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Artist Jamian Juliano-Villani in her Bedford-Stuyvesant studio, Brooklyn, NY, 2015. Production still from the ART21 "New York Close Up" film "Jamian Juliano-Villani's Painting Compulsion". © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Painting Compulsion

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Painting Compulsion

Filmed in her Bedford-Stuyvesant studio, artist Jamian Juliano-Villani uses a digital projector to create surreal paintings and discusses the graphic source material that inspires her.

Arlene Shechet arranging plaster sculptures in her New York City studio. Production still from the series ART21 "Exclusive". © ART21, Inc. 2015. Cinematography: Rafael Salazar.

Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

Arlene Shechet discusses a series of plaster sculptures that she created over the course of six years in the mid-1990s, following the death of a close friend.

A wet paper sheet being cast over rubber molds at Dieu Donné in New York City.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: Ian Forster.

Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

“The thing that’s unseen is sometimes way more interesting than what people want you to see.” —Arlene Shechet In the first of two new ART21 Exclusive episodes featuring Arlene Shechet, …

A model posing for a painting by Aliza Nisenbaum.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Courtesy the artist.

Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

“The idea of sitting face to face, it’s a very intimate experience. Having a model and painting them always makes people open up.” —Aliza Nisenbaum Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Immigrant Movement …

Detail of The Lightning's Bride (2011) by Elliott Hundley.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Courtesy the artist.

Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

“What’s appealing to me about collage is the fact that it’s so straightforward—that it’s a good foil to my subject.” —Elliott Hundley Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Elliott Hundley describing an …

Rashawn Griffin. Fissure, 2013; fabric, wood, lighting fixture, speakers, sound (59:23); 88 x 129.5 x 155.5 in.

Itinerant Domestic

Itinerant Domestic

I first encountered the engrossing work of the multimedia artist Rashawn Griffin (b. 1980) in a 2014 group exhibition, The Center is a Moving Target, at Kemper at the Crossroads, …

Jaimie Warren, Matt Roche, and the Urban Youth Theater Ensemble perform "An Abominable Thawt" (2015) at Abrons Arts Center, New York, 2015. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Welcome to Whoop Dee Doo! (with Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren Too). © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Welcome to Whoop Dee Doo! (with Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren Too)

Welcome to Whoop Dee Doo! (with Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren Too)

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artists Jaimie Warren and Matt Roche produce a one-day-only performance of their variety show, Whoop Dee Doo, at Abrons Arts Center.

Bukola Koiki. I Claim That Which Was Never Mine, 2014; detail of installation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Samantha Estrella.

On Returning Home and Works in Progress: A Conversation with Bukola Koiki

On Returning Home and Works in Progress: A Conversation with Bukola Koiki

I first learned about Bukola Koiki’s art through Facebook. She posted an essay about her work in the group named “BCC: BrownHall Community,” a networking forum for Black artists in …

Freddy Velez painting a sign at the “Gramsci Monument” (2013), a monument by Thomas Hirschhorn.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: John Marton.

Perspectives from the “Gramsci Monument”

Perspectives from the “Gramsci Monument”

“I don’t do something for the community, I do something, I hope, for art and the understanding of art – my goal is this.” —Thomas Hirschhorn Today’s ART21 Exclusive features the …

The Source Family, gathered for a portrait in front of the Father House. Courtesy of The Fox is Black (http://thefoxisblack.com/2013/05/30/polygamy-meets-god-in-l-a-a-film-review-of-the-source-family/).

Behind Voids and Dissonance: Experimental Music of Fluxus and the Source Family

Behind Voids and Dissonance: Experimental Music of Fluxus and the Source Family

“Purge the world of bourgeois sickness, ‘intellectual,’ professional and commercialized culture; Purge the world of dead art, imitation, artificial art, abstract art, illusionistic art—PURGE THE WORLD OF ‘EUROPANISM!’” [1]. Written with …

Leonardo Drew visiting the grave of Piet Mondrian in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: Joel Shapiro.

Leonardo Drew and Piet Mondrian Meet on the Grid

Leonardo Drew and Piet Mondrian Meet on the Grid

“What can I say about Mondrian, he’s just the man. As far as the grid and composition, obviously I’m working off of him and standing on the shoulders of giants.” …

Kristy Baltezore. Thinking In Donuts , 2015.

Personal Digital Networks

Personal Digital Networks

Sara Schnadt and Kristy Baltezore met three years ago at the kitchen table of their mutual friend and fellow new-media artist Rob Ray, who is like a chosen family member. …

Lisa Ross, photograph from Drag photos (1991-1993).

Mom in the Mirror

Mom in the Mirror

In December 2013, I received a master’s degree in psychoanalysis at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in New York, the same institute where my mother trained, starting in the …

Rashid Johnson. Installation view of ILLUMInations, 54th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 2011. Artwork courtesy the artist; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; and Hauser & Wirth, London, New York and Zurich. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Rashid Johnson Keeps His Cool.

Rashid Johnson Keeps His Cool

Rashid Johnson Keeps His Cool

In a new ART21 “New York Close Up” film, artist Rashid Johnson charts a decade-long aesthetic and professional development from his early portrait photographs to his later conceptually-based sculptures.

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Trevor Paglen Photographs the NSA

Trevor Paglen Photographs the NSA

“You as a member of the public should be able to exert the same kind of power over this institution that we can symbolically do by looking at a photograph …

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Trevor Paglen Flexes His Rights

Trevor Paglen Flexes His Rights

“To go and photograph an airbase is not only to photograph something but it is to insist on one’s right to photograph. You’re flexing that right.” —Trevor Paglen Today’s ART21 …

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Letter from the Editor, Clarinda Mac Low

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 …

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Offshore Art: Artistic Strategies in a Ruined Democracy

Offshore Art: Artistic Strategies in a Ruined Democracy

The term post-democracy has recently emerged in political theory and sociology as part of an effort to grasp the contemporary social order. The term is used by theorists such as …

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Three Muddled Blueprints for Ruin

Three Muddled Blueprints for Ruin

Please read the document that follows as a makeshift “program”, “manifesto”, “list of demands”, “wish list”, or “totally impenetrable academic nonsense” in favor of the moderately counterintuitive project of trying …

Asher Hartman's "Purple Electric Play!" performed at Machine Project, Los Angeles, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Marianne Williams.

Asher Hartman’s Ritualistic Marathons

Asher Hartman’s Ritualistic Marathons

For twenty years, the Los Angeles–based artist and performer Asher Hartman has created spaces that foster deeply psychic intuition and allow audiences to create as a group.

Ruby Sky Stiler with Daniel Gordon's Summer Fruit (2014) at Wallspace, New York, 2014. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Steps. © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Steps

Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Steps

In a new “New York Close Up” film, married artists Daniel Gordon and Ruby Sky Stiler candidly discuss the complex professional and personal dynamics of bringing a baby into their already busy lives.

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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Deeper into the Desert with Andrea Zittel

Deeper into the Desert with Andrea Zittel

“We’ve always tried to help artists find situations to make their work, where it can retain that quality of unknowableness.” —Andrea Zittel Today’s ART21 Exclusive features High Desert Test Sites, …

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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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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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.

Artist Bryan Zanisnik at the Meadowlands, New Jersey, 2014. Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Bryan Zanisnik Goes to the Meadowlands. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Bryan Zanisnik Goes to the Meadowlands

Bryan Zanisnik Goes to the Meadowlands

In new film from the ART21 New York Close Up series, artist Bryan Zanisnik hikes through the New Jersey Meadowlands landscape and exhibits his work “Meadowlands Picaresque” at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Homesteading as Art and Revolution

Homesteading as Art and Revolution

Is homesteading still radical? Artist Heidi Norton, her parents, and other generations of their family discuss art, craft, and the back-to-the-land movements.

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The Walker Curates the News: 11.03.14

The Walker Curates the News: 11.03.14

The Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers is calling for the ouster of Museo Reina Sofía director Manuel Borja-Villel over a show it deems “anti-Catholic.” On view through February 9, 2015, …

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Cacophony as Interruption?

Cacophony as Interruption?

Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room and the problem of presenting the Black female body.

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Booked

Kalup Linzy Joins the ART21/CUE Book Club

Booked

Kalup Linzy Joins the ART21/CUE Book Club

The ART21/CUE Book Club returns on November 13, with video and performance artist Kalup Linzy guiding our conversation.

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Inquiring Minds

What does it mean to be a responsible global citizen?

Inquiring Minds

What does it mean to be a responsible global citizen?

An eighth grade language arts class learns about personal and social responsibility through contemporary art.

Carmen Papalia. The Touchy Subject, 2013. Perceptual tour, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Filip Wolak.

You Can Do It With Your Eyes Closed

You Can Do It With Your Eyes Closed

Artist Carmen Papalia, who is legally blind, explores issues of public access through experiential projects with diverse audiences, from museum-goers to a high school marching band.

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Together Work

Together Work

Carol Stakenas, a curator for Social Practices Art Network (SPAN), contemplates the concept of “together work,” and shares results from the SPAN Together Survey.