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Access 100 Artists: Get Involved!

Access 100 Artists: Get Involved!

Art21’s Director of Education, Rosanna Flouty, sends out a call to action. Get involved with our latest initiative, Access 100 Artists, and host a screening!

"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.

Damien Hirst, "Zirconyl Chloride," 2008. Household gloss on canvas, 84 inches diameter. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

On View Now

On View Now | Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings and the “Joy of Color”

On View Now

On View Now | Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings and the “Joy of Color”

Max Weintraub argues that Gagosian Gallery’s exhibition provides convincing evidence that Damien Hirst is indeed an extraordinary colorist.

Tom Learner, GCI Senior Scientist

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | The Science and Ethics of Contemporary Art Conservation: A Discussion with Tom Learner

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | The Science and Ethics of Contemporary Art Conservation: A Discussion with Tom Learner

Richard McCoy talks to Tom Learner, senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, whose career has spanned a number of important institutions and projects.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The Tomb of The Unknown Craftsman

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Open Enrollment | The Tomb of The Unknown Craftsman

Grayson Perry’s exhibition takes visitors on an idiosyncratic pilgrimage through the British Museum’s permanent collections.

Mark Titchner performing at Warsall New Art Gallery infront of his installation "Be Angry But Don't Stop Breathing," September 2, 2011. Photo by author

Mark Titchner: More noise, more silence, sigils, and word viruses

Mark Titchner: More noise, more silence, sigils, and word viruses

  In September of this year I traveled to Wolverhampton, U.K. to present some of my research on Black Metal and contemporary art to the Home of Metal Conference, a …

Mel Bochner, “Amazing,” 2011, monoprint with collage, engraving and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper, 94 1/4 x 70 3/4 inches 239.4 x 179.7 cm, Image courtesy Two Palms Press, New York.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Mel Bochner’s Word Play: Monoprints at Two Palms Press

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Mel Bochner’s Word Play: Monoprints at Two Palms Press

  “At the root of all my work is the recognition that we tend to take most of our experience for granted” (Mel Bochner in “Art in Conversation: Mel Bochner with …

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Open Enrollment | My Year in Books

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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 …

Thomas Struth, 'San Zaccaria', 1995. Image courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, The Howard Gilman Foundation Gift, 1996 (1996.297) © Thomas Struth

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Letter from London | Rarely Pure, and Never Simple

Letter from London

Letter from London | Rarely Pure, and Never Simple

  Maybe Thomas Struth’s 1995 photograph of the interior of the church of San Zaccaria in Venice is too obvious a way to epitomise the relationship between contemporary art and …

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Open Enrollment | My Dissertation as Document of a Moment

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Open Enrollment | My Dissertation as Document of a Moment

Nearly eleven months in my year-long masters program, I am now in crunch time. The first two-thirds of the program was spent in three taught courses, and from May on, …

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Open Enrollment | South African Photography and the Lingering Political Anxieties of Identity

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | South African Photography and the Lingering Political Anxieties of Identity

Last month, I had the privilege and pleasure of attending a symposium that served roughly as a capstone to one of my graduate courses. The symposium was coordinated in conjunction …

Albrecht Durer, 'Pictures for Geometry' (2), 1525

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Letter from London | World on a String

Letter from London

Letter from London | World on a String

Language draws an imaginary line around objects. That demarcation follows through in all the lines in our lives: the Morse code of a Risk board’s borders, anticipatory lines dragged across …

'Cy (Twombly) + Relics - Rome #5', 1952, photo by Robert Rauschenberg

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Letter from London | Classic Rock

Letter from London

Letter from London | Classic Rock

The pairing of Cy Twombly and Nicolas Poussin in the current exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery reveals an embarrassment of shared interests that make it surprising they hadn’t been …

Amy Whitaker, Adam Smith Wears a Beret, digital, 2011. courtesy the artist

Adam Smith As an Artist

Adam Smith As an Artist

Part 2 of what art and economics have to do with each other. . . . A few years ago I came across a biographical sketch of Adam Smith, founding …

Vera Lutter, 'Chephren and Cheops Pyramids, Giza: April 12, 2010', 2010. Image courtesy Gagosian Gallery

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Letter from London | Pyramid Scheme

Letter from London

Letter from London | Pyramid Scheme

A camera is a room and a room is a head, and the head is constantly being filled with images it has to process and make sense of. A person …

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Open Enrollment | Nine Months Later, a Master’s Degree

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Open Enrollment | Nine Months Later, a Master’s Degree

Last Friday, my invitation to graduation arrived in the mail. It seemed rather premature as I am but a fraction of the way through researching and writing my final dissertation, …

Amy Whitaker, "artist businessperson," photo, 2011.

Monday Painter/Sunday Banker

Monday Painter/Sunday Banker

I am so pleased to be a new guest blogger at Art21.  We were encouraged to introduce ourselves in our first blog post, and so I thought I would write …

Asli Cavusoglu, A Few Hours After the Revolution

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Aslı Çavuşoğlu

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Aslı Çavuşoğlu

A small black and white newspaper photograph hangs on the wall of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s studio, located in an old warehouse in Istanbul’s Karaköy district. The photograph is crowd shot, taken …

"I am so sorry": Tiger Woods with his wife, children, and two mistresses, Rusty and Mr Snuffles

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Letter from London | Eye of the Tiger

Letter from London

Letter from London | Eye of the Tiger

Tiger Woods is a profoundly uninteresting man, elevated to role model status in America by his unwavering commitment to brand promotion and the eradication of personal charisma, so when the …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | rocks/mud/linoleum: sculpture between sites

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | rocks/mud/linoleum: sculpture between sites

Richard Long’s artistic medium, since the 1960s, has been walking. On his walks all over the world, he uses found materials to create formations – circles, lines, ovals — leaving …

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Open Enrollment | On the Precipice of Reality: This and That

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | On the Precipice of Reality: This and That

For this month’s post, I’ve mulled and pondered, thought and reflected, yet I could not come up with any sort of brilliant topic for my penultimate post. So I thought …

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Open Enrollment | On Access and Elitism

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Open Enrollment | On Access and Elitism

I recently visited the Tate Britain with a friend who studies history but doesn’t care much for modern or contemporary art. Standing in front of David Hockney’s Great Pyramid at …

Will Corwin, 'The Last Judgement' (2011). Image courtesy the artist and George and Jorgen gallery

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Letter from London | Grave Architecture

Letter from London

Letter from London | Grave Architecture

There’s a long history of painters becoming architects and carrying their pictorial imaginations with them. Bramante’s Tempietto in Rome and Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library in Florence are examples of the painter’s …

Picasso's 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' (1932) at Tate Modern. Image Andy Paradise/PA

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Letter from London: The Price is Right

Letter from London

Letter from London: The Price is Right

Funny how very expensive paintings become metaphors of themselves. The 45-million-dollar Duccio bought by the Met in 2005 shows the incarnate deity supported with infinite care by his reverentially gazing …

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Open Enrollment | To Pick a Topic

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | To Pick a Topic

With the taught portion of my Courtauld MA degree in Art History concluded (the final exam completed last week), it’s now time to start thinking of dissertation topics and plunge …

Marcus Coates 'The Trip', 2010. Documentary photograph. Courtesy of the artist

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Letter from London: Trip Advisor

Letter from London

Letter from London: Trip Advisor

All travel is retrospective. We don’t travel for the experience – most traveling time is spent waiting, after all – but in order to have something to remember. The easy …

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The What? The CUNY Graduate Center? Is that, like, part of NYU?

Open Enrollment

The What? The CUNY Graduate Center? Is that, like, part of NYU?

I’ve really been enjoying reading the posts from my fellow Open Enrollment bloggers over the last month, but Stefan’s post on his current experience at the Courtauld in London caught …

Image of a boy playing a video game from Robbie Cooper's 'The Immersion Project'

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Letter from London: Gutter Rug

Letter from London

Letter from London: Gutter Rug

Whether or not computer games are actually any good for us – some argue they cause children to become withdrawn and asocial, and others suggest that they provide valuable life …

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Open Enrollment: Letters to a Young Art Historian?

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Open Enrollment: Letters to a Young Art Historian?

November 2009, I was in the middle of a dark blue funk, something along the lines of a post-collegiate quarter-life crisis. Working a menial, low-paying job in museum retail and …

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Open Enrollment: The What? Ah Yes, The Courtauld.

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Open Enrollment: The What? Ah Yes, The Courtauld.

Whenever I tell someone I am studying for my Master’s at The Courtauld, I get one of two reactions. “The what?” is the first, spoken by those who aren’t in …

19th century sculpture in the Musee d'Orsay: sexy but boring

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Letter from London: Being Boring

Letter from London

Letter from London: Being Boring

“Why is sculpture so boring?” So said Charles Baudelaire in 1848. Sculpture in Baudelaire’s time was boring. In actual fact, with some notable exceptions, sculpture was, for a very long …

Teri Havens, "Richard's Camp," 2006, from the series "The Last Free Place." Toned silver gelatin print.

Letter from London

Letter from London: Terry O’Neill Award Show at Hotshoe Gallery

Letter from London

Letter from London: Terry O’Neill Award Show at Hotshoe Gallery

Guest blogger Kerim Aytac is filling in for regular columnist Ben Street this month while he makes his millions. — Ed. It’s hard to see the work of emerging photographers …

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 …

The London protests heat up (image courtesy Antony Bennison)

Letter from London

Letter from London: Tuition and Hopin’

Letter from London

Letter from London: Tuition and Hopin’

This week, Britain’s coalition government (narrowly) passed a proposal to dramatically hike university tuition fees, the results of which were a number of occasionally violent protests in central London. The …

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 2

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 2

Ai Weiwei. Sunflower Seeds, 2010. Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London. Photo courtesy of Aaron Chen. An Xiao follows up on yesterday’s post and continues her discussion with Bird’s …

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 1

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 1

Artist Ai Weiwei in conversation with Tate Modern curator Katie Hill, October 2010. Photo by An Xiao. This past summer, Jennifer Ng and I launched Bird’s Nest: Ai Weiwei in …