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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reflecting on the National Art Education Association’s Annual Conference

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reflecting on the National Art Education Association’s Annual Conference

Art21 Senior Education Advisor and columnist Joe Fusaro summarizes the 2014 NAEA conference.

Artist Kalup Linzy tours The Armory Show art fair at Pier 92/94 (Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, 03.04.11). Production still from the New York Close Up film Kalup Linzy Makes His Way Through the Art World. © Art21, Inc. 2012. Cinematography by Don Edler.

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Ten Artists on Value

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Ten Artists on Value

A roundup of Art21 videos featuring artists describing their own perceptions of the value of their work.

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Writer-in-Residence

Intangible Possessions

Writer-in-Residence

Intangible Possessions

Elizabeth Devlin on how “digital media redefines our perceptions of ownership.”

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Creative Intervention and the Dhaka Art Summit

Creative Intervention and the Dhaka Art Summit

The second Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh presented art works with “a strong sense of pluralism that welcomes universal aspects.”

Félix González-Torres (American, 1957–1996). "Untitled" (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991. Candies individually wrapped in multicolored cellophane, endless supply. Overall dimensions vary with installation, ideal weight: 175 lb. The Art Institute of Chicago; promised gift of Donna and Howard Stone. Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York © The Félix González-Torres Foundation

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Beyond Good and Bad

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Beyond Good and Bad

Art21 Educator Jack Watson on teaching students to delay judgement, and the “balancing act” involved in evaluating art.

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Twenty-One Songs from Pinar Yolaçan

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Twenty-One Songs from Pinar Yolaçan

In this eclectic playlist, artist Pinar Yolaçan mixes funk carioca, Turkish percussion, Afrobeat, early American R&B, and more.

Pat Falco. The Only Painting That Will Sell, 2013. Acrylic on found painting; 18x18 inches. Courtesy the artist.

Read Between the One-Liners

Read Between the One-Liners

Writer-in-residence Elizabeth Devlin profiles Boston-based artist Pat Falco who made his museum debut in the 2013 deCordova Biennial.

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Graem Whyte’s Carnal Optimism

Graem Whyte’s Carnal Optimism

Guest contributor John Corso digs into the deeply playful works of Detroit-based artist Graem Whyte.

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Copy That!

The Grift Economy

Copy That!

The Grift Economy

Columnist Joy Garnett offers a new spin on a common letter.

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Occupation: Artist

Occupation: Artist

Guest writer Jayna Swartzman-Brosky surveys the myriad ways that contemporary artists monetize their practice and negotiate the value of their labor.

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The Nature of Worth

The Nature of Worth

Writer-in-residence Elizabeth Devlin shares her plans for the “Value” issue.

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Money: worth more than the paper it’s written on

Money: worth more than the paper it’s written on

“Like economic value, an artwork’s meaning (its aesthetic value) is derived through a critical judgment that employs comparisons…”

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New Kids on the Block

BFAMFAPhD: An Imaginative School of Thought

New Kids on the Block

BFAMFAPhD: An Imaginative School of Thought

Caroline Woolard’s collaborative project, BFAMFAPhD.com, “endeavors to unite artists in order to address the problems of their rising population” in the U.S.

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Mapping San Francisco

Mapping San Francisco

With its Google bus wars, start-up fever, and rapid gentrification, San Francisco has become a touchstone in conversations about money. Where do art and creativity fit into the shaping of the city?

Screenshot of the Katonah Museum of Art "Eye to I" exhibition website, eyetoi.org.

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Redefining Portraiture

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Redefining Portraiture

Art21 Senior Education Advisor Joe Fusaro visits the “Eye to I” exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art with his high school class.

A collection of books in artist Rashid Johnson’s studio (Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 03.25.11). Production still from New York Close Up. © Art21, Inc. 2011. Cinematography by Andrew David Watson

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Announcing the Art21 Book Club

Booked

Announcing the Art21 Book Club

Art21 invites avid readers to participate in semi-intimate conversations about fiction and nonfiction books relevant to themes of the Art21 Magazine.

Xu Zhen by MadeIn Company, Under Heaven 3611MQ0137, detail, 2013. Oil on canvas, aluminum; 51 1/5 × 63 × 3 9/10 in (130 × 160 × 10 cm). Courtesy the artists and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).

Xu Zhen & Armory Focus: China

Xu Zhen & Armory Focus: China

“Armory Focus: China” curator Philip Tinari discusses his selections for this year’s edition at the The Armory Show, including the work of artist Xu Zhen.

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Becoming South Sudan

Becoming South Sudan

In her second slideshow, Art21 writer-in-residence Alinka Echeverría shares her photographs from South Sudan.

Cai Guo-Qiang, "Inopportune: Stage Two," detail, 2004. Tigers: paper mache, plaster, fiberglass, resin, painted hide; arrows: brass, bamboo, feathers; stage prop: styrofoam, wood, canvas, acrylic paint; dmensions variable. Installation view: MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Collection of the Artist. Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang.

Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

“Armory Focus: China” curator Philip Tinari discusses artists Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang.

Florian Maier-Aichen takes photographs in Stralsund, Germany, 2008. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century"Season 5 episode, Fantasy, 2009. © Art21, Inc. 2009.

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Florian Maier-Aichen: Built-in Mistakes

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Florian Maier-Aichen: Built-in Mistakes

In a new previously unpublished interview Florian Maier-Aichen discusses his beginnings as an artist, the evolution of his hybrid practice, and more.

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Alchemy of Inspiration

Translating a City Back to Itself

Alchemy of Inspiration

Translating a City Back to Itself

Columnist Jessica Lott travels to Barcelona and observes “Making Neighborhoods,” a multidisciplinary project with the city’s African immigrant population.

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Guillermo Gómez-Peña: Linguistic Resistance

Guillermo Gómez-Peña: Linguistic Resistance

“I think that misinterpretation and mistranslation are essential contemporary experiences…I feel that the artist doesn’t really give answers.”

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The Tenth Day of Mourning

The Tenth Day of Mourning

Alinka Echeverría presents never-before-seen photographs from her recent visit to South Africa.

Susan Silton, "In everything there is the trace," 2013. Installation view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Photo: Alexandra Brown.

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

“Word is a Virus” columnist Carol Cheh looks at two recent performance projects that involved retyping iconic works of literature on typewriters.

Bill Murray, opening segment from "Lost In Translation" (2003). Directed by Sofia Coppola. Screenplay by Sofia Coppola. Produced by Ross Katz and Sofia Coppola. Studio: American Zoetrope; Tohokushinsha Film. Distributed by Focus Features.

Copy That!

Lost in Transmission

Copy That!

Lost in Transmission

“Copy That!” columnist Joy Garnett considers a recent lawsuit involving the painter Sarah Morris and a group of origami artists.

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Misinterpreting Satire

Misinterpreting Satire

Sally Frater reflects on The Black Letter, a project by “The N***** Bankzy.”

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Jeff Koons: Art Changes Every Day

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Jeff Koons: Art Changes Every Day

Jeff Koons speaks about his relationship with art, his exhibition at the Château de Versailles, and misrepresentations of his work.

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Booked

An Interview with Sarah Lewis

Booked

An Interview with Sarah Lewis

New York–based curator, art historian, and Yale MFA Critic Sarah Lewis talks about her anticipated first book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery.

Robert Gober, Bag of Donuts, 1989; acid free hand cut paper, graphite, dough, synthetic resin; edition of 8 with 1 AP; 11 x 6 1/2 x 6 inches. Photo: Geoffrey Clements, Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery

Eating Robert Gober’s Bag of Donuts

Eating Robert Gober’s Bag of Donuts

What happens when an art critic mistakes a sculpture for a free snack?

Yinka Shonibare MBE, "Scramble for Africa," 2003;
14 life-size fiberglass mannequins, 14 chairs, table, and Dutch wax printed cotton; overall: 52 x 192 1/10 x 110 1/5 inches
Installation view, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, September 24, 2008–February 1, 2009
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Collection of The Pinnell Collection, Dallas. Production still from the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 5 episode, "Transformation," 2009. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © Art21, Inc.

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Yinka Shonibare MBE: Welcome Guests

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Yinka Shonibare MBE: Welcome Guests

Yinka Shonibare MBE talks about his collaborative process, his vision for an artist’s residency and community, and the meaning of failure.

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Dr. YouTube, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying (About Failure) and Love My Viral Video

Dr. YouTube, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying (About Failure) and Love My Viral Video

What might viral videos tell us about the current sense of failure in the art world?

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The Feast of Detroit

The Feast of Detroit

Does Detroit represent a failed system or does the city defy traditional responses to notions of failure?

Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b. 1972). The End of eating Everything (still), 2013. Animated video, color, sound, 8 min., edition of six. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. © Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu on failure

Wangechi Mutu on failure

“In a sense, failure is a tail that’s chasing me. I’m running away from it, but it’s attached to me. It helps me project myself forward.”

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New Kids on the Block

Victoria Fu’s Five Attempts at a Palindrome

New Kids on the Block

Victoria Fu’s Five Attempts at a Palindrome

For San Diego-based artist Victoria Fu “failure as strategy is a nod to the delicate beauty and also complete absurdity of making.”

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Twenty-One Songs from Sam Gordon

Now Playing

Twenty-One Songs from Sam Gordon

A playlist featuring artists and musicians who “fail to draw within the lines,” including Yoko One, Steve Reich, and Men.

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Failing Productively: A Crash Course

Failing Productively: A Crash Course

How can we help students have a healthy understanding of failure?