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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 …

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Alchemy in the Making

Alchemy in the Making

What questions arise when an artist encounters new materials?

Still from The Great Flood. 2013. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Courtesy of Bill Morrison.

Writer-in-Residence

The Ghosts Unearthed in the Films of Bill Morrison

Writer-in-Residence

The Ghosts Unearthed in the Films of Bill Morrison

Writer-in-Residence Brienne Walsh looks at the contemporary digital narratives of filmmaker Bill Morrison.

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.

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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Found Magic

Found Magic

A slideshow of found photographs on the theme of magic.

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.

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Writer-in-Residence

Ernst Fischer “18%”

Writer-in-Residence

Ernst Fischer “18%”

Brienne Walsh provides a preview of Ernst Fischer’s forthcoming exhibition at CUE Art Foundation.

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Word is a Virus

Casting Spells over Los Angeles

Word is a Virus

Casting Spells over Los Angeles

Gurus, healers, psychics, and witches are common in Los Angeles—and their worlds often intersect with the world of artists.

Ivan LOZANO. AFFIRMATION 7 (excerpt), 2014. Digital video loop; 5:00. Courtesy the artist.

Redefining Intention: Laurel Sparks and Ivan LOZANO

Redefining Intention: Laurel Sparks and Ivan LOZANO

Using the tools of magic, the artists Laurel Sparks and Ivan LOZANO take art’s potential for transformation to a new level.

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Now Playing

Twenty-one Songs from Paolo Salvagione

Now Playing

Twenty-one Songs from Paolo Salvagione

In the studio of Paolo Salvagione, instrumental melodies inspire installations that delight the senses.

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Inquiring Minds

How Can Small Gestures Provoke Big Change?

Inquiring Minds

How Can Small Gestures Provoke Big Change?

Little changes in art classrooms can have a big impact. Revolutions come in all sizes.

Occupy protesters close Oakland port Occupy Oakland protesters cheer Wednesday as they climb on tractor-trailers loaded with shipping containers at the Port of Oakland, Calif., effectively shutting down the nation's fifth-busiest port during a day of nonstop protesting. Photo: Kent Porter.

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Reading by the Fire

Booked

Reading by the Fire

Bay Area artists, curators, and culture shifters recommend nine texts for the radical at heart.

Cy Twombly. Camino Real (II), 2010. Acrylic on wood panel; 99 3/8 x 72 7/8 inches. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. © Cy Twombly Foundation

The Revolution Will Be Painted

The Revolution Will Be Painted

The revolution will be painted. You will not be able to not know. You may not just be present. You will not be able to plug in, turn on, and cop out. Because the revolution will be painted.

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Flashback

Catherine Opie: Shifting Observations

Flashback

Catherine Opie: Shifting Observations

In a newly published ART21 interview from 2011, Catherine Opie discusses concepts of utopia and dystopia, the idea of America as the great democracy, and more.

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Flashback

Mark Bradford on Prospect.1 New Orleans

Flashback

Mark Bradford on Prospect.1 New Orleans

On the occasion of ART21’s new film on Prospect.3 New Orleans, we look back to Mark Bradford’s keynote address at the 2009 National Art Education Association conference, in which the artist discussed his sculpture for Prospect.1.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Revamping Art Education for the Twenty-First Century

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Revamping Art Education for the Twenty-First Century

Do the new National Standards for Art Education support dynamic learning and twenty-first century artistic methods?

The Yams Collective. Post Speculation, 2014. Courtesy the artists.

The Yams Collective: Insurrection and Resistance

The Yams Collective: Insurrection and Resistance

A look back at The Wayblack Machine, a multi-channel video installation by the Yams Collective that takes the death of Michael Brown as its focus.

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1989—What We Lost

1989—What We Lost

The ART21 Magazine partners with the nonprofit organization Visual AIDS to honor the twenty-fifth anniversary of Day With(out) Art and World AIDS Day 2014.

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Tania Bruguera’s Petition to the Pope

Tania Bruguera’s Petition to the Pope

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Tania Bruguera collecting signatures as part of her project The Francis Effect.

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Flashback

Ten Artists on Radicalism and Resistance

Flashback

Ten Artists on Radicalism and Resistance

ART21 films are doorways into social and political issues of our time. In this roundup ten artists comment on cultural exclusion and resistance, peace and protest, documentary war photography, revolutionary …

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War: Here, There, and Elsewhere

War: Here, There, and Elsewhere

Guest contributor Bansie Vasvani covers war and revolution in recent exhibitions of contemporary art from the Middle East.

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Revolutions and Remembrances

Revolutions and Remembrances

ART21’s associate curator introduces the “Revolution” issue in remembrance of his mentor, ART21 founder and revolutionary thinker Susan Sollins.

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New Kids on the Block

The Demands of Dread Scott

New Kids on the Block

The Demands of Dread Scott

Twenty-five years after his controversial installation What Is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag?, artist Dread Scott talks about art’s ability to change our vision of the world.

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Homesteading as Art and Revolution

Homesteading as Art and Revolution

Is homesteading still radical? Artist Heidi Norton, her parents, and other generations of their family discuss art, craft, and the back-to-the-land movements.

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Writer-in-Residence

Corruptible

Writer-in-Residence

Corruptible

Writer and artist Stephanie Barber considers varied meanings of the word public through the allusive medium of found photographs.

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Cacophony as Interruption?

Cacophony as Interruption?

Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room and the problem of presenting the Black female body.

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Booked

Kalup Linzy Joins the ART21/CUE Book Club

Booked

Kalup Linzy Joins the ART21/CUE Book Club

The ART21/CUE Book Club returns on November 13, with video and performance artist Kalup Linzy guiding our conversation.

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Duck Season/Rabbit Season

Duck Season/Rabbit Season

A new poem from acclaimed writer, vocalist, and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.

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Inquiring Minds

What does it mean to be a responsible global citizen?

Inquiring Minds

What does it mean to be a responsible global citizen?

An eighth grade language arts class learns about personal and social responsibility through contemporary art.

Carmen Papalia. The Touchy Subject, 2013. Perceptual tour, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Filip Wolak.

You Can Do It With Your Eyes Closed

You Can Do It With Your Eyes Closed

Artist Carmen Papalia, who is legally blind, explores issues of public access through experiential projects with diverse audiences, from museum-goers to a high school marching band.

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Together Work

Together Work

Carol Stakenas, a curator for Social Practices Art Network (SPAN), contemplates the concept of “together work,” and shares results from the SPAN Together Survey.

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Oliver Herring’s Big Art Party

Oliver Herring’s Big Art Party

Today’s ART21 Exclusive follows artist Oliver Herring around Madison Square Park as he organizes his largest TASK Party to date.