How does art respond to and redefine the natural world?

Robert Adams, "Adams County, Colorado," 1973  Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ambiguity and Teaching with the Photography Robert Adams

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ambiguity and Teaching with the Photography Robert Adams

Teaching with and sharing Robert Adams’ photography with students can allow for a broader understanding of what makes a great picture.

Saint Louis skyline with Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch in the foreground and Minoru Yamasaki's Pruitt-Igoe housing development in the back right.

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Notable attention has turned to what many consider the golden age of modern St. Louis—the 1950s—when the city reached its highest population and garnered international attention for its architectural contributions. …

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EVERYTHING TRANSFORMS

EVERYTHING TRANSFORMS

I first met Maya Kramer at a dinner party she was hosting at her home in one of the tree-lined compounds of the former French Concession in Shanghai. But it …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art: The First Three Years

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art: The First Three Years

This week Teaching with Contemporary Art here on the blog turns 3. Frankly, I can’t believe that I’ve been writing this column for three years. At the same time, it …

Image from Public Smog (2006). Courtesy Amy Balkin.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Amy Balkin

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Amy Balkin

For the past couple years, I have been teaching Bay Area-based artist Amy Balkin’s work within a curriculum about environmental art and “land expropriation.” I teach her work besides Karl …

A spot of bird-watching. From markdionbartram on Flickr.

What Ever Happened to the Dilettante?

What Ever Happened to the Dilettante?

In June, the contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports (and regular columnists on this site) featured an interview with artist Mark Dion. Dion said something in the interview that has …

Deke Weaver as Hero in Elephant

“Elephant,” or Why I Love Performance Art

“Elephant,” or Why I Love Performance Art

Recent guest blogger Marissa Perel wrote a post following up her residency on this site. — Ed. 2010 wouldn’t be complete without the Art21 world knowing about this mind-blowing show …

Dan Phillips, "Chateaux", 2008. Courtesy Phoenix Commotion.

Dan Phillips: Not Merely Vernacular, Pt. 2

Dan Phillips: Not Merely Vernacular, Pt. 2

In my estimation, Phoenix Commotion’s ongoing project (founded around 1998 by Dan Phillips) does much more than simply supply a university town with a rich dose of local color. While …

Dan Phillips, "Tree House," 2008. Courtesy of Phoenix Commotion.

Flash Points

Dan Phillips: Not Merely Vernacular, Pt. I

Flash Points

Dan Phillips: Not Merely Vernacular, Pt. I

As a northerner recently transplanted to the Greater Houston area, I admit to having reservations about all things Texan. I have found this a tough place to love at first …

"Streamside Day," production still 2003 Film and video transfers, 26 minutes, color, sound. Photo by Aaron S. Davidson. © Pierre Huyghe, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York.

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art + the Environment Wrap-Up

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art + the Environment Wrap-Up

The natural world is a marvel, a playground, an intrinsic adventure, a multi-layered curiosity, an embodiment of fear and  absolute wonderment. It is an artists’ gym where one can exercise …

Andrea Zittel's Island at 100 Acres

Flash Points

The Island in 100 Acres: An Interview with Andrea Zittel

Flash Points

The Island in 100 Acres: An Interview with Andrea Zittel

Andrea Zittel talks with IMA Conservator Richard McCoy about her island project in 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park.

Student work, The Earth School

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Wonder-Igniters: An Interview with Abbe Futterman

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Wonder-Igniters: An Interview with Abbe Futterman

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting The Earth School in New York’s East Village and at one point noticed a science classroom through a small window …

The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Flash Points

Public Art and Sustainability

Flash Points

Public Art and Sustainability

Having recently moved to Minnesota, I became intrigued by the amount of funding and grant programs available for the arts, including many initiatives directed toward funding public art. Although asking …

David Olsen, "Witness," 2008.

In Earnest

In Earnest

The last artist I’ll include in my discussion of earnestness, or what one might also call exuberant seriousness, is David Olsen, a sculptor who has spent the last several years …

Marisa Olson, "Assisted Living", 2008. Performance still. Courtesy the artist.

Flash Points

Inhale. Exhale. Whew.

Flash Points

Inhale. Exhale. Whew.

In the New York Times video Copenhagen 101, reporter Tom Zeller asks people in Times Square what they know about the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Copenhagen. …

Land Arts of the American West, art site at Powell Lake, Utah

Flash Points

Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico

Flash Points

Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico

There is plenty of environmentally-minded art these days, but very few academic classes on the subject, let alone degree programs. That changed this fall when the University of New Mexico …

William Christenberry, Kudzu with Storm Cloud, near Akron, Alabama, 1981.

Flash Points

When Nature Takes Over

Flash Points

When Nature Takes Over

“It is the common mission of the entire mankind to curb global warming and save our planet.” So said China’s Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, addressing the Copenhagen Summit on December …

Mark di Suvero, "Pyramidian," 1987/1998; "Mon Pere, Mon Pere," 1973-75; "Mother Peace", 1969-70; Storm King Art Center

Flash Points

Art and Nature at Storm King

Flash Points

Art and Nature at Storm King

Flash Points Editor Rachel Craft interviewed David R. Collens, Director and Curator of Storm King Art Center, about the institution’s focus on the relationship between art and nature. —Ed. Rachel …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE — Doris Salcedo | Third World Identity New Guest Blogger: Kelly Rakowski, a graphic designer and Head of the Book Department at Todd Oldham Studio. Check out this …

Katie Holten, "Tree Museum," Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York, 2009. Aerial view from the roof of the former Concourse Plaza Hotel.

Flash Points

Tree Museum

Flash Points

Tree Museum

We invited artist Katie Holten to write about her current project, Tree Museum, a public artwork in the Bronx, New York.  — Ed. I think it’s fair to say that …

Donald Judd, "15 untitled works in concrete," 1980-1984

Flash Points

Deference to the Vernacular

Flash Points

Deference to the Vernacular

In a short essay dealing with the peculiarities of the West Texas that Donald Judd called home, he writes, Here, everywhere, the destruction of new land is a brutality…Within a …

Noah Fischer, "Electrical Forest: Made in Troy," 2009

Flash Points

Electrical Forest: Made in Troy

Flash Points

Electrical Forest: Made in Troy

We invited artist Noah Fischer to write about his current project, Electrical Forest: Made in Troy, a site-specific installation in Troy, New York.  — Ed. During my initial research missions …

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Blogalogue, Part 2: About ETeam

Blogalogue, Part 2: About ETeam

ETeam is comprised of Hajoe and Franziska. They were introduced to me by Cary Peppermint, who met them at an exhibition they all participated in, called Ebay. ETeam’s work includes …

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Flash Points

Blogalogueing with EcoArtTech

Flash Points

Blogalogueing with EcoArtTech

Behold! The experiment begins! Listen in on our first Systems vs. Networks conversation with Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir of EcoArtTech… PS. This is a better spelling of “blogalogueing” right? …

Eirik Johnson, "Untitled 2003 (#2 debris under the bridge)," 2003, from the series "Borderlands"

Flash Points

Exploring the Makeshift Landscape

Flash Points

Exploring the Makeshift Landscape

We invited photographer Eirik Johnson to write about his ongoing exploration of humankind’s environmental impact.  Works in his most recent series, Sawdust Mountain, are on view at the Henry Art …

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Flash Points

Blogalog, Part 1: About EcoArtTech

Flash Points

Blogalog, Part 1: About EcoArtTech

Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir founded EcoArtTech as their collaborative platform for digital environmental art in 2005. They are 2009 Artist Fellowship recipients from the New York Foundation for the …

Stephen Kanner, Malibu 5 House, Malibu, CA, 2008

Flash Points

Sustainable Architecture: Style vs. Substance

Flash Points

Sustainable Architecture: Style vs. Substance

Sustainable architecture is in danger. This might sound like a surprising claim, given the fact that never before has “green” living been such a popular concept, nor has “eco-consciousness” been …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

It’s a cage that went in search of a bird…Sreshta Rit Premnath explores the ocean as a territory that lies outside the realm of governmentality. Nicole rounds them up! From …

Carla Goldberg - It's all about the River low res

Flash Points

Teaching Ecoartivism

Flash Points

Teaching Ecoartivism

— “ecoartivism”; Pronunciation: ēko’ar –ti,- vi-zəm; Function: noun The practice of using art as a tool for the advocacy of the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment; especially: …

Robert Smithson, "Spiral Jetty", 1970

Flash Points

Mythic Environments: Robert Smithson and Eames Demetrios

Flash Points

Mythic Environments: Robert Smithson and Eames Demetrios

When I first saw that this site’s new Flash Points topic was Art and the Environment, I immediately thought of two artists: Robert Smithson and Eames Demetrios. They are not …

Bernd and Hilla Becher. "Harry E. Colliery Coal Breaker, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania," 1974. 8 Gelatin Silver Prints, 16 x 12 in. each. Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Flash Points

Landscape Revisited

Flash Points

Landscape Revisited

“Life is boring,” said Matthew Coolidge, talking about how most of us live in the uneventful “periods between the monuments.” Coolidge, the director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, …

Ariana Page Russell, “Index”, C-print, 2005. Courtesy www.arianapagerussell.com

Dermatographia

Dermatographia

Hello Art:21 interweb world! I hope to do you justice with my musings and bits and pieces of contemporary art knick-knacks. I think as an artist and designer working today, …

Roni Horn | Water

Roni Horn | Water

Artist Roni Horn discusses the paradoxical identity and dependency of water, paired with scenes of Icelandic landscapes. Water and Iceland serve as both subjects and metaphors in the artist’s work, …

Spencer Finch, White (Niagara Falls obscured by mist, April 17th, 2006 5:30pm)

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art and the Environment

Flash Points

Flash Points: Art and the Environment

Today we launch the next Flash Points topic, Art & the Environment. We first addressed this issue in Season Four’s episode, Ecology, which delved into the work of artists who …