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Artist Jamian Juliano-Villani in her Bedford-Stuyvesant studio, Brooklyn, NY, 2015. Production still from the ART21 "New York Close Up" film "Jamian Juliano-Villani's Painting Compulsion". © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Painting Compulsion

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Painting Compulsion

Filmed in her Bedford-Stuyvesant studio, artist Jamian Juliano-Villani uses a digital projector to create surreal paintings and discusses the graphic source material that inspires her.

Arlene Shechet arranging plaster sculptures in her New York City studio. Production still from the series ART21 "Exclusive". © ART21, Inc. 2015. Cinematography: Rafael Salazar.

Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

Arlene Shechet discusses a series of plaster sculptures that she created over the course of six years in the mid-1990s, following the death of a close friend.

Sonya Clark, Unravelling, 2015.

The Walker Curates the News: 06.29.15

The Walker Curates the News: 06.29.15

A project that predates the June 17 killings of nine African Americans at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church, Sonya Clark’s Unravelling—on view in Mixed Greens Gallery’s New Dominion show—is echoed …

A wet paper sheet being cast over rubber molds at Dieu Donné in New York City.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: Ian Forster.

Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

“The thing that’s unseen is sometimes way more interesting than what people want you to see.” —Arlene Shechet In the first of two new ART21 Exclusive episodes featuring Arlene Shechet, …

Photo: Kate Flint, via Yo También Exijo

The Walker Curates the News: 06.22.15

The Walker Curates the News: 06.22.15

“The gap between American froth and Cuban reality at this year’s [Havana] Biennial warns that the pace of change will be stubborn,” writes Kevin Lees for the Washington Post on …

A model posing for a painting by Aliza Nisenbaum.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Courtesy the artist.

Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

“The idea of sitting face to face, it’s a very intimate experience. Having a model and painting them always makes people open up.” —Aliza Nisenbaum Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Immigrant Movement …

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The Walker Curates the News: 06.15.15

The Walker Curates the News: 06.15.15

Steve McQueen’s photo Lynching Tree is being exhibited in the UK for the first time in Tate Britain’s new Fighting History show. Found in Louisiana while scouting locations for 12 …

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Visual Arts, Exhibtions.
International Pop, April 11 - August 29, 2015, Galleries 1, 2, 3, and the Perlman Gallery.
Installation views from Perlman Gallery.
Organized by the Walker Art Center, International Pop chronicles the global emergence of Pop art from the 1950s through the early 1970s—an art form that embraced media and consumerism with a new spirit of urgency and exuberance. This landmark exhibition, which features works by more than 100 artists from four continents as well as a daily film program in the galleries, recaptures the energy and inquisitiveness of this moment in art.  Curators Darsie Alexander and Bartholomew Ryan

The Walker Curates the News: 06.08.15

The Walker Curates the News: 06.08.15

León Ferrari’s La Civilización Occidental y Cristiana, a six-foot sculpture depicting Christ crucified on a US war plane, “marks a moment in which pop art is radicalized in Argentina—all in …

Detail of The Lightning's Bride (2011) by Elliott Hundley.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Courtesy the artist.

Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

“What’s appealing to me about collage is the fact that it’s so straightforward—that it’s a good foil to my subject.” —Elliott Hundley Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Elliott Hundley describing an …

Cindy Sherman
"Untitled (#150)," 1985
Color photograph, 49 1/2 x 66 3/4 inches 
Edition of 6 
© Cindy Sherman
Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York

The Walker Curates the News: 06.01.15

The Walker Curates the News: 06.01.15

“I’ve always sensed that women artists have to prove themselves exceptional in order to get their foot in the door, to be considered for something, whereas many, many mediocre men …

Jaimie Warren, Matt Roche, and the Urban Youth Theater Ensemble perform "An Abominable Thawt" (2015) at Abrons Arts Center, New York, 2015. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Welcome to Whoop Dee Doo! (with Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren Too). © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Welcome to Whoop Dee Doo! (with Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren Too)

Welcome to Whoop Dee Doo! (with Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren Too)

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artists Jaimie Warren and Matt Roche produce a one-day-only performance of their variety show, Whoop Dee Doo, at Abrons Arts Center.

Pierre Huyghe's commission for the Roof Garden. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Walker Curates the News: 05.25.15

The Walker Curates the News: 05.25.15

Pierre Huyghe’s new work at the Met resembles both a natural history museum display and a land art installation. The French conceptual artist displaced some of the rooftop terrace’s paving stones, …

Freddy Velez painting a sign at the “Gramsci Monument” (2013), a monument by Thomas Hirschhorn.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: John Marton.

Perspectives from the “Gramsci Monument”

Perspectives from the “Gramsci Monument”

“I don’t do something for the community, I do something, I hope, for art and the understanding of art – my goal is this.” —Thomas Hirschhorn Today’s ART21 Exclusive features the …

Video still from They Come to Us without a Word, via http://joanjonasvenice2015.com. © Joan Jonas

The Walker Curates the News: 05.18.15

The Walker Curates the News: 05.18.15

Joan Jonas‘s “triumphal exhibition” at the Venice Biennale “doesn’t simply look back on a long and fruitful career: It extends that career,” writes Roberta Smith of the 70-year-old artist’s US …

Leonardo Drew visiting the grave of Piet Mondrian in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: Joel Shapiro.

Leonardo Drew and Piet Mondrian Meet on the Grid

Leonardo Drew and Piet Mondrian Meet on the Grid

“What can I say about Mondrian, he’s just the man. As far as the grid and composition, obviously I’m working off of him and standing on the shoulders of giants.” …

Elevation of the Frick Collection plan from 70th Street (rendering courtesy Neoscape Inc., 2014, and the Frick Collection)

The Walker Curates the News: 05.11.15

The Walker Curates the News: 05.11.15

Nearly 60 top arts figures—including Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and Richard Prince—have signed a letter urging NYC officials to deny the Frick Collection’s expansion proposal on the grounds …

Still from Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll (1973) by Joan Jonas
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Artwork Courtesy: Joan Jonas and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

Joan Jonas Performs in the Streets of New York

Joan Jonas Performs in the Streets of New York

“I wanted to develop my own language and the minute I started performing I began to invent in a different way.” —Joan Jonas Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Joan Jonas discussing her decision to …

Kehinde Wiley's exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo: WNYC

The Walker Curates the News: 05.04.15

The Walker Curates the News: 05.04.15

“There are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that’s not a …

Artist Diana Al-Hadid in her studio, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, 2015. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Diana Al-Hadid Plays the Classics.  © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Diana Al-Hadid Plays the Classics

Diana Al-Hadid Plays the Classics

Artist Diana Al-Hadid creates a singularly hybrid artwork, transforming brushstrokes on a wall into architectural sculpture, in a new film from the ART21 “New York Close Up” series.

Still from Oliver Laric's animated gif _Lincoln 3D Scans_, 2014

The Walker Curates the News: 04.27.15

The Walker Curates the News: 04.27.15

Is arts writing seeing a generational shift akin to the Post-Internet generation in art? Or do we need a new generation of writers to face new topics and aesthetics? Andreas …

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The Walker Curates the News: 04.20.15

The Walker Curates the News: 04.20.15

Holographic activists marched through the streets of Madrid recently in protest of a new law aimed at preventing Spanish citizens from demonstrating against Congress. “Our protest with holograms is ironic,” …

Katharina Grosse

Anarchic Color in Katharina Grosse’s Paintings

Anarchic Color in Katharina Grosse’s Paintings

“Painting is one of the ways to actually make [my thoughts] visible and understandable for myself” —Katharina Grosse Today’s ART21 Exclusive shows Katharina Grosse in her studio and at Johann König Gallery (both …

Cao Fei, "A Mirage (COSPlayers Series)," 2004
Digital C-print, 29 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches
© Cao Fei
Courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York

The Walker Curates the News: 04.13.15

The Walker Curates the News: 04.13.15

In a recent interview, Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei reflects on life in Beijing, motherhood, censorship, and the trends that she has observed in the art created by new Chinese …

Trenton Doyle Hancock, Self-Portrait with Tongue, 2010

The Walker Curates the News: 04.06.15

The Walker Curates the News: 04.06.15

A “messy, wild, irreverent joy,” Trenton Doyle Hancock’s traveling retrospective at the Studio Museum Harlem, Skin and Bones, pulls viewers into the artist’s surreal imagination and traces the evolution of his …

Rashid Johnson. Installation view of ILLUMInations, 54th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 2011. Artwork courtesy the artist; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; and Hauser & Wirth, London, New York and Zurich. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Rashid Johnson Keeps His Cool.

Rashid Johnson Keeps His Cool

Rashid Johnson Keeps His Cool

In a new ART21 “New York Close Up” film, artist Rashid Johnson charts a decade-long aesthetic and professional development from his early portrait photographs to his later conceptually-based sculptures.

Five new stamps featuring artworks by Martín Ramírez (1895–1963)

The Walker Curates the News: 03.30.15

The Walker Curates the News: 03.30.15

The US Postal Service released five “forever” stamps commemorating the late self-taught artist Martín Ramírez last week. “Ramírez counts as a highly unusual choice not only because he was Mexican-American …

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen Photographs the NSA

Trevor Paglen Photographs the NSA

“You as a member of the public should be able to exert the same kind of power over this institution that we can symbolically do by looking at a photograph …

Mark Bradford. Sexy Cash, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Murals of La Jolla, CA.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

New and recent goings-on featuring Mark Bradford, Paul Pfeiffer, Mary Reid Kelley, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ann Hamilton, and other ART21-featured artists, all in this week’s roundup.

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The Walker Curates the News: 03.23.15

The Walker Curates the News: 03.23.15

When poet Kenneth Goldsmith read a modified version of Michael Brown’s autopsy report as poetry at a Brown University conference, it left many in the audience stunned and sparked a …

Paul Chan, “Sock N Tease”, Concrete, cords, shoes, and video projectors with digital color video, silent, 2013
Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

The Walker Curates the News: 03.16.15

The Walker Curates the News: 03.16.15

Nonprojections for New Lovers, the new Hugo Boss Prize exhibition,  showcases work by artist and experimental publisher, Paul Chan. The artist’s “nonprojections” expand the concept of the moving image as …

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen Flexes His Rights

Trevor Paglen Flexes His Rights

“To go and photograph an airbase is not only to photograph something but it is to insist on one’s right to photograph. You’re flexing that right.” —Trevor Paglen Today’s ART21 …

Janine Antoni. Crowned, 2013. Plaster molding with plaster pelvic bones;
dimensions variable, site-transferrable installation. Edition of 5, with 1AP. Courtesy the artist and Anthony Meier Fine Arts.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

ART21-related goings on featuring Janine Antoni, Mary Reid Kelley, Jessica Stockholder, Cao Fei, and others as they present work in exhibitions around the world.

Preliminary design for the NYC AIDS Memorial, © 2015 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

The Walker Curates the News: 03.09.15

The Walker Curates the News: 03.09.15

For her contribution to New York City’s first major AIDS memorial, Jenny Holzer will share 8,992 words of Walt Whitman’s epic poem “Song of Myself” on spiralling paving stones in …

Alejandro Almanza Pereda in his Hunter College studio (Manhattan, 12.21.14). Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film, Alejandro Almanza Escapes from New York. © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Alejandro Almanza Pereda Escapes from New York

Alejandro Almanza Pereda Escapes from New York

In a new ART21 New York Close Up film, artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda lives out his own personal “Escape from New York” (1981), completing a big mission before time runs out.

Cai Guo-Qiang. Unmanned Nature, 2008. Collection of the artist. Photo by Seiji Toyonaga. Courtesy of the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

New and recent work on view by Cai Guo-Qiang, Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as news featuring other ART21-featured artists, all in this week’s roundup.

An ancient Assyrian statue at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. Photo NPR.

The Walker Curates the News: 03.02.15

The Walker Curates the News: 03.02.15

The art world has reacted with outrage at the destruction of ancient Assyrian sculptures by ISIS. “This mindless attack on great art, on history, and on human understanding constitutes a tragic …