Articles by Kristin Farr

Melanie Pullen-American Revolution Soldier

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Straight from the Source

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Straight from the Source

New media tools are a rich addition to an art teacher’s toolbox and the Web is overflowing with opportunities to discover new artists and art forms. Here in San Francisco, …

Adam 5100, "Liberty Bird," 2006. Spraypaint on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Flash Points

Artful Prudence

Flash Points

Artful Prudence

politic adjective 1. marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness. Art and politics have a complex relationship. In the past week, I’ve seen city officials propose the elimination of arts positions, …


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Art21 and Mel Chin’s “Fundred” team in overdrive at NAEA

Art21 and Mel Chin’s “Fundred” team in overdrive at NAEA

  Last month, Art21 and Mel Chin (Season 1) took arts educators from around the world by storm as they presented two of the most dynamic sessions the National Arts …

Courtesy de Young Museum, San Francisco.

Gilbert & George in San Francisco

Gilbert & George in San Francisco

A huge retrospective of work by dynamic artist duo, Gilbert & George, has landed in San Francisco at the de Young Museum. Organized by the Tate Modern in London, the …

Still image from the Spark Story, 2004.

Beautiful Losers at SXSW

Beautiful Losers at SXSW

Headed to Austin, Texas this weekend for the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference? Don’t miss the world premier of Beautiful Losers, a film showcasing the work of artists …

Still image from the Spark story, 2008.

Political Cartoonist Mark Fiore on Spark

Political Cartoonist Mark Fiore on Spark

Mark Fiore was a featured artist on the Season 6 premiere of Spark. Fiore takes cartooning a step further by creating timely animations for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles …

Still image from the Spark story, 2005.

Trevor Paglen on Spark

Trevor Paglen on Spark

Art21 guest bloggers Eva and Franco Mattes recently mentioned San Francisco Bay Area artist, Trevor Paglen. Paglen is a PhD candidate in Geography at UC Berkeley, and a photographer who …

Zhan Wang, "On Gold Mountain," mixed media, 2008. Courtesy Asian Art Museum.

Zhan Wang: On Gold Mountain

Zhan Wang: On Gold Mountain

Renowned sculptor Zhan Wang’s newest installation, On Gold Mountain is currently on view at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Wang spent four days interpreting the cityscape of San Francisco through …