Issues

Vanessa Brook Williams. Untitled, 2012-2014. Thread, eye screws. Installation detail. Exhibited as part of MINT Gallery’s Leap Year Fellowship in 2014. Photo by Margaret Hiden. Courtesy of the artist. © 2016.

Barely There: The Sculptures of Vanessa Brook Williams

Barely There: The Sculptures of Vanessa Brook Williams

Writer-in-Residence Maggie Davis explores the minimalist sculptures of emerging Atlanta-based artist Vanessa Brook Williams.

Tanya Wischerath. Courtesy of the artist.

An Imposing Figure: Thoughts on Activism and Commodification

An Imposing Figure: Thoughts on Activism and Commodification

In this personal essay, artist Tanya Wischerath reflects on the complexities of bringing activist art to a culturally objective viewership.

Installation view of Art AIDS America, Bronx Museum. Willie Cole. How Do You Spell America? #2, 1993. Oil stick, chalk, wood and latex on Masonite, 49.2 x 96.5 x 4.5 inches. © Marisol Díaz, 2016.

On View Now

Two Exhibitions Show Artists Grappling with the Ravages of AIDS

On View Now

Two Exhibitions Show Artists Grappling with the Ravages of AIDS

Jared Quinton reviews two exhibitions on view in New York: “Art AIDS America” at the Bronx Museum and “Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” at MoMA.

Tino Rodriguez. Invocation, 2008. Oil on wood, 17" x 19". Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Introspectives

Exposing the Self Through Artmaking

Artist Introspectives

Exposing the Self Through Artmaking

Mexican-American painter Tino Rodriguez describes four themes explored in his exotic, mystical work: the self, dreams, gender, and fairy tales.

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New Kids on the Block

Dr. Howard Moseley Answers Your Questions

New Kids on the Block

Dr. Howard Moseley Answers Your Questions

In this satirical Q&A, acclaimed self-help author Howard Moseley, PhD, answers readers’ questions about gallery representation and the nature of creativity.

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All The Colorful Lights: Liz Nielsen, Carolina Wheat, and Elijah Wheat Showroom

All The Colorful Lights: Liz Nielsen, Carolina Wheat, and Elijah Wheat Showroom

A look inside the lives of Brooklyn-based artists, gallerists, and curators Liz Nielsen and Carolina Wheat, who founded Elijah Wheat Showroom in honor of the son they lost.

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Speaking Without Words

Speaking Without Words

Part poetry, part proclamation, this experimental text by artist Siobhan Aluvalot reveals the motivations driving her work.

Matthew Morrocco. Paul, 2015. Inkjet Print, 30" x 24".  Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Introspectives

On Exposure

Artist Introspectives

On Exposure

Artist Matthew Morrocco considers photography’s historical significance, and its enduring relevance in an image-driven world.

A. Laurie Palmer. Heap Leach Field, Nevada (silver). Courtesy of the artist.

Booked

In Defense Against Material: An Interview with A. Laurie Palmer

Booked

In Defense Against Material: An Interview with A. Laurie Palmer

A. Laurie Palmer discusses her book “In the Aura of a Hole,” which, through photography and essays, exposes the physical consequences of humanity’s dependence on the earth and its resources.

Photo of Vera Rubin. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Introspectives

Queer Secrets Exposed

Artist Introspectives

Queer Secrets Exposed

Artist and DJ Vera Rubin considers the nuance in finding the right kind and amount of exposure for art that originated underground.

Carolyn Carr
Table from the Painter's Studio, 1996-2016
Lizella Clay, artist glazes, natural and mineral pigments, wood, plaster, glass
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Copyright Carolyn Carr. Courtesy the artist and Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

Writer-in-Residence

The Feminist Legacy in Radical Plastic

Writer-in-Residence

The Feminist Legacy in Radical Plastic

In this essay, Writer-in-Residence Maggie Davis explores the feminist inspirations for the exhibition “Radical Plastic,” opening Saturday.

Hello Selfie, photo documentation by Jessie Askinazi

Fame and Feminism: An Interview with Kate Durbin

Fame and Feminism: An Interview with Kate Durbin

With a merciless girliness, feminist performance artist Kate Durbin gently bridges the gap between exposed and hidden parts.

Vinsantos. SHE LIVES ALONE, detail, 2016. Polymer clay, cosmetics, quartz crystal, vintage and antique jewelry and accessories, 16" x 46". Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Introspectives

Things That Look Like Me

Artist Introspectives

Things That Look Like Me

New Orleans-based artist Vinsantos shares how he came to handcraft glamorous, dazzling dolls.

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A Fat Brown Babe’s Guide to Exposure (in Five Acts)

A Fat Brown Babe’s Guide to Exposure (in Five Acts)

Virgie Tovar delivers a powerful proclamation against our patriarchal society’s demand to be thin.

Views of the exhibition Liz Magor. Habitude presented at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, from June 22 to September 5, 2016. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay.

Lesley Johnstone and Dan Adler on Liz Magor’s Habitude

Lesley Johnstone and Dan Adler on Liz Magor’s Habitude

Dan Adler and Lesley Johnstone share the curatorial process behind “Liz Magor: Habitude,” the artist’s largest survey to date at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal till September.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Ben McCoy

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Ben McCoy

Guest editor Ben McCoy introduces the theme of our July / August issue: “Exposed,” explored with a focus on trans, queer, and feminist artists.

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Word is a Virus

Language, Time, & A Logo for America: An Interview with Alfredo Jaar

Word is a Virus

Language, Time, & A Logo for America: An Interview with Alfredo Jaar

Season 4 artist Alfredo Jaar discusses the latest installation of “A Logo for America,” coming this summer to London’s Piccadilly Circus.

Member of European Parliament for Italy, Licia Ronzulli, voting with her 3-year-old daughter, Vittoria. Image courtesy of World News.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Notes on What We Hide at Work

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Notes on What We Hide at Work

Curator Michelle Millar Fisher discusses the double-life forced on professionals pressured to appear wholly dedicated to the job.

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At Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon, the work rests in a corner and bends with viewer movement.

Artist Introspectives

Tension To Complete

Artist Introspectives

Tension To Complete

Portland artist Damien Gilley discusses movement & perception in his installations, designed around a single viewpoint where the work completes itself.

Jean-Michel Basquiat. Le Jour ni l’Heure, detail, 1988. Courtesy of Renaud Camus.

Latino/a Art: Race and the Illusion of Equality

Latino/a Art: Race and the Illusion of Equality

Scholar Arlene Davila uncovers an ugly truth in the art world and society at large: diversity is not the same as the lack of racism.

Randa Mirza. The year of the elephant, 2014. Selection from the series, El-Zohra was not born in a day. Diorama with mixed media, 105cm x 70cm x 75 cm. Courtesy Randa Mirza. © Randa Mirza.

New Kids on the Block

Randa Mirza’s Burning Sky

New Kids on the Block

Randa Mirza’s Burning Sky

In Lebanese artist Randa Mirza’s series “El-Zohra Was Not Born in a Day,” delicate dioramas speak quiet truths about ancient Arabian stories.

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Copy That!

Artist Rights and the Many Shapes of Censorship

Copy That!

Artist Rights and the Many Shapes of Censorship

Artist Joy Garnett recounts her personal experience with copyright law, and shares valuable resources for artists looking to protect their own work.

Installation view of the Colonial Neighbors Archive. Photo: Eva Leclair.

Storm the Museum: Colonial Neighbors and Imperialist Spaces        

Storm the Museum: Colonial Neighbors and Imperialist Spaces        

Ali Fitzgerald investigates artist projects that uncover the inherent biases of institutions—especially when reckoning with a history of colonization.

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Booked

Life Among Other Men: An Interview with Black Deutschland ’s Darryl Pinckney

Booked

Life Among Other Men: An Interview with Black Deutschland ’s Darryl Pinckney

In this extended interview, author Darryl Pinckney discusses characters caught between conflicting identities and locales in his latest novel “Black Deutschland.”

Iké Udé. "VIBE," Cover Girl series, 1994. Courtesy of the artist,

Artist Introspectives

It Is, It Isn’t

Artist Introspectives

It Is, It Isn’t

In this personal essay, artist Iké Udé discusses the development of illusion in his work from the 1990s to today.

Erin Dunn. Oceanic Dancer, 2016. Still, HD Video. Courtesy of CUE Art Foundation, New York. © Erin Dunn.

Writer-in-Residence

Erin Dunn: Animating the Pine Barrens

Writer-in-Residence

Erin Dunn: Animating the Pine Barrens

In this essay, ART21/CUE Writer-in-Residence Rachel Heidenry explores the process and motivations behind the exhibition “Erin Dunn: Oceanic Dancer.”

Dave Kennedy. Studio view of A view to a passageway (working). Photo copies, green tube, wood block, & plastic mounted to Tyvek, 93 x 74 x 6 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Inside the Artist's Studio

Remapping the City: An Interview with Dave Kennedy

Inside the Artist's Studio

Remapping the City: An Interview with Dave Kennedy

Seattle artist Dave Kennedy shares the motivations behind his photographic collages that investigate perceptions of urban spaces.

Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada, California, 1868. Oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Myth of Wilderness

The Myth of Wilderness

How wild is the wilderness? Rachel Gagnon investigates how our experiences in nature are interpreted by artists and mediated by government agencies.

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From Zoetrope to GIF and Back

From Zoetrope to GIF and Back

ART21/CUE Writer-in-Residence Rachel Heidenry explores the zoetrope, a historical predecessor to GIFs.

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Couch, cement, 32 1/2 × 88 1/2 × 33 1/2 in.Courtesy the artist and Maccarone, New York/Los Angeles. On view at the Studio Museum.

On View Now

Rodney McMillian’s Sobering, Irreverent Take on Race in America

On View Now

Rodney McMillian’s Sobering, Irreverent Take on Race in America

ART21 Magazine’s latest contributor reviews two concurrent exhibitions of work by Rodney McMillian on view in New York City.

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jorge Daniel Veneciano

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jorge Daniel Veneciano

Guest editor and director of El Museo del Barrio introduces the theme of our new issue, “Illusion,” through his current exhibition “The Illusive Eye.”

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Alter Ego: TRISTAN on Finding Himself Online

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Alter Ego: TRISTAN on Finding Himself Online

In a partnership with multimedia publishing platform NewHive, ART21 Magazine features digital artist TRISTAN, the winner of our #NewRenewal open call.

Small Art School, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2016. Courtesy Ben Valentine. © Ben Valentine.

Looking Beyond the Western Art World

Looking Beyond the Western Art World

Ben Valentine writes from Cambodia to share his misgivings with the New York art and Silicon Valley tech worlds, emphasizing that a focus on creativity, not art, allows for a true appreciation and understanding of all cultures.

Unknown sculptor. Perseus and Medusa , Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale.

Looking For Ruins

Looking For Ruins

In a postcolonial world, the site of the 1907 Colonial Exhibition has become a source of inspiration for artists working against colonial ideologies and structures that still exist today.

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To Live, Die, and Come Back to Life on Twitter

To Live, Die, and Come Back to Life on Twitter

An inquiry into three artists continually refining—and re-refining—their identities on Twitter.

Johari Osayi reading Claudia Rankine’s Citizen at a Trump Rally, November 2015. Photo via Jezebel.

E. Jane’s Imagined Future

E. Jane’s Imagined Future

Alexis Avedisian investigates artist E. Jane’s battle against the discrimination that’s been systemically built into how the internet functions.