Articles by Hrag Vartanian

megfloryan-art21

New guest blogger: Meg Floryan

New guest blogger: Meg Floryan

Thanks to Steven Frost for giving us some amazing insights in fiber art, and extra bonus points for whipping up a fascinating post that combines Catwoman & patriarchy. Next up is …

The closest I'm ever going to come to my 15-minutes of fame … being interviewed by James Kalm of the Kalm Report. (Photo by Veken Gueyikian)

Art21′s New Guest Editor

Art21′s New Guest Editor

Starting today, and running through to August 25, I will be filling in for Kelly Shindler as guest editor of the Art21 blog. Kelly, who has taken a much needed …

A view of the chalkboards that covered the walls of the Winkleman Gallery during the #class exhibition. Visitors were welcome to write or draw what they wished on the boards. (photo via Jen Dalton)

Flash Points

Chatting with #class Co-Curator Jennifer Dalton about Ethics

Flash Points

Chatting with #class Co-Curator Jennifer Dalton about Ethics

Last week, the #class exhibition at the Winkleman Gallery closed after a month of functioning as New York’s laboratory for art world gripes, think tank for new ideas, and classroom …

A still of Florian Maier-Aichen at work from Season 5's "Fantasy" episode

Florian Maier-Aichen Discusses “Myth-Making” at Apple Store Soho

Florian Maier-Aichen Discusses “Myth-Making” at Apple Store Soho

On October 9, over a hundred art fans arrived at the Apple Store Soho to gain insight into the work and life of German-American artist Florian Maier-Aichen. Organized by Art21, …

Provincetown Arts Association & Museum, Photo by jrgts/Flickr

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation in American’s Oldest Continuous Artist Colony

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation in American’s Oldest Continuous Artist Colony

I admit to being surprised at the role the visual arts plays in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In college, I remember learning about Hans Hofmann’s famous school, which taught artists (Helen Frankenthaler, …

Kara Walker, "You Do" (1993-94). Cut Paper on canvas, 55 x 49 in. (140 x 124.5 cm). Collections of Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton. Photography courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation + Pop Culture

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation + Pop Culture

Our latest reflection on the theme of art + transformation comes from two popular Philadelphia-based art bloggers, Roberta Fallon & Libby Rosof. The founders of TheArtBlog.org, the pair shared some thoughts …

Photo of Pocket Utopia's Rolling Gate. Courtesy Sharon Butler

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on the Transformative Power of Walking + Art

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on the Transformative Power of Walking + Art

Austin Thomas is a New York-based artist, curator & sometimes salon host. When I asked her about art + transformation, she offered these thoughts about the transformative power of walking …

dehliahannah

New Guest Blogger: Dehlia Hannah

New Guest Blogger: Dehlia Hannah

It has been a fun two weeks with Quinn Latimer as she offered us a window into her corner of the Swiss art world. We traveled to the “Holbein to …

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation in Williamsburg

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation in Williamsburg

Loren Munk–of the infamous DIY online video program James Kalm Report–is a walking encyclopedia of the history of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg art community. So when I asked him about his take …

Mu Li "The Fruits of Blue Lotus Flower"

Some Thoughts on China + Transformation

Some Thoughts on China + Transformation

In the final week of the Transformation series, I’ve asked a number of people with diverse points of view to offer their thoughts on the topic. To kick things off, …

25808

MoMA Trumpets Amsterdam’s Role as Hub of Conceptual Art

MoMA Trumpets Amsterdam’s Role as Hub of Conceptual Art

While today Conceptual Art is utterly ubiquitous, MoMA’s current “In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960-1976” examines a period when only a few cities in the world …

shermantransformations

Flash Points

New Flash Points Topic: Transformation

Flash Points

New Flash Points Topic: Transformation

Starting today (and while the Art21 Blog editor, Kelly Shindler is on vacation), I’ll be guest editing the Art21 Blog while Kelly gets some much needed R&R. To kick off …

quinn_pic

New Guest Blogger: Quinn Latimer

New Guest Blogger: Quinn Latimer

As we say goodbye (but never farewell) to Daniel Fuller for his extensive posts on museums living beyond their means, art hopping in Athens & Venice, a love letter to …

stjohndivine01

Flash Points

Art & Compassion at “New York’s Cathedral”

Flash Points

Art & Compassion at “New York’s Cathedral”

Rev. Tom Miller is the Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, affectionately known as “New York’s Cathedral,” even though it is …

Srdjan Loncar "Value" (2008), As exhibited at Prospect.1 New Orleans

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art+Economics, Looking Back & Moving Forward

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art+Economics, Looking Back & Moving Forward

Money is on everyone’s mind but particularly for those in the art world, which faces one of the most difficult economic climates in ages. The last few months on this …

louiseslaughter

Flash Points

Arts Stimulus Funding & the Art Economy Part 2: Talking to the House Arts Caucus Co-Chairs

Flash Points

Arts Stimulus Funding & the Art Economy Part 2: Talking to the House Arts Caucus Co-Chairs

A few months ago, I went to the Bronx for a studio visit with an accomplished artist, John Fekner, whose personal brand of street graphics helped define a tumultuous era …

17obama-600

Flash Points

Arts Stimulus Funding & the Art Economy Part 1: By the Numbers

Flash Points

Arts Stimulus Funding & the Art Economy Part 1: By the Numbers

Talking about federal arts funding in America can be very confusing because of the many facts and figures. So, in an effort to understand the current and historic levels of …

Left, Photo of Superflex by Nikolai Howalt (via superflex.net), Right, My Skype Conversation with Bjørnstjerne Christiansen

Flash Points

Economic Sur-realities: A Conversation with Bjøernstjerne Christiansen of SUPERFLEX

Flash Points

Economic Sur-realities: A Conversation with Bjøernstjerne Christiansen of SUPERFLEX

Danish art group SUPERFLEX has been exacerbating the art world for over a decade with its irreverent style of questioning, which hits hard at the foundations of the West’s economic …

enjoybanking03

Flash Points

An Interview with EnjoyBanking, New York’s $treet Artist$

Flash Points

An Interview with EnjoyBanking, New York’s $treet Artist$

For months, I’ve been spotting countless friendly and ironic stickers popping up across the city’s art-friendly zones. These cutesy bubble-lettered slogans scream “Enjoy Subprime Lending,” “Enjoy Credit Crunch,” “Enjoy Bailout …

say-yes-combo

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art+Politics, Looking Back & Moving Forward

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art+Politics, Looking Back & Moving Forward

These last two months have proved to be full of lively posts about the sometimes clear and often nebulous intersection of Art+Politics. Art21′s own Marc Mayer kicked things off when …

holzer_homepage

Jenny Holzer talks about her Whitney show

Jenny Holzer talks about her Whitney show

Paddy Johnson interviewed Jenny Holzer for New York Press about her new show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (it opened yesterday, March 12). Titled …

Robert Mapplethorpe, "Self Portrait," 1975

Flash Points

“Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe & Censorship Twenty Years Later” at ICA in Philadelphia

Flash Points

“Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe & Censorship Twenty Years Later” at ICA in Philadelphia

Last week, people from far and wide gathered for a special conference titled “Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe and Censorship Twenty Years Later,” which was co-presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art …

jhumphriesp1.jpg

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 5), the Warehouse District

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 5), the Warehouse District

Roughly located between New Orleans’ Business and Garden Districts, the Warehouse Arts District was a major concentrations for Prospect.1 displays. Dominated by warehouses and old industrial spaces, there is little …

rrennop1.jpg

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 4), French District & Marigny

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 4), French District & Marigny

I was surprised that Prospect.1 shied away from New Orleans’ infamous French District as much as it did. The epicenter of New Orleans’ global brand, and one of the world’s …

Janine Antoni "T-E-A-R" (2008)

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 3), the Lower Ninth Ward

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 3), the Lower Ninth Ward

If the impact of Katrina now seems minimal in the rest of New Orleans, in the Lower Ninth Ward it was obviously devastating. My guide, who has since become a …

mithra.jpg

Touring Prospect.1 in Photos (Part 2)

Touring Prospect.1 in Photos (Part 2)

As promised, here is a small visual taste of the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ Prospect.1 biennial. More detailed posts about the art in the Lower Ninth Ward, the …

prospect1-02-snownola.jpg

Touring Prospect.1, Talking to Curator Dan Cameron (Part 1)

Touring Prospect.1, Talking to Curator Dan Cameron (Part 1)

I arrived in New Orleans in December on an auspicious occasion—it was the first snow fall since 2004 and one of only a few that has touched down in this …

90charlesatlas.jpg

Rare Charles Atlas screening this Saturday in NYC

Rare Charles Atlas screening this Saturday in NYC

In the late 1990s, Art21 artist Charles Atlas created a series of video collages for Martha@Mother at the infamous and now defunct downtown New York nightclub Mother. The non-advertised but …

pettionpart11b.jpg

Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects (Part II)

Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects (Part II)

Los Angeles’ Regen Projects II will be hosting a new exhibition by artist Raymond Pettibon (Season 2) from December 13, 2008 to January 24, 2009. Entitled Cutting-Room Floor Show, Pettibon’s …

black-with-corset.jpg

Inspired to Dance by Kara Walker: An Interview with Kyle Abraham

Inspired to Dance by Kara Walker: An Interview with Kyle Abraham

Emerging choreographer Kyle Abraham is performing two pieces this week at the Dance Theatre Workshop in New York (Dec. 3-6 at 7:30pm). One of the works, a solo piece entitled Brick, …

rpbboard3.jpg

Pettibon’s “I thought California would be different…” in Hollywood

Pettibon’s “I thought California would be different…” in Hollywood

While we posted about the 2008 California Biennial back in May, I discovered this image via the SuperTouch blog about Raymond Pettibon‘s (Season 2) contribution: Legendary punk artist/Black Flag branding …

mrq-cover-1.jpg

Laylah Ali talks to the Massachusetts Review about art & books

Laylah Ali talks to the Massachusetts Review about art & books

Recently, I was catching up on my reading and discovered a wonderful interview with Art21 artist Laylah Ali (Season 3) by Allan Isaac in the Spring/Summer 2008 edition of the …

gallagherspeciesorigin.jpg

Darwin & Art in Edinburgh

Darwin & Art in Edinburgh

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic (2005). Courtesy The Species of Origin The intersection of art and science isn’t commonly discussed in the art world. But one British art school, the Edinburgh …

3003824912_bab520fde1.jpg

Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art Opens This Weekend

Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art Opens This Weekend

I had the good fortune of being in Roanoke, Virginia and seeing the impressive new Taubman Museum of Art (formerly the Art Museum of Western Virginia). A welcome addition to …

barneyhaircut.jpg

For the Matthew Barney Fan Who Has Everything

For the Matthew Barney Fan Who Has Everything

  Fansites may be more common for music fans or even authors but artists don’t seem to inspire the same level of adoration (or is it obsession?) that other creative …

2935229357_92d4731f7b.jpg

Looking at “Art in Odd Places”

Looking at “Art in Odd Places”

Since the days of 19th-century French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire, the flâneur has played a prominent role in our evolving notion of modern art. The flâneur, according to Baudelaire, …