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It’s Getting Complicated

It’s Getting Complicated

Photographer Eirik Johnson recounts his travels to the northernmost point of Alaska, the Peruvian Amazon, and Oregon’s Cascade mountains.

Artist Marela Zacarías works on her large painted sculpture, "Red Meander" (2014), in her Bedford–Stuyvesant studio, Brooklyn, 2014. Production still from the ART21 "New York Close Up" film "Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home." © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home

Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home

In a new film from the ART21 New York Close Up series, artist Marela Zacarías creates a work commissioned by the Art in Embassies program for the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico.

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Love On Other Planets—A Mixtape for an Uninhabitable World

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Love On Other Planets—A Mixtape for an Uninhabitable World

A playlist evoking space, longing, distance, and, in some cases, extraterrestrial themes.

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The Future of Social Media: An Interview with Simone C. Niquille

Writer-in-Residence

The Future of Social Media: An Interview with Simone C. Niquille

Writer-in-residence Ben Valentine continues his technology series by interviewing designer and researcher Simone C. Niquille, whose “bold style addresses important issues of our time.”

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Books to Read Now About the Future

Booked

Books to Read Now About the Future

A future-focused reading list, courtesy of AdobeBooks and Arts Cooperative, a multidisciplinary hub for arts and culture in San Francisco.

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Letter from the Editor

The Future Is Now

Letter from the Editor

The Future Is Now

Guest editor Rachel Craft introduces the summer issue, “Future.”

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

From Mail Art to Tumblr: Making the Future ’Net Work, Part I

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

From Mail Art to Tumblr: Making the Future ’Net Work, Part I

Guest contributor Willa Köerner questions if a system where artists can earn money for networked art is at odds with the nature of the Internet itself.

Kara Walker (with her daughter) applies powdered sugar to a sculpture at the Domino Sugar factory, Brooklyn, NY, 2014. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2014. Cinematographer: Ian Forster.

The Making of Kara Walker’s Sugar Sphinx

The Making of Kara Walker’s Sugar Sphinx

An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project, A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

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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.”

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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?

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.

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Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going

Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going

New in New York Close Up, artist Josephine Halvorson guides an undergraduate painting class in a group critique at Cooper Union in Manhattan.

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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.

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.