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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 …

Mel Chin. Cross for the Unforgiven, 2002. AK-47 assault rifles (cut and welded); 54 x 54 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

New and recent work on view by Mel Chin, John Baldessari, and Ai Weiwei, as well as news featuring Pierre Huyghe, Carrie Mae Weems, and other ART21-featured artists, all in this week’s roundup.

James Turrell's Roden Crater. Photo courtesy jamesturrell.com.

The Walker Curates the News: 02.24.15

The Walker Curates the News: 02.24.15

“Serious patrons of the arts” can at last get a chance to visit James Turrell’s Roden Crater, the “naked eye observatory” the artist began working on in Arizona 38 years …

Mark Bradford. The Tears of a Tree, detail, 2014. Mixed media on canvas; 305 x 1219 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

New and recent work on view by Mark Bradford, Mariah Robertson, Alfredo Jaar, and other ART21-featured artists, featured in this week’s roundup.

David Altmejd. "Anand," 2015. Polyurethane foam, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, acrylic paint, resin, quartz, synthetic hair, and glitter; 20 x 28 x 32 cm (7 7/8 x 11 1/8 x 12 5/8 in). Courtesy of the artist and Modern Art, London.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

New and recent work on view by David Altmejd, Maya Lin, Judy Pfaff, and additional ART21-featured artists, included in this week’s roundup.

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“New York’s traffic strike.”
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From Today, 1966–2013
Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Private collection
Photo: Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

The Walker Curates the News: 02.09.15

The Walker Curates the News: 02.09.15

A visit to the Guggenheim’s On Kawara survey prompts Ben Davis to consider how ahead of his time the conceptual artist was: “He was making art about the ‘quantified self’—the …

Ruby Sky Stiler with Daniel Gordon's Summer Fruit (2014) at Wallspace, New York, 2014. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Steps. © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Steps

Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Steps

In a new “New York Close Up” film, married artists Daniel Gordon and Ruby Sky Stiler candidly discuss the complex professional and personal dynamics of bringing a baby into their already busy lives.

Lynda Benglis, Raptor, 1995–96. Stainless steel, wire mesh, silicone, and bronze. Courtesy the artist and Cheim & Read.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Lynda Benglis in the UK, Gabriel Orozco in Tokyo, Trenton Doyle Hancock in Indianapolis, and more work by ART21-featured artists on view throughout the world in this week’s roundup.

Laurie Simnons, 
Orange Hair/Snow/Close Up, 2014

The Walker Curates the News: 02.02.15

The Walker Curates the News: 02.02.15

After decades of photographing dolls, Laurie Simmons is now shooting real people—only with dollish eyes painted on their eyelids. “This interruption,” she acknowledges, “is so subtle people miss it at …

Sarah Vanderlip

Deeper into the Desert with Andrea Zittel

Deeper into the Desert with Andrea Zittel

“We’ve always tried to help artists find situations to make their work, where it can retain that quality of unknowableness.” —Andrea Zittel Today’s ART21 Exclusive features High Desert Test Sites, …

Josh Reames' contribution to a Tumblr site collecting modified versions of skldfsjkflsdfj's  photo fo Belgian politician skldjfdlf.

The Walker Curates the News: 01.26.15

The Walker Curates the News: 01.26.15

Antwerp-born painter Luc Tuymans has been convicted of copyright infringment for using photojournalist Katrijn Van Giel’s photo of rightwing Belgian politician Jean-Marie Dedecker as the basis for a painting. Van Giel …

Andrea Zittel

Andrea Zittel’s Social Experiment

Andrea Zittel’s Social Experiment

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment—a collection of ”sleeping pods“ installed throughout her property in Joshua Tree, California.

Liz Magic Laser. "The Thought Leader (installation view)," 2015. Single-channel video, running time: 8 min. Featuring actor Alex Ammerman. Courtesy the artist and Various Small Fires.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

The U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies program selects a new class of Medal of Arts recipients, Liz Magic Laser creates a fictional TED talk, and work by ART21-featured artists included in exhibitions throughout the world in this week’s roundup.

David Oyeloqo as Martin Luther King in Ava DuVernay's Selma.

The Walker Curates the News: 01.19.15

The Walker Curates the News: 01.19.15

“Even for the Oscars—even for the Oscars—this is a really, really lot of white people,” writes NPR’s Linda Holmes of the newest slate of nominees (dubbed the “whitest Oscars since 1998“). …

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Andrea Zittel’s Desert Designs

Andrea Zittel’s Desert Designs

“You could say that design has power because it actually touches people in a much more concrete way, but I think that art has more wiggle room and more flexibility.” …

A Paris street homage to victims of the Charlie HEbdo killings of January X, 2015. Photo:  Thierry Ehrmann, Flickr, used under Creative Commons license

The Walker Curates the News: 01.12.15

The Walker Curates the News: 01.12.15

While others at a recent New York rally chanted “Je suis Charlie,” Maus creator Art Spiegelman says he shouted, “Cartoonist lives matter!” Discussing the Charlie Hebdo tragedy and the power …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Cindy Sherman has contributed a photograph from her Untitled Film Stills series to adorn a limited-edition porcelain tray designed exclusively for the Sundance Film Festival. Despite the fame of Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills, this …

Journalists awaited Tania Bruguera in Revolution Square Tuesday.

The Walker Curates the News: 01.05.15

The Walker Curates the News: 01.05.15

Artist Tania Bruguera was repeatedly detained by authorities in Havana last week. The Cuban national was planning a work, promoted as #YoTambienExijo (I Also Demand), in Revolution Square in which anyone could speak into an …

The Third Ghetto Biennale, Port au Prince, Haitit, 2013

The Walker Curates the News: 12.29.14

The Walker Curates the News: 12.29.14

From Haiti’s Ghetto Biennale to Minnesota’s Art Shanty Projects, a floating school in Lagos to Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen, 32 global projects have been shortlisted for the 2015 International Award for …

Renzo Martens at the Walker Art Center, 2013. Photo: Gene Pittman

The Walker Curates the News: 12.22.14

The Walker Curates the News: 12.22.14

Like Klaus Kinski in Fitzcarraldo, artist Renzo Martens wants to build an “extravagant and beautiful” arts center in the jungle, and next month he’ll begin to realize his five-year plan: …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Ai Weiwei’s commissioned project for the Vancouver Biennale (British Columbia) was recently unveiled in Harbour Green Park. F Grass is composed of 1,328 tufts of iron that form the letter F, which can only …