Tag Archives: Painting

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Glenn Ligon: Layers of Meaning

Glenn Ligon: Layers of Meaning

In today’s Exclusive Glenn Ligon discusses inspiring texts and cultural events, such as the writings of James Baldwin and the Million Man March.

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Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Columnist Carol Cheh reminisces on two exhibitions in L.A. that complicate “our reception of myth” and inspire “more nuanced engagement.”

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NYCU | Eddie Martinez’s Risky Business

NYCU | Eddie Martinez’s Risky Business

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Eddie Martinez discusses the motivation to shift his paintings from Pop-like figurations to pared down abstractions.

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.

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New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Summer Wheat on Her Flight Away from “Cowboy Space Gangsters”

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Summer Wheat on Her Flight Away from “Cowboy Space Gangsters”

Columnist Jacquelyn Gleisner traces a painter’s evolution and movement from wholesome Oklahoma City to bohemian Brooklyn.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Seeing Pink

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Seeing Pink

Columnist Catherine Wagely makes the leap from the Human Rights Campaign’s pink-on-red equal sign to an exhibition of works by Brad Spence.

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NYCU | Josephine Halvorson Is on the Clock

NYCU | Josephine Halvorson Is on the Clock

Can an artist create a compelling work in a single day? Watch our latest NYCU film featuring artist Josephine Halvorson.

Mandolyn Wilson Rosen. "Knit Cuff," 2012. Acrylic and collage on wood panel. 14 x 11 in. Courtesy the artist.

A Conversation with Mandolyn Wilson Rosen

A Conversation with Mandolyn Wilson Rosen

Our March blogger-in-residence speaks with artist Mandolyn Wilson Rosen about the process of painting spaces inspired by her immediate surroundings.

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New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Far Out with Lisa Sanditz

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Far Out with Lisa Sanditz

Jacquelyn Gleisner chats with artist Lisa Sanditz about her imaginative paintings, the art world today, and the artist’s last great cheeseburger.

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Looking at Los Angeles | Being Difficult

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Being Difficult

Llyn Foulkes “has never had nor seemed to want any conceptual smoothness.” Columnist Catherine Wagley on the maverick artist’s retrospective exhibition at the Hammer Museum.

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

Teaching with Contemporary Art

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.

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New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Angela Dufresne: Self-Confessed Storyteller, Punk, Image Maker, and Feminist

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Angela Dufresne: Self-Confessed Storyteller, Punk, Image Maker, and Feminist

Jacquelyn Gleisner speaks with artist Angela Dufresne whose “landscapes are murky” and portraits are “brooding.”

Still from Jim Shaw's The Whole (2009). Courtesy MOCAtv and the artist.

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Looking at Los Angeles | What Have Bangs Got to Do with It?

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | What Have Bangs Got to Do with It?

All the talk about Michelle Obama’s new haircut inspires Catherine Wagely to look at bangs in art.

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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.

Sir John Everet Millais, “Ophelia,” 1852. Oil on canvas, 30” x 44”. Tate Britain.

Aslant a Brook: A Scientific Approach to Comparing the Gallery and the Virtual

Aslant a Brook: A Scientific Approach to Comparing the Gallery and the Virtual

What’s the difference between the live and the digital viewing experience? Blogger-in-residence Michael Neault writes about a recent study by scientists in the UK.

Candida Alvarez, mambomountain, panoramic installation view, courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center, photo by Tom van Eynde.

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle | Mashed Up and Shredded into Space: An Interview with Candida Alvarez

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

Centerfield: Art in the Middle | Mashed Up and Shredded into Space: An Interview with Candida Alvarez

Caroline Picard poses four questions to artist Candida Alvarez whose paintings are currently on view at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

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The Teetering of the Diagonal Line

The Teetering of the Diagonal Line

Blogger-in-Residence Michael Neault contemplates a question that artists and scientists have tried to answer: Can you reduce visual perception to a few fundamental elements?

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Toward a Possible Body: An Interview with Emily Roysdon

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Toward a Possible Body: An Interview with Emily Roysdon

Marissa Perel speaks with Emily Roysdon about her recent performance at the Tate Modern, and her participation in MoMA’s first annual performance symposium.

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

Teaching with Contemporary Art

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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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Horses vs. Trojan Horses: On Sly Beauty

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Horses vs. Trojan Horses: On Sly Beauty

Lindsay Preston Zappas on beauty.

Transmission

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…

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

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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.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Guest Bloggers This Week: Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Guest Bloggers This Week: Teaching with Contemporary Art

This week I am pleased to say that the Teaching with Contemporary Art column some guest bloggers…
Julia CopperSmith and Maureen Hergott are both alumni of the Art21 Educators program and teach elementary art education at Scott and Westdale Elementary Schools in Melrose Park and Northlake near Chicago. Their work has been inspiring to all of us here at Art21 for the past two years, especially since they are finding ways to work with contemporary art and engage some very young students in the process.

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

On View Now

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

Teaching with Contemporary Art

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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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

Teaching with Contemporary Art

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.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

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.

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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.

Photo by Dana Swann, Nyack High School, New York.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Exploding a Theme

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Exploding a Theme

This week began with one of my advanced classes looking into the paintings of season 6 artist, Rackstraw Downes. As students start up a thematic series of their own work I wanted to see if we could “explode a theme” and “frame” Downes’ paintings in three different ways- as a topic, a theme, and as a question.

Andy Warhol's window display at Bonwit Teller department store, 1961

On View Now

On View Now | Andy Warhol and the Anxiety of Effluence

On View Now

On View Now | Andy Warhol and the Anxiety of Effluence

Max Weintraub reviews the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years,” which aims to account for Warhol’s influence on other artists.

Amy Wilson (Courtesy of the artist)

Painter’s Hardnosed Observations About Art, Multiple Income Streams, and Living Within One’s Means

Painter’s Hardnosed Observations About Art, Multiple Income Streams, and Living Within One’s Means

Brendan Carroll talks to artist Amy Wilson about how she keeps her studio costs low and strives to live within her means.

Marius Watz (Courtesy of the artist)

Bare-Knuckle Reflections About Art and Commerce from a Digital Nomad

Bare-Knuckle Reflections About Art and Commerce from a Digital Nomad

Brendan Carroll talks to artist Marius Watz about the ramifications of being a digital artist in today’s art market.

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Hand-to-Mouth Existence Begins to Pay Dividends

Hand-to-Mouth Existence Begins to Pay Dividends

Brendan Carroll talks to artist Jen Mazza about the impact that the global financial meltdown has had on both her sales and her studio practice.

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Lives and Works in Berlin | Portrait of Joanne Greenbaum in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Portrait of Joanne Greenbaum in Berlin

Ali Fitzgerald on the “privately performative” practice of Joanne Greenbaum, whose works will be on view at Nicolas Krupp gallery in Basel.