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On the Road to Legendary

Booked

On the Road to Legendary

Veteran photographer Gerard H. Gaskin discusses the long road to his first book, “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene,” due out this month.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

What It Takes

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What It Takes

What does it take to become an artist? K-12 students respond.

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Postcards

Postcard from Brendan Fernandes

Postcards

Postcard from Brendan Fernandes

A new magazine project featuring postcards from contemporary artists living or working outside of the United States.

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Flashback

Six Artists on Becoming Artists

Flashback

Six Artists on Becoming Artists

A roundup of Exclusive films in which Art21 artists talk about becoming or being artists.

Kimsooja, To Breathe—A Mirror Woman, 2006. Installation at The Crystal Palace, Madrid. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, "Systems," 2009. © Art21, Inc. 2009.

Flashback

Kimsooja: It Was Just a Dream

Flashback

Kimsooja: It Was Just a Dream

Artist Kimsooja discusses her path to becoming an artist, her earliest influences, and her “breathing room” installations.

Artist Jacolby Satterwhite performing on the Brooklyn Bridge (Lower Manhattan, 05.31.13). Production still from the series New York Close Up. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Rafael Moreno Salazar.

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Jacolby Satterwhite

Now Playing

Jacolby Satterwhite

New York Close Up artist Jacolby Satterwhite shares the top twenty-one songs playing in his studio.

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Copy That!

They Are the World

Copy That!

They Are the World

Joy Garnett launches her new column by addressing copying and archival tendencies among contemporary artists.

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Booked

An Excerpt from “The Rest of Us”

Booked

An Excerpt from “The Rest of Us”

An excerpt from Jessica Lott’s debut novel, “The Rest of Us,” a love story set in New York City’s art world.

Allan McCollum, The Shapes Project, 2005/06. Framed laserprints on acid-free bond, 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches each, each unique. Installation view at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York. Photo: Lamay Photo © Allan McCollum
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Flashback

Allan McCollum: In Charge of His Own Destiny

Flashback

Allan McCollum: In Charge of His Own Destiny

Artist Allan McCollum reflects on early influences, from his famous uncle Jon Gnagy to post-war mass production and science fiction films.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle

Reenactment and Mourning: Old Roads to Gary Indiana

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Reenactment and Mourning: Old Roads to Gary Indiana

Chicago-based columnist Caroline Picard looks back on an artist’s tribute to Michael Jackson and “the complex network surrounding Jackson’s stardom.”

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Glitter and Chains

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Glitter and Chains

Marissa Perel reviews Carlos Maria Romero and Juan Betancurth’s performance at Abrons Arts Center.

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Word is a Virus

The Flights of Concord

Word is a Virus

The Flights of Concord

Columnist Carol Cheh interviews members of Concord, a “youthful and highly organic project” based in Los Angeles.

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Alchemy of Inspiration

Difficult Relationships at the Whitney

Alchemy of Inspiration

Difficult Relationships at the Whitney

Columnist Jessica Lott reviews the Whitney Museum’s exhibition “I, YOU, WE,” a throwback to the 1993 Whitney Biennial.

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New Kids on the Block

Paolo Cirio’s Lovely Faces

New Kids on the Block

Paolo Cirio’s Lovely Faces

Columnist Jacquelyn Gleisner interviews media artist Paolo Cirio about his controversial dating website, Lovely-Faces.

El Anatsui, "Earth’s Skin," 2007. Aluminum and copper wire, 177 x 394 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photograph by Joe Levack, courtesy of the Akron Art Museum.

On View Now

Transcendent Tapestries: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

On View Now

Transcendent Tapestries: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum marks the first solo exhibition in a New York museum of Anatsui’s art. Featuring over thirty works by …

Students in Jack Watson's Studio Art class at Chapel Hill High School contemplate the post-it wall, where they have brainstormed information about areas of conflict for a unit on Borders and Boundaries.  They will later find collaborators using this same wall.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Works Well With Others

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Works Well With Others

Guest blogger Jack Watson asks what would happen if art teachers stopped showing students “how to work and started modeling how to work with others?”

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Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Columnist Carol Cheh reminisces on two exhibitions in L.A. that complicate “our reception of myth” and inspire “more nuanced engagement.”

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Praxis Makes Perfect

On Landlines

Praxis Makes Perfect

On Landlines

Columnist Erin Sweeny ponders the “evolving network” engendered by a temporary art space-cum-subway station newsstand.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making the Circle Bigger

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making the Circle Bigger

“After my last post I got to thinking about the kinds of networks teachers create in order to stimulate thinking and their own practice.”

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Center Field: Art in the Middle

Pledging Artistic Friendship: “2 of a Kind” at LVL3

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Pledging Artistic Friendship: “2 of a Kind” at LVL3

Caroline Picard reviews a Chicago exhibition that she describes as an “invisible network of relationships, historical and contemporary, pragmatic and idealistic, that facilitate artistic production.”

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Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Jonathan Munar, Art21′s Director of Digital Media and Strategy, takes a quick look at the forthcoming project from artist Doug Aitken.

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New Kids on the Block

Nails Across America with Breanne Trammell

New Kids on the Block

Nails Across America with Breanne Trammell

Columnist Jacquelyn Gleisner steps into a 1968 trailer to get a manicure and talk to artist Breanne Trammell about her traveling project “Nails Across America.”

Julie Mehretu, "Stadia III", 2004. Image: wikipaintings.org

Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Expanding Network

Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Expanding Network

Perhaps one of the most exciting things about our network of Art21 Educators so far has to do with those teachers who are building momentum and reaching out to other cohorts in order to collaborate. Over time, I can see this network of teachers not only influencing each others practice but also contributing to new national arts standards, helping others to understand the importance of contemporary art in the curriculum, and continuing to facilitate workshops at national and statewide conferences in order to spread the love.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Topography of Time

Praxis Makes Perfect

Topography of Time

As she settles into her new home in Brooklyn, columnist Erin Sweeny reflects on a year of wandering after graduate school.

Vaginal Davis + Susanne Sachsse. "Communist Bigamist," 2010. Graphic design by Nebojsa Tabacki.

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A Look Back at the Career of Vaginal Davis

Queer Berlin

A Look Back at the Career of Vaginal Davis

Ali Fitzgerald sits down with legendary “terrorist drag” performer Vaginal Davis to talk about her nearly 30-year career and next chapter.

Xavier Veilhan, Lautner, Aluminum and polyurethane paint. From the exhibition "Architectones" in 2013 at Goldstein Sheats Residence Los Angeles. Courtesy Galerie Perrotin.

Looking at Los Angeles

The Architect, the Artist, and the House That’s Become a Star

Looking at Los Angeles

The Architect, the Artist, and the House That’s Become a Star

Catherine Wagley visits the famous Sheats-Goldstein House and considers the pop culture present of this fifty-year-old residence by architect John Lautner.

Darique sharing his portfolio with classmates.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

You Say You Want Evolution: Looking Backward and Forward with Portfolios

Teaching with Contemporary Art

You Say You Want Evolution: Looking Backward and Forward with Portfolios

Similar to in-progress critiques, portfolio reflections and evaluations do not have to arrive at the end of things. Utilized during the course, it allows for both looking back and looking forward.

Artist Geo Wyeth performing at Kate Werble Gallery in January, 2012. Production stills from the series New York Close Up. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by John Marton.

Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Geo Wyeth

Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Geo Wyeth

Ever since Geo Wyeth‘s electrifying performance at New York’s Kate Werble Gallery, I’ve had his haunting song, “At The End We Listen,” on repeat. It’s so good that I’ve braved the G train twice to see him …

The first issue of Night Papers, published in August 2011

Word is a Virus

Night Papers

Word is a Virus

Night Papers

Carol Cheh reports on an L.A.-based literary journal that “has the look and feel of a humble neighborhood rag” but is filled with “surprising moments.”

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

A Brief History of Sacrifice

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

A Brief History of Sacrifice

Columnist Marissa Perel considers the lives of four women who “emerged from a modernist, male-centered art world” and “redefined studio art.”

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New Kids on the Block

All Who Muster with Allison Smith

New Kids on the Block

All Who Muster with Allison Smith

The Civil War remains one of the most poignant periods of American history, perpetuated by reenactments and examined by artist Allison Smith.

Paul McCarthy, “White Snow, Bookends,” black walnut, 2013. Image: twi-ny/mdr

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Size Matters

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Size Matters

Teaching students about scale in a work of art is “a tricky thing for art educators.”

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Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Rain Room

Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Rain Room

Development Associate, KC Forcier,

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Year Five of Art21 Educators: Lynn Grimes and Carol Barker

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Year Five of Art21 Educators: Lynn Grimes and Carol Barker

This week, we are pleased to spotlight the first of this year’s selected educators.

Heather Mekkelson. "Limited Entry" (detail). Installed at Old Gold, 2008.

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Heather Mekkelson and the Flood That Never Came

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Heather Mekkelson and the Flood That Never Came

Columnist Caroline Picard reflects on a 2008 installation by Heather Mekkelson and the stories of disaster conveyed by the artist’s distressed objects.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Welcome to the Funhouse: Mike Kelley’s “Mobile Homestead”

Praxis Makes Perfect

Welcome to the Funhouse: Mike Kelley’s “Mobile Homestead”

“Mobile Homestead,” a project by the late Mike Kelley, has a new permanent home in Detroit. Columnist Erin Sweeny revisits this “fitting tribute” to the artist.