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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

From 6 to 8pm tomorrow, Season 2 artist Collier Schorr will sign copies of her book There I Was at Dashwood Books in New York. Silent Writing, an exhibition of works by Barbara Kruger (Season 1), Jenny Holzer (Season 4) and …

New guest blogger: Lila Kanner

New guest blogger: Lila Kanner

Thanks to Tim Ridlen for chronicling the art scene in his new adoptive hometown of NYC. Up next is Lila Kanner. Lila joined the staff at Artadia: The Fund for …

Letter from London

Letter from London: The Eighties Revival

Letter from London

Letter from London: The Eighties Revival

The new thing at Tate Modern, three rooms of mainly huge paintings from the 1980s, is timelier than it knows. These works are taken from the UBS collection, the investment …

On the Demuxing Post

On the Demuxing Post

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPfLZ1B1POU] [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPNspJIWeio] In one of my previous posts, I mentioned the life of certain obsolete terms taking on new meaning. As the clock runs out on my brief stint as …

Flash Points

Call for writers: new Flash Points topic wants you!

Flash Points

Call for writers: new Flash Points topic wants you!

Attention writers! Our newest Flash Points topic, Contemporary Art + Economics, launches next week. This time, we’re opening up the editorial process and inviting you to participate. Have an idea …

Sikander Trifecta (incl. talk tonight at Cooper-Hewitt)

Sikander Trifecta (incl. talk tonight at Cooper-Hewitt)

In New York City? Don’t miss Season 1 artist Shahzia Sikander‘s related activities around town, including an artist’s talk tonight. Her curatorial exhibition, Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Remixing. Transformation.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Remixing. Transformation.

This week two of my classes will visit the Museum of Art and Design’s first major exhibit in its new space at Columbus Circle, Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary. Among …

Strength in Limitations

Strength in Limitations

On the drive from Chicago to New York City in a Budget rental truck, I had a conversation with a friend of mine regarding an ongoing gallery project called MWNM …

First Spring Round-Up

First Spring Round-Up

Things to see: Mel Chin will be giving a free lecture on Tuesday, March 24, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Arlington Arts Center as part of the …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Plinth of Thieves

Letter from London

Letter from London: Plinth of Thieves

Good news! We’re living in “a golden age of public art,” characterized by “a change in art’s very nature, from an aesthetic, spiritual and intellectual function to a principally social …

Emulsion To Emulsion

Emulsion To Emulsion

The term “emulsion to emulsion” has somehow stuck in my head from my undergraduate days, taking courses in photography.  It is the phrase meant to remind you of the placement …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Power(ful) Painting

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Power(ful) Painting

In a recent unit with an introductory Studio Art class, my students created paintings that redefined power visually in a variety of ways. After looking at the work of Season …

Art, Work, Power

Art, Work, Power

Just last month I made the move that many young artists make.  I left Chicago for New York City in what must seem like horribly bad timing given the many …

This Week’s Roundup

This Week’s Roundup

What’s happening now: The Sound of Silence, an exhibition of works by Alfredo Jaar (Season 4), is on view at Galerie Lelong in New York through May 2. Visitors are invited …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Primo Puryear

Letter from London

Letter from London: Primo Puryear

It’s easy for contemporary art cynics to criticize the Bushesque debasement of language that goes on every day in the art world. I’ve actually started to take to the byzantine …

New guest blogger: Tim Ridlen

New guest blogger: Tim Ridlen

Thanks to Audrey Chan, who took on our current Flash Points topic with aplomb, and all the way from France! Keep track of her adventures back on her own site …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Notes on a workshop (Part 2)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Notes on a workshop (Part 2)

(continued from Part 1…) My students and I had knocked on the door of the Éloignement office of the Préfecture in Nantes. The woman who answered asked us what we …

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Artistic Noise Part 2: Contemporary Activist Art

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Artistic Noise Part 2: Contemporary Activist Art

To continue from my first post, at Artistic Noise, we teach a curriculum that focuses on issues relevant to the lives of incarcerated and system-involved youth and uses art to …

Art21 Exclusive

Jenny Holzer talks about her Whitney show

Art21 Exclusive

Jenny Holzer talks about her Whitney show

Paddy Johnson interviewed Jenny Holzer for New York Press about her new show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (it opened yesterday, March 12). Titled …

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Artistic Noise Part 1: Art and Social Activism with Incarcerated Youth

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Artistic Noise Part 1: Art and Social Activism with Incarcerated Youth

noise [noiz] noun – a loud, surprising, irritating, or unwanted sound In 2001, I was approached by Fran Sherman of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project to help develop an arts …

Flash Points

Election 2008: Seizing the moment in the classroom

Flash Points

Election 2008: Seizing the moment in the classroom

One of the things I love most about teaching 12th grade is the sense that I am meeting students on the border between their child and adult selves. They are …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Notes on a workshop (Part 1)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Notes on a workshop (Part 1)

I’m also teaching a course at the École Régionale des Beaux-arts de Nantes called, “Workshop: I am curious… (The Artist as Ethnographer).” Each Friday morning, my students and I have …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Richter Scale

Letter from London

Letter from London: Richter Scale

I didn’t expect to crack a smile during the new show of Gerhard Richter’s portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. Especially at a Gerhard Richter show. He is an artist …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Save Us from Ourselves (Making a Mess)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Save Us from Ourselves (Making a Mess)

I’m not very religious, but just the other day I was “given” a prayer that somehow spoke volumes about life, the life of teaching, and the life of artist-educators. Eleanor …

Babble On!

Babble On!

It’s no secret: Art21 loves videos about art. So, naturally, we would love the idea of a Web community dedicated to showcasing videos about art, right? Right. ArtBabble—a project initiated …

Art21 Exclusive

Jenny Holzer | “Projection for Chicago”

Art21 Exclusive

Jenny Holzer | “Projection for Chicago”

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Jenny Holzer discusses the process behind her series of Xenon Projections as part of the exhibition PROTECT PROTECT at the Museum of Contemporary …

This Week…

This Week…

Happy Monday with a busy week of activity from Art21 artists. Here are some highlights: This Thursday and Friday at the Guggenheim, created in response to the museum’s current The …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

On representations of the artist at work (Part 2)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

On representations of the artist at work (Part 2)

Following up our discussion about documentation of the creative process in the cases of Mark Bradford and Jackson Pollock, my students and I talked about what we might include in …

Flash Points

A better “we” through art? AREA Chicago’s Daniel Tucker on art and community

Flash Points

A better “we” through art? AREA Chicago’s Daniel Tucker on art and community

This post is written as a dispatch from California, where I was at the College Art Association conference and speaking in classes at CalArts, SFAI, and the CCA Social Practices …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

On representations of the artist at work

Teaching with Contemporary Art

On representations of the artist at work

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX9SVg6L5vA] In the Art:21 Season 4 episode Paradox, artist Mark Bradford cites the legacy of Abstract Expressionism as an influence on his process-oriented paintings and collages. On a formal level, …

Sikander Curates at Cooper-Hewitt

Sikander Curates at Cooper-Hewitt

Season 1 artist Shahzia Sikander will serve as the ninth guest curator of the Selects exhibition series at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.  Past Selects guest curators have included artist …

Flash Points

Fight the man! Three activist artists to watch

Flash Points

Fight the man! Three activist artists to watch

True story: I used to hate activist art. “Why so shrill?” I thought. “Can’t we just talk about this rather than producing a bunch of bad art?” I don’t always …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Working Without Warhol

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Working Without Warhol

Last month, five different Art21 artists were featured in the first five pages of Scholastic Art magazine, an issue that celebrated contemporary women artists including Laylah Ali (featured on the …

Flash Points

Authenticity 2.0

Flash Points

Authenticity 2.0

At the École des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (Nantes School of Art), I am teaching a course called “Contemporary Art in the United States, 2000-Today.” The premise of the course is …

New guest blogger: Audrey Chan

New guest blogger: Audrey Chan

Thanks to Paul Schmelzer for his wonderful series of posts tackling our Flash Points topic head-on. Follow his daily exploits back on his own blog, Eyeteeth. Up next is Audrey …

Letter from London

Letter from London: See you later, contemporary art curator!

Letter from London

Letter from London: See you later, contemporary art curator!

Pity the poor curator, scapegoat of the contemporary art sceptic. It’s hard not to feel at least a little sorry for Nicholas Bourriaud, curator of Tate Britain’s Altermodern, who has …