Columns & Features

Matthew Morrocco. Paul, 2015. Inkjet Print, 30" x 24".  Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Introspectives

On Exposure

Artist Introspectives

On Exposure

Artist Matthew Morrocco considers photography’s historical significance, and its enduring relevance in an image-driven world.

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Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Flying High: My Chicago Drone Day

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Flying High: My Chicago Drone Day

Through photos and GIFs, Director of Production Nick Ravich chronicles ten hours of filming with drones in Chicago for Season 8 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

A. Laurie Palmer. Heap Leach Field, Nevada (silver). Courtesy of the artist.

Booked

In Defense Against Material: An Interview with A. Laurie Palmer

Booked

In Defense Against Material: An Interview with A. Laurie Palmer

A. Laurie Palmer discusses her book “In the Aura of a Hole,” which, through photography and essays, exposes the physical consequences of humanity’s dependence on the earth and its resources.

Photo of Vera Rubin. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Introspectives

Queer Secrets Exposed

Artist Introspectives

Queer Secrets Exposed

Artist and DJ Vera Rubin considers the nuance in finding the right kind and amount of exposure for art that originated underground.

ART21 filming Liz Magor’s LightShed at Coal Harbour in Vancouver, Canada, 2016. Behind the scenes of ART21’s series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8, 2016. Photo: Wesley Miller. © ART21, Inc. 2016.

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Vancouver

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Vancouver

Go behind the scenes of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 8, as the ART21 production crew films Brian Jungen and Liz Magor in Vancouver.

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Lizella Clay, artist glazes, natural and mineral pigments, wood, plaster, glass
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Copyright Carolyn Carr. Courtesy the artist and Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

Writer-in-Residence

The Feminist Legacy in Radical Plastic

Writer-in-Residence

The Feminist Legacy in Radical Plastic

In this essay, Writer-in-Residence Maggie Davis explores the feminist inspirations for the exhibition “Radical Plastic,” opening Saturday.

Vinsantos. SHE LIVES ALONE, detail, 2016. Polymer clay, cosmetics, quartz crystal, vintage and antique jewelry and accessories, 16" x 46". Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Introspectives

Things That Look Like Me

Artist Introspectives

Things That Look Like Me

New Orleans-based artist Vinsantos shares how he came to handcraft glamorous, dazzling dolls.

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Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Los Angeles

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Los Angeles

Go behind the scenes of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 8, as we film Liz Larner and Edgar Arceneaux in Los Angeles.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Ben McCoy

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Ben McCoy

Guest editor Ben McCoy introduces the theme of our July / August issue: “Exposed,” explored with a focus on trans, queer, and feminist artists.

ART21 cinematographer Hatuey Viveros filming in Mexico City, Mexico, 2015. Behind the scenes of ART21’s series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8, 2016. Photo: Ian Forster. © ART21, Inc. 2016.

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Mexico City

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Mexico City

Go behind the scenes of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 8, as we film in Mexico City.

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Word is a Virus

Language, Time, & A Logo for America: An Interview with Alfredo Jaar

Word is a Virus

Language, Time, & A Logo for America: An Interview with Alfredo Jaar

Season 4 artist Alfredo Jaar discusses the latest installation of “A Logo for America,” coming this summer to London’s Piccadilly Circus.

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Staff Pick

Staff Picks: June 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: June 2016

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

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At Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon, the work rests in a corner and bends with viewer movement.

Artist Introspectives

Tension To Complete

Artist Introspectives

Tension To Complete

Portland artist Damien Gilley discusses movement & perception in his installations, designed around a single viewpoint where the work completes itself.

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Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Chicago

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Chicago

Go behind the scenes of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 8, as we film Barbara Kasten and Theaster Gates in Chicago.

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Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Get the Inside Scoop on ART21 Films with “Deep Focus”

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Get the Inside Scoop on ART21 Films with “Deep Focus”

Announcing a new column that goes in-depth with ART21 artists, and takes you behind-the-scenes of ART21 films .

Randa Mirza. The year of the elephant, 2014. Selection from the series, El-Zohra was not born in a day. Diorama with mixed media, 105cm x 70cm x 75 cm. Courtesy Randa Mirza. © Randa Mirza.

New Kids on the Block

Randa Mirza’s Burning Sky

New Kids on the Block

Randa Mirza’s Burning Sky

In Lebanese artist Randa Mirza’s series “El-Zohra Was Not Born in a Day,” delicate dioramas speak quiet truths about ancient Arabian stories.

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Copy That!

Artist Rights and the Many Shapes of Censorship

Copy That!

Artist Rights and the Many Shapes of Censorship

Artist Joy Garnett recounts her personal experience with copyright law, and shares valuable resources for artists looking to protect their own work.

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Booked

Life Among Other Men: An Interview with Black Deutschland ’s Darryl Pinckney

Booked

Life Among Other Men: An Interview with Black Deutschland ’s Darryl Pinckney

In this extended interview, author Darryl Pinckney discusses characters caught between conflicting identities and locales in his latest novel “Black Deutschland.”

Iké Udé. "VIBE," Cover Girl series, 1994. Courtesy of the artist,

Artist Introspectives

It Is, It Isn’t

Artist Introspectives

It Is, It Isn’t

In this personal essay, artist Iké Udé discusses the development of illusion in his work from the 1990s to today.

Photo courtesy of the author on Instagram.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

#ArtSelfies

Teaching with Contemporary Art

#ArtSelfies

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Shannah Burton teaches students that an #artselfie is worth more than its number of likes.

Erin Dunn. Oceanic Dancer, 2016. Still, HD Video. Courtesy of CUE Art Foundation, New York. © Erin Dunn.

Writer-in-Residence

Erin Dunn: Animating the Pine Barrens

Writer-in-Residence

Erin Dunn: Animating the Pine Barrens

In this essay, ART21/CUE Writer-in-Residence Rachel Heidenry explores the process and motivations behind the exhibition “Erin Dunn: Oceanic Dancer.”

Doris Salcedo. Noviembre 6, 2001. Stainless steel, lead, wood, resin and steel in 3 parts, dimensions variable. Photo by Stephen White. © Doris Salcedo. Courtesy the Alexander and Bonin, New York.

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.

Dave Kennedy. Studio view of A view to a passageway (working). Photo copies, green tube, wood block, & plastic mounted to Tyvek, 93 x 74 x 6 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Inside the Artist's Studio

Remapping the City: An Interview with Dave Kennedy

Inside the Artist's Studio

Remapping the City: An Interview with Dave Kennedy

Seattle artist Dave Kennedy shares the motivations behind his photographic collages that investigate perceptions of urban spaces.

Image courtesy of the author on Instagram.

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.

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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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.

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Couch, cement, 32 1/2 × 88 1/2 × 33 1/2 in.Courtesy the artist and Maccarone, New York/Los Angeles. On view at the Studio Museum.

On View Now

Rodney McMillian’s Sobering, Irreverent Take on Race in America

On View Now

Rodney McMillian’s Sobering, Irreverent Take on Race in America

ART21 Magazine’s latest contributor reviews two concurrent exhibitions of work by Rodney McMillian on view in New York City.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jorge Daniel Veneciano

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jorge Daniel Veneciano

Guest editor and director of El Museo del Barrio introduces the theme of our new issue, “Illusion,” through his current exhibition “The Illusive Eye.”

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Alter Ego: TRISTAN on Finding Himself Online

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Alter Ego: TRISTAN on Finding Himself Online

In a partnership with multimedia publishing platform NewHive, ART21 Magazine features digital artist TRISTAN, the winner of our #NewRenewal open call.

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.

Oliver Herring. GLORIA, 2004. Digital C-Print photographs, museum board, foam core and polystyrene, 72 x 40 x 40 inches with vitrine. Private Collection. Photo by Chris Burke Studio . Courtesy Meulensteen, New York.

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.

Caitlin Berrigan. Helicopter Pad, Rachid Karami International Fair Park, from Unfinished State, 2015. Postcard from series; 14.8 x 10 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Caitlin Berrigan.

New Kids on the Block

Caitlin Berrigan’s “Unfinished State”

New Kids on the Block

Caitlin Berrigan’s “Unfinished State”

Caitlin Berrigan’s “Unfinished State” investigates the landscape of Lebanon, where abandoned construction projects stand as the casualties of a post-conflict economy.

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.

Ugo Rondinone, Everyone Gets Lighter, 2004. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.

The New Situationists

Everyone Gets Lighter: On John Giorno, Ugo Rondinone, and the Gift of Exchange

The New Situationists

Everyone Gets Lighter: On John Giorno, Ugo Rondinone, and the Gift of Exchange

This inaugural article of a new column titled “The New Situationists” investigates the romantic and collaborative relationship between poet John Giorno and artist Ugo Rondinone.

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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.

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Writer-in-Residence

Bearing Witness

Writer-in-Residence

Bearing Witness

In this essay, ART21/CUE Writer-in-Residence Jessica Lynne describes the nuances in Kambui Olujimi’s exhibition, “Solastalgia.”