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Graem Whyte’s Carnal Optimism

Graem Whyte’s Carnal Optimism

Guest contributor John Corso digs into the deeply playful works of Detroit-based artist Graem Whyte.

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The Grift Economy

Copy That!

The Grift Economy

Columnist Joy Garnett offers a new spin on a common letter.

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Occupation: Artist

Occupation: Artist

Guest writer Jayna Swartzman-Brosky surveys the myriad ways that contemporary artists monetize their practice and negotiate the value of their labor.

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The Nature of Worth

The Nature of Worth

Writer-in-residence Elizabeth Devlin shares her plans for the “Value” issue.

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Money: worth more than the paper it’s written on

Money: worth more than the paper it’s written on

“Like economic value, an artwork’s meaning (its aesthetic value) is derived through a critical judgment that employs comparisons…”

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New Kids on the Block

BFAMFAPhD: An Imaginative School of Thought

New Kids on the Block

BFAMFAPhD: An Imaginative School of Thought

Caroline Woolard’s collaborative project, BFAMFAPhD.com, “endeavors to unite artists in order to address the problems of their rising population” in the U.S.

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Mapping San Francisco

Mapping San Francisco

With its Google bus wars, start-up fever, and rapid gentrification, San Francisco has become a touchstone in conversations about money. Where do art and creativity fit into the shaping of the city?

Artist Josephine Halvorson in Thomaston, Connecticut, 2012. Production stills from the New York Close Up film, Josephine Halvorson Is on the Clock. © Art21, Inc. 2013.

Letter from the (Guest) Editor: Translating Translation

Letter from the (Guest) Editor: Translating Translation

Jonathan Munar, Art21 Director of Digital Media and Strategy and guest editor of the “Translation” issue, rounds up the current issue.

Screenshot of the Katonah Museum of Art "Eye to I" exhibition website, eyetoi.org.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Redefining Portraiture

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Redefining Portraiture

Art21 Senior Education Advisor Joe Fusaro visits the “Eye to I” exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art with his high school class.

University of Michigan (clockwise, from top) dancers Riley O'Donnell, Kula Batangan, Lauren Morris, Penelope Koulos, and Ashley Manci (center).

Autophagy: translating science through artistic expression

Autophagy: translating science through artistic expression

Guest contributor Laurel Thomas Gnagey looks at an art/science collaboration explaining a complex cellular function called autophagy.

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Gabriel Orozco Teaches Spanish

Gabriel Orozco Teaches Spanish

Today’s Exclusive video—the 200th episode in this Art21 series—provides viewers with an intimate look at Spanish Lessons (2013), a project by Gabriel Orozco that took place at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York.

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Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio Blur Lines

Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio Blur Lines

In today’s Exclusive, filmed in 2013, artist Janine Antoni and choreographer Stephen Petronio discuss their collaborative process.

Xu Zhen by MadeIn Company, Under Heaven 3611MQ0137, detail, 2013. Oil on canvas, aluminum; 51 1/5 × 63 × 3 9/10 in (130 × 160 × 10 cm). Courtesy the artists and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).

Xu Zhen & Armory Focus: China

Xu Zhen & Armory Focus: China

“Armory Focus: China” curator Philip Tinari discusses his selections for this year’s edition at the The Armory Show, including the work of artist Xu Zhen.

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Becoming South Sudan

Becoming South Sudan

In her second slideshow, Art21 writer-in-residence Alinka Echeverría shares her photographs from South Sudan.

Cai Guo-Qiang, "Inopportune: Stage Two," detail, 2004. Tigers: paper mache, plaster, fiberglass, resin, painted hide; arrows: brass, bamboo, feathers; stage prop: styrofoam, wood, canvas, acrylic paint; dmensions variable. Installation view: MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Collection of the Artist. Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang.

Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

“Armory Focus: China” curator Philip Tinari discusses artists Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang.

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Alchemy of Inspiration

Translating a City Back to Itself

Alchemy of Inspiration

Translating a City Back to Itself

Columnist Jessica Lott travels to Barcelona and observes “Making Neighborhoods,” a multidisciplinary project with the city’s African immigrant population.

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Guillermo Gómez-Peña: Linguistic Resistance

Guillermo Gómez-Peña: Linguistic Resistance

“I think that misinterpretation and mistranslation are essential contemporary experiences…I feel that the artist doesn’t really give answers.”

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The Tenth Day of Mourning

The Tenth Day of Mourning

Alinka Echeverría presents never-before-seen photographs from her recent visit to South Africa.

Susan Silton, "In everything there is the trace," 2013. Installation view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Photo: Alexandra Brown.

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

“Word is a Virus” columnist Carol Cheh looks at two recent performance projects that involved retyping iconic works of literature on typewriters.

Bill Murray, opening segment from "Lost In Translation" (2003). Directed by Sofia Coppola. Screenplay by Sofia Coppola. Produced by Ross Katz and Sofia Coppola. Studio: American Zoetrope; Tohokushinsha Film. Distributed by Focus Features.

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Lost in Transmission

Copy That!

Lost in Transmission

“Copy That!” columnist Joy Garnett considers a recent lawsuit involving the painter Sarah Morris and a group of origami artists.

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Misinterpreting Satire

Misinterpreting Satire

Sally Frater reflects on The Black Letter, a project by “The N***** Bankzy.”

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Booked

An Interview with Sarah Lewis

Booked

An Interview with Sarah Lewis

New York–based curator, art historian, and Yale MFA Critic Sarah Lewis talks about her anticipated first book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery.

Robert Gober, Bag of Donuts, 1989; acid free hand cut paper, graphite, dough, synthetic resin; edition of 8 with 1 AP; 11 x 6 1/2 x 6 inches. Photo: Geoffrey Clements, Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery

Eating Robert Gober’s Bag of Donuts

Eating Robert Gober’s Bag of Donuts

What happens when an art critic mistakes a sculpture for a free snack?

Yinka Shonibare MBE, "Scramble for Africa," 2003;
14 life-size fiberglass mannequins, 14 chairs, table, and Dutch wax printed cotton; overall: 52 x 192 1/10 x 110 1/5 inches
Installation view, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, September 24, 2008–February 1, 2009
Commissioned by the Museum of African Art, Long Island City, New York
Collection of The Pinnell Collection, Dallas. Production still from the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 5 episode, "Transformation," 2009. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © Art21, Inc.

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Yinka Shonibare MBE: Welcome Guests

Flashback

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Welcome Guests

Yinka Shonibare MBE talks about his collaborative process, his vision for an artist’s residency and community, and the meaning of failure.

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Dr. YouTube, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying (About Failure) and Love My Viral Video

Dr. YouTube, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying (About Failure) and Love My Viral Video

What might viral videos tell us about the current sense of failure in the art world?

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The Feast of Detroit

The Feast of Detroit

Does Detroit represent a failed system or does the city defy traditional responses to notions of failure?

Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b. 1972). The End of eating Everything (still), 2013. Animated video, color, sound, 8 min., edition of six. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. © Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu on failure

Wangechi Mutu on failure

“In a sense, failure is a tail that’s chasing me. I’m running away from it, but it’s attached to me. It helps me project myself forward.”

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New Kids on the Block

Victoria Fu’s Five Attempts at a Palindrome

New Kids on the Block

Victoria Fu’s Five Attempts at a Palindrome

For San Diego-based artist Victoria Fu “failure as strategy is a nod to the delicate beauty and also complete absurdity of making.”

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Now Playing

Twenty-One Songs from Sam Gordon

Now Playing

Twenty-One Songs from Sam Gordon

A playlist featuring artists and musicians who “fail to draw within the lines,” including Yoko One, Steve Reich, and Men.

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Failing Productively: A Crash Course

Failing Productively: A Crash Course

How can we help students have a healthy understanding of failure?

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Queer Berlin

A Brief Introduction to the ff

Queer Berlin

A Brief Introduction to the ff

A visual profile of a feminist network operating mostly out of Berlin.

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Shifting Perceptions of Houston’s Third Ward

Shifting Perceptions of Houston’s Third Ward

Writer-in-Residence Sally Frater explores Unity Foto Bank, an online project and site-specific installation in Houston, Texas.

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Emergency Response

Emergency Response

Alicia Eler speaks with artists Phong Bui and Pinar Yoldas about their individual responses to environmental disasters.

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Nuanced Failure and Urban Space

Nuanced Failure and Urban Space

Urban architecture is no stranger to criticism and failure. Consider the work of Le Corbusier “whose legacy of urban plans…has been mythologized and often maligned.”

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I’m a failure. Now what?

I’m a failure. Now what?

How does the life of a boxer compare to the life of an artist?

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Copy That!

Free-Fail

Copy That!

Free-Fail

In reassessing the value of failure, consider Princeton computer scientist Ed Felten’s expression “the freedom to tinker.”