The New Culture Wars: What’s at Stake?

Ellen Gallagher. "Bird in Hand," 2006. Image courtesy of Tate Liverpool.

Polyculturalist Visions Revisited

Polyculturalist Visions Revisited

Nettrice Gaskins revisits themes she first explored in her essay on “polyculturalism” for Art21.org’s Ideas series on “The Culture Wars, Redux.”

Martha Wilson, I Make Up the Image of My Perfection/I Make Up the Image of My Deformity 1974, color photograph, text (Courtesy of PPOW Gallery)

The Tipping Point Between Laughter And Crying: An Interview With Martha Wilson

The Tipping Point Between Laughter And Crying: An Interview With Martha Wilson

Emily Colucci talks to Martha Wilson about the evolution of her art, Wilson’s relationship to feminism, and the Culture Wars.

Yelling Fire in the Hall of Presidents

Yelling Fire in the Hall of Presidents

John P. Hogan considers Utah artist Jon McNaughton’s controversial print “The Forgotten Man” in the context of history painting and politically-charged contemporary artworks.

The MCA’s “This Will Have Been” and the Subjectivity of History

The MCA’s “This Will Have Been” and the Subjectivity of History

Westin reviews a new exhibition surveying the art of the 1980s that includes the work of numerous artists featured in “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

Ted Kerr, Questions for a Revolution, 2011, courtesy the artist

Queer Past/Queer Future: In Conversation

Queer Past/Queer Future: In Conversation

What can the Occupy movement learn from the history of HIV/AIDS activism? Ted Kerr’s “Questions for a Revolution” offers a starting point.

Jeff Koons. "Hand on Breast," 1990. Photo: Courtesy of Luxembourg & Dayan, New York.

Flash Points

A Willing Girl

Flash Points

A Willing Girl

Still controversial today, Jeff Koons’s 1990s “Made in Heaven” photographs tap into cultural anxieties about pornography, art, and commerce.

Marina Abramovic's "An Artist's Life Manifesto," MOCA Gala 2011.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Local Dancer Meets Mother of Performance

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Local Dancer Meets Mother of Performance

When it comes to paying artists whose bodies provide the art, when is mere “compensation” not enough?

Erik Hood and Sam Willcocks at the Hedreen Gallery, 2010.

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How to Fire a Quaker Cannon: Tactical Gestures of Critical Discourse

Flash Points

How to Fire a Quaker Cannon: Tactical Gestures of Critical Discourse

  Beginning with the notion of a gallery as a charged or loaded space, Vancouver-based artists Erik Hood and Sam Willcocks produced a fleeting gesture based on military traditions and …

David Wojnarowicz, Fire, 1987. Synthetic polymer paint and pasted paper on plywood, two panels, 6 x 8 feet (182.9 x 243.8 cm). Gift of Agnes Gund and Barbara Jakobson Fund. © 2011 Estate of David Wojnarowicz. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Call for Flash Points Writers | The New Culture Wars: What’s at Stake?

Flash Points

Call for Flash Points Writers | The New Culture Wars: What’s at Stake?

  In connection with Ideas, a new section of Art21’s website that will explore a single theme in depth over a period of several months, the Art21 Blog is calling for …