Oct / Nov 2013 Issue
“Becoming an Artist”


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Staff Pick


“smARTpower asks provocative questions about what a good work of art is, what art is good for, and for whom.”

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On the Road to Legendary

Veteran photographer Gerard H. Gaskin discusses the long road to his first book, “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene,” due out this month.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

What It Takes

What does it take to become an artist? K-12 students respond.

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Postcard from Brendan Fernandes

A new magazine project featuring postcards from contemporary artists living or working outside of the United States.



Six Artists on Becoming Artists

A roundup of Exclusive films in which Art21 artists talk about becoming or being artists.

Basim Magdy, "13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World," 2011. Super 8 film transferred to HD video. 5 min. 16 sec. Courtesy Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, Hunt Kastner, Prague and artSümer, Istanbul.

Another Side of Reality: An Interview with Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy talks about his childhood in Cairo, becoming an artist, and his experimental films.


The Revolution: On K–12 Education

Contemporary art and artists are essential to change in the American educational system.

Nina Schwanse, Interview with Veronica Compton (Just You), 1986 (still), 2013; Hi8 transferred to digital video. Courtesy the artist.


Writer-in-Residence Cameron Shaw follows up her first piece, “On Becoming,” with some thoughts on unbecoming in the work of Nina Schwanse.

Kimsooja, To Breathe—A Mirror Woman, 2006. Installation at The Crystal Palace, Madrid. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, "Systems," 2009. © Art21, Inc. 2009.


Kimsooja: It Was Just a Dream

Artist Kimsooja discusses her path to becoming an artist, her earliest influences, and her “breathing room” installations.

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Dear Artist, What Was Your First Job?

Artists Alec Soth, Spencer Finch, Martha Colburn, and Eleanor Antin discuss their very first jobs.

Artist Jacolby Satterwhite performing on the Brooklyn Bridge (Lower Manhattan, 05.31.13). Production still from the series New York Close Up. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Rafael Moreno Salazar.

Now Playing

Jacolby Satterwhite

New York Close Up artist Jacolby Satterwhite shares the top twenty-one songs playing in his studio.

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Copy That!

They Are the World

Joy Garnett launches her new column by addressing copying and archival tendencies among contemporary artists.


On Becoming

Cameron Shaw begins her online writing residency with some thoughts on what it means to become.

Ernesto Pujol, Farmers Dream, performance rehearsal at The Warehouse in Salina, Kansas, 2010. Courtesy the artist

A Classroom with Legs

Social choreographer Ernesto Pujol discusses The Field School, the mobile and ephemeral classroom he founded in 2006.

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An Excerpt from “The Rest of Us”

An excerpt from Jessica Lott’s debut novel, “The Rest of Us,” a love story set in New York City’s art world.

Allan McCollum, The Shapes Project, 2005/06. Framed laserprints on acid-free bond, 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches each, each unique. Installation view at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York. Photo: Lamay Photo © Allan McCollum
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Allan McCollum: In Charge of His Own Destiny

Artist Allan McCollum reflects on early influences, from his famous uncle Jon Gnagy to post-war mass production and science fiction films.


Letter from the Editor

Art21’s Digital Content Editor introduces the first issue of the Art21 Magazine.