- This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco club either…but it is SUPER FUN! Art21 hosted the second installment of Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia with Art21 this past Wednesday, March 24. We were shocked to see over 120 participants gathered at the 92YTribeca in New York City. It was so packed that we had to bring in more chairs for the twenty-six teams who battled through four rounds of trivia. Marc Mayer reports.
- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE | William Kentridge — We invited viewers to choose the 100th Exclusive video and, with 43% of the vote, William Kentridge emerged triumphant! We’ll debut the four other videos in contention — with artists Mary Heilmann, Julie Mehretu, Beryl Korot, and Mike Kelley — throughout the month of April. Thanks to all who voted, and without further ado, check the winning video out!
- Blogger Ivan Lozano, who comes from a film and history background, questions how the “future” is distributed in contemporary art. What does this mean in relationship to Dziga Vertov’s Kino-eye?
- FLASH POINTS: Deaccessioning Without Putting Your Mission Up For Sale. Museums have been disposing of objects since they began acquiring them. Guest writer Maxwell Anderson, Director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, is surprised by how transparent his museum chooses to be about the decision-making process.
- In continuation of the Flash Points topic pertaining to Ethics and Art, Hrag Vartanian speaks with #Class Co-Curator Jennifer Dalton.
- New Guest Blogger | Baseera Khan — Baseera is a practicing artist and curator living and working in Brooklyn, New York. What is the history of what she does and why she does it? Check out this post. Baseera also revisits her own art education and surprise path-crossing with a special Art21 artist in her post, Wayward Memories.
- EDUCATION | Teaching with Contemporary Art — “I think the performers should have been credited in the (Tino Sehgal show. In ballet, dancers are considered artists even though they don’t actually choreograph the dance. They don’t have the idea. They are the vessel that choreographers use to show the idea to the world. ” says high school student Suzanne when responding to the question: who should receive credit for conceptual works produced by fabricators or performers? Joe Fusaro in continuation of his post from last week, had described a few upcoming classes where his high school students were taking on the question of whether or not an idea can be considered a work of art, even if an artist never actually touches the object that’s created or has a direct hand in the performance of the piece. This discussion led to other questions in a very interesting conversation. Check out Joe’s post for additional insightful comments made by the students in his class.
- A new video installation by Season 1 artist Barbara Kruger is now on view at the Chelsea location of Mary Boone Gallery. Women of the Chrysler: A 400-Year Celebration of the Arts is now on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. Galerie Lelong in New York is displaying new sculptures by Season 4 artist Ursula von Rydingsvard in the solo show ERRĀTUS. Mark Dion (Season 4) and Robert Williams have organized An Ordinall of Alchemy, the first in a series of exhibitions presented by the art journal and gallery space, Cabinet. James Turrell, Bruce Nauman (both Season 1), and Jenny Holzer (Season 4) are included in the first Biennale for International Light Art, Open Light in Private Spaces. Season 1 artist Mel Chin is in Baltimore with his Fundred Dollar Bill project… and much much more in this week’s Round-Up!
- What is the relationship between the cheerfulness of technology, the recognition of cyber-ecology, and the profound sorrow of human expression? In his post, blogger Ivan Lozano quotes Ollivier Dyens’s essay The Emotion of Cyber-space: Art and Cyber-Ecology, as part of his preparation to participate in a panel discussion in Arlington, VA called We Have Decided Not to Die for the Arlington Arts Center’s TRANSHUMAN CONDITIONS show, curated by Jeffrey Cudlin. Is the role of the artist destined to change?
- Can we blame the contemporary art object for being unethical? Would we blame money itself for the financial crisis? “There’s a lot of discussion and almost no consensus about the difference between ethics and morals, so let’s be broad about it: both are proposals about how to live,” Ben Street writes to us from London. Street address the question in the way he first interpreted it: can there be anything ethical about art itself, or is it perpetually at one remove from the conversation? Can art itself be, now, a proposal about how to live? Street makes some key points in his attempt to answer these question and reflects on the relationship contemporary art has to modernism. Read Ben Street’s insightful letter concerning his views on how ethics and morals in art stand in tandem with how the artist, the art object, and viewer may be aligned with an overall visual authority.
- Blogger and art dealer Edward Winkleman responds to Ben Street’s letter about ethics and morals in art in this post, The Non-Existence of Ethical Art. He remembers Oscar Wilde’s famous words, “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.” Winkleman agrees with Street — “to suggest that “art” can be either ethical or unethical is to personify an object.” Don’t miss reading this post and ask yourself, “How does this conversation relate to what I am currently making/thinking about in the classroom, studio, writing, or even my day at the office?”
- What are Doris Salcedo, Alfredo Jaar, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Jenny Holzer, and Allora & Calzadilla up to these days? The Weekly Round-Up includes: melancholy photographs, bronze truisms, museum interventions, a giant battleship… and much much more!
- TEACHING WITH CONTEMPORARY ART: Has contemporary art Jumped the Shark Tank? Denis Dutton may have criticized Damien Hirst’s Medicine Cabinet and Jeff Koons‘s Vacuum Cleaners as “reckless investments,” but the opportunity to use these works as a springboard for defining and redefining art with students is really quite priceless. In this post, Joe Fusaro suggests trying things out, opening the discussion by asking: Does an idea qualify as a work of art? Can an artist have an idea, instruct other people to make it, and take the credit?
- INSIDE THE ARTIST’S STUDIO | Rachel Moore is an American artist and currently a Fulbright Fellow at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rachel is a co-founder of Spoke, an exhibition space in Chicago, IL. Her work explores the complexity of relationships within cultures and subcultures, as well as within both built and natural environments.
- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rothenberg | Emotions – Episode #099: Filmed at her home and studio in New Mexico, artist Susan Rothenberg explains how she transforms personal experiences and feelings into works that can become an “emotional moment” for the viewer. While discussing the loss of her dog, Rothenberg describes the process of recovering a memory of her pet through the act of painting.
- YOU DECIDE! Viewers choose Art21′s 100th Video Exclusive! Don’t forget to vote!
Spring is just around the corner!!! Whew, finally. Meanwhile, here’s What’s Cookin:
- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE | Jeff Koons: Money & Value: Artist Jeff Koons discusses themes of money, desire, perfection, and moral responsibility. Filmed in his busy New York studio and surrounded by numerous assistants at work on paintings and sculptures, Koons describes how the practicalities of running a business are often in service to creative ends.
- Matthew Savitsky, Philadelphia-based artist talks with blogger Kevin McGarry about his new project Healing With Purple (Here Lies Helvetica), inspired by a visit to a faerie cemetery in Short Mountain, Tennessee; his thoughts about Robert Gober’s piece currently on view at the New Museum, his frustration with writing and triumphs related to art as poetry; and his urge to communicate gay colloquialisms and sensibilities.
- Continued from Part 1, Kevin McGarry shares his first impressions about the controversial exhibition Skin Fruit. If you are not in New York and don’t plan to be anytime soon, never fear; McGarry describes what he has saw there in detail. If you are still not satisfied, go to YouTube and check out this video produced by NOWNESS. The question remains: how much here is transparent and how much just can’t be seen? How fun to guess?
- Sparkling Nepalese paper, race and civil rights, a northern island, circular botanics, fluorescent lights, a ton of vinyl records, and a few reviews in the Weekly Roundup.
- Welcome new guest blogger Ivan Lozano, a (mostly) video artist currently working on an MFA in Film/Video/New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In another life, while living in Austin TX, Ivan was the programming director for the Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, an arts writer for various publications, and a co-founder of the artist collective the Austin Video Bee.
- CONVERSATIONS about CONSERVATION: How can cultural value on a place be defined? Is this an image that is always beautiful? Blogger Richard McCoy has been preparing a presentation for the colloquium at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, “Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art.” He now speaks with Mitchell Harnes Bishop, the curator of historic collections at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden responsible for its historic buildings, collections, and the cultural landscape.
- TEACHING WITH CONTEMPORARY ART: We have A LOT to learn from our colleagues! Joe Fusaro lets us in on a well-known secret, but kindly reminds us that, “sharing best practices is something that takes organization, time, and effort. Over the past nine years I have learned repeatedly that this is time well spent and absolutely worth the extra effort…Let’s face it, reading about good teaching, or just daydreaming about it, is one thing. Seeing good teaching in action is quite another…” Let’s feed the fire!
- What if an artist wants to re-create a performance? Does he or she have to credit the original artist? Some don’t. “I realized this is happening because performance is nobody’s territory. It’s never been mainstream art and there’s no rules,” says Marina Abramovic. Abramovic’s current exhibition at MoMA has received a lot of press, perhaps some in part for her continued efforts towards the conservation of time-based performance art. Um, how do you do that? Hey, check out this twist: doing the Marina Abromavic in drag? Blogger Ivan Lozano tinkers with the thought. READ THIS!
- LOOKING AT LOS ANGELES: L.A. galleries are brimming with minimal, kind-of-conceptual abstraction at the moment. According to Catherine Wagley, Mel Bochner makes a keen impression with his palette of words. “He works in the realm of one-horsed wagons and burnt tongues…”
- FLASHPOINTS: Must art be ethical? Advocating ethical practices and tolerance are two different positions. Tyler Green is an advocate for stronger ethics in the art world, while Jerry Saltz seems intent on defending the relative tolerance and heterogeneity of the commercial side no matter how dysfunctional it may appear, even lovingly referring to the art world as “Babylon.” Jerry Saltz and Tyler Green, according to William Powhida, are not talking about the same thing in their public non-debate… Worried about being late to class? Don’t worry, according to Ben Davis 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, you won’t ever be because “the art world is not separate from society or its class structure.” Please note Powhida’s point that the art world is not representative of any society in its entirety…“As an artist I am to both invent and preserve, challenge and perpetuate, be new and responsible, for the past and the future”… There’s still so much more. READ THIS!
- GASTRO-VISION: Food in Contemporary Art and Culture: Remember Mr. Creosote, the morbidly obese character of the 1983 comedy Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life? Somebody grab a bucket! Are we a culture of gluttonous over-indulgent consumers that want MORE of it ALL? Gluttony in art consumption and our craving for new things was at the center of a provocative panel discussion held earlier this month at The Independent art fair. Nicole Caruth questions and reflects.
- CALL FOR ENTRIES: WRITERS WANTED FOR THE ART21 BLOG!
I don’t know about you but I can’t get enough. I promise not too play with my food too much (maybe) but I can guarantee I will be asking for seconds. It’s one of the busiest weeks in the Art World and a lot of it is happening in New York City. Although I have been on the verge of art overload, with my eyes literally buzzing the other night from over-stimulation, I won’t be shouting mayday because I have the optimism that I will experience something intriguing the very next moment just by default. My favorite so far is the muli-layered curatorial contrast between the more traditional yet uber-commercial Armory Show and the INDEPENDENT.
Meanwhile, I bet you all are still hungry as well – so here you go!
- It’s Pure Beauty! Otherwise known as an exhibition of that very name, featuring John Baldessari, which opens in Spain; the Whitney Biennial in NYC; Shrewd & Sassy Survey of American Arists opened in Nebraska; Collier Schorr’s German Faces at the Modern Art Gallery in London…Nicole Caruth Rounds Them Up here. At 19 additional bits and bites, this week’s most recent roundup is a whopper!
- EDUCATION | Teaching with Contemporary Art. How do you hold an art exhibition in your hand? Read Part One of this interview with Tod Lippy, founder and editor of ESOPUS magazine, by Joe Fusaro, for some insight into how Lippy has materialized his curatorial vision in a plethora of pages released on two very anticipated dates per year. In Part Two, Lippy talks about the periodical as useful a resource for educators.
- What are you thinking, I mean eating? Don’t know? Try charting it out. You might get some some unexpected answers. In Gastro-Vision: Stomache, Nicole Caruth gives us the scoop on artist Christina Mazzalupo’s very colorful food diaries. It’s true that what you eat can’t only be measured as a numeric caloric intake.
- How does the Internet see you? Here‘s a new way to ask this androgynous digital connector, in the form of an initial question posed by Aaron Zinman of MIT. Meanwhile, be sure to read on here as there are many other connections made.
- Have you every chosen not to be, well, the most polite that you could be? What was the outcome? Here’s a glimpse into Paul McCarthy’s studio, a workshop that often dares to be irreverent. In this video, Paul McCarthy | Lifecasting, the artist is surrounded by various figurative sculptures, including an oversized bust of President George W. Bush. McCarthy discusses the process of casting from life and the resulting perfections and imperfections. Be sure to also watch Jessica Stockholder | Form. Stockholder discusses the strength of form and the difficulty in articulating the meaning behind abstract shapes from her home in New Haven, Connecticut.
- Inside the Artist’s Studio | Christa Holka. Vanity, queerness, friends, and family. Sometimes the seemingly superficial is actually quite intimate. Holka talks about her photography, past travels, lifestyles, and hopes for the future.
- Welcome Kevin McGarry, our new guest blogger! Kevin is a writer and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. His journalism has recently appeared on Rhizome, T Magazine Blog, and the online editions of Art in America, Artforum and Interview. Read about his first impressions of Skin Fruit, the exhibition curated by Jeff Koons at the New Museum.
- Flash Points: Must Art Be Ethical? What would happen if you took a stray animal off the street and put it in a gallery as a work of art? According to David Yanez, perhaps no other exhibition has caused as much controversy over the ethical use of live animals in art as Exposición No.1., a show by Guillermo Vargas, a Costa Rican artist also known as “Habacuc.” IT took place on August 16, 2007 at Galería Códice in Managua, Nicaragua. YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ.
- The Oscars, aka prom night for Hollywood, are just around the corner! Who does the Academy love more: the noble savage, the noble soldier, or the noble soldier-turned-savage? Are you on the edge of your seat or what? If you answered “or what” to that question, you might prefer to spend this Sunday at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, whose current exhibitions offer an excellent antidote to “movie magic.”
- Building relationships can be hard for some and quite natural for others. What about that space in-between? How does photographer Alec Soth work at his relationships with his subjects? Read The Process Behind the Portrait, an interview with Soth by Rachel Craft.
- What are your manners? Where and how did you learn them? According to Ben Street’s most recent letter to us contemporary art and the Mannerist Movement could be holding hands at the table. What do you see? Peter Schjeldahl, in his review at the new exhibition of Bronzino’s drawings at the Met says, “Mannerism, the most commonly despised period in Western art history…[is] the one that best befits creative culture today. We are mostly Mannerists now…” Jerry Saltz calls Mannerism calls Bronzino, “sixteenth-century Italy’s Joey Ramone”. There’s a lot to consider here: READ this post.
- Is art your friend? Why not, it should be. John Menil says: “Art: Take it off its marble pedestal and show it as a daily companion, refreshing, human and rich: witness of its time and prophet of times to come.”For more check out this post on The Menil Collection.
- Art is Murder. Scary. But Insightful.
- Teaching with Contemporary Art is taking a break this week in order to complete special two-part interview with Esopus editor, Tod Lippy, which will be published here on the Art21 blog starting next Wednesday. Stay tuned for this unique look into a very, very distinct art magazine that has wonderful potential for art educators.
- This President’s Day roundup begins with a hotly debated exhibition and ends with a divine duo in this week’s Round-Up.
- How do you conserve a work of art that is fleeting in time? Richard McCoy speaks to Jeff Martin in this post Collaborations in Conservation: A Conversation and A Colloquium
- Do you know how to argue responsibly? How does the recent thoughts shared between Jerry Saltz and John Yau measure up? In this week’s, FLASHPOINTS: Must art be ethical? |The Puppy Wars, Catherine Wagley writes, there are unethical ways of arguing. It’s a critic’s responsibility to try to glance past his own worldview—not to escape it (that would be impossible and uninteresting)—and invite conversation about more than what he thinks. Writing that settles for voluptuous, only half-substantiated opinion-making, however, does break the rules.
- This past Tuesday an event at UCLA’s Hammer Museum dealt with death in a way that was less discriminating than blogger Catherine Wagley would have liked. The Museum joined forces with PEN USA to present a reading titled, “I Am Neda.” The event promised to bring together dissident poets and to celebrate freedom fighters in Iran. I went because, like so many others, I found the video of Neda Agha-Soltan, the unknown makers of which just received a George Polk Award for Videography, emotionally searing. I also went because the Neda phenomenon seems so heavily visual that I wanted to see how poetry could claim her image….READ more here.
- What better way to soundtrack an art and pop culture event than to invite an in-tune-with-pop-culture artist to curate a selection of their favorite music? Check out Culture Wars: Trivial Tunes with Mary Heilmann and Mark your calendars: The next Culture Wars night is on Wednesday, March 24, at the 92YTribeca.
- Grand Canyon Journal 4: Critique as a Destruction of Joy…”CityCenter is the biggest thing to happen to art in Las Vegas since Steve Wynn put his finger through a Picasso. The mixed-use, residential, gambling, fine dining, clubbing, high-end retail, luxury hotel behemoth opened in December with the explosive fanfare usually reserved for the demolition of buildings in Vegas.”
- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE | William Kentridge’s “Return”; Shot in his Johannesburg studio in South Africa, William Kentridge reveals the process and unusual presentation of the video work Return — a component of the larger project (REPEAT) from the beginning / Da Capo (2008) — which had its debut on the fire screen of Teatro La Fenice opera house in Venice, Italy.
- Raiding, Mining and Resurrecting: Maurizo Cattelan at the Menil Collection
- Why art school? Why now? Why does it matter? | Art21 is seeking Graduate Student Writers for Open Enrollment
- FLASHPOINTS: How does art respond to and redefine the natural world? Dan Phillips makes houses and asks the question, what is “folk”? According to Leanne Gilberstein in her post, Dan Phillips: Not Merely Vernacular, Pt. 2 Phillips effectively demythologizes ideas of “the folk” that have problematically been associated specific notions of cultural origins… accordingly American history has used these notions to construct and solidify perceptions of certain groups (often black people and poor whites) by relegating them to an ingrained, natural condition of unchanging “folkhood.” How does Phillips make “use of the discards of the cultural mainstream and the privileging of a taste for making do rather than making perfect…?” Is Phillip’s project merely nostalgic or is his economically minded project helping to pave the way for an optimistic future in ‘forward thinking’ production?
- Greek tragedy, cross dressing, cooking shows, needlework, rowdy teens, storytelling, nighttime walks, and a few mystery plays in this week’s roundup. (I myself am heading to MIT this week to check out Virtuoso Illusion: Cross Dressing and the New Media Avant-Garde…!)
- Art classrooms can be noisy places. But hey, if you want a student’s attention and full-force effort why not give them A Little Heads Up about your intentions for the day’s lesson plan. Perhaps they’ll respect you for it as this knowledge has the ability to give students a particular sense of purpose. According to Joe Fusaro in this weeks addition of Teaching With Contemporary Art it’s worth a shot.
- Are you a pack rat? Lots of artists are. Check out this weeks VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: John Baldessari | Recycling Images
- Karen Schmeer, the Maysles Brothers & Art Doc Screenings in NYC: Nick Ravich, Art21′s Director of Production pays respect to a very important important member of the independent documentary community, Karen Schmeer; Production Coordinator Ian Forster, recently got the chance to shoot at the big beautiful exhibit of Gabriel Orozco’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and Ravich highly recommends some select screenings of documentary films to see in NYC. But never fear non-New Yorkers and those who are saving extra cash by not attending as many out of home screenings this year…. Ravich promises a future column detailing some online-based art documentary viewing options! (YES!)
This week What’s Cookin is sent to you directly from Newport, RI an eclectic little city on the Atlantic coast. Home to some of the best clam chowder and crab cakes I’ve ever eaten, everything seems to be within walking distance including a farm of rare animal breeds, mansions preserved from the Gilded Age, the infamous mystery tower, and the country’s first lending library, the Redwood...I’m always hungry to learn more, meanwhile here’s what’s been happening at Art21:
- It’s a mix-tape tape that flirts with Caribbean Kitsch, romance and hushed Rothko reverence, glitter(!), paint and fesis. Curate your mind around Ben Street’s letter on Chris Ofili’s retrospective at the Tate Modern in London. It sounds like an exhibition not to be missed.
- Welcom Leanne Gilbertson, the latest in the Art21 Guestblogosphere! A teacher at the Sam Houston State University she is also preparing a manuscript that explores the relationships between the emergence, in the 1960s, of both feminist and queer consciousnesses, and the intermedia artistic experimentation occurring at both Warhol’s Factory and Judson Memorial Church.
- FLASHPOINTS: How does art respond to and define the natural world? For the past twelve years, Dan Phillips and members of the Commotion, including his wife Marsha, have been committed to building affordable and visually-distinctive housing out of largely post-consumption building leftovers, waste from the fabrication of industrialized materials (including “landscape timbers,” a plywood by-product), and other free or discarded materials.
- Nicole Rounds Them UP! You’ll read about two anniversary exhibitions, 6,000 shapes upstate, masterworks in the Midwest, some road trip souvenirs, a whole lotta prints, and a sale you won’t want to miss.
- Teaching with Contemporary Art: Art 21 has ventured into the land of teacher institutes. Joe Fusaro reflects on the importance of ‘teaching with ideas’ and introduces Year 2 of the Art21 Educators summer institute will run from July 7-14, 2010 and is now accepting applications from pairs of teachers. Click here for more information and to download an application!
- Grand Canyon Journal 3: the Painter of Video to Life. Has there ever been such an elegant dramatization of the power of illusion as David Copperfield’s “The Painter”? Art and magic share the stage (which strangely recalls both David Letterman’s set and Monica’s apartment from Friends) in a trick that only gently conflates the initial discomfort of Harold and Maude with Copperfield’s problems with the law…
- If You Can Remember the ’60′s You Weren’t There. “When I moved from Berkeley to Los Angeles five years ago, I thought I was done living in a town that was devoted to perpetually remembering the ’60s. But I soon discovered that Los Angeles also carries a mega-torch for that transformative decade.” Lily Simonson thinks continues to inspire the Los Angeles as a California culural center in relationship to the Ferus Gallery and the Samuel Freeman Gallery.
- Art21 Launches the next Flash Points topic, The Ethics of Art. Ethics are defined as “a system of moral principles” which constantly factor into the choices we make. However, these decisions can become confused, making this system of principles more gray than black and white, especially when competing priorities are at work. Over the next two months, we’ll explore the relationship of ethics in art from a variety of perspectives and question the role that they should — or shouldn’t — play.
- The Dust Settles After the First Culture Wars. On January 28, Art21 and 92YTribeca piloted a program called Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia with Art21. The night began with a music play list created by artist Mary Heilmann (Season 5).
- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE — Julie Mehretu | Workday. Filmed in her Berlin studio, Julie Mehretu discusses the ups and downs of her daily studio practice. Mehretu is shown working on the painting Middle Grey (2007-2009), one work in a suite of seven paintings commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim as part of the exhibition Julie Mehretu: Grey Area, which travels to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York later this year (May 14 – October 6, 2010).
Brrrrrr… it’s cold over here in NYC. I hope you all are staying warm wherever you are. Meanwhile, here’s What’s Cookin:
- Nicole Rounds Them Up! This week you’ll read about Tasmanian wolves, patented patterns, cartoon anthropomorphism, ancient mythology, portico projections, and a big gift…
- We’re back with Karthik Pandian on his voyage in the Wild West. In his second installment of this Grand Canyon Journal: Let’s Get Medievalist on this Crevassse gallop through the Arthurian points in which many parts of the canyon are named. Does the tip of Excalibur Tower, which is said to look like King Arthur’s legendary sword, contain the moment when its namesake was thrust into a soon-to-be-slain dragon? Does Guinevere Castle house a temporal room in which the Queen scandalously gave herself to Lancelot?
- Transcendent: Vija Clemins and Kimsooja| Teaching With Contemporary Art Columnist, Joe Fusaro was “recently I was engaged in a little debate about whether contemporary art can truly be transcendent — taking us beyond the range of normal perception to some place else, some place free from the constraints of the material world…
- A poised student who introduced himself as “born in 1990” commented that, while the photographs appealed to him because of their obvious skillfulness, he wanted to know what someone his age was supposed to take from work created years before his birth… Last November Catherine Wagley attended a panel discussion at LACMA on photographs of man-altered landscape. The images in question—coolly composed prints by Stephen Shore, Lewis Baltz, and Robert Adams, among others—all hailed from the 1970s. Read Catherine’s reflection on this panel discussion in her post Hollis Frampton Revival.
- Gastro Vision | Food in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture: The Fruit of Experience. Nicole gives us the scoop on the on Fallen Fruit Collective formed six years ago through a project by artists David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young for the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.
- Remembering artist and friend Flo McGarrell
- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE | William Kentridge, Breathe. Shot in his Johannesburg studio in South Africa, William Kentridge reveals the process behind the video work Breathe — a component of the larger project (REPEAT) from the beginning / Da Capo (2008) that debuted at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and at the nearby Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in San Barnaba, Italy.
- FLASHPOINTS: Art + the Environment Wrap Up. For the past few months, our blog discussion platform, Flash Points, has hosted a conversation on Art and the Environment. Together with our readers, we looked at how art reacts to the environment, and if it can be used as a way to contextualize and understand environmental concerns.
Have you ever …
…wanted to live on an island? Andrea Zittel did …so she’s making one! If you are in Indianapolis, visit the IMA and meet the “park ranger” living on Zittel’s island. Hopefully he will invite you aboard and show you around! Meanwhile, check out this interview with Andrea Zittel by Richard McCoy.
…flown over the Grand Canyon? Re-visit David Copperfield’s and float across with artist and new (!) guest blogger Karthik Pandian in this first installament (ie Journal #1) of a series of posts involving a straight-up escavation of his journey from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. YouTube is Karthik’s co-pilot.
…found some slug eggs, made the light bulb light up, got a microscope to focus, harvested a tomato, nurtured a seed? Joe Fusaro Interviews Abbe Futterman, former graduate of Pratt Institute now science teacher at the Earth School about the importance of drawing and scientific illustration as a unique way of exploring the world. According to Abbe “Discovery that is the result of an imaginative act– one’s own “wonderful idea”– is a powerful thing. I believe that when children experience their own agency in this way, they learn that they can change the world…”
…been an archivist at a museum? Read about the importance of conservation and exploration of different roles in archiving from someone knowledgeable in the position of caring for art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Richard McCoy interviews former Associate Curator from the IMA, Rebecca Uchill.
…thought about how sports, the human body, GAP t-shirts, and MLK day can all come together? Nicole Rounds Them Up!
…painted yourself blue and gone to the movies? In this week’s Letter from London Ben Street thinks about the psychological effects that the film Avatar has had on some people as well as the film’s vibrant fan base. How does this cinematic explosion fall into place in the context of art history?
…aughta, coulda, shoulda made that list? It’s better late then never. Check out this post looking back on the decade with no name with these Art21 Bloggers 2009 Round Up up “art- things remembered”.
…enjoyed a trivia night with Art21? Come one come all to Culture Wars (!) a NEW trivia event inspired by contemporary art and the culture of our time presented by Art21 and 92YTribeca
…wondered about the mechanics behind the functioning of a robot? In this VIDEO EXCLUSIVE Animatronic Designer Jon Dawe reveals the process behind the robotic creature effects in artist Paul McCarthy’s sculpture Bush and Pig.
There’s been a lot Cookin’ at Art21 this past week!
Ready… set …GO!!!
- Letter from London: Memento Mori:Ben Street writes to us about Emily Princes drawing installation project that counts the dead… or does it? This artist’s approach to statistics utilizes rembrance as a fight against abstraction…
- Nicole Rounds Them UP! This week Art21 artists depict nether regions, play with light and space, bundle and fuse old toys, mirror the dandy, reimagine rooftops, photograph electricity, and display cookie cutters by the thousands
- BLOG THIS! Blogging the Contemporary Arts, a panel discussion at X-Initiative. Blogs about contemporary arts and the art world play an increasingly important role by providing multiple viewpoints, information and commentaries about the art market, the gallery scene, artists and their work on a daily basis.
- Adolf Hitler (character) IMDB Spreadsheet
- Teaching with Contemporary Art: Anything Can Happen. Being a Ranger Fan is a lot like Contemporary Art.
- Announcing Art Educators 2010-2011. The Education staff at Art21 is launching the second year of Art21 Educators and we are now accepting applications. For those of you just hearing about this program, Art21 Educators is an intensive, year-long professional development initiative designed to cultivate and support K-12 art educators interested in bringing contemporary art, artists, and themes into their classrooms.
- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Allan McCollum Cookie Cutters