Articles by Rachel G. Craft

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Letter from the Editor

The Future Is Now

Letter from the Editor

The Future Is Now

Guest editor Rachel Craft introduces the summer issue, “Future.”

Alec Soth at work.

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.

Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), "Runaways," 1993 (detail). Suite of ten lithographs. 16 × 12 in. (40.6 × 30.5 cm each). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the Peter Norton Family Foundation © Glenn Ligon; Digital Image © Whitney Museum of American Art.

Flash Points

Call for Writers: New Flash Points Series on “Storytelling”

Flash Points

Call for Writers: New Flash Points Series on “Storytelling”

The Art21 Blog is looking for writers to contribute to our upcoming Flash Points series on Storytelling!

David Wojnarowicz, Fire, 1987. Synthetic polymer paint and pasted paper on plywood, two panels, 6 x 8 feet (182.9 x 243.8 cm). Gift of Agnes Gund and Barbara Jakobson Fund. © 2011 Estate of David Wojnarowicz. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Flash Points

Call for Flash Points Writers | The New Culture Wars: What’s at Stake?

Flash Points

Call for Flash Points Writers | The New Culture Wars: What’s at Stake?

  In connection with Ideas, a new section of Art21′s website that will explore a single theme in depth over a period of several months, the Art21 Blog is calling for …

A scene from William Kentridge's production of "The Magic Flute," the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Photo by Julien Jourdes for The New York Times.

Flash Points

New Flash Points: Influence

Flash Points

New Flash Points: Influence

Among the elements explored in Art21′s William Kentridge: Anything is Possible, the film looks at his many influences, from his personal background to his love of the performing arts. What …

William Kentridge. Drawing for the film Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City after Paris, 1989. Charcoal on paper; 37 4/5 x 59 2/5 in. Copyright and courtesy of William Kentridge.

Flash Points

Call for Writers: Next Flash Points

Flash Points

Call for Writers: Next Flash Points

Our new Flash Points topic, Influence, will be launching soon and we’re inviting you to participate! An artist’s work can be influenced by a myriad of sources — family history, …

Lisa Oppenheim, The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, 2006, 35mm slide projection. Courtesy of the artist.

Flash Points

“Free” and Online Experience

Flash Points

“Free” and Online Experience

Free, an exhibition that opens October 20 at the New Museum, will explore the web’s impact on how we digest information and experience public space through the work of twenty-three …

Lygia Clark, "Diálogo: Óculos (Dialogue: Goggles)," 1968; modified diving goggles, metal, and mirror; Clark Family Collection, Rio de Janeiro; photo: Eduardo Clark, courtesy "The World of Lygia Clark" Cultural Association; © 2008 "The World of Lygia Clark" Cultural Association

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art & Experience

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art & Experience

We each look at the world from our own individual perspectives, within contexts that are constantly shifting.  Our unique outlook as viewers, the specific viewpoint of the artist, the curatorial …

Uta Barth, "Sundial (07.8)," 2007. Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery.

Flash Points

Call for Writers: New Flash Points Topic

Flash Points

Call for Writers: New Flash Points Topic

Our new Flash Points topic, Art and Experience, will be launching soon and we’re inviting you to participate!  If this sounds good to you, read on: We each have our …

Alec Soth, "Donald and Tamara," from the series, "NIAGARA," 2004

Flash Points

The Process Behind the Portrait

Flash Points

The Process Behind the Portrait

The practice of photographic portraiture is rife with ethical implications – from the subject’s awareness of the project, to the artistic choices made throughout the session, to the work’s resulting …

Gordon Matta-Clark, "Bingo," 1974 The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest Fund, Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest Fund, and the Enid A. Haupt Fund, 2004 Installation photography © Francois Robert The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Gordon Matta-Clark works © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Flash Points

Flash Points: The Ethics of Art

Flash Points

Flash Points: The Ethics of Art

Today we launch the next Flash Points topic, The Ethics of Art. Ethics are defined as “a system of moral principles” which constantly factor into the choices we make. However, …

Hans Haacke. Cowboy with Cigarette. 1990. Pasted paper, charcoal, ink, and frame, 37 x 31 x 2 3/8" (94 x 80 x 6 cm). Collection Joseph Lebon. Photo: courtesy John Weber Gallery, New York

Flash Points

Call for Writers: New Flash Points Topic

Flash Points

Call for Writers: New Flash Points Topic

Our new Flash Points topic, The Ethics of Art, will be launching soon and we’re inviting you to participate.  Intrigued?  Want to know more?  Keep reading! This theme will look …

Mark di Suvero, "Pyramidian," 1987/1998; "Mon Pere, Mon Pere," 1973-75; "Mother Peace", 1969-70; Storm King Art Center

Flash Points

Art and Nature at Storm King

Flash Points

Art and Nature at Storm King

Flash Points Editor Rachel Craft interviewed David R. Collens, Director and Curator of Storm King Art Center, about the institution’s focus on the relationship between art and nature. —Ed. Rachel …

Spencer Finch, White (Niagara Falls obscured by mist, April 17th, 2006 5:30pm)

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art and the Environment

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art and the Environment

Today we launch the next Flash Points topic, Art & the Environment. We first addressed this issue in Season Four’s episode, Ecology, which delved into the work of artists who …

Doris Salcedo, "Atrabiliarios", 1992-93. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

Flash Points

Conveying Compassion

Flash Points

Conveying Compassion

When I learned that Doris Salcedo was being featured in Art21′s episode on Compassion, I couldn’t imagine a more appropriate artist to represent this theme. However to me, Salcedo goes …

MCA Denver

Emphasizing Visitor Experience

Emphasizing Visitor Experience

Another approach to museum transparency that I admire is that of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.  When you open the homepage of their recently re-designed website, you’re immediately confronted …

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Museums and Transparency

Museums and Transparency

Eyes may be the windows to a person’s soul, but to me, it’s a website. Well, at least into the soul of an institution. Everything put online is a choice, …

Serkan Ozkaya, A Sudden Gust of Wind, Boots Contemporary Art Space

Artist Interviews: Serkan Ozkaya and Pepe Mar

Artist Interviews: Serkan Ozkaya and Pepe Mar

While working on the interviews for my last post, I had an opportunity to meet two artists who were putting the finishing touches on their respective exhibitions. Serkan Ozkaya’s work …

Boots Contemporary Art Space

Three Questions

Three Questions

Boots Contemporary Art Space White Flag Projects For my third post about the arts scene in St. Louis, I wanted to get the perspective of two newer arts spaces in …

Stan

Through our Neighbor’s Front Window

Through our Neighbor’s Front Window

Stan: our neighbor across the street Stan has lived on Washington Boulevard in Grand Center since 1995. He used to be a contractor, specializing in rehabs throughout the city, and …

St. Louis skyline

Art in St. Louis

Art in St. Louis

A view of St. Louis (taken from my roof!) I wanted to give Art21 readers a sense of the arts landscape in St. Louis, but it’s a tall order to …

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Documenting The Light Project

Documenting The Light Project

Wrapping up my previous post’s theme of installation—the online catalogue for the Pulitzer’s outdoor exhibition, The Light Project, allowed me to humor my love of the installation process on a …

Richard Serra, "Joe", 2000. courtesy the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

Installing Art

Installing Art

Art installation = my favorite time to blog. In fact, while writing this, I found an embarrassing number of posts about installation in our archives. I think it plays into …

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

What is this place, anyway?

What is this place, anyway?

Starting my job as the public relations coordinator at the Pulitzer meant getting a crash course on how to answer all of our “Frequently Asked Questions”:  when we opened, who’s …

Watercourt inside the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Greetings from St. Louis

Greetings from St. Louis

My name is Rachel Gagnon, and I’m writing from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts – a “non-museum” located in the middle of a city that’s located in the middle …