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William Pope.L, Small Cup, 2008

Liz K. Sheehan’s Top 10 of 2010

Liz K. Sheehan’s Top 10 of 2010

Ten memorable art-related moments of 2010, in no particular order: 10. Best animal weirdness: William Pope.L, Small Cup, 2008, Video, 12:52 minutes, included in the 2010 DeCordova Biennial Filmed in …

Rob Pruitt, "Looking, Longing," 2008. Installation view: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of RxArt.

A Conversation with RxArt President and Founder, Diane Brown

A Conversation with RxArt President and Founder, Diane Brown

Rob Pruitt, Looking, Longing, 2008. Installation view: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of RxArt. One of the experiences that I miss the most about working in …

The west wall of Caseros Prison two months after Wulsin completed his onsite work.

Interview with Seth Wulsin

Interview with Seth Wulsin

This is the second of three posts by Daniel Quiles that are loosely based around contemporary art from/in Latin America. — Ed. Born in 1981 in Spring Valley, New York, …

Napa's wonderful map of Helsinki. Courtesy Jenni Rope/Napa.

Navel-Gazing: Jenni Rope & the Napa Enterprise

Navel-Gazing: Jenni Rope & the Napa Enterprise

“I enjoy working with drawing, painting and collage. My studio is full of little pieces of drawings, colour papers and different colour tapes. I find a piece of paper on …

The closest I'm ever going to come to my 15-minutes of fame … being interviewed by James Kalm of the Kalm Report. (Photo by Veken Gueyikian)

Art21’s New Guest Editor

Art21’s New Guest Editor

Starting today, and running through to August 25, I will be filling in for Kelly Shindler as guest editor of the Art21 blog. Kelly, who has taken a much needed …

Interior shot from our visit to Ursula von Rydingsvard's studio

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Wheels Are Rolling

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Wheels Are Rolling

From July 7th through July 14th Art21 hosted our second annual summer institute, Art21 Educators. Art21 Educators is an intensive, year-long professional development initiative designed to cultivate and support K-12 …

Oliver Herring, "Chris After Hours of Spitting Food Dye Outdoors", 2004   Courtesy Max Protetch Gallery

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dear Oliver

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dear Oliver

You know what I like about Oliver Herring? Pretty much everything. Oliver was generous enough to join us for the 2nd year in a row to jump-start the Art21 Educators …

Wolfgang Tillmans, "still life, New York", 1995.  Courtesy the artist and Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln/Berlin.

Ze Germans

Ze Germans

So there we have it.  I suppose, at least, it means that we will all have the large part of our summer back.  The glee that I took from the …

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Yinka Shonibare MBE: “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle”

Yinka Shonibare MBE: “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE SUPPORT ART21: It seems like only yesterday that the 100 x 100 Exclusive campaign kicked off! Now with 32 days …

Louise Bourgeois at the Académie de la Grande-Chaumiére, Paris, 1937. Courtesy Louise Bourgeois Archive.

Louise Bourgeois Left Nothing to be Desired

Louise Bourgeois Left Nothing to be Desired

When I heard that Louise Bourgeois (Season 1) passed away on the morning of May 31, I was genuinely surprised. It seemed only natural that she would live into a …

Artist at work: Matthew Barney, Art21 production still, 2001

Flash Points

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 …

Josiah McElheny | Assistant Anders Rydstedt

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 …

Arturo Herrera | Assistant Jeff Bechtel

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 …