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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Visualizing Verbs

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Visualizing Verbs

In this creativity exercise, ART21 Educator Don Ball engages students in creating their own connections between actions and visuals.

Katharina Grosse. constructions à cru, 2005. Acrylic on wall, floor, soil, and canvas; 22 x 262½ x 32 ¾ feet. Installation view: Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn. Courtesy the artist. © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn.

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: March 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: March 2016

A selection of films, exhibitions, and public artworks personally recommended by members of the ART21 staff.

ART21 Educator Don Ball. Courtesy of Don Ball.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educator Spotlight: Don Ball

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educator Spotlight: Don Ball

An interview with ART21 Educator Don Ball, on how the integration of ART21 films in his classroom has expanded and transformed his teaching practice.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle

The Sensation of Un-thought Thoughts: An Interview with Simone Forti

Center Field: Art in the Middle

The Sensation of Un-thought Thoughts: An Interview with Simone Forti

Caroline Picard interviews experimental dancer, choreographer, and writer Simone Forti, who recently held a two-day workshop at Northwestern University entitled “Thinking with the Body.”

Shana Moulton. Swisspering, 2013. Still. Courtesy Kubaparis.com. © Shana Moulton.

Queer Berlin

Dark Art(s), Coven Berlin, and the Queer Erotic Occult

Queer Berlin

Dark Art(s), Coven Berlin, and the Queer Erotic Occult

Ali Fitzgerald investigates the emergence of mysticism and the occult in Berlin’s art scene, exploring the cyber-feminist collective Coven Berlin whose goal is to ‘conqueer’ the universe, and a new Berlin bookstore specializing in forbidden books.

Illustration courtesy of the author.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Willa Köerner

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Willa Köerner

Guest editor Willa Köerner delves deep into the theme of our new issue, “Renewal,” highlighting upcoming articles and interviews centered around rebirth and revival.

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New Kids on the Block

Gina Siepel’s Listening Trips

New Kids on the Block

Gina Siepel’s Listening Trips

In July 2011, the artist Gina Siepel paddled down the Bronx River with four strangers. This series of excursions in the northernmost borough of New York City, along with four …

Nira Pereg, ISHMAEL, 2014-2015. Courtesy of Braverman Gallery and the artist.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Chen Tamir

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Chen Tamir

“Aptitude for war is aptitude for movement,” said Napoleon, as quoted by Paul Virilio in his book, Speed and Politics.1 Virilio explains that “violence can be reduced to nothing but movement.”2 …

Laylah Ali. Untitled, 2004
Gouache on paper, 28 3/16 x 20 1/6 inches. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Classroom Catalysts: Enabling Personal Revolutions Through Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Classroom Catalysts: Enabling Personal Revolutions Through Art

“What is art but a way of seeing?” —Thomas Berger Sometimes the most significant revolutions make no noise at all, happening completely within someone’s frame of mind. These individual transformations might …

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"Hope Hippo," 2005
Mud, whistle, daily newspaper, and live person, approximately 16 x 6 x 5 feet. Installation view: 51st Venice Biennale. 
Courtesy the artists.

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Still Reading by the Fire

Booked

Still Reading by the Fire

Most of this past year’s proposed radical agendas contain nothing that’s actually revolutionary or visionary. Politicians, theocrats, and profiteers campaign on platforms of retroactive change: ideological preservation, religious orthodoxy. ‘A …

Detail of "Hands," Glenn Ligon, 1996. Production still from ART21 Exclusive film, Glenn Ligon: Layers of Meaning
© Art21, Inc. 2014

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Unending Revolution

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Unending Revolution

“All art is in revolution of tyranny.” —Atticus Our recent revolutionary movements feel… deflated. We tell ourselves “things aren’t that bad right?” and the fight we need to make change …

Production still from the ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 4 episode, "Protest," 2007. © ART21, Inc. 2007.

Flashback

Ten (More) Artists on Radicalism and Resistance

Flashback

Ten (More) Artists on Radicalism and Resistance

In last year’s November/December issue we investigated ideas of unrest and revolution, and the ways art can and has innovated in the name of change. The months that followed saw huge …

Alicia Eler. Smiley, 2015. Photo taken in Eler’s parents’ house in Skokie, IL.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Alicia Eler

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Alicia Eler

When I was twelve years old, I remember seeing it: my first smiley face. It was gigantic and bright yellow, hanging on the exterior brick wall of a car dealership, …

"Areas for Action," an experiment facilitated by artist Oliver Herring and ART21 Educator Jethro Gillespie at "Creative Chemistries," Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2015.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Generating Creative Chemistries

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Generating Creative Chemistries

An overview of the inaugural “Creative Chemistries”—an experimental platform bringing artists and educators together to explore innovative practices for art and education.

Swarovski Crystal, New Hampshire, 2015. Photograph: Jacquelyn Gleisner.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jacquelyn Gleisner

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jacquelyn Gleisner

I want to tell you about the most sincere guy I’ve ever known. In 2004, when I was an art student at Boston University, I responded to a part-time job …

Ray Anthony Barrett, "Sly and the Family Ties" (2015), ink on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Image courtesy of the artist. Special commission for the FAMILY Issue of Art21 Magazine (May/June 2015).

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Alicia Eler

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Alicia Eler

One’s experience of family can be joyous, painful, bizarre, revelatory, and intimate. To describe it with any single word wouldn’t do it justice. Like a parade, it’s a cacophony of …

From the photo series Unmonumental, 2008–present: (top left) N. 14th Street; (top right) Couch Potato, Manhattan Ave.; (bottom right) Banker St., New Year’s Day; (bottom left) Friday, Greenpoint. All images 2015.

Copy That!

Beauty Is in the Streets

Copy That!

Beauty Is in the Streets

Walking the city streets offers the unexpected. I find interesting things, mostly garbage, some of it recently thrown away. My discoveries come in two parts: first, the reaction of surprise, …

Kameelah Janan Rasheed. No Instructions for Assembly I, 2013 (detail); digital chromogenic print; 16” x 24”. Courtesy of the artist. Photo © Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

New Kids on the Block

The Archives of Kameelah Rasheed

New Kids on the Block

The Archives of Kameelah Rasheed

The artist Kameelah Rasheed was twelve years old in 1998, when her family—mother, father, and four brothers—had lost their home. The value of land in northern California near East Palo …

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Clarinda Mac Low

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Clarinda Mac Low

To be ruined is to be spoiled beyond repair. It is “downfall, complete destruction, overthrow.” Ruin is the Tower card in the tarot deck—upheaval and harsh displacement, lightning striking, an …

Still from The Great Flood. 2013. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Courtesy of Bill Morrison.

Writer-in-Residence

The Ghosts Unearthed in the Films of Bill Morrison

Writer-in-Residence

The Ghosts Unearthed in the Films of Bill Morrison

Writer-in-Residence Brienne Walsh looks at the contemporary digital narratives of filmmaker Bill Morrison.

Vincent Como. Procession of Dust (Entropy, Ontology, and the Hubris of Mankind) 002, 2014. Frame, double-sided tape, dry pigment; 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, NY, © Vincent Como.

New Kids on the Block

The Absurd Magic of Vincent Como

New Kids on the Block

The Absurd Magic of Vincent Como

Vincent Como would never describe his work as magical, yet his work is rife with mysticism.

El Anatsui. Dzesi II, 2006. Aluminum and copper wire; 117 x 195 inches. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © El Anatsui.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Creative Chemistries

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Creative Chemistries

When artists and educators get together, extraordinary things can happen.

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Found Magic

Found Magic

A slideshow of found photographs on the theme of magic.

Lucia Love. Orifficial Cup, 2014. Magicsculpt, wire, acrylic;
6 x 2.5 x 2 inches. Courtesy the artist and CUE Art Foundation.

Three-dimensional Allegory: Lucia Love’s Reflecting Pool

Three-dimensional Allegory: Lucia Love’s Reflecting Pool

Lucia Love’s resistance to reality manifests in her solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation.

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Writer-in-Residence

Ernst Fischer “18%”

Writer-in-Residence

Ernst Fischer “18%”

Brienne Walsh provides a preview of Ernst Fischer’s forthcoming exhibition at CUE Art Foundation.

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Word is a Virus

Casting Spells over Los Angeles

Word is a Virus

Casting Spells over Los Angeles

Gurus, healers, psychics, and witches are common in Los Angeles—and their worlds often intersect with the world of artists.

Ivan LOZANO. AFFIRMATION 7 (excerpt), 2014. Digital video loop; 5:00. Courtesy the artist.

Redefining Intention: Laurel Sparks and Ivan LOZANO

Redefining Intention: Laurel Sparks and Ivan LOZANO

Using the tools of magic, the artists Laurel Sparks and Ivan LOZANO take art’s potential for transformation to a new level.

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Now Playing

Twenty-one Songs from Paolo Salvagione

Now Playing

Twenty-one Songs from Paolo Salvagione

In the studio of Paolo Salvagione, instrumental melodies inspire installations that delight the senses.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

How Can Small Gestures Provoke Big Change?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

How Can Small Gestures Provoke Big Change?

Little changes in art classrooms can have a big impact. Revolutions come in all sizes.

Occupy protesters close Oakland port Occupy Oakland protesters cheer Wednesday as they climb on tractor-trailers loaded with shipping containers at the Port of Oakland, Calif., effectively shutting down the nation's fifth-busiest port during a day of nonstop protesting. Photo: Kent Porter.

Booked

Reading by the Fire

Booked

Reading by the Fire

Bay Area artists, curators, and culture shifters recommend nine texts for the radical at heart.

Cy Twombly. Camino Real (II), 2010. Acrylic on wood panel; 99 3/8 x 72 7/8 inches. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. © Cy Twombly Foundation

The Revolution Will Be Painted

The Revolution Will Be Painted

The revolution will be painted. You will not be able to not know. You may not just be present. You will not be able to plug in, turn on, and cop out. Because the revolution will be painted.

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Flashback

Catherine Opie: Shifting Observations

Flashback

Catherine Opie: Shifting Observations

In a newly published ART21 interview from 2011, Catherine Opie discusses concepts of utopia and dystopia, the idea of America as the great democracy, and more.

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Flashback

Mark Bradford on Prospect.1 New Orleans

Flashback

Mark Bradford on Prospect.1 New Orleans

On the occasion of ART21’s new film on Prospect.3 New Orleans, we look back to Mark Bradford’s keynote address at the 2009 National Art Education Association conference, in which the artist discussed his sculpture for Prospect.1.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Revamping Art Education for the Twenty-First Century

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Revamping Art Education for the Twenty-First Century

Do the new National Standards for Art Education support dynamic learning and twenty-first century artistic methods?

The Yams Collective. Post Speculation, 2014. Courtesy the artists.

The Yams Collective: Insurrection and Resistance

The Yams Collective: Insurrection and Resistance

A look back at The Wayblack Machine, a multi-channel video installation by the Yams Collective that takes the death of Michael Brown as its focus.

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1989—What We Lost

1989—What We Lost

The ART21 Magazine partners with the nonprofit organization Visual AIDS to honor the twenty-fifth anniversary of Day With(out) Art and World AIDS Day 2014.