writer, curator, and “nostalgist at heart” — joins us for the month of May.

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Change Begins with Hindsight: Announcing Art21 Blog Themes

Change Begins with Hindsight: Announcing Art21 Blog Themes

Art21′s Digital Content Editor announces a change to the Art21 Blog.