July / August Issue
“Networks”
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Crowdsourced Beats

Crowdsourced Beats

Blogger-in-residence Dorothy Santos on two crowdsourced sound works that “provoke questions about virtual engagement and interaction.”

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Center Field: Art in the Middle

Reenactment and Mourning: Old Roads to Gary Indiana

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Reenactment and Mourning: Old Roads to Gary Indiana

Chicago-based columnist Caroline Picard looks back on an artist’s tribute to Michael Jackson and “the complex network surrounding Jackson’s stardom.”

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Glitter and Chains

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Glitter and Chains

Marissa Perel reviews Carlos Maria Romero and Juan Betancurth’s performance at Abrons Arts Center.

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Word is a Virus

The Flights of Concord

Word is a Virus

The Flights of Concord

Columnist Carol Cheh interviews members of Concord, a “youthful and highly organic project” based in Los Angeles.

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Alchemy of Inspiration

Difficult Relationships at the Whitney

Alchemy of Inspiration

Difficult Relationships at the Whitney

Columnist Jessica Lott reviews the Whitney Museum’s exhibition “I, YOU, WE,” a throwback to the 1993 Whitney Biennial.

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New Kids on the Block

Paolo Cirio’s Lovely Faces

New Kids on the Block

Paolo Cirio’s Lovely Faces

Columnist Jacquelyn Gleisner interviews media artist Paolo Cirio about his controversial dating website, Lovely-Faces.

Stephanie Syjuco. "Free Texts: An Open Source Reading Room", 2012. Commissioned by the ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, CA. September 12 - December 5, 2012.

The Open Internet: From Virtuality to Physicality

The Open Internet: From Virtuality to Physicality

Blogger-in-Residence Dorothy Santos asks what is actually free online.

El Anatsui, "Earth’s Skin," 2007. Aluminum and copper wire, 177 x 394 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photograph by Joe Levack, courtesy of the Akron Art Museum.

On View Now

Transcendent Tapestries: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

On View Now

Transcendent Tapestries: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum marks the first solo exhibition in a New York museum of Anatsui’s art. Featuring over thirty works by …

Aissa Deebi. "The Trial," 2013. Video installation at the 55th Venice Biennale.

“Where Are You From?”: Memoirs of a Palestinian-Israeli

“Where Are You From?”: Memoirs of a Palestinian-Israeli

Through the work of three artists—Aissa Deebi, Kamal Aljafari, and Dor Guez—Noah Simblist addresses the complexity of Israeli and Palestinian national identity.

Students in Jack Watson's Studio Art class at Chapel Hill High School contemplate the post-it wall, where they have brainstormed information about areas of conflict for a unit on Borders and Boundaries.  They will later find collaborators using this same wall.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Works Well With Others

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Works Well With Others

Guest blogger Jack Watson asks what would happen if art teachers stopped showing students “how to work and started modeling how to work with others?”

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Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Columnist Carol Cheh reminisces on two exhibitions in L.A. that complicate “our reception of myth” and inspire “more nuanced engagement.”

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Praxis Makes Perfect

On Landlines

Praxis Makes Perfect

On Landlines

Columnist Erin Sweeny ponders the “evolving network” engendered by a temporary art space-cum-subway station newsstand.

Akram Zaatari. "Letter to a Refusing Pilot (still)," 2013. Film and video installation. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut.

Two Point Perspective: Akram Zaatari’s “Letter to a Refusing Pilot”

Two Point Perspective: Akram Zaatari’s “Letter to a Refusing Pilot”

Blogger-in-Residence Noah Simblist reports on the Lebanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and the “fragmented truths” of Akram Zaatari’s installation.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making the Circle Bigger

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making the Circle Bigger

“After my last post I got to thinking about the kinds of networks teachers create in order to stimulate thinking and their own practice.”

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Center Field: Art in the Middle

Pledging Artistic Friendship: “2 of a Kind” at LVL3

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Pledging Artistic Friendship: “2 of a Kind” at LVL3

Caroline Picard reviews a Chicago exhibition that she describes as an “invisible network of relationships, historical and contemporary, pragmatic and idealistic, that facilitate artistic production.”

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Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Jonathan Munar, Art21′s Director of Digital Media and Strategy, takes a quick look at the forthcoming project from artist Doug Aitken.

A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner. "Community Action Center," 2010. Photo: A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner.

Community Action Center on the Road

Community Action Center on the Road

Noah Simblist kicks off his blogging residency by writing about a traveling video that “acts like a feedback loop between art and pornography.”

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New Kids on the Block

Nails Across America with Breanne Trammell

New Kids on the Block

Nails Across America with Breanne Trammell

Columnist Jacquelyn Gleisner steps into a 1968 trailer to get a manicure and talk to artist Breanne Trammell about her traveling project “Nails Across America.”

Julie Mehretu, "Stadia III", 2004. Image: wikipaintings.org

Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Expanding Network

Teaching with Contemporary Art

An Expanding Network

Perhaps one of the most exciting things about our network of Art21 Educators so far has to do with those teachers who are building momentum and reaching out to other cohorts in order to collaborate. Over time, I can see this network of teachers not only influencing each others practice but also contributing to new national arts standards, helping others to understand the importance of contemporary art in the curriculum, and continuing to facilitate workshops at national and statewide conferences in order to spread the love.

Keltie Ferris
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Oil, acrylic, oil pastel & sprayed paint on canvas; 100 x 80 inches
Photo by Mark Woods
Courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. © Keltie Ferris

Featured in the film Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

For the months of July and August, we take the theme “networks” as our focus.