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ART21 Magazine’s Year in Art

ART21 Magazine’s Year in Art

Our top articles The best performing posts on ART21 Magazine, determined by the number of views. “The Happy Artist” by Eve Peyser | Sep 8, 2015           Eve shares her steps …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Classroom Catalysts: Enabling Personal Revolutions Through Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Classroom Catalysts: Enabling Personal Revolutions Through Art

“What is art but a way of seeing?” —Thomas Berger Sometimes the most significant revolutions make no noise at all, happening completely within someone’s frame of mind. These individual transformations might …

The Walker Curates the News: 12. 21.15

The Walker Curates the News: 12. 21.15

With other activists, Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina plans to open a museum in Montenegro. The mantra “for women, by women, about women” will guide the museum’s every move, including the hiring of administrators, …

Art21 Exclusive

Omer Fast Distills Broadcasted Anxiety

Art21 Exclusive

Omer Fast Distills Broadcasted Anxiety

“What have we done to deserve this? What could we have done to prevent it from happening? What can we learn?” — CNN Concatenated (2002) Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Omer Fast …

The Walker Curates the News: 12.14.15

The Walker Curates the News: 12.14.15

“The work that I do is an invitation to co-produce the future.” Artist-engineer Natalie Jeremijenko is creating nature-oriented, scalable projects: the Farmacy urban-agriculture initiative, “tree offices,” and pencils made from–and …

Booked

Still Reading by the Fire

Booked

Still Reading by the Fire

Most of this past year’s proposed radical agendas contain nothing that’s actually revolutionary or visionary. Politicians, theocrats, and profiteers campaign on platforms of retroactive change: ideological preservation, religious orthodoxy. ‘A …

Art21 New York Close Up

Jaimie Warren Is A Total Character

Art21 New York Close Up

Jaimie Warren Is A Total Character

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Jaimie Warren as recreates a wild array of pop culture characters for her photographic and video work.

“The Revolution Will Be Painted” Revisited

“The Revolution Will Be Painted” Revisited

Last year, as part of ART21 Magazine’s “Revolution” issue, feminist new genre painter Anne Sherwood Pundyk rewrote the lyrics to Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” to create …

The Walker Curates the News: 12.07.15

The Walker Curates the News: 12.07.15

Among Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers are 21 artists “bound by the belief that art serves a higher purpose,” including Cuban artists Tania Bruguera and María Magdalena Campos-Pons, playwright Suzan-Lori …

Dismantling History: An Interview with Titus Kaphar

Dismantling History: An Interview with Titus Kaphar

A canvas curtain slips from its place of prestige, revealing another that’s hidden beneath. The folds of a Thomas Jefferson portrait gracefully fall, and behind it we see an African …

The Walker Curates the News: 11.30.15

The Walker Curates the News: 11.30.15

“It was an attempt to humiliate and ostracize me.” California-born, Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Rasheed was questioned by the FBI and ultimately removed from a Lufthansa flight to Turkey the day …

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Unending Revolution

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Unending Revolution

“All art is in revolution of tyranny.” —Atticus Our recent revolutionary movements feel… deflated. We tell ourselves “things aren’t that bad right?” and the fight we need to make change …

The Walker Curates the News: 11.23.15

The Walker Curates the News: 11.23.15

A year after its debut at the Walker, Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room sees a short run at the Kitchen this week. New elements have been added since then, but the project is …

Flashback

Ten (More) Artists on Radicalism and Resistance

Flashback

Ten (More) Artists on Radicalism and Resistance

In last year’s November/December issue we investigated ideas of unrest and revolution, and the ways art can and has innovated in the name of change. The months that followed saw huge …

The Walker Curates the News: 11.16.2015

The Walker Curates the News: 11.16.2015

For her contribution to Wonder, the inaugural exhibition of the Smithsonian’s newly renovated Renwick Gallery, Maya Lin has created a likeness of the Chesapeake Bay based on NASA satellite imagery …

Art21 New York Close Up

Louise Despont According to the Universe

Art21 New York Close Up

Louise Despont According to the Universe

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Louise Despont peruses a vast reference library of collected images in her Tribeca studio.

The Walker Curates the News 11.09.15

The Walker Curates the News 11.09.15

“Art is not neutral.” Tania Canas, arts director of RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees ), raises questions around the ethics of artists using refugees in their  projects. In this 10-point …

Art21 Exclusive

Politics and Dignity in Graciela Iturbide’s Photographs

Art21 Exclusive

Politics and Dignity in Graciela Iturbide’s Photographs

“Politics are already implied when I’m working in Mexico. I don’t have to say ‘Look, what injustice!’ because it would be sensationalized.” — Graciela Iturbide Artist Graciela Iturbide discusses her personal and …

The Walker Curates the News: 11.02.15

The Walker Curates the News: 11.02.15

“Her gift was to express these really profound things with a kind of playfulness. That was Corita. There was an irony, what we might call a ludic element in her …

Pupsie Cola and One Hundred Thousand Glowing Beacons

Pupsie Cola and One Hundred Thousand Glowing Beacons

  The Girard Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe is louder than a New Mexican Rodeo. Two months ago, I was drawn into this place …

The Walker Curates the News 10.26.15

The Walker Curates the News 10.26.15

“Everything is awesome!” Or so goes The Lego Movie’s slogan, but Ai Weiwei is finding that’s not quite the case. In September, the Chinese artist was told that the toy …

Art21 Exclusive

Josiah McElheny Sees Potential in Painting

Art21 Exclusive

Josiah McElheny Sees Potential in Painting

“Abstraction – in its potential hopefulness for imagining a different world or imagining a world that’s not absolutely apparent – can tie us together.” — Josiah McElheny Today’s ART21 Exclusive features …

Saya Woolfalk’s Happy People

Saya Woolfalk’s Happy People

In July 2015, when I encountered the installation by the New York–based artist Saya Woolfalk in the Disguise: Masks and Global African Art exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, I felt like …

The Walker Curates the News: 10.19.15

The Walker Curates the News: 10.19.15

“Even when artists of color are embraced by the canon,” says artist Rashid Johnson, “there is often a strict focus on a particular moment, rather than their career as a whole.” Such …

Long Live Catharsis

Long Live Catharsis

I haven’t cried since the summer before I went to college and broke up with my high-school girlfriend. And by cried, I mean like when your face starts uncontrollably heaving …

The Walker Curates the News: 10.12.15

The Walker Curates the News: 10.12.15

The “unselfie,” writes the New York Times’s Sam Anderson on Alec Soth’s Instagram series of self-portraits obscured by snow, leaves, pixels, and the like, “documents and annihilates. What we most …

Elena Ferrante’s Bad Feelings

Elena Ferrante’s Bad Feelings

Recently, I was Tinder messaging with a manarchist type (white, bespectacled, etc.) whose profile read: “Looking for the wisdom of Alice Munro in the body of Joan Didion.” A reference …

The Walker Curates the News: 10.05.15

The Walker Curates the News: 10.05.15

The title alone—Empty Lot—conjures an urban outdoorsiness, but beyond that, details of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ s installation for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, opening October 13, remain under wraps. A request by Tate to …

Taking Care

Taking Care

During a particularly unpleasant heat wave this past summer, I had a fever dream in the middle of the day. A conversation was unfolding over my text messages with someone …

The Walker Curates the News: 09.28.15

The Walker Curates the News: 09.28.15

“I think meditators are the people who will understand this best,” says Laurie Anderson of her new work. For Habeas Corpus, she’ll project live video of Mohammed el Gharani, who …

How to be Happy: An Art Guide

How to be Happy: An Art Guide

Guess who’s happy all the time? Not many artists. While on the happiness scale artists may rank somewhere between a dog without a bone and an emo kid’s Livejournal, don’t …

The Walker Curates the News: 09.21.15

The Walker Curates the News: 09.21.15

Likening Manet’s process to his own video/performance art practice, Kalup Linzy shared his thoughts on the painter’s matador portraits for The Met’s Artist Project. “He was experimenting,” he says, noting …

Pursuit of Distraction: Internet Cats as Anti-FOMO

Pursuit of Distraction: Internet Cats as Anti-FOMO

Cats comprise some of the most popular content on the Internet. This is a well-documented phenomenon, but its precise reason has remained elusive. Cat culture came into its own in …

The Walker Curates the News: 09.14.15

The Walker Curates the News: 09.14.15

German conceptualist Wolfgang Laib and Japanese Pop artist Tadanori Yokoo are among winners of the 2015 Praemium Imperiale Awards. Now in its 27th year, the Japan Art Association’s prize includes …

Art21 New York Close Up

Lucas Blalock’s Digital Toolkit

Art21 New York Close Up

Lucas Blalock’s Digital Toolkit

Artist Lucas Blalock creates uncanny pictures using simple tools in Photoshop in the latest “New York Close Up” film.

The Walker Curates the News: 09.08.15

The Walker Curates the News: 09.08.15

To create Triumphs and Laments—an 1,800-foot mural on walls along the Tiber River in Rome—William Kentridge will power-wash stencils depicting Roman history, creating “reverse-graffiti” as grime and pollution are cleaned …