April / May Issue
“Value”
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Writer-in-Residence

A Quiet Kind of Act

Writer-in-Residence

A Quiet Kind of Act

In her final piece for the “Value” issue, writer-in-residence Elizabeth Devlin profiles Boston-based community quilter Clara Wainwright.

Tom Sachs. "Hermés Value Meal," 1997. Cardboard, thermal adhesive; 15.35 x 7.87 x 7.87 inches.

Flashback

What is the value of art?

Flashback

What is the value of art?

In 2009, during the Great Recession, we asked, “What is the value of art?” Here’s how our writers responded.

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Alchemy of Inspiration

Accidental Activists: SuttonBeresCuller

Alchemy of Inspiration

Accidental Activists: SuttonBeresCuller

An artist collective is turning a derelict gas station in Seattle, WA into a living work of art.

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Manifesta 10: A Biennial in Question

Manifesta 10: A Biennial in Question

Russian writer Sergey Guskov reports on the controversies surrounding Manifesta 10, scheduled to open next month.

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Staff Pick

Jane Jin Kaisen’s “Reiterations of Dissent”

Staff Pick

Jane Jin Kaisen’s “Reiterations of Dissent”

Art21’s new development associate picks “a powerful reminder of the ways that the best art troubles and confronts seemingly given truths.”

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Value in the Zone

Value in the Zone

Brian Holmes and Rozalinda Borcila’s “Foreign Trade Zone: A People’s Consultancy,” on view now at threewalls, Chicago.

Artist Kalup Linzy tours The Armory Show art fair at Pier 92/94 (Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, 03.04.11). Production still from the New York Close Up film Kalup Linzy Makes His Way Through the Art World. © Art21, Inc. 2012. Cinematography by Don Edler.

Flashback

Ten Artists on Value

Flashback

Ten Artists on Value

A roundup of Art21 videos featuring artists describing their own perceptions of the value of their work.

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Writer-in-Residence

Intangible Possessions

Writer-in-Residence

Intangible Possessions

Elizabeth Devlin on how “digital media redefines our perceptions of ownership.”

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Creative Intervention and the Dhaka Art Summit

Creative Intervention and the Dhaka Art Summit

The second Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh presented art works with “a strong sense of pluralism that welcomes universal aspects.”

Félix González-Torres (American, 1957–1996). "Untitled" (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991. Candies individually wrapped in multicolored cellophane, endless supply. Overall dimensions vary with installation, ideal weight: 175 lb. The Art Institute of Chicago; promised gift of Donna and Howard Stone. Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York © The Félix González-Torres Foundation

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Beyond Good and Bad

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Beyond Good and Bad

Art21 Educator Jack Watson on teaching students to delay judgement, and the “balancing act” involved in evaluating art.

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Now Playing

Twenty-One Songs from Pinar Yolaçan

Now Playing

Twenty-One Songs from Pinar Yolaçan

In this eclectic playlist, artist Pinar Yolaçan mixes funk carioca, Turkish percussion, Afrobeat, early American R&B, and more.

Pat Falco. The Only Painting That Will Sell, 2013. Acrylic on found painting; 18x18 inches. Courtesy the artist.

Read Between the One-Liners

Read Between the One-Liners

Writer-in-residence Elizabeth Devlin profiles Boston-based artist Pat Falco who made his museum debut in the 2013 deCordova Biennial.

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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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Copy That!

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?