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May Waver, Instagram Video Glitch, 2015, Digital Image, Courtesy of the artist

May Waver and the Sound of Sincerity

May Waver and the Sound of Sincerity

I first discovered May Waver’s work on Twitter, which makes sense. She’s an online persona, IRL online avatar, and interdisciplinary artist. Her work earnestly explores the consumption and practice of …

Erin Wiersma. Selection from the Examen series, 2015; dispersed pigment on paper; 31 x 33 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Erin Wiersma.

Still Points in Erin Wiersma’s Drawings

Still Points in Erin Wiersma’s Drawings

In June, I visited the studio of Erin Wiersma at the Two Coats of Paint Residency in the neighborhood of Downtown Brooklyn. Sharon Butler—artist, writer, and founder of the Two Coats …

Lars von Trier. Nymphomaniac: Volume I, 2013 (film still). © Lars von Trier.

Dogma (9 to 5)

Dogma (9 to 5)

Sincerity is almost always associated with goodness. A sincere person is understood to be earnest, honest, and straightforward. It is assumed he or she will not lie, cheat, or steal; …

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Sincerity’s Checkered Past

Sincerity’s Checkered Past

I’m thinking about sincerity and the fact that it has had such a checkered past in Western culture, going in and out of vogue. At times, sincerity has been lauded …

Artist Caroline Woolard speaking at the inaugural meeting of the New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative (Middle Collegiate Church, East Village, 4.28.15). Production still from the series, ART21 New York Close Up. Cinematography by Rafael Salazar. © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Caroline Woolard Flips the Real Estate Script

Caroline Woolard Flips the Real Estate Script

An introduction to the latest “New York Close Up” film from series co-creator/co-producer Nick Ravich and artist Caroline Woolard .

1.	Constance Hockaday. From All These Darlings and Now Us, 2014. Selection from project documentation; dimensions variable. Courtesy Southern Exposure, San Francisco. © Constance Hockaday.

By Invitation Only

By Invitation Only

In 2009, Theaster Gates purchased the first of several vacant properties that would become the site for Dorchester Projects, on the South Side of Chicago. It was both an act …

Summer Wheat, "A Lady's Dinner." Oil paint and gorilla glue, on a dinner plate. 11" diameter. Copyright Summer Wheat.

Passing Through

Passing Through

In my early twenties, I took Greyhound buses across the country, outfitted with my cassette tapes and philosophy books, in search of meaning.  Traveling through North Dakota, I sat next …

Damali Abrams, 2015. A sticker seen on 125th Street, on the way to an artist talk at the Studio Museum in Harlem, representing the Very Black Project, a contemporary Black pride movement spearheaded by André D. Singleton and Justin Lee Fulton, which spreads a message of empowerment through social media, stickers, and T-shirts. Courtesy Damali Abrams. © Damali Abrams

The Sincerest Form of #BlackJoy May Be Art, but Who Can Say for Sure?

The Sincerest Form of #BlackJoy May Be Art, but Who Can Say for Sure?

The artist talk is a peculiar form of presentation, a sincere attempt to communicate something beyond the work of art. For most artists, the artwork itself is the language. Artists …

Nicole Eisenman. The Triumph of Poverty, 2009. Oil on canvas, 65 x 82 inches. Courtesy the artist, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © Nicole Eisenman.

Irony, Sincerity…Is There a Third Pill?

Irony, Sincerity…Is There a Third Pill?

I will begin with a quote from Eric Fischl: “There’s nothing insincere about irony.” I couldn’t agree more. And I can’t bear the presumed opposition any longer. Can’t sincerity and …

Swarovski Crystal, New Hampshire, 2015. Photograph: Jacquelyn Gleisner.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jacquelyn Gleisner

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jacquelyn Gleisner

I want to tell you about the most sincere guy I’ve ever known. In 2004, when I was an art student at Boston University, I responded to a part-time job …

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Makeup and Birdcalls

Makeup and Birdcalls

Makeup Back in the 1950s—though it could have happened yesterday—the artist Marisol was invited to be on a panel with four older and more-established male artists. The first brilliant thing …

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.