Tag Archives: Drawing & Collage

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NYCU | Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

NYCU | Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Daniel Gordon is shown in his DUMBO studio photographing paper collages constructed from found images downloaded from the Web.

El Anatsui, "Earth’s Skin," 2007. Aluminum and copper wire, 177 x 394 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photograph by Joe Levack, courtesy of the Akron Art Museum.

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Transcendent Tapestries: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

On View Now

Transcendent Tapestries: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum marks the first solo exhibition in a New York museum of Anatsui’s art. Featuring over thirty works by …

Elizabeth Murray, "Worm's Eye," 2002. Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Drawing with the Lights Out

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Drawing with the Lights Out

For the longest time I had assumed, wrongly, that students should view a series of images before trying to make sketches inspired by those images.

Zarina, "Dividing Line", 2001. Image: hyperallergic.com

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Zarina’s Paper Like Skin

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Zarina’s Paper Like Skin

If you teach about and with paper, don’t miss “Zarina: Paper Like Skin,” on view through April 21 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Nayland Blake, "Oh", 2013. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

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Well Beyond Everyday

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Well Beyond Everyday

If you are interested in how everyday materials can become bizarre and (sometimes) brilliant sculpture, there are three shows ready and waiting for you in Chelsea: Nayland Blake’s What Wont Wrong at Matthew Marks; B. Wurtz’s Recent Works at Metro Pictures; and Mark Dion’s two-floor delight titled Drawings, Prints, Multiples and Sculptures at Tanya Bonakdar.

Helen Frankenthaler, Causeway, 2001. Image: artnet.com

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Messing with the Stuff

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Messing with the Stuff

In order for students to feel comfortable expressing themselves with a particular medium, they often have to spend plenty of time messing with the stuff they are interested in shaping- be it car parts, plastics, plaster or paint- before they may be ready to create high quality works. A few artists I find myself recommending to students when it comes to specifically “messing” with paint and thinking like an abstract painter include Hans Hoffman, Helen Frankenthaler, Howard Hodgkin and Jessica Stockholder.

Diagram of Conversation with artist Andrea Sodomka,
Vienna, 8/9/2012

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Adelheid Mers (Part 2)

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Adelheid Mers (Part 2)

Part two of Georgia Kotretsos’s interview with Chicago–based artist, writer, editor, professor, and curator Adelheid Mers.

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Adelheid Mers (Part 1)

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Adelheid Mers (Part 1)

Georgia Kotretsos chats with Chicago–based artist, writer, editor, professor, and curator Adelheid Mers.

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Exclusive | Shahzia Sikander: “The Last Post”

Exclusive | Shahzia Sikander: “The Last Post”

Art21’s Associate Producer, Ian Forster, sheds a little light on our latest Exclusive.

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Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | An Interview With Leela Corman

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | An Interview With Leela Corman

Guest writer Mandy Keifetz talks to comic artist Leela Corman.

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Transmission | An Interview with Niels Geybels: Sequences, Monoliths, and Beneath the Earth

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Niels Geybels: Sequences, Monoliths, and Beneath the Earth

Columnist Amelia Ishmael speaks with Antwerp-based visual artist, graphic designer, and musician Niels Geybels, whose various practices often overlap.

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Teachable Moments in 2012

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teachable Moments in 2012

Before we continue talking about last week’s “Speak About What’s Unspeakable,” I thought it might be good idea to end the year on a constructive note by looking back at some of the most teachable moments- events, exhibits, chance happenings and other opportunities – that made for uncanny entry points in the classroom…

"Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art." Curated by

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Gastro-Vision | The Best in Food-Art 2012

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | The Best in Food-Art 2012

Writers Megan Fizzel and Andrew Russeth join Nicole Caruth for a look at the year’s best food-art projects.

Mark Bradford, "Father, You Have Murdered Me," 2012. Mixed media collage on canvas, 102 x 144 inches. © Mark Bradford / Image courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

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On View Now | Mark Bradford and the Revival of Abstraction

On View Now

On View Now | Mark Bradford and the Revival of Abstraction

Max Weintraub on Mark Bradford’s monumental new works, on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York.

Check out samizdat drafting company’s Fuguestate, a project that’s a brilliant introduction to the math behind music theory through a simple visualization of  Bach’s “Little Fugue” on a player piano type roll. This project takes a complex amount of data and makes it simple and beautiful – and by the time you’ve finished watching the animation, you’ll have a much better idea of how for Bach, math is music. Image: channingrodman.com

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Combining (Complicating?) Ideas

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Combining (Complicating?) Ideas

Years ago I had a professor who was a bit cruel when it came to giving feedback. But one piece of feedback he gave me has influenced my teaching, especially in units like this one. He once said, exasperated over my inability to get to the next step on a piece, “Joe, you call these ideas?? Put them together and make one good one!”
In the spirit of this advice which has resonated with me for years I have asked my own students to begin combining ideas in order to more fully explore and depict the theme and subject they have chosen.

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Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | The Magic Window

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | The Magic Window

Victoria Gannon on the drawings of Desirée Holman and the alienations of nuclear family life.

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Exclusive | Tabaimo: “dolefullhouse”

Exclusive | Tabaimo: “dolefullhouse”

Our latest Exclusive video is now live! Watch Tabaimo discuss her 2007 animated video installation “dolefullhouse,” whose disparate elements suggest meaning through their interaction.

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U.S. Department of State Honors Five Art21 Featured Artists with the Inaugural Medal of Arts

U.S. Department of State Honors Five Art21 Featured Artists with the Inaugural Medal of Arts

Art21 featured artists Cai Guo-Qiang, Jeff Koons, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems are awarded the first-ever Medal of Arts from the U.S. Department of State.

Ed Rischa, "The Act of Letting a Person Into Your Home", 1983. Image: whitney.org

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Reflecting on Visual Conversations

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reflecting on Visual Conversations

In my previous post two weeks ago I said that I was interested in encouraging students to draw relationships between works of art and to think about how context affects what we see. Can works of art “speak” to the viewer or have “conversations” with other works? If so, how? Today was the day, after a long Thanksgiving weekend, for the group to share works in progress and get some feedback from one another.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | The Past Lives of Books

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | The Past Lives of Books

Caroline Picard on the many forms that textual marginalia may take.

Installation view, Visual Conversations at the Fisher Landau Center for Art.

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Getting Set for Visual Conversations

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Set for Visual Conversations

If you haven’t visited already, the Fisher Landau Center for Art is a wonderful oasis to add to the list of places you can see exciting work in Long Island City. This week, I am taking one of my classes to visit the current show, Visual Conversations. Through the visit I am interested in encouraging my students to draw relationships between works of art and to think about how context affects how we perceive what we see.

Hans-Peter Feldman, "Lips". Image: qompendium.com

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Now See This: Teaching with Hans-Peter Feldmann and John Baldessari

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Now See This: Teaching with Hans-Peter Feldmann and John Baldessari

I have always been interested in the way certain artists, more so than others, have the ability to take us by the hand (or the eye) and walk us through works of art very deliberately. Because the “subject” is often about the whole work and not a single focal point, these artists persuade us to compare and contrast, and see the small differences as well as the commonalities.

Arturo Herrera, "Untitled", 2002. Courtesy Sikkema, Jenkins & Co., New York

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Uncovering Works of Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Uncovering Works of Art

Monday evening I had the pleasure of participating in a dynamite online conversation with our current group of Art21 Educators. We decided, based on some requests we received recently, to spend a little time actually looking at art together.

Richard Diebenkorn. “Seated Woman,” 1968. Lithograph. Image:  19 3/4 x 25 inches (50.2 x 63.5 cm); sheet: 19 3/4 x 25 inches (50.2 x 63.5 cm). Published by Kansas City Art Institute, edition of 20.  Image courtesy Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York. ©Estate of Richard Diebenkorn.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Paper Feast in New York

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Paper Feast in New York

Sarah Kirk Hanley surveys the bounty of print exhibitions that are or have recently been on view in New York.

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TASK Unplugged

Teaching with Contemporary Art

TASK Unplugged

This year, to begin the fourth annual Art21 Educators Institute, we will start our nine days with Oliver Herring and TASK at Luhring Augustine Gallery in Brooklyn. In a year that has in some ways been about “restraints” inspired by Matthew Barney, we will be running TASK with three materials: pencil, paper and string.

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Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Nader Sadek: the Lexicon of “In the Flesh”: Petroleum, Death Metal, Masks, Hair, and Sulpher

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Nader Sadek: the Lexicon of “In the Flesh”: Petroleum, Death Metal, Masks, Hair, and Sulpher

Amelia Ishmael talks to Nader Sadek about the visual lexicon that informs his art and music.

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Exclusive | Nancy Spero: Collaboration

Exclusive | Nancy Spero: Collaboration

Watch Nancy Spero (1926-2009) discuss how collaborations with other artists activated her work in our latest Exclusive video.

Michael Alan, I done did my penance, 2012, everything on paper (Courtesy of Gasser Grunert Gallery)

Creating A Visual Language: The Art of Michael Alan

Creating A Visual Language: The Art of Michael Alan

Emily Colucci looks at the drawings, paintings and performances of Michael Alan, whose unique sense of line joins his multitude of works together.

Sarah Sze, "Second Means of Egress (Orange)", 2004. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

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Kickstarters, Part 1

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Kickstarters, Part 1

In each of our new season 6 episodes, not to mention throughout the entire Art21 series, there are superb quotes to share with students, colleagues and friends as kickstarters for …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Roman Ondák at the Deutsche Guggenheim

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Roman Ondák at the Deutsche Guggenheim

Ali Fitzgerald reviews Roman Ondák’s exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim, which features an artwork incorporating the severed wing of an airplane.

Ai Weiwei, Surveillance Camera, 2006. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Teaching with Change

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Change

Last week I presented a Season 6 Access screening of the Change episode featuring Catherine Opie, El Anatsui and Ai Weiwei. During the screening I made some notes to share …

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Anti-Establishment in the Establishment: Dawn Kasper at the Whitney Biennial, Part 2

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | Anti-Establishment in the Establishment: Dawn Kasper at the Whitney Biennial, Part 2

The second of a two-part conversation between Marissa Perel and Whitney Biennial artist Dawn Kasper.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art Turns Four

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art Turns Four

No sooner are we celebrating our upcoming fourth year with Art21 Educators as I am reminded that the Teaching with Contemporary Art column also turns four this week. Looks like I’ll be playing the fourth horse in the fourth race this weekend. Last year I celebrated by looking back over the first three years but today I’d like to just look back over the past twelve months because it’s been quite a ride. Here are some highlights since last spring.

Cai Guo-Qiang, "Mystery Circle," April 7, 2012. Photo by Zen Sekizawa, Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Sparks Fly from MOCA for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Sparks Fly from MOCA for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder

Lily Simonson confronts mortality and the expansive scale of the universe on viewing Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Sky Ladder” at MOCA Los Angeles.

Jacolby Satterwhite, "Country Ball 1986-2012" (video still), 2012. Courtesy of the artist, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Monya Rowe Gallery.

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Gastro-Vision | Queer Cakes for a Country Cookout

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Gastro-Vision | Queer Cakes for a Country Cookout

Jacolby Satterwhite’s multi-media project “Country Ball” merges the practices of “insider” and “outsider” artists: he incorporates drawings made by his mentally ill mother, Patricia.

Anne Truitt, "Remember No. 5," 1999. Acrylic on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Copyright Estate of Anne Truitt / The Bridgeman Art Library. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

On View Now

On View Now | Chelsea Lately: Anne Truitt and Fred Sandback in New York

On View Now

On View Now | Chelsea Lately: Anne Truitt and Fred Sandback in New York

Max Weintraub reviews current exhibitions by Anne Truitt and Fred Sandback, two of the more under-appreciated artists that emerged in the 1960s.