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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Christa Holka

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Christa Holka

Christa Holka is an American photographer based in London. She holds an MA in Fine Arts from the Central St. Martins College of Art & Design in London, a BFA …

Art21 Exclusive

Paul McCarthy | Lifecasting

Art21 Exclusive

Paul McCarthy | Lifecasting

Surrounded by various figurative sculptures in progress in his Los Angeles studio, including an over-sized bust of President George W. Bush, artist Paul McCarthy discusses the process of casting from …

Aaron Zinman, the artist, designer and technologist behind Personas

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Connections at MIT Museum

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Connections at MIT Museum

I have never met Aaron Zinman. Not in person, anyway. I’ve spoken with him a few times on the phone, and we’ve chatted via email and Twitter, but I’ve never …

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Stomachache

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Stomachache

Food diaries — daily records of everything one eats and drinks — are strange and fascinating objects. For nutritionists and dietitians, they are useful tools in determining a person’s eating habits …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Esopus Editor, Tod Lippy, Part One

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Talking with Esopus Editor, Tod Lippy, Part One

Back in 2004, I was lucky enough to be introduced to Esopus magazine at a silent auction being held during a Mass MoCA fundraiser. Don’t ask me how, but my …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Biennials, cremated canvases, German faces, cashmere sportswear, sculptural tour de force, fashionable shoes, and an iPhone app comprise this week’s roundup: 2010: Whitney Biennial will open at the Whitney Museum …

"Thriller Kitty Impresses", Source: http://icanhascheezburger.com/

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

What are your manners? Where and how did you learn them? According to Ben Street’s most recent letter to us contemporary art and the Mannerist Movement could be holding hands …

Raiding, Mining, and Resurrecting: Maurizio Cattelan at The Menil Collection

Raiding, Mining, and Resurrecting: Maurizio Cattelan at The Menil Collection

The current Maurizio Cattelan exhibition at The Menil Collection, Houston (February 12– August 15, 2010) marks the U.S. debut of recent large-scale works, site-specific installations, and four new works. Cattelan’s …

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William Kentridge | “Return”

Art21 Exclusive

William Kentridge | “Return”

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Shot in his Johannesburg studio in South Africa, William Kentridge reveals the process and unusual presentation of the video work Return — a …

Grand Canyon Journal 4: Critique Is Destruction as Joy

Grand Canyon Journal 4: Critique Is Destruction as Joy

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-vPbeJCsJM] CityCenter is the biggest thing to happen to art in Las Vegas since Steve Wynn put his finger through a Picasso. The mixed-use, residential, gambling, fine dining, clubbing, high-end …

Culture Wars: Trivial Tunes with Mary Heilmann

Culture Wars: Trivial Tunes with Mary Heilmann

A look at the Mary Heilmann-curated music playlist for Art21’s inaugural “Culture Wars” trivia event, held on 1/28 at the 92YTribeca, along with the music-themed audio round for the night.

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Looking at Los Angeles

I Am Not Neda

Looking at Los Angeles

I Am Not Neda

I drove into a Westwood parking garage late on Monday and saw that the attendant had been crying. After an uneasy moment–I wasn’t sure where compassion and polite distance met …

Jeff Koons, "Girl with Dolphin and Monkey (The Whitney Museum of American Art 75th Anniversary Photography Portfolio), 2006. Courtesy Whitney Museum

Flash Points

The Puppy Wars

Flash Points

The Puppy Wars

The eerily small, closely watched world of New York art criticism experienced some infighting earlier this month, following the publication of February’s The Brooklyn Rail. “I think that there are …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Break in the Action

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Break in the Action

Teaching with Contemporary Art is taking a break this week in order to complete special two-part interview with Esopus editor, Tod Lippy, which will be published here on the Art21 …

Jeff Martin

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art: a Conversation and a Colloquium

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art: a Conversation and a Colloquium

IMA conservator Richard McCoy talks with Jeff Martin, who organized the upcoming colloquium “Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art” (March 17th and 18th at the Hirshhorn).

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This President’s Day roundup begins with a hotly debated exhibition and ends with a divine duo: The New Museum has announced the details of their exhibition Skin Fruit: Selections from …

Flash Points

Art is Murder

Flash Points

Art is Murder

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3OkEcdOtb0] When I was a kid, Alice Cooper taught me everything I needed to know about art. So, ethics in art? For the most part I’m against it, but certain …

The Menil Collection: 20th and 21st Century Art as “Daily Companions”

The Menil Collection: 20th and 21st Century Art as “Daily Companions”

“Art: Take it off its marble pedestal and show it as a daily companion, refreshing, human and rich: witness of its time and prophet of times to come.”  – John …

Letter from London

Letter from London: To The Manner Born

Letter from London

Letter from London: To The Manner Born

It’s good, useless fun to pre-emptively define the times you live in. Nicholas Bourriaud’s confusingly limned term “Altermodern,” used to define works in last year’s Tate Triennial and, by extension, …

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

Hungry? FLASHPOINTS: How does art respond to and redefine the natural world? Dan Phillips makes houses and asks the question, what is “folk”? According to Leanne Gilberstein in  her post,  …

Art21 Exclusive

John Baldessari | Recycling Images

Art21 Exclusive

John Baldessari | Recycling Images

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS While sifting through boxes of film stills in his Santa Monica studio, artist John Baldessari talks about being a pack rat and discusses …

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Karen Schmeer, the Maysles Brothers, & Art Doc Screenings in NYC

On Location: Inside Art Documentary Production

Karen Schmeer, the Maysles Brothers, & Art Doc Screenings in NYC

Before I do anything, I want to mention the very sad passing of an important member of the independent documentary community, Karen Schmeer. Karen was killed in a hit and …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

A Little Heads-Up

Teaching with Contemporary Art

A Little Heads-Up

Art classrooms are often noisy places. In college they sometimes make a u-turn and become silent morgues where students wait patiently in cold studios for individual crits, but in general, …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Greek tragedy, cross dressing, cooking shows, needlework, rowdy teens, storytelling, nighttime walks, and a few mystery plays in this week’s roundup: Virtuoso Illusion: Cross Dressing and the New Media Avant-Garde …

Dan Phillips: Not Merely Vernacular, Pt. 2

Dan Phillips: Not Merely Vernacular, Pt. 2

In my estimation, Phoenix Commotion’s ongoing project (founded around 1998 by Dan Phillips) does much more than simply supply a university town with a rich dose of local color. While …

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

This week What’s Cookin is sent to you directly from Newport, RI  an eclectic little city on the Atlantic coast. Home to some of the best clam chowder and crab …

Art21 Exclusive

Julie Mehretu | Workday

Art21 Exclusive

Julie Mehretu | Workday

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Filmed in her Berlin studio, Julie Mehretu discusses the ups and downs of her daily studio practice. Mehretu is shown working on the …

The Dust Settles After the First Culture Wars

The Dust Settles After the First Culture Wars

On January 28, Art21 and 92YTribeca piloted a program called Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia with Art21. The night began with a music play list created by artist Mary …

Flash Points

Flash Points: The Ethics of Art

Flash Points

Flash Points: The Ethics of Art

Today we launch the next Flash Points topic, The Ethics of Art. Ethics are defined as “a system of moral principles” which constantly factor into the choices we make. However, …

Ed Ruscha, "The Los Angeles County Museum on Fire," 1968, Oil on canvas. Courtesy edruscha.com.

Looking at Los Angeles

If You Can Remember the ’60s, You Weren’t There

Looking at Los Angeles

If You Can Remember the ’60s, You Weren’t There

When I moved from Berkeley to Los Angeles five years ago, I thought I was done living in a town that was devoted to perpetually remembering the ’60s. But I …

Flash Points

Dan Phillips: Not Merely Vernacular, Pt. I

Flash Points

Dan Phillips: Not Merely Vernacular, Pt. I

As a northerner recently transplanted to the Greater Houston area, I admit to having reservations about all things Texan. I have found this a tough place to love at first …

Grand Canyon Journal 3: The Painter of Video to Life

Grand Canyon Journal 3: The Painter of Video to Life

Our previous guest blogger, Karthik Pandian, continues his Grand Canyon journal in the following post. — Ed. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2_oWKE13TA] Has there ever been such an elegant dramatization of the power of …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

In the Middle: Art21 Educators

Teaching with Contemporary Art

In the Middle: Art21 Educators

About six months ago, Art21 ventured into the land of summer teacher institutes. We invited 15 teachers from across the country to come to New York City and spend a …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup you’ll read about two anniversary exhibitions, 6,000 shapes upstate, masterworks in the Midwest, some road trip souvenirs, a whole lotta prints, and a sale you won’t …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Chris Ofili, A Mixtape

Letter from London

Letter from London: Chris Ofili, A Mixtape

Making mixtapes is one of life’s great non-transferable skills; its lack of import in a pragmatic sense is inversely proportional to the amount of time and effort it requires (rewinding, …

New guest blogger: Leanne Gilbertson

New guest blogger: Leanne Gilbertson

Thanks to Karthik Pandian for posting his Grand Canyon journals during his guest blogging stint. Fortunately, there is more to come in this series, so look out for a several …