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Bourgeois at MoCA, Holzer at MCA

Bourgeois at MoCA, Holzer at MCA

If you missed Louise Bourgeois (Season 2) at the Guggenheim recently, your next opportunity to see the artist’s first major retrospective in 25 years will be at the Museum of …

Reframing Global Video

Reframing Global Video

I am always dubious when the word “global” begins an exhibition title. Trying to gauge some sort of global cultural pulse seems absurdly ambitious. But yesterday, when I went to see Narrowcast: Reframing Global Video …

Saw:21

Saw:21

It’s October 31st — Halloween — in the year 2041. In its twenty-first season, Art21 joins forces with the Saw horror film franchise. Artists Richard Serra, Josiah McElheny, Do-Ho Suh, …

Art:21 Episode Uncovered!

Art:21 Episode Uncovered!

As the curator of online videos, I’ve spent the last several months digging through Art21’s archival footage, searching for interesting behind-the-scenes moments to present as Art21 Exclusives. So, you can …

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Judy Pfaff | Assistants Kate Hodges & Ryan Muller

Art21 Exclusive

Judy Pfaff | Assistants Kate Hodges & Ryan Muller

EXCLUSIVE: Assistant Kate Hodges at Judy Pfaff’s studio in Tivoli, New York. EXCLUSIVE: Assistant Ryan Muller at Judy Pfaff’s studio in Tivoli, New York. Balancing intense planning with improvisational decision-making, …

Making Art Effable

Making Art Effable

For the exhibition Index: Conceptualism in California,  MOCA invited four Los Angeles poets to respond to artists’ work. Though the scope of the exhibition–Index  ambitiously explores the ways in which California artists …

Soundings and Songs: Ann Hamilton

Soundings and Songs: Ann Hamilton

Soundings–an exhibition of sculpture, photography, prints and video by Season 1 artist Ann Hamilton–is on view at Robischon Gallery in Denver, Colorado through November 15. The exhibition expands upon Hamilton’s works from an …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Hallowgreen

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Hallowgreen

This week’s Teaching With Contemporary Art column is written by Carolyn Sutton, Director of Arts at The Park School in Baltimore and a member of Art21’s National Education Advisory Council. …

For the Matthew Barney Fan Who Has Everything

For the Matthew Barney Fan Who Has Everything

  Fansites may be more common for music fans or even authors but artists don’t seem to inspire the same level of adoration (or is it obsession?) that other creative …

Letter from London

Letter from London: The Contemporary Portrait

Letter from London

Letter from London: The Contemporary Portrait

It might seem a bit old-fashioned to bemoan the demise of the portrait tradition in contemporary art, but looking at a new show of Renaissance portraits, and having read a short …

James Turrell Awarded RIBA Honorary Fellowship

James Turrell Awarded RIBA Honorary Fellowship

The Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Council, which each year awards Honary Fellowships to individuals who have contributed to architecture in the broadest sense, has named this season’s recipients. …

The Uncanny at Kontainer Gallery

The Uncanny at Kontainer Gallery

Few things make me happier than a lyrical, perpetually unresolved video exhibition. Not Figments of a Madman’s Imagination: The Uncanny in Contemporary Romanian Video Art, currently on view at Kontainer Gallery in …

theanyspacewhatever

theanyspacewhatever

Invited by the Guggenheim Museum to collectively formulate a scenario for an exhibition, artists Pierre Huyghe (Season 4), Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller,  Jorge Pardo, …

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Lari Pittman | Aesthetics

Art21 Exclusive

Lari Pittman | Aesthetics

EXCLUSIVE: Lari Pittman draws connections between aesthetics and feelings of safety, at his home and cactus garden in Los Angeles. An exhibition of Pittman’s latest paintings opens Friday, October 24th …

Artists Vote for _________.

Artists Vote for _________.

On October 8, Gap launched its “Vote for” initiative to coincide with the American election season. Centered on a customizable classic white t-shirt that reads, “Vote for ______.”, the retail chain is encouraging customers to fill …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Humor and Beauty

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Humor and Beauty

How can humor be used to say something serious? Can unattractive or disturbing things be represented in a beautiful way? These were just two of the questions posed at last …

Art and Sport in L.A.

Art and Sport in L.A.

A few artists I’ve met recently have considered quitting the art game. They don’t want to play in a sphere that’s all about self-perpetuation; they don’t want to court galleries, …

Looking at “Art in Odd Places”

Looking at “Art in Odd Places”

Since the days of 19th-century French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire, the flâneur has played a prominent role in our evolving notion of modern art. The flâneur, according to Baudelaire, …

Iceland of Fire, Water and Light

Iceland of Fire, Water and Light

This past week I was in Reykjavik, Iceland attending and participating in the Sequences Real Time Festival. Needless to say, it was a strange time to have come just days …

New guest blogger: Catherine Wagley

New guest blogger: Catherine Wagley

Many thanks for Rachel Gagnon for her terrific, in-depth coverage of the St. Louis art scene. You can follow her musings regularly back on the blog she helped start, 2 …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Serra and Irwin

Letter from London

Letter from London: Serra and Irwin

Amid the noise and anxiety of the art fairs (read my review of Scope here), two significant exhibitions by major US artists have opened simultaneously in London: Richard Serra at Gagosian and Robert Irwin at …

Emphasizing Visitor Experience

Emphasizing Visitor Experience

Another approach to museum transparency that I admire is that of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.  When you open the homepage of their recently re-designed website, you’re immediately confronted …

Museums and Transparency

Museums and Transparency

Eyes may be the windows to a person’s soul, but to me, it’s a website. Well, at least into the soul of an institution. Everything put online is a choice, …

Arturo Herrera at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Arturo Herrera at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

  An exhibition of new works by Arturo Herrera (Season 3) opens tomorrow, October 18, at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and runs through November 15, 2008. Unlike Herrera’s earlier works that lay flat against the wall, this …

Cai Guo-Qiang Awarded 7th Hiroshima Art Prize

Cai Guo-Qiang Awarded 7th Hiroshima Art Prize

Cai Guo-Qiang (Season 3) has been awarded the 7th Hiroshima Art Prize, which comes with a solo exhibition at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. Opening October 25th, the …

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Special report: Mel Chin’s “SAFEHOUSE”

Art21 Exclusive

Special report: Mel Chin’s “SAFEHOUSE”

Following is an exclusive update from Mel Chin‘s FUNDRED/PAYDIRT team on their latest New Orleans-based project, SAFEHOUSE. Written by Mary Rubin and Amanda Wiles, with photos by FUNDRED, Elliot Coon, …

Artist Interviews: Serkan Ozkaya and Pepe Mar

Artist Interviews: Serkan Ozkaya and Pepe Mar

While working on the interviews for my last post, I had an opportunity to meet two artists who were putting the finishing touches on their respective exhibitions. Serkan Ozkaya’s work …

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Jenny Holzer | Collaboration

Art21 Exclusive

Jenny Holzer | Collaboration

EXCLUSIVE: Jenny Holzer and poet Henri Cole with various Redaction Paintings in her studio in Hoosick Falls, New York, and BIG HANDS YELLOW WHITE (2006) installed at Cheim & Read, …

Josiah McElheny at White Cube

Josiah McElheny at White Cube

Josiah McElheny opened this week at White Cube’s Hoxton Square space. Island Universe is an installation consisting of five sculptural elements made of chrome-plated aluminum, each composed of a central …

Three Questions

Three Questions

Boots Contemporary Art Space White Flag Projects For my third post about the arts scene in St. Louis, I wanted to get the perspective of two newer arts spaces in …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thinking Through Possibilities

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Thinking Through Possibilities

Sketchbooks can serve as places to work out big ideas, as we have seen over the past two Teaching With Contemporary Art columns where Sue Chenoweth’s students used sketchbook ideas …

Barbara Kruger at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Barbara Kruger at the Graduate Center, CUNY

People “Weekly,” the inaugural exhibition of the Amie and Tony James Gallery at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, opened this month and runs through February 28, 2009. The …

Through our Neighbor’s Front Window

Through our Neighbor’s Front Window

Stan: our neighbor across the street Stan has lived on Washington Boulevard in Grand Center since 1995. He used to be a contractor, specializing in rehabs throughout the city, and …

Art in St. Louis

Art in St. Louis

A view of St. Louis (taken from my roof!) I wanted to give Art21 readers a sense of the arts landscape in St. Louis, but it’s a tall order to …

Letter from London

Letter From London: A Contemporary Timeline

Letter from London

Letter From London: A Contemporary Timeline

At a recent trip to Tate Modern I spent some time looking closely at something I’d regularly passed by without really thinking about it. On two floors of the museum, …

A Conversation with Kiki Smith and Others at Deitch Projects

A Conversation with Kiki Smith and Others at Deitch Projects

On Thursday evening, Deitch Projects hosted a conversation featuring Kiki Smith (Season Two), alongside Ann Messner and Swoon. The talk was held at Deitch Studios in Long Island City, NY, …