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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Better Than Ketchup and Vaseline

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Better Than Ketchup and Vaseline

Twice recently I have been contacted by teachers who have run into some trouble sharing Art21 videos with their classes. In both cases these teachers were called by parents (and …

Jason Bailer Losh at his studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Jason Bailer Losh

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Jason Bailer Losh

Jason Bailer Losh is an American artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the midwestern town of Denison, IA. Denison is also the birthplace of actress Donna …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Nourishment

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Nourishment

Each year the National Art Education Association holds a conference for a few thousand people and streams of art teachers, art professors, artist-educators, museum educators, administrators, starving artists, starving administrators, …

Falling Shaman, Lascaux

Art in the Twenty-First Century BC: Encino Man

Art in the Twenty-First Century BC: Encino Man

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video This backflip stands out among the many iconic scenes of the seminal 1992 film, Encino Man, for its …

Jeff Koons, "Rabbit", 1986.  Image: Artnet.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ideas and Objects, Ideas vs. Objects

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ideas and Objects, Ideas vs. Objects

Last week I described a few upcoming classes where my high school students were taking on the question of whether or not an idea can be considered a work of …

"Singing in the Rain", (film still from 1952 film of the same name), SOURCE: www.imgartists.com

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

“I am so happy right now.” That is the last line from Nina Schwansee‘s video on the art of Amy Fischer. Whether she reciting Fischers infamous monologues pertaining to art …

Moviola, "Dead Knowledge". Catbird Records, CBR010, 2007.

Packaging a Music Experience: Ryan Catbird and Catbird Records

Packaging a Music Experience: Ryan Catbird and Catbird Records

Moviola, “Dead Knowledge”. Catbird Records, CBR010, 2007. Image courtesy of Catbird Records. Ryan Catbird has commanded a silent influence on the independent music scene since he began his blog, The …

Image courtesy of Esopus magazine.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Esopus Editor, Tod Lippy, Part One

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Esopus Editor, Tod Lippy, Part One

Back in 2004, I was lucky enough to be introduced to Esopus magazine at a silent auction being held during a Mass MoCA fundraiser. Don’t ask me how, but my …

Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, "Better Dimension (detail)", 2010. Ink and tape on glass slide from an installation of silkscreened wood panels, four Hasselblad slide projectors, one 16 mm eiki projector, resin and steel projection screen, 106 × 252 × 268 in. (270 × 640 × 680 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Gagosian Gallery, New York.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Biennials, cremated canvases, German faces, cashmere sportswear, sculptural tour de force, fashionable shoes, and an iPhone app comprise this week’s roundup: 2010: Whitney Biennial will open at the Whitney Museum …

Parking Garage, Sahara Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Grand Canyon Journal 4: Critique Is Destruction as Joy

Grand Canyon Journal 4: Critique Is Destruction as Joy

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video CityCenter is the biggest thing to happen to art in Las Vegas since Steve Wynn put his finger …

Student work, The Earth School

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Wonder-Igniters: An Interview with Abbe Futterman

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Wonder-Igniters: An Interview with Abbe Futterman

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting The Earth School in New York’s East Village and at one point noticed a science classroom through a small window …

Masooma Syed, "Crown," human hair twined, twisted and knotted, 9" x 8" x variable, 2005

Hair & Nails, Talk & Touch: 4 Encounters with Women Artists in Mumbai

Hair & Nails, Talk & Touch: 4 Encounters with Women Artists in Mumbai

Over the past few weeks, Jennifer Doyle has been reporting from her travels in India. Following is her final dispatch. — Ed. Masooma Syed makes small things, sometimes from materials …

Beyonce and Jay-Z at Art Basel Miami

Top 10 of 2009: Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists

Top 10 of 2009: Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists

In the spirit of my Los Angeles beat, I present to you the most exciting art world interlopers to come out of Hollywood in 2009: 10. Sylvester Stallone is making …

Illustration by Lauren Beltramo

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Bringing it Back Home

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Bringing it Back Home

December, January, May, June…. These are popular months for graduates to visit their former high schools because they are either between semesters at college or finished for the school year …

Still from Tim Burton spot for MoMA, 2009

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Season’s Treatings

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Season’s Treatings

Before the holidays hit us, I thought I might suggest a few destinations, dates, and stocking stuffers for those who are as late with the shopping as I am. Below …

Riyas Komu, Stadium I, oil on canvas, 2007

Political Football

Political Football

Flash Points contributor and University of Riverside professor Jennifer Doyle is currently spending 2 weeks in India, traveling with the Indian artist Riyas Komu. Following is the third in a …

Kara Walker, "A Warm Summer Evening in 1863", 2008. Wool tapestry with hand cut felt silhouette figure, 5' 9" x 8' 2". Edition of 5. ©Kara Walker. Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, Banners of Persuasion and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week in Art21 artist news we have two tapestry makers, a silk archway, the master of Cremaster, an artist who likes to do laundry, a magical sound installation, environmental issues, creative …

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Support Art21: Donate to the 2009 Annual Fund

Support Art21: Donate to the 2009 Annual Fund

Dear Friends, As you know, Art21 is dedicated to fostering creativity and innovation by engaging students, teachers, and the general public with contemporary visual art, and presenting artists as role …

Chilavert - The Chiller Thriller

Players Painting: Yolanda Sousa Kammermeier

Players Painting: Yolanda Sousa Kammermeier

Chilavert is sitting on my hotel bed. The 6’4″ Paraguyan keeper cuts an imposing figure, even on canvas: his magnificent shaved head, thick neck and muscular shoulders rest on the …

Nancy Spero, "The Hours of the Night II," detail, 2001. Handprinting and printed collage on paper, 11 panels approximately 9 x 22 feet overall. Photo by David Reynolds, © Nancy Spero, courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.

Ever Spero

Ever Spero

Spero’s art was suffused with [a] very human hope, which she saw as being grounded in the intractability of human struggle. Her work was never crudely utopian—as she told me, …

Donate $5 for Season 5

Donate $5 for Season 5

Donate $5 for Season 5

Wow! We can’t believe Season 5 of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century is over. Hopefully you joined the over 4 million viewers who watched Season 5 on PBS during October, …

A still of Florian Maier-Aichen at work from Season 5's "Fantasy" episode

Florian Maier-Aichen Discusses “Myth-Making” at Apple Store Soho

Florian Maier-Aichen Discusses “Myth-Making” at Apple Store Soho

On October 9, over a hundred art fans arrived at the Apple Store Soho to gain insight into the work and life of German-American artist Florian Maier-Aichen. Organized by Art21, …

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MoMA Trumpets Amsterdam’s Role as Hub of Conceptual Art

MoMA Trumpets Amsterdam’s Role as Hub of Conceptual Art

While today Conceptual Art is utterly ubiquitous, MoMA’s current “In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960-1976” examines a period when only a few cities in the world …

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Josiah McElheny | Assistant Anders Rydstedt

ART21 Exclusive

Josiah McElheny | Assistant Anders Rydstedt

Long-time assistant and collaborator Anders Rydstedt discusses the differences between creating traditional forms in glass—such as vases—with Josiah McElheny’s sculptural objects and installations. Filmed at the Michael Davis Stained Glass …

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Arturo Herrera | Assistant Jeff Bechtel

ART21 Exclusive

Arturo Herrera | Assistant Jeff Bechtel

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Arturo Herrera’s assistant Jeff Bechtel describes the process for translating one of the artist’s complex drawings into a refined monochromatic paper collage. Filmed …

Krzysztof Wodiczko, "Goście / Guests," 2008-2009, video projection, project visualisation. Photos: courtesy of the artist and Zachęta National Gallery of Art.

Wodiczko Perforates Polish Pavilion with “Guests”

Wodiczko Perforates Polish Pavilion with “Guests”

Entitled Goście / Guests, Krzysztof Wodiczko’s exhibition greets visitors to the Venice Biennale’s Polish Pavilion with the words of political theorist Hannah Arendt: “Refugees driven from country to country represent …

Color-correcting a John Baldessari painting at our online facility, Framerunner

Our #1 FAQ: How does Art21 choose artists?

Our #1 FAQ: How does Art21 choose artists?

Color-correcting a John Baldessari painting at an online facility during the final phase of post-production. The most frequently asked question at Art21 has always been “How do you pick the …

Vija Celmins, "Web #1" (1999). Courtesy Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Throughout 2009, 18 museums and galleries across the UK will be showing over 30 ARTIST ROOMS from the collection created by the dealer and collector, Anthony d’Offay, and acquired by …

Barron Storrey, Detail,  Lord of the Flies book cover, (1980 edition)

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Making art is part of a ground level experience. The artmaking process can be sensory, visceral and seemingly fleeting, depending on the methods of record of an artist’s choosing, be …

Paul Chan, "Sade for Sade’s Sake," 2009. Three channel shadow projection. Courtesy VVORK (www.vvork.com)

Nathalie Djurberg and Paul Chan: Making Weird Worlds at Birnbaum’s Biennale

Nathalie Djurberg and Paul Chan: Making Weird Worlds at Birnbaum’s Biennale

Daniel Birnbaum’s poetic theme of the 53rd Venice Biennale, Making Worlds, is, in some sense, an anti-theme, emphasizing the plurality of art today. Birnbaum’s explanation that “we now live in …

Installation shot of Bruce Nauman, "Pink and Yellow Light Corridor (Variable Lights)," 1972. Pink and yellow fluorescent lights.  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Panza Collection, 1991. 91.3828 © 2009 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo credit: Michele Lamanna, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Pride: Golden Lion Awarded to Bruce Nauman’s “Topological Gardens”

Pride: Golden Lion Awarded to Bruce Nauman’s “Topological Gardens”

I have never thought of myself as susceptible to patriotism, but for the second time this year, I’ve felt proud to be an American.  The first incident of pride stemmed …

Name That Season 5 Artist

Name That Season 5 Artist!

Name That Season 5 Artist!

We received some great feedback and enthusiasm for Season 5 since the release of the trailer back in April. When that went up, we challenged our audience to name the …

Aleksandra Mir, VENEZIA (all places contain all others)," 1 million postcards for free distribution, 2009. Photography: Medioimages, Photodisc Getty Images, Courtesy of the artist.

Notes from a Novice in Venice

Notes from a Novice in Venice

Exclusive to the blog this week are the chronicles of artist Lily Simonson’s visit to the 53rd annual Venice Biennale, which opened to the public this past Sunday. Stay tuned …

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Josiah McElheny | Assistant Martha Friedman

ART21 Exclusive

Josiah McElheny | Assistant Martha Friedman

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: Watch artist Josiah McElheny and assistant Martha Friedman transform clear hand-blown glass objects into mirrored surfaces in his Brooklyn, NY studio. Josiah …

Josiah McElheny, "Chromatic Modernism (Blue, Red, Yellow)," 2008. Courtesy Donald Young Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography opened this past weekend at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  The show is comprised of over 200 photographs covering …

Artist, Dafni E. Barbageorgopoulou at her studio in Keramikos, Athens, Greece

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Dafni E. Barbageorgopoulou, Athens

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Dafni E. Barbageorgopoulou, Athens

With this post, we introduce a new bi-weekly monthly column to the Art21 Blog: Inside the Artist’s Studio, written by Athens-based artist and contributor Georgia Kotretsos. Here’s an overview, in …