Tag Archives: Public Art

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Together Work

Together Work

Carol Stakenas, a curator for Social Practices Art Network (SPAN), contemplates the concept of “together work,” and shares results from the SPAN Together Survey.

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Oliver Herring’s Big Art Party

Oliver Herring’s Big Art Party

Today’s ART21 Exclusive follows artist Oliver Herring around Madison Square Park as he organizes his largest TASK Party to date.

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Abigail DeVille’s Harlem Stories

Abigail DeVille’s Harlem Stories

In a new ART21 New York Close Up film, artist Abigail DeVille stalks the streets of Harlem with a trash-laden push cart, creating temporary sculptural interventions along the way.

Artist Marela Zacarías works on her large painted sculpture, "Red Meander" (2014), in her Bedford–Stuyvesant studio, Brooklyn, 2014. Production still from the ART21 "New York Close Up" film "Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home." © ART21, Inc. 2014.

Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home

Marela Zacarías Goes Big & Goes Home

In a new film from the ART21 New York Close Up series, artist Marela Zacarías creates a work commissioned by the Art in Embassies program for the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico.

Kara Walker (with her daughter) applies powdered sugar to a sculpture at the Domino Sugar factory, Brooklyn, NY, 2014. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2014. Cinematographer: Ian Forster.

The Making of Kara Walker’s Sugar Sphinx

The Making of Kara Walker’s Sugar Sphinx

An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project, A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

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Alchemy of Inspiration

Accidental Activists: SuttonBeresCuller

Alchemy of Inspiration

Accidental Activists: SuttonBeresCuller

An artist collective is turning a derelict gas station in Seattle, WA into a living work of art.

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Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Jonathan Munar, Art21’s Director of Digital Media and Strategy, takes a quick look at the forthcoming project from artist Doug Aitken.

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.”

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NYCU | Erin Shirreff & Tony Smith Go Way Back

NYCU | Erin Shirreff & Tony Smith Go Way Back

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Erin Shirreff discusses sculptor Tony Smith as an inspiration for a pair of works, including a 2011 commission for Public Art Fund.

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.

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.

"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.

Painting by Samantha Clowes, Nyack High School, NY 2011

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Speak About What’s Unspeakable

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Speak About What’s Unspeakable

In the contemporary art classroom, perhaps there is an opening to deconstruct what’s really behind our love of guns, the obsession with “killing”, and “hunting down” characters in things like video games? Can we make spaces where these things are discussed and responses are shared in order to educate a broader audience that really affects change?

“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.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

David Brooks' "Desert Rooftops" in progress. Image: huffingtonpost.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

And furthermore…

Teaching with Contemporary Art

And furthermore…

One of my students read last week’s post and was interested in playing devil’s advocate by asking a few more questions about the recent New York Close Up segment, David …

Photo courtesy of Rowan El Shimi via Flickr

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Dictator Will Be Tagged: Power, Revolution Graffiti and the Deconstructed Superhero

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Dictator Will Be Tagged: Power, Revolution Graffiti and the Deconstructed Superhero

TheArt21 Blog’s newest column debuts today!

David Brooks, "Desert Rooftops", 2011. Source: Art Production Fund

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with New York Close Up: David Brooks Tears The Roof Off

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with New York Close Up: David Brooks Tears The Roof Off

David Brooks Tears The Roof Off is an apt title for one of our most recent New York Close Up films this summer. Within the first 60 seconds of a …

Kenny Scharf, Blablobs, 2012, oil on canvas (Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery)

You Can’t Plan Fun: An Interview With Kenny Scharf

You Can’t Plan Fun: An Interview With Kenny Scharf

Guest blogger Emily Colucci talks to artist Kenny Scharf about painting, process, the B-52s, and the art of “fun.”

Sol LeWitt's "Wall Drawing #683" (1991), Photo by Richard McCoy

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Jean Tinguely’s Last Major Artwork–20 Years Later

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Jean Tinguely’s Last Major Artwork–20 Years Later

Richard McCoy looks at Jean Tinguely’s 1991 masterpiece “Cascade” in Charlotte, NC.

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Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Seeking Refuge

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Seeking Refuge

Victoria Gannon considers a bird sanctuary in Oakland’s Lake Merritt in terms of landscape and the meaning of refuge.

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.

The Granite Boulder abord its custom transporter nearing LACMA at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10. Courtesy Gene Blevins, L.A. Daily News.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | LACMA’s Rock Star

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | LACMA’s Rock Star

Lily Simonson looks at Michael Heizer’s 340 ton sculpture “Levitated Mass,” and wonders why relatively few female artists have produced large-scale public works.

Ted Kerr, Questions for a Revolution, 2011, courtesy the artist

Queer Past/Queer Future: In Conversation

Queer Past/Queer Future: In Conversation

What can the Occupy movement learn from the history of HIV/AIDS activism? Ted Kerr’s “Questions for a Revolution” offers a starting point.

Ben Wood, "Ten Years Later" (9/11 memorial), 2011. Site specific projection, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco CA. Courtesy the artist.

“Ten Years Later,” a 9/11 Memorial-Projection in San Francisco

“Ten Years Later,” a 9/11 Memorial-Projection in San Francisco

Curator Tamara Loewenstein and artist Ben Wood discuss the 9/11 memorial at San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Church.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Newbie

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Newbie

New Open Enrollment blogger Chiara Galimberti writes about the challenges she faces pursuing an MFA degree in painting while raising two young daughters.

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Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Alena Williams on Nancy Holt

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Alena Williams on Nancy Holt

  Nancy Holt, perhaps best known for her Sun Tunnels installed the Utah desert, is currently the subject of a traveling exhibition, Nancy Holt: Sightlines, curated by Alena Williams. The exhibition originated at …

Drawing for "Neukom Vivarium," 2006

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thinking About Interdisciplinary Teaching with Mark Dion’s Neukom Vivarium

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thinking About Interdisciplinary Teaching with Mark Dion’s Neukom Vivarium

This past spring at the National Art Education Association’s annual conference in Seattle, Art21 brought Mark Dion not only as a keynote speaker, but also to explore his work and …

Jenny Marketou at her studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Jenny Marketou

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Jenny Marketou

  Jenny Marketou was born and raised in Athens, Greece and educated in the United States. She lives and works in New York. Marketou earned a BFA from the Corcoran School …

Exterior view: Institute for Wishful Thinking Artists in Residence for the US Government at Momenta, April, 2011. Photo: Bianca Prime

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Maureen Connor

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Maureen Connor

In the past decade the visual arts have seen a retreat from traditional locations of meaning making and power. This retreat can be partially attributed to the increasing disparity between …

At Occupy Wall Street. Photo by Tricia Van Eck.

What Is To Be Done?* Conversations, Commerce, and Collaborations

What Is To Be Done?* Conversations, Commerce, and Collaborations

Canceled: Exhibiting Experimental Art in China, presented at The Smart Museum of Art in Chicago in 2000, was a metaphorical representation of It’s Me, a 1998 Chinese experimental art exhibition that was …

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Encounters with Generosity, Cooperation, and Community

Encounters with Generosity, Cooperation, and Community

The unpredictable and often ephemeral encounters that occur when art, community, audience, and ideas intersect are what excite me most about working with artists. For my last project at the …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | My Year in Books

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | My Year in Books

During my year-long MA course at University College London, nearly all of our readings and texts were available at the library, as PDF files, or online, unlike my experience during …