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Aissa Deebi. "The Trial," 2013. Video installation at the 55th Venice Biennale.

“Where Are You From?”: Memoirs of a Palestinian-Israeli

“Where Are You From?”: Memoirs of a Palestinian-Israeli

Through the work of three artists—Aissa Deebi, Kamal Aljafari, and Dor Guez—Noah Simblist addresses the complexity of Israeli and Palestinian national identity.

Students in Jack Watson's Studio Art class at Chapel Hill High School contemplate the post-it wall, where they have brainstormed information about areas of conflict for a unit on Borders and Boundaries.  They will later find collaborators using this same wall.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Works Well With Others

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Works Well With Others

Guest blogger Jack Watson asks what would happen if art teachers stopped showing students “how to work and started modeling how to work with others?”

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Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Columnist Carol Cheh reminisces on two exhibitions in L.A. that complicate “our reception of myth” and inspire “more nuanced engagement.”

Ai Weiwei. "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (detail)," 2010. Bronze. Private Collection, USA. Photo © Ai Weiwei

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Ai Weiwei’s zodiac heads go to Cleveland, Judy Pfaff explores time, Marina Abramovic turns to crowdsourcing, and more in today’s roundup.

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Kiki Smith’s Printmaking Process

Kiki Smith’s Printmaking Process

Today’s “Exclusive” artist Kiki Smith discusses the challenges and pleasures of printmaking.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

On Landlines

Praxis Makes Perfect

On Landlines

Columnist Erin Sweeny ponders the “evolving network” engendered by a temporary art space-cum-subway station newsstand.

Cindy Sherman. "Untitled (#224)," 1990. Color photograph, 48 x 38 in. Edition of 6. © Cindy Sherman. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York.

100 Artists: Cindy Sherman

100 Artists: Cindy Sherman

100 Artists is a yearlong celebration of the 100 artists who have appeared to date in Art21′s award-winning film series Art in the Twenty-First Century. Throughout 2013, we are dedicating two to three …

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Year Five of Art21 Educators: Thomas Dareneau and Domenic Frunzi

Year Five of Art21 Educators: Thomas Dareneau and Domenic Frunzi

Every other week, we’ve been learning about our newest Art21 Educators. Today, we introduce Thomas Dareneau and Domenic Frunzi.

Akram Zaatari. "Letter to a Refusing Pilot (still)," 2013. Film and video installation. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut.

Two Point Perspective: Akram Zaatari’s “Letter to a Refusing Pilot”

Two Point Perspective: Akram Zaatari’s “Letter to a Refusing Pilot”

Blogger-in-Residence Noah Simblist reports on the Lebanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and the “fragmented truths” of Akram Zaatari’s installation.

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NYCU | Mary Mattingly Owns Up

NYCU | Mary Mattingly Owns Up

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Mary Mattingly transforms personal belongings into sculptural forms that she later incorporates into photographs and performative actions.

El Anatsui. "Gli (Wall) (detail)," 2010. Aluminum and copper wire, installation at the Brooklyn Museum, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo by Nettrice Gaskins.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

El Anatsui’s Brooklyn show is extended, Mary Heilmann responds to the work of late artist Blinky Palermo, and more in this week’s roundup.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making the Circle Bigger

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making the Circle Bigger

“After my last post I got to thinking about the kinds of networks teachers create in order to stimulate thinking and their own practice.”

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Center Field: Art in the Middle

Pledging Artistic Friendship: “2 of a Kind” at LVL3

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Pledging Artistic Friendship: “2 of a Kind” at LVL3

Caroline Picard reviews a Chicago exhibition that she describes as an “invisible network of relationships, historical and contemporary, pragmatic and idealistic, that facilitate artistic production.”

Gabriel Orozco, "Heráldico oro," 2013. Tempera and polished gold leaf on canvas and wood. 40 x 40 x 4 cm. Courtesy Michel Zabé & Omar Luis Olguin. © Gabriel Orozco.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Gabriel Orozco’s whale hangs in Austria, Hiroshi Sugimoto makes scarves, Collier Schorr collaborates for VICE…

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Maya Lin Examines Disappearing Bodies of Water

Maya Lin Examines Disappearing Bodies of Water

In today’s “Exclusive,” filmed in late 2012, Maya Lin discusses her marble sculpture series, “Disappearing Bodies of Water.”

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Year Five of Art21 Educators: Ryan Schmidt and Erin Shafkind

Year Five of Art21 Educators: Ryan Schmidt and Erin Shafkind

We’ve already introduced two pairs of this year’s Art21 Educators. Today, let’s say hello to a third: Ryan Schmidt and Erin Shafkind.

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Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Jonathan Munar, Art21′s Director of Digital Media and Strategy, takes a quick look at the forthcoming project from artist Doug Aitken.

A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner. "Community Action Center," 2010. Photo: A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner.

Community Action Center on the Road

Community Action Center on the Road

Noah Simblist kicks off his blogging residency by writing about a traveling video that “acts like a feedback loop between art and pornography.”

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New Kids on the Block

Nails Across America with Breanne Trammell

New Kids on the Block

Nails Across America with Breanne Trammell

Columnist Jacquelyn Gleisner steps into a 1968 trailer to get a manicure and talk to artist Breanne Trammell about her traveling project “Nails Across America.”

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The path to the center was clearly marked, 2012
honeycomb cardboard, expanded foam, steel wires, plastics, fluorescent light
90 x 88 x 19"

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Mel Chin presents work post-residency, Doris Salcedo makes a flower offering, Alfredo Jaar gives a post-Pavilion interview…

Julie Mehretu, "Stadia III", 2004. Image: wikipaintings.org

Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Expanding Network

Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Expanding Network

Perhaps one of the most exciting things about our network of Art21 Educators so far has to do with those teachers who are building momentum and reaching out to other cohorts in order to collaborate. Over time, I can see this network of teachers not only influencing each others practice but also contributing to new national arts standards, helping others to understand the importance of contemporary art in the curriculum, and continuing to facilitate workshops at national and statewide conferences in order to spread the love.

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July Blogger-in-Residence: Noah Simblist

July Blogger-in-Residence: Noah Simblist

Introducing Noah Simblist, writer, curator, artist and an Associate Professor of Art at Southern Methodist University.

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Oil, acrylic, oil pastel & sprayed paint on canvas; 100 x 80 inches
Photo by Mark Woods
Courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. © Keltie Ferris

Featured in the film Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

For the months of July and August, we take the theme “networks” as our focus.

Krzysztof Wodiczko. "Hirshhorn Projection," 1988-2000. Public projection: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Paul McCarthy in New York, Richard Serra in Montana, Kerry James Marshall in D.C., Mika Tajima in East Hampton…