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Yearly Archives: 2008

Inspired to Dance by Kara Walker: An Interview with Kyle Abraham

Inspired to Dance by Kara Walker: An Interview with Kyle Abraham

Emerging choreographer Kyle Abraham is performing two pieces this week at the Dance Theatre Workshop in New York (Dec. 3-6 at 7:30pm). One of the works, a solo piece entitled Brick, …

Pettibon’s “I thought California would be different…” in Hollywood

Pettibon’s “I thought California would be different…” in Hollywood

While we posted about the 2008 California Biennial back in May, I discovered this image via the SuperTouch blog about Raymond Pettibon‘s (Season 2) contribution: Legendary punk artist/Black Flag branding …

The Obamas arrive at the New Museum

The Obamas arrive at the New Museum

Two big attractions of the season—Carsten Höller’s hotel room and Pipilotti Rist’s video (see my Dec. 2 and 3 posts)—occupy a serious amount of space in their respective museums. A …

Art21 Extended Play

Robert Adams | Working Along Freeways

Art21 Extended Play

Robert Adams | Working Along Freeways

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Adams with photographs in his Oregon studio. Robert Adams’s black-and-white photographs document scenes of the American West, revealing the impact of human activity on the last vestiges of …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Shaping Paintings

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Shaping Paintings

In the next few days, two high school classes I’m working with will be creating paintings inspired by the multiple meanings and interpretations of POWER. Three Art21 artists – Nancy …

Adaptation

Adaptation

An exhibition examining the use of adaptation in recent video art is currently on view at the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery. Simply titled Adaptation, the show explores questions of fidelity and creativity …

MoMA’s Womb

MoMA’s Womb

The ‘wow factor’ in Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s buzz-generating new video installation in the Museum of Modern Art’s atrium is huge. Featuring fields of flowers, Pour Your Body Out (7534 …

Bedding Down at the Guggenheim

Bedding Down at the Guggenheim

Spending the night in a museum is a childhood fantasy that would seem to better suit the crowded treasure troves of the Metropolitan Museum of Art than the more Spartan …

Maya Lin & Martin Puryear at the de Young Museum

Maya Lin & Martin Puryear at the de Young Museum

Currently on view at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco are two new exhibitions by Art21 artists. The museum is presenting Maya Lin (Season 2) in Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes, …

Let’s Tour!

Let’s Tour!

‘Tis the season to get out and about and New York’s museums and galleries are perfect places to meet up with friends or enjoy a little downtime in the holiday …

Renaissance Ware

Renaissance Ware

Check out all the great limited edition works created specifically for the Renaissance Society.  Founded in 1915 as a cultural program to the University of Chicago, the Society’s nearly 100 …

Flash Points

Introducing Flash Points: Controversy & Contemporary Art

Flash Points

Introducing Flash Points: Controversy & Contemporary Art

FLASH POINTS is a monthly conversational series that focuses on issues relevant to the state of the art world at large, contemporary art education, and issues artists face today. You …

Laylah Ali talks to the Massachusetts Review about art & books

Laylah Ali talks to the Massachusetts Review about art & books

Recently, I was catching up on my reading and discovered a wonderful interview with Art21 artist Laylah Ali (Season 3) by Allan Isaac in the Spring/Summer 2008 edition of the …

New guest blogger: Merrily Kerr

New guest blogger: Merrily Kerr

Thanks to Marc Herbst of the LA-based Journal of Aesthetics and Protest for his series of posts covering the intersection of art and politics in his city. Up next is …

Happy Relational Thanksgetting

Happy Relational Thanksgetting

Today seems like a good day to practice a little relational aesthetics, which I suspect arguably has its roots in this holiday (or any holiday gathering, for that matter). Just …

Art21 Extended Play

Laurie Simmons | Choreographer Helen Pickett

Art21 Extended Play

Laurie Simmons | Choreographer Helen Pickett

EXCLUSIVE: Choreographer Helen Pickett during the making of Laurie Simmons’s The Music of Regret (2006) at the Alvin Ailey Dance Studio, New York. Laurie Simmons stages photographs and films with …

Public Space and Prop8

Public Space and Prop8

Feel Tank Chicago. Image related to their Parade of the Politically Depressed. (It happens on the street on MayDay) No on 8 rally. Weird Space in LA. Photo by Nancy …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Process and Power

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Process and Power

Contemporary art will often ask the viewer to consider process and the steps taken to create a work of art. Without consideration of process, some art is even difficult to …

Psychedelic at SECCA

Psychedelic at SECCA

There is a very interesting film and video exhibition currently up at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Pyschedelic presents animations that are less about products …

art twenty-one and a half

art twenty-one and a half

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOBMAN2JN3o] ‘Tis the season for spoofs it seems. This impressive video — aptly named Art:21.5 — comes from artist Scoop Brancisco in Hawaii. Appearing as a paper bag-head, alien, robot, …

Crowds and Power

Crowds and Power

Image via innis22mara on Flickr I’m away from LA this weekend, missing what, by several heated emails, is a curious event at the MOCA. Struck by a financial crisis, a …

Exclusive Videos Now on iTunes

Exclusive Videos Now on iTunes

In its first week on iTunes, Art21’s series of Exclusive videos debuted as the Top Video Podcast for both the overall Arts and Visual Arts categories! Sorry Martha Stewart and …

Drawing Review at Ronald Feldman

Drawing Review at Ronald Feldman

Drawing Review: 37 Years of Works on Paper opens tomorrow at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. The more than forty artists in the exhibition were or have been represented by the …

SFMOMA’s Explore Modern Art

SFMOMA’s Explore Modern Art

SFMOMA recently launched their redesigned website with the initiative Explore Modern Art, an online learning environment and interactive space that integrates the museum’s collections information, calendar of public programs and …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Fundred Points of View

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Fundred Points of View

By now, many of you are quite familiar with Mel Chin’s nationwide Fundred project to help highlight the issue of lead contaminated soil in New Orleans. Students and professional artists …

A brief back-note…

A brief back-note…

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nnx2Wv4T1o] I saw this online yesterday as it occurred in my city. A project done by an LA-based Iraqi Veteran Against the War set out 4171 toy US Soldiers at …

Art21 Extended Play

Gabriel Orozco | On Photography

Art21 Extended Play

Gabriel Orozco | On Photography

EXCLUSIVE: Gabriel Orozco discusses recent photographs taken in Mexico and Ecuador in 2007, and the role photography plays in his broader artistic practice. Gabriel Orozco’s sculptures and photographs disrupt conventional …

FEAR at James Cohan Gallery

FEAR at James Cohan Gallery

A new body of work by Trenton Doyle Hancock (Season 2) will be on view at James Cohan Gallery New York, November 20 through January 10, 2009. FEAR, Hancock’s fourth exhibition at the …

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At a recent Journal meeting with my co-editors, Christina Ulke and Robby Herbst, we were considering how the current climate would affect our work. While some of our ideals would …

Don’t Miss: Catherine Sullivan at The New School

Don’t Miss: Catherine Sullivan at The New School

  Catherine Sullivan (Season 4) will speak at The New School on Wednesday, November 19 at 6:30pm. The event is part of the Public Art Fund Talks, an ongoing series of discussions …

Sullivan and Walker Awarded USA Fellowship

Sullivan and Walker Awarded USA Fellowship

United States Artists (USA) is a grant-making organization dedicated to supporting America’s living artists working in a diverse array of disciplines. Catherine Sullivan (Season 4) and Kara Walker (Season 2) have …

New guest blogger: Marc Herbst, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest

New guest blogger: Marc Herbst, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest

Many thanks to Monika Navarro in Boston for her timely turn on the guest blog. Up next is Marc Herbst, an artist and member of the Journal of Aesthetics and …

Love Note to Franz West

Love Note to Franz West

As the curator of online video here at Art21, I spend a lot of time looking at work produced by colleagues around the world. And while there’s a lot of …

Letter from London

Letter from London: War(hol)! What is he good for?

Letter from London

Letter from London: War(hol)! What is he good for?

While the prospect of yet another Andy Warhol exhibition will be met by most gallery-goers with an indifferent shrug, Other Voices, Other Rooms, the new show at the Hayward Gallery, attempts to …

Notes on sex, violence and John Brown: A conversation with Laylah Ali

Notes on sex, violence and John Brown: A conversation with Laylah Ali

“The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.” -Lester Bangs Last night we braved the rain and bad signage in Lincoln, Massachusetts to hear a conversation with …

High Estimates Got You Down?

High Estimates Got You Down?

Take a break from the solemnity and doom ‘n gloom of the art world by checking out the work of one Eric Doeringer.  The Brooklyn-based artist has a solo show …