Articles by Ian Forster

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Liz Magor: “Studios should be issued by the government as health-mandated items”

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Liz Magor: “Studios should be issued by the government as health-mandated items”

In today’s Art21 “Exclusive,” Liz Magor describes her Vancouver studio as a place for pleasure as well as productivity while working on a cast sculpture of a paper bag.

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Brian Jungen: Printing Two Perspectives

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Brian Jungen: Printing Two Perspectives

In a new Art21 “Exclusive,” artist Brian Jungen creates two-sided prints from archival newspaper clippings, revealing the lens of otherness through which Native people are frequently viewed.

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Do Ho Suh Memorializes His New York Apartment

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Do Ho Suh Memorializes His New York Apartment

In a new Art21 “Exclusive,” Do Ho Suh rubs every surface in his NYC apartment with colored pencil, creating a three-dimensional drawing of the space that was his home and studio for 18 years.

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Change from Within: Kerry James Marshall Corrects the Canon

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Change from Within: Kerry James Marshall Corrects the Canon

In this previously unpublished interview, artist Kerry James Marshall discusses his strategy for centralizing the Black figure in contemporary art.

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Diana Thater’s Animal Activism

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Diana Thater’s Animal Activism

In a new ART21 “Exclusive” episode, Diana Thater discusses her interest in improving the lives of both humans and animals through art and activism.

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Nick Cave’s Thick Skin

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Nick Cave’s Thick Skin

In a new ART21 “Exclusive,” Nick Cave discusses the experiences that force him to confront his identity as a black man—including being racially profiled by police—and how they fuel his impulse to create.

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Carrie Mae Weems Commemorates Black Lives

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Carrie Mae Weems Commemorates Black Lives

In a new ART21 “Exclusive,” Carrie Mae Weems stages a performance that honors the deaths of black men in the U.S.

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Richard Tuttle Makes Tools for Life

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Richard Tuttle Makes Tools for Life

Richard Tuttle reflects on the conceptual, thematic, and stylistic threads from his 26 New York gallery exhibitions in a new ART21 “Exclusive” episode.

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Eleanor Antin Plays with Politics

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Eleanor Antin Plays with Politics

Eleanor Antin discusses her use of paper dolls to create politically charged sculptures and videos in a new episode of ART21 “Exclusive.”

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The Making of Martin Puryear’s “Big Bling”

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The Making of Martin Puryear’s “Big Bling”

Today’s ART21 “Exclusive” follows Martin Puryear’s monumental public sculpture “Big Bling” as it’s created and installed in Madison Square Park.

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Sarah Sze’s Experimental Site

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Sarah Sze’s Experimental Site

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Sarah Sze discussing her sculpture “Measuring Stick,” which explores the “measurement of time and space through the moving image.”

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Sarah Sze’s Desire for Tactility

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Sarah Sze’s Desire for Tactility

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Sarah Sze expressing her desire to have a tactile relationship with materials in a world saturated with digital imagery.

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Abraham Cruzvillegas: Self-Constructing Identity

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Abraham Cruzvillegas: Self-Constructing Identity

In today’s ART21 Exclusive, Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas discusses his personal and artistic relationship to the concept of autoconstrucción.

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Josiah McElheny Projects Maya Deren

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Josiah McElheny Projects Maya Deren

“I’m trying to understand this relationship of abstraction and the body.” — Josiah McElheny Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Josiah McElheny exploring the relationship between abstraction and the body as he …

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Omer Fast Interrupts “Continuity”

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Omer Fast Interrupts “Continuity”

“Those moments are magical in film—when we have a pure linear motion that approaches something and reveals it—but I’m interested in the stuff that gets in the way.” — Omer …

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Omer Fast Distills Broadcasted Anxiety

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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 …

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Politics and Dignity in Graciela Iturbide’s Photographs

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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 …

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Josiah McElheny Sees Potential in Painting

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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 …

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Lynda Benglis Reunites with a Lost Fountain

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Lynda Benglis Reunites with a Lost Fountain

“I’m not trying to satisfy anyone. I really make things because I’m curious – that’s the reason” — Lynda Benglis Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Lynda Benglis reuniting with her first …

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Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

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Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

Arlene Shechet discusses a series of plaster sculptures that she created over the course of six years in the mid-1990s, following the death of a close friend.

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Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

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Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

“The thing that’s unseen is sometimes way more interesting than what people want you to see.” —Arlene Shechet In the first of two new ART21 Exclusive episodes featuring Arlene Shechet, …

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Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

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Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

“The idea of sitting face to face, it’s a very intimate experience. Having a model and painting them always makes people open up.” —Aliza Nisenbaum Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Immigrant Movement …

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Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

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Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

“What’s appealing to me about collage is the fact that it’s so straightforward—that it’s a good foil to my subject.” —Elliott Hundley Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Elliott Hundley describing an …

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Perspectives from the “Gramsci Monument”

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Perspectives from the “Gramsci Monument”

“I don’t do something for the community, I do something, I hope, for art and the understanding of art – my goal is this.” —Thomas Hirschhorn Today’s ART21 Exclusive features the …

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Leonardo Drew and Piet Mondrian Meet on the Grid

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Leonardo Drew and Piet Mondrian Meet on the Grid

“What can I say about Mondrian, he’s just the man. As far as the grid and composition, obviously I’m working off of him and standing on the shoulders of giants.” …

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Joan Jonas Performs in the Streets of New York

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Joan Jonas Performs in the Streets of New York

“I wanted to develop my own language and the minute I started performing I began to invent in a different way.” —Joan Jonas Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Joan Jonas discussing her decision to …

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Anarchic Color in Katharina Grosse’s Paintings

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Anarchic Color in Katharina Grosse’s Paintings

“Painting is one of the ways to actually make [my thoughts] visible and understandable for myself” —Katharina Grosse Today’s ART21 Exclusive shows Katharina Grosse in her studio and at Johann König Gallery (both …

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Trevor Paglen Photographs the NSA

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Trevor Paglen Photographs the NSA

“You as a member of the public should be able to exert the same kind of power over this institution that we can symbolically do by looking at a photograph …

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Trevor Paglen Flexes His Rights

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Trevor Paglen Flexes His Rights

“To go and photograph an airbase is not only to photograph something but it is to insist on one’s right to photograph. You’re flexing that right.” —Trevor Paglen Today’s ART21 …

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Deeper into the Desert with Andrea Zittel

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Deeper into the Desert with Andrea Zittel

“We’ve always tried to help artists find situations to make their work, where it can retain that quality of unknowableness.” —Andrea Zittel Today’s ART21 Exclusive features High Desert Test Sites, …

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Andrea Zittel’s Social Experiment

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Andrea Zittel’s Social Experiment

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment—a collection of ”sleeping pods“ installed throughout her property in Joshua Tree, California.

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Andrea Zittel’s Desert Designs

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Andrea Zittel’s Desert Designs

“You could say that design has power because it actually touches people in a much more concrete way, but I think that art has more wiggle room and more flexibility.” …

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Joan Jonas Lets the Ink Fly

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Joan Jonas Lets the Ink Fly

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Joan Jonas drawing in her Manhattan studio, and on stage at the Umeå Jazz Festival in Sweden.

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Kerry James Marshall at Prospect.3

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Kerry James Marshall at Prospect.3

Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall travels to the Prospect.3 biennial in New Orleans, Louisiana and speaks with six fellow artists and one collective: Zarouhie Abdalian, William Cordova, Lonnie Holley, Yun-Fei Ji, Christopher Myers, and The Propeller Group.

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Tania Bruguera’s Petition to the Pope

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Tania Bruguera’s Petition to the Pope

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Tania Bruguera collecting signatures as part of her project The Francis Effect.

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Where in the World Is Leonardo Drew?

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Where in the World Is Leonardo Drew?

In today’s ART21 Exclusive artist Leonardo Drew discusses the importance of travel in relationship to his artwork.