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Staff Pick

Staff Picks: May 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: May 2016

A selection of films and exhibitions, personally recommended by members of the ART21 staff.

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ART21 Announces New Season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” this September on PBS

ART21 Announces New Season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” this September on PBS

Announcing the host and artists featured in the upcoming season of ART21’s PBS series “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

Yinka Shonibare MBE. RA Family Album, 2016. Photo: Artlyst.

This Week in Art: 5.23-5.29

This Week in Art: 5.23-5.29

A look at this week’s art news, including William Kentridge speaking out against Europe’s refugee policies, and events and exhibitions everywhere from San Francisco to D.C.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Museums: A Critical Exploration

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Museums: A Critical Exploration

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Shannah Burton engages students in institutional critique on a trip to the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Martin Puryear. Big Bling in Madison Square Park, 2016. Photo by Scott Lynch/Gothamist.

This Week in Art: 5.16-5.22

This Week in Art: 5.16-5.22

A look at this week’s art news, including Martin Puryear’s new public sculpture in Madison Square Park, and events and exhibitions everywhere from Los Angeles to London.

Mind Map in progress. Photo courtesy of the author.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mind Maps

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mind Maps

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Shannah Burton engages students in creating artworks that build mental links between ideas.

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SCREENING 5.10.16 | Kimsooja film at Cooper Union

SCREENING 5.10.16 | Kimsooja film at Cooper Union

An ART21-produced special feature film on Kimsooja is screening tomorrow night at Cooper Union’s Frederick P. Rose Auditorium.

The CLICK@MoMA trailer, created by MoMA teen artists and Mary Mattingly. Photo: Kaitlyn Stubbs.

This Week in Art: 5.9-5.15

This Week in Art: 5.9-5.15

A look at this week’s art news, including Mary Mattingly’s collaboration with MoMA teens and a special ART21 screening happening tomorrow night at Cooper Union.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educator Spotlight: Shannah Burton

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educator Spotlight: Shannah Burton

An interview with ART21 Educator Shannah Burton, on how the integration of ART21 materials in her classroom has expanded and informed her teaching practice.

Left: Yinka Shonibare MBE. How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies), 2006. Right: Beyoncé in Lemonade (Digital booklet).

This Week in Art: 5.2-5.8

This Week in Art: 5.2-5.8

A look at this week’s art news, including Yinka Shonibare MBE’s influence on “Lemonade,” and exhibitions on view everywhere from Memphis to Montreal.

Students dictating and drawing Barbara Kruger's Untitled (Money can buy you love), 1985.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dictation Drawings

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dictation Drawings

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Don Ball engages students in connecting with artworks on a fundamental level.

Kara Walker. Untitled, 2013-2014. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co. From Artsy's "These Sketches Reveal the Processes of 8 Iconic Artists."

This Week in Art: 4.25-5.1

This Week in Art: 4.25-5.1

A look at this week’s art news, including the selection of Mark Bradford as the United States’ representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and exhibitions on view everywhere from Florida to France.

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Staff Pick

Staff Picks: April 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: April 2016

A selection of exhibitions on view in New York City, personally recommended by members of the ART21 staff.

Cai Guo-Qiang igniting gunpowder drawing White Tone, in Brookhaven, New York, 2016. Photo by Chiaying Yu for artnet.

This Week in Art: 4.18-4.24

This Week in Art: 4.18-4.24

A look at this week’s art news, including a tour of projects being developed by ART21 artists and exhibitions on view everywhere from Minneapolis to Reykjavik.

Postcard Parlor Games. An experiment facilitated by Don Ball and Mark Dion at ART21's Creative Chemistries symposium on art and education in February 2015.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Writing Poems About Art: A Looking Activity

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Writing Poems About Art: A Looking Activity

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Don Ball engages students in creating their own connections between words and images.

An illustration of Louise Bourgeois' Spider by Isabelle Arsenault. From the new children's book Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois. Image courtesy of the Guardian.

This Week in Art: 4.11-4.17

This Week in Art: 4.11-4.17

A look at this week’s art news, including broken attendance records in Australia and a new children’s book celebrating the life of Louise Bourgeois.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Systems & Instructions

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Systems & Instructions

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Don Ball engages students in creating their own connections between following instructions and the instructions themselves.

Left: “No Title (President.),” 1985. Right: “No Title (Kennedy would die …),” 1987. Courtesy of David Zwirner Books.

This Week in Art: 4.4-4.10

This Week in Art: 4.4-4.10

A look at this week’s art news, including collaborations between visual artists and musicians, commentary on conceptual art, and upcoming exhibitions in NYC and around the world.

Detail of Measuring Stick at Sarah Sze’s Manhattan studio.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2016. Cinematography: John Marton.

ART21 Exclusive

Sarah Sze’s Experimental Site

ART21 Exclusive

Sarah Sze’s Experimental Site

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Sarah Sze discussing her sculpture “Measuring Stick,” which explores the “measurement of time and space through the moving image.”

To connect / To flow / To breathe

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Visualizing Verbs

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Visualizing Verbs

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Don Ball engages students in creating their own connections between actions and visuals.

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This Week in Art: 3.28-4.3

This Week in Art: 3.28-4.3

This week we take a look at news exclusively about ART21 artists—the projects they’re working on, where their work is on view, and what’s being said by and about them.

Detail of Lost Image Standing (Fragment Series) from the installation Second Studio at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2016. Cinematography: Andrew Whitlatch.

ART21 Exclusive

Sarah Sze’s Desire for Tactility

ART21 Exclusive

Sarah Sze’s Desire for Tactility

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Sarah Sze expressing her desire to have a tactile relationship with materials in a world saturated with digital imagery.

Katharina Grosse. constructions à cru, 2005. Acrylic on wall, floor, soil, and canvas; 22 x 262½ x 32 ¾ feet. Installation view: Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn. Courtesy the artist. © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn.

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: March 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: March 2016

A selection of films, exhibitions, and public artworks personally recommended by members of the ART21 staff.

Sedki Alimam. Kingdom of Hyenas. Courtesy of Syria Deeply.

This Week in Art: 3.21-3.27

This Week in Art: 3.21-3.27

A look at this week’s art news, including an increase in women represented at Art Dubai, and upcoming exhibitions in NYC and around the world.

ART21 Educator Don Ball. Courtesy of Don Ball.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educator Spotlight: Don Ball

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educator Spotlight: Don Ball

An interview with ART21 Educator Don Ball, on how the integration of ART21 films in his classroom has expanded and transformed his teaching practice.

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Kerri Schlottman-Bright Appointed Deputy Director of ART21

Kerri Schlottman-Bright Appointed Deputy Director of ART21

ART21’s Executive Director Tina Kukielski today announced the appointment of Kerri Schlottman-Bright as Deputy Director of the nonprofit contemporary art organization. Schlottman-Bright has served the New York arts community for …

Installation view. Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture. Courtesy of the Drawing Center.

This Week in Art: 3.14-3.20

This Week in Art: 3.14-3.20

A look at this week’s art news, including a new report on the stalling art market and the opening of the Met Breuer.

Nicolas Henry Jeaurat de Bertry. Artist's palette with brushes, 1756.  Oil on canvas , 45.7 x 55.5 cm. Exhibited by Derek Johns Ltd at TEFAF Maastricht.

This Week in Art: 3.7-3.13

This Week in Art: 3.7-3.13

A look at this week’s art news, including the rebuilding of Palmyra and castles drawn on grains of sand.

Abraham Cruzvillegas with his daughter installing The Autoconstrucción Suites at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2016. Cinematography: Mark Falstad.

ART21 Exclusive

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Self-Constructing Identity

ART21 Exclusive

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Self-Constructing Identity

In today’s ART21 Exclusive, Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas discusses his personal and artistic relationship to the concept of autoconstrucción.

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ART21 New York Close Up

Marela Zacarías’s Great Expectations

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Marela Zacarías’s Great Expectations

Artist Marela Zacarías completes a large-scale project while anticipating the arrival of her first child in a new film from the ART21 “New York Close Up” series.

Image courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show.

This Week in Art: 2.29-3.6

This Week in Art: 2.29-3.6

A look at this week’s art news, including the upcoming Armory Show and Google’s first gallery show.

LaToya Ruby Frazier and John Abodeely talking with attendees following their Exchange on Expanding Access and Equity.

Creative Chemistries Turns One with a New Website!

Creative Chemistries Turns One with a New Website!

One year ago, 175 artists, students, educators, and arts administrators gathered at the Park Avenue Armory here in Manhattan for the inaugural edition of Creative Chemistries, a forum and experimental …

Janine Antoni. Production still from the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 2 episode, "Loss & Desire," 2003. Segment: Janine Antoni
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Hello world: A letter from ART21’s new director

Hello world: A letter from ART21’s new director

While my friends and colleagues were spending their winter breaks getting some R&R on sandy beaches in the Caribbean, I was happily watching some of ART21’s more than three hundred …

Josiah McElheny painting in his Brooklyn, NY studio. 
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015. Cinematography: Jarred Alterman.

ART21 Exclusive

Josiah McElheny Projects Maya Deren

ART21 Exclusive

Josiah McElheny Projects Maya Deren

“I’m trying to understand this relationship of abstraction and the body.” — Josiah McElheny Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Josiah McElheny exploring the relationship between abstraction and the body as he …

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ART21 Exclusive

Omer Fast Interrupts “Continuity”

ART21 Exclusive

Omer Fast Interrupts “Continuity”

“Those moments are magical in film—when we have a pure linear motion that approaches something and reveals it—but I’m interested in the stuff that gets in the way.” — Omer …