Tag Archives: Installation

Kara Walker gives advice

Kara Walker’s advice to young artists

Kara Walker’s advice to young artists

In today’s ART21 Exclusive, Kara Walker reflects on her early success and offers advice to the next generation of artists.

Artist Abigail DeVille in her studio residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem (Harlem, Manhattan, 04.10.14). Production still from the ART21 New York Close Up film Abigail DeVille’s Flair for the Dramatic. © ART21, Inc. 2014. Cinematography by Amitabh Joshi.

Abigail DeVille’s Flair for the Dramatic

Abigail DeVille’s Flair for the Dramatic

New in ART21 New York Close Up, artist Abigail DeVille constructs the set for a premiere performance of Adrienne Kennedy’s play “She Talks to Beethoven” (1989) at the JACK arts center in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Detail of Fred Wilson’s installation "Speak of Me as I Am" at the 50th Venice Biennale, 2003. Production still from the series "Exclusive." © Art21, Inc. 2014. Courtesy the artist.

Fred Wilson Talks Beauty and Ugliness

Fred Wilson Talks Beauty and Ugliness

In today’s Exclusive, filmed in 2004, Fred Wilson discusses how beauty and ugliness together create meaning.

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

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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 …

Paul McCarthy, “White Snow, Bookends,” black walnut, 2013. Image: twi-ny/mdr

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Size Matters

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Size Matters

Teaching students about scale in a work of art is “a tricky thing for art educators.”

Richard Serra, "To Lift," 1967. Vulcanized rubber 36 x 80 x 60 inches. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery. Photo by Peter Moore © 2013 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Alchemy: Richard Serra’s Early Work

On View Now

Alchemy: Richard Serra’s Early Work

David Zwirner Gallery revisits early works by Art21-featured artist Richard Serra. Columnist Max Weintraub says this show is “not to be missed.”

Ann Hamilton Swings

Exclusive | Ann Hamilton: “the event of a thread”

Exclusive | Ann Hamilton: “the event of a thread”

Art21′s Associate Producer sheds light on the paper bags scattered throughout Ann Hamilton’s Park Avenue Armory installation “the event of a thread.”

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NYCU | Diana Al-Hadid’s Suspended Reality

NYCU | Diana Al-Hadid’s Suspended Reality

How does an artist resist reality? Watch the latest film from “New York Close Up” featuring artist Diana Al-Hadid.

Jon Kessler, "The Web" 2013 at Swiss Institute. Courtesy the artist and Métamatic Research Initiative, Amsterdam. Photo: Daniel Perez

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On View Now | Welcome to the Pleasure Dome: Jon Kessler’s “The Web”

On View Now

On View Now | Welcome to the Pleasure Dome: Jon Kessler’s “The Web”

“Kessler turns to contemporary visual culture, and specifically Apple Inc., to examine the impact of popular and commercial imagery and products on society’s desires…”

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.

Nan Goldin, "Gilles and Gotscha, Paris," 1992-93. Cibachrome print. Courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York/Los Angeles.

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On View Now | Time Warp: “NYC 1993″ at the New Museum

On View Now

On View Now | Time Warp: “NYC 1993″ at the New Museum

Some works “seem as powerful and provocative today as they were twenty years ago,” writes Max Weintraub in our second review of “NYC 1993.”

David Brooks, "Imbroglios (a phylogenetic tree, from Homo sapiens to Megalops atlanticus)," 2012. Fiberglass, gelcoat, MDF, pencil, hardware; 21 x 12 x 5 feet. Installation view from "Notes On Structure (imbroglios, heaps and myopias)," American Contemporary, New York, March 29–April 29, 2012. Production still from the "New York Close Up" film, "David Brooks Is In His Element". © Art21, Inc. 2013. Artwork courtesy of the artist and American Contemporary, New York.

NYCU | David Brooks Is In His Element

NYCU | David Brooks Is In His Element

What can an artist learn from the hard sciences? Watch our latest NYCU film featuring artist David Brooks.

El Anatsui, "Sacred Moon", 2007. Image: 303magazine.com

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Teaching with El Anatsui

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with El Anatsui

El Anastui, one of my favorite artists from season 6, is in some ways an educator’s dream. His sculptures and installations reference history, culture and memory while simultaneously exploring the possibilities of found materials and different processes for making art. And while Anatsui is best known for his stunning, draped metal sculptures, there is more to the work with than meets the eye… and that’s quite a bit to begin with.

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.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Pulse Index", 2010. "Time Lapse", Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2012. Photo by : Kate Russel

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | New Frontier at Sundance 2013: “Pulse Index” and “Coral RKV”

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | New Frontier at Sundance 2013: “Pulse Index” and “Coral RKV”

Nettrice Gaskins revisits relational aesthetics in a third post from New Frontier at Sundance, looking at works by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Lynette Wallworth.

Installation of El Anatsui’s “Broken Bridge II” (2012) above the High Line in New York City. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Ian Forster.

Exclusive | El Anatsui: “Broken Bridge II”

Exclusive | El Anatsui: “Broken Bridge II”

A new Exclusive episode featuring El Anastui’s largest installation to date, on view along the High Line in New York City.

Welcome to the desert of the real: the entrance to New Frontier at Sundance 2013.

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | New Frontier at Sundance 2013: The Pixelated Pavilion

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | New Frontier at Sundance 2013: The Pixelated Pavilion

Nettrice Gaskins introduces a series of reports from New Frontier: an experimental space at the 2013 Sundance Film Fesitval.

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Lori Felker: amplified sprocket holes, light passing through celluloid, bumping into dirt and tape and emulsion

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Lori Felker: amplified sprocket holes, light passing through celluloid, bumping into dirt and tape and emulsion

Columnist Amelia Ishmael interviews filmmaker and performer Lori Felkner about her “amazing” piece “Light Makes Music.”

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Exclusive | Richard Serra: Tools & Strategies

Exclusive | Richard Serra: Tools & Strategies

In a new “Exclusive” video, artist Richard Serra describes the various tools and conceptual strategies he has used throughout his career when working with lead and steel.

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | No Rest for the Teaching Artist

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | No Rest for the Teaching Artist

Antonius Wiriadjaja on helping two artists prepare for their upcoming shows in New York City.

A scene from My Name is Asher Lev with Ari Brand and Mark Nelson. Image: broadway.com

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When Works of Literature Make The Leap

Teaching with Contemporary Art

When Works of Literature Make The Leap

Contemporary artists and performers offer pathways into literature for the hard-to-inspire. Artists such as Glenn Ligon, Jenny Holzer, and even performances like the off-Broadway production of My Name is Asher Lev offer students ways to get inspired and involved with literature from different starting points.

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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

Gastro-Vision

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.

Production still from the Exclusive video "David Altmejd: Assistants."

Exclusive | David Altmejd: Assistants

Exclusive | David Altmejd: Assistants

Filmed in early 2011, two of David Altmejd’s assistants describe the experience of working for the sculptor in his Queens, New York studio.

“Cuantos Mas?,” installation in Tijuana. Mexico. November 1998

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Tanya Aguiñiga / Transnational Arts Operative

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Tanya Aguiñiga / Transnational Arts Operative

Danielle McCullough profiles Tanya Aguiñiga, an artist/activist whose works take many forms, many of which engage notions of transnational autobiography.

Production still from the Exclusive video, Tabaimo:

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.

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.

Lin Tianmiao, "Bound and Unbound", 1997, dimensions variable (detail). White cotton thread, 800 pieces of household objects, video projection, sound. Courtesy Asia Society Museum.

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On View Now | Cryptic Objects: Lin Tianmiao at the Asia Society Museum

On View Now

On View Now | Cryptic Objects: Lin Tianmiao at the Asia Society Museum

Max Weintraub reviews Lin Tianmiao’s exhibition “Bound Unbound” at the Asia Society Museum in New York.

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

Center Field | Two Histories of the World: Part Two

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

Center Field | Two Histories of the World: Part Two

Caroline Picard looks at “Two Histories of the World,” a two-part exhibition taking place at two different venues and at two different points in time.

Lucy + Jorge Orta, Food-Water-Life installation at Tufts University Art Gallery, 2012. Photo: Alonso Nichols, Tufts University Photography.

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Gastro-Vision | Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food-Water-Life

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food-Water-Life

Nicole Caruth on Lucy + Jorge Orta, whose first major traveling exhibition “Food-Water-Life” is now up at Tufts University Art Gallery in Boston.

Jennifer Bolande, Marshall Stack, 1987. Photo by Eeva Inkeri.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Landmarks

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Landmarks

Lily Simonson looks at Jennifer Bolande’s survey exhibition Landmarks, on view at Cal State Los Angeles’ Luckman Gallery.

Courtesy Doug Ashford

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Doug Ashford

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Doug Ashford

Thom Donovan interviews Doug Ashford, who is widely known for his work with Group Material during the period 1983-1996.

After restoration, night view of the north west wall of Milton Glaser's mural, "Color Fuses," 1975. Image by Mark Williams, Imagenation, LLC. Property of the U.S. GSA.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Restored and Renewed: Milton Glaser’s 1975 Artwork, “Color Fuses”

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Restored and Renewed: Milton Glaser’s 1975 Artwork, “Color Fuses”

Mitlon Glaser’s 1975 art installation in Indianapolis, “Color Fuses,” recently underwent a dramatic restoration and can now be seen as the artist originally intended.