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Liz Magic Laser, "Flight", production still, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Liz Magic Laser’s Guerrilla Theater

Liz Magic Laser’s Guerrilla Theater

New in New York Close Up, artist Liz Magic Laser directs a group of actors performing theatrical scenes in public locations throughout New York City.

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Heritage (installation view), 2013. Courtesy the artist and the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.

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Cai Guo-Qiang gathers 99 wild animals, Bruce Nauman explores optical illusions, and more in this week’s roundup.

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Marina Abramović Learns to Sing

Marina Abramović Learns to Sing

“I really love listening to people sing and I was always jealous of that kind of talent…to open your heart and sing your soul out.” —Marina Abramović In today’s Exclusive, …

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Weekly Roundup

LaToya Ruby Frazier charters a helicopter, a building is named after John Baldessari, and more in this week’s roundup.

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Behind the Scenes with Mika Tajima

Behind the Scenes with Mika Tajima

At her Bushwick Brooklyn studio, artist Mika Tajima discusses the processes and ideas behind her two installational-performative works Today is Not a Dress Rehearsal (2009) and The Pedestrians (2011).

Barbara Kruger, Belief+Doubt, 2012. © Barbara Kruger. Photo: Cathy Carver

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Weekly Roundup

Barbara Kruger has a solo, Laylah Ali talks afrofuturism, several Art21 artists set their sights on Art Basel Miami Beach.

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Ursula von Rydingsvard Finds Courage in Color

Ursula von Rydingsvard Finds Courage in Color

Ursula von Rydingsvard discusses her large-scale sculpture Ona, which is permanently installed outside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Mariah Robertson explores feelings and monsters, Kerry James Marshall is chosen for a presidential panel, Marina Abramović is the subject of two new productions…

Artist Kiki Smith working with technicians at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz.

Kiki Smith Does Her Homework

Kiki Smith Does Her Homework

“I’m good at doing what I can do in my own power, out of my own physicality, and then like a little extension out from that…” —Kiki Smith Filmed in …

Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson, Moon, screenshot from the project website, 2013.

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Weekly Roundup

Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson invite you to make your mark on the moon, Laylah Ali and Ellen Gallagher exhibit their Afrofuturist aesthetics, Jeff Koons teams up with Lady Gaga, and more.

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Alejandro Almanza Pereda Strikes a Balance

Alejandro Almanza Pereda Strikes a Balance

Installing new work in Brooklyn, New York, and Mexico City, artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda discusses the process and ideas behind his finely balanced sculptural works.

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Weekly Roundup

Cao Fei’s work travels to Maine, Erin Shirreff wins Canada’s largest photography prize, Mark Bradford discusses Robert Rauschenberg in Los Angeles…

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Weekly Roundup

Kiki Smith unveils a new mural, Rashid Johnson makes his solo debut in Switzerland, Lari Pittman lectures at UCLA, and more.

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Art21 Premieres “Artist to Artist” Series

Art21 Premieres “Artist to Artist” Series

The creator of Art21′s “Artist to Artist” film series shares his favorite moments from the first three films.

Trenton Doyle Hancock, The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin’, 2012. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas; 84 x 132 x 3 inches. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery

Trenton Doyle Hancock Busts Out

Trenton Doyle Hancock Busts Out

Trenton Doyle Hancock discusses his large-scale collage The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin’.

Sally Mann, Jessie Mann, Liz Liguori and the Mountain Lake Workshop. Metempsychosis, Diptych II, 2011. Courtesy the Reynolds Gallery.

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Weekly Roundup

Sally Mann’s photographs inspire new work, Maya Lin sculpts a landscape, Allora & Calzadilla explore rifts and borders, and more.

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Weekly Roundup

Carrie Mae Weems tackles issues of identity and belonging, Kimsooja has a thirty-year retrospective, Ai Weiwei organizes a film program, and more.

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Weekly Roundup

Ai Weiwei mounts 3,144 bicycles, Marina Abramović installs her version of The Scream, Alfredo Jaar creates a symphony of crying babies, and more.

Mike Kelley, Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991/1999. Plush toys sewn over wood and wire frames with styrofoam packing material, nylon rope, pulleys, steel hardware and hanging plates, fiberglass, car paint, and disinfectant. Overall dimensions variable. (c) Estate of Mike Kelley. Courtesy Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com.

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Weekly Roundup

Mike Kelley’s retrospective travels to New York City, Hiroshi Sugimoto is given carte blanche in Paris, Laurie Anderson is omnipresent in Austin, …

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David Altmejd’s Heads

David Altmejd’s Heads

In this Exclusive David Altmejd discusses his head sculptures, saying “Some sculptors make drawings, I make heads.”

Matthew Ritchie, “Remanence: Salt and Light (Part II),” 2013. Photo: Andrea Shea for WBUR

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Carrie Mae Weems is named a MacArthur Fellow, Matthew Ritchie’s installs a seventy-foot mural in Boston, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle puts a sculpture in a wind tunnel.

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NYCU | Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

NYCU | Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Daniel Gordon is shown in his DUMBO studio photographing paper collages constructed from found images downloaded from the Web.

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Rashid Johnson has a major solo, Doris Salcedo and Fred Wilson receive honors, William Kentridge returns to the Metropolitan Opera, and more.

Bruce Nauman riding horseback on his New Mexico ranch in August, 2000.

Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Bob Elfstrom.

Teaching Bruce Nauman

Teaching Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman discusses two teachers who influenced his approach to horseback riding and art making: master horse trainer Ray Hunt and painter Wayne Thiebaud.

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Weekly Roundup

John Baldessari plays serious games, Cao Fei presents a zombie movie set, Laurie Simmons explores identity and desire on the Internet, and more.

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NYCU | Debo Eilers Makes Things Uncomfortable

NYCU | Debo Eilers Makes Things Uncomfortable

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Debo Eilers invites two friends to discuss his sculpture and performance work, as the artist quietly observes in the background.

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Weekly Roundup

Eleanor Antin revisits her personae, James Turrell casts blue light, John Baldessari reimagines Adrian Lima, and more.

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Science Fiction in Ellen Gallagher’s “Osedax”

Science Fiction in Ellen Gallagher’s “Osedax”

In today’s Exclusive, filmed in 2013, artist Ellen Gallagher discusses her large-scale, collaborative installation “Osedax” (2010).

Lynda Benglis. "Everything Flows (1980–2013)," installation view. Courtesy the artist and Locks Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)

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Weekly Roundup

William Kentridge is coming to Brooklyn, Lynda Benglis is featured in Artforum, Ai Weiwei is chatting with visitors in Toronto, and more.

Cai Guo-Qiang. Installation view of "Monument," 2013. Courtesy Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Joana França.

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Weekly Roundup

Cai Guo-Qiang’s flying objects hang in Brazil, Diana Al-Hadid’s sculptures are installed Georgia, William Kentridge lectures in Paris and Vienna…

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Rackstraw Downes Paints West Texas

Rackstraw Downes Paints West Texas

In today’s “Exclusive,” artist Rackstraw Downes discusses his interest in altered landscapes.

Arturo Herrera, "Mushrooms (detail)," 2009. Mixed media on paper; 57.625 x 44.75 inches; Artwork © Arturo Herrera/Image courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

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Weekly Roundup

Arturo Herrera curates a show in Texas, Cindy Sherman photos disturb in Norway, Laylah Ali showcases an abolitionist online…

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NYCU | Jacolby Satterwhite Dances with His Self

NYCU | Jacolby Satterwhite Dances with His Self

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Jacolby Satterwhite crafts surreal 3D animated videos while transporting characters from his virtual worlds into the streets of New York City.

James Turrell. "Aten Reign," 2013. Courtesy GalleristNY and Guggenheim, New York City.

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Weekly Roundup

James Turrell takes over the Guggenheim’s rotunda, John Baldessari explores the complexities of space, Pepón Osorio addressed his inner child, and more.

Barry McGee at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive during his 2012 retrospective exhibition.
Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Bob Elfstrom.

Barry McGee Shares His Retrospective with Others

Barry McGee Shares His Retrospective with Others

In today’s “Exclusive,” Barry McGee discusses the work of family, friends, and street artists that he included in his retrospective exhibition at BAM/PFA.

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Year Five of Art21 Educators: Rebecca Mir and Alyssa Greenberg

Year Five of Art21 Educators: Rebecca Mir and Alyssa Greenberg

Since May, we’ve been introducing you to this year’s Art21 Educators. Today, meet our final two educators, Rebecca Mir and Alyssa Greenberg.