Transformation: How does art adapt and change over time?

John Chamberlain, "King King Minor", 1982   Image: artinfo.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Set for PS1’s “September 11″

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Set for PS1’s “September 11″

In two weeks I am taking a group of students to visit the September 11 exhibition at PS1. Most of the high school students in these two classes have some …

Saint Louis skyline with Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch in the foreground and Minoru Yamasaki's Pruitt-Igoe housing development in the back right.

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Notable attention has turned to what many consider the golden age of modern St. Louis—the 1950s—when the city reached its highest population and garnered international attention for its architectural contributions. …

St. Louis population in the 1950s. According to the 2010 census, the city currently has a population of 319,294. Film still from The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

When the 2010 U.S. Census figures were released in February of this year, many in St. Louis were alarmed. According to census data, the city’s population declined eight percent in …

Work by Laura Siragusa, Nyack High School, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ending in Catharsis, or A New Original

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ending in Catharsis, or A New Original

Work by Laura Siragusa, Nyack High School, New York Spring is in the air. The end of the school year is upon us, or for those who bob and weave …

Rochelle Feinstein, "The Estate of Rochelle F.", 2009   Image: On Stellar Rays

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Rochelle Feinstein

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Rochelle Feinstein

This week’s post should really be titled “Rochelle Feinstein Teaching Me” but I’m trying to be consistent… Prior to May 1st, please treat yourself and check out The Estate of …

Street view of PiST///. Courtesy PiST///.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | PiST///

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | PiST///

  PiST///Interdisciplinary Art Space is storefront gallery space and artist project co-directed by artists Didem Özbek and Osman Bozkurt. Opened in 2006, PiST/// is located in Istanbul’s Pangaltı neighborhood, a …

Photograph by Cengiz Tekin, courtesy Outlet-istanbul.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: An Introduction

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: An Introduction

Art21 is pleased to announce our newest column on the blog — the first of several new endeavors for 2011. Turkish and Other Delights is a column devoted to exploring …

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The Paradoxical Art of “Inception”

The Paradoxical Art of “Inception”

What is so compelling about riddles, mysteries, and puzzles?  Most people are fascinated by images and objects that are paradoxical or impossible in real life but look oddly convincing and …

Yinka Shonibare, MBE (b. United Kingdom, 1962) Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 17.00 hours, 1998 Chromogenic photograph 72 x 90 in. Collections of Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton,  Santa Monica Image courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and James Cohan Gallery, New York © the artist

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Yinka Shonibare at the Brooklyn Museum

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Yinka Shonibare at the Brooklyn Museum

Yinka Shonibare MBE (Season 5) has a mid-career retrospective currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum through September 20, 2009. The exhibition was organized and toured by the Museum of …

Provincetown Arts Association & Museum, Photo by jrgts/Flickr

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Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation in American’s Oldest Continuous Artist Colony

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Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation in American’s Oldest Continuous Artist Colony

I admit to being surprised at the role the visual arts plays in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In college, I remember learning about Hans Hofmann’s famous school, which taught artists (Helen Frankenthaler, …

Kara Walker, "You Do" (1993-94). Cut Paper on canvas, 55 x 49 in. (140 x 124.5 cm). Collections of Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton. Photography courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

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Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation + Pop Culture

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation + Pop Culture

Our latest reflection on the theme of art + transformation comes from two popular Philadelphia-based art bloggers, Roberta Fallon & Libby Rosof. The founders of TheArtBlog.org, the pair shared some thoughts …

Yinka Shonibare. "How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies)," 2006. Two-life size mannequins, two guns, Dutch wax printed cotton, shoes, and leather riding boots, Plinth overall 63 x 96 1/2 x 48 inches, each figure 63 x 61 x 48 inches. Collection of Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. Photo by Stephen White, © Yinka Shonibare, MBE, courtesy the artist, James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Yinka Shonibare MBE

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Yinka Shonibare MBE

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Transformation, premiering on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Whether satirizing society or reinventing …

Photo of Pocket Utopia's Rolling Gate. Courtesy Sharon Butler

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Some Thoughts on the Transformative Power of Walking + Art

Flash Points

Some Thoughts on the Transformative Power of Walking + Art

Austin Thomas is a New York-based artist, curator & sometimes salon host. When I asked her about art + transformation, she offered these thoughts about the transformative power of walking …

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Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation in Williamsburg

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Some Thoughts on Art + Transformation in Williamsburg

Loren Munk–of the infamous DIY online video program James Kalm Report–is a walking encyclopedia of the history of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg art community. So when I asked him about his take …

Mu Li "The Fruits of Blue Lotus Flower"

Some Thoughts on China + Transformation

Some Thoughts on China + Transformation

In the final week of the Transformation series, I’ve asked a number of people with diverse points of view to offer their thoughts on the topic. To kick things off, …

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BOMB in the Building

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Cindy Sherman interviewed by Betsy Sussler

BOMB in the Building

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Cindy Sherman interviewed by Betsy Sussler

Welcome back to BOMB in the Building, where each week we’re featuring a vintage BOMB interview relating to a Season 5 artist. Inspired by Cindy Sherman’s “Transformations,” this week we …

Jeff Wall, “Citizen” (1996). Gelatine silver print on aluminium panel, framed, 192 x 244 cm. Photo: Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, Martin P. Bühler, courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel, © Jeff Wall.

From Here To There (and Back Again)

From Here To There (and Back Again)

Collection shows, by their very nature, often feel more like “Best of…” CDs than a well-curated mix-tape. They usually feature the hits—a stripe-y Barnett Newman, an invariably awesome Pablo Picasso—but …

Cindy Sherman. "Untitled (#425)," 2004. Color photograph, 72 1/2 x 91 1/2 inches, (framed). © Cindy Sherman, courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Cindy Sherman

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Cindy Sherman

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Transformation, premiering on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Whether satirizing society or reinventing …

Atom Cianfarani, Sketch for "Welcomed Guests," 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Aesthetics of Urban Farming, Part II

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Aesthetics of Urban Farming, Part II

I closed Part 1 of this post with an e-mail from Truck Farmers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney in which they encouraged others to reclaim unused open spaces in New …

Spread from Helmut Newton's SUMO (1999). 464 pages. Courtesy Taschen, Cologne.

Let Them Read Books/Play Records: Taschen, Plattfon, Stampa, Aniston

Let Them Read Books/Play Records: Taschen, Plattfon, Stampa, Aniston

“This new edition is the fulfillment of an ambition conceived years ago. We jokingly referred to it as ‘Newton for the poor.’ ” Oh, Benedikt Taschen, it’s quotes like these—and your …

BOMB in the Building

Letter from London

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

BOMB in the Building

Letter from London

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

It’s mealtime! Join Sonya for a fine helping of nutrients and adventure with this week’s Index: Round ‘em up Nicole! Here’s what Art21 artists have been up to this past …

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BOMB in the Building

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Paul McCarthy interviewed by Benjamin Weissman

BOMB in the Building

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Paul McCarthy interviewed by Benjamin Weissman

Welcome back to BOMB in the Building, where each week we’ll be featuring a vintage BOMB interview relating to a Season 5 artist. This week we present Paul McCarthy’s interview …

Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy. "Carribbean Pirates," 2005. Installation, performance and video at McCarthy Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Ann-Marie Rounkle, © Paul McCarthy, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth, Zurich London.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Paul McCarthy

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Paul McCarthy

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Transformation, premiering on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Whether satirizing society or reinventing …

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Flash Points

New Flash Points Topic: Transformation

Flash Points

New Flash Points Topic: Transformation

Starting today (and while the Art21 Blog editor, Kelly Shindler is on vacation), I’ll be guest editing the Art21 Blog while Kelly gets some much needed R&R. To kick off …