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Laylah Ali speaking to ART21 Educators. July 7, 2016.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educators Institute: Laylah Ali on Process and “John Brown Song!”

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educators Institute: Laylah Ali on Process and “John Brown Song!”

Artist Laylah Ali shares her thoughts on ‘process’ at July’s ART21 Educators Institute in New York City.

Anthony Hernandez. Los Angeles, 1971. Gelatin silver print. © Anthony Hernandez, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

Looking at Los Angeles

Anthony Hernandez’s Brilliantly Ordinary L.A.

Looking at Los Angeles

Anthony Hernandez’s Brilliantly Ordinary L.A.

Rachel Heidenry explores the work of Los Angeles photographer Anthony Hernandez, who in the 1970s began capturing the city in motion.

Production still from the Los Angeles hour of Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8. © ART21, Inc. 2016.

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Directing Los Angeles and Mexico City: An Interview with Deborah Dickson

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Directing Los Angeles and Mexico City: An Interview with Deborah Dickson

Executive Producer Eve Moros Ortega interviews the director of the “Los Angeles” and “Mexico City” hours in “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 8, three-time Academy Award nominee Deborah Dickson.

Production still from the Mexico City hour of Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8. © ART21, Inc. 2016.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Chris Sharp

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Chris Sharp

Writer and curator Chris Sharp joins ART21 Magazine as guest editor of the September/October issue “Place Part I,” explored with a focus on art and artists in Mexico City and Los Angeles.

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Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

What Do Cities Sound Like? An Interview with Season 8 Composer Joel Pickard

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

What Do Cities Sound Like? An Interview with Season 8 Composer Joel Pickard

Composer Joel Pickard speaks with Executive Producer Eve Moros Ortega about writing the music for Season 8 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

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Staff Pick

Staff Picks: August 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: August 2016

The ART21 staff shares their favorite films, exhibitions, and installations.

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Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Picturing Place: An Interview with Season 8 Designer Matt Eller

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Picturing Place: An Interview with Season 8 Designer Matt Eller

Designer Matt Eller speaks with Executive Producer Eve Moros Ortega about producing the title sequences, motion design, and typography for Season 8 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

Installation view of Art AIDS America, Bronx Museum. Willie Cole. How Do You Spell America? #2, 1993. Oil stick, chalk, wood and latex on Masonite, 49.2 x 96.5 x 4.5 inches. © Marisol Díaz, 2016.

On View Now

Two Exhibitions Show Artists Grappling with the Ravages of AIDS

On View Now

Two Exhibitions Show Artists Grappling with the Ravages of AIDS

Jared Quinton reviews two exhibitions on view in New York: “Art AIDS America” at the Bronx Museum and “Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” at MoMA.

Tino Rodriguez. Invocation, 2008. Oil on wood, 17" x 19". Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Introspectives

Exposing the Self Through Artmaking

Artist Introspectives

Exposing the Self Through Artmaking

Mexican-American painter Tino Rodriguez describes four themes explored in his exotic, mystical work: the self, dreams, gender, and fairy tales.

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New Kids on the Block

Dr. Howard Moseley Answers Your Questions

New Kids on the Block

Dr. Howard Moseley Answers Your Questions

In this satirical Q&A, acclaimed self-help author Howard Moseley, PhD, answers readers’ questions about gallery representation and the nature of creativity.

Minerva Cuevas. Del Montte-Bananeras, 2003. Paint on wall, silkscreen, two plastic palm trees, four plastic bananas bunches, straw; variable dimensions. Installation view of the "Liverpool Biennial: Rethinking Trade." Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City.

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: July 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: July 2016

A selection of exhibitions, podcasts, and television shows personally recommended by members of the ART21 staff.

Chicago director Stanley Nelson filming with Barbara Kasten in Chicago, 2016. Behind the scenes of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century. Photo: Kate Bowen. © ART21, Inc. 2016.

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Directing Season 8’s Chicago: An Interview with Stanley Nelson

Deep Focus: Inside ART21 Films

Directing Season 8’s Chicago: An Interview with Stanley Nelson

Executive Producer Eve Moros Ortega sits down with Stanley Nelson, award-winning director of the “Chicago” hour in the upcoming season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

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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Table from the Painter's Studio, 1996-2016
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.