Columns & Features

Letter from the Editor

On the Power of Art and Challenging Cultural Inequity

Letter from the Editor

On the Power of Art and Challenging Cultural Inequity

Artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez introduces the “Momentum” issue with a call to action: end cultural inequity by challenging the art world’s existing power structures.

Booked

Queering New York: An Interview with Douglas Crimp

Booked

Queering New York: An Interview with Douglas Crimp

Writer-in-Residence Mimi Cheng interviews art critic Douglas Crimp about his new book “Before Pictures,” which juxtaposes the experimental art scene with the experimental gay scene of 1970s New York.

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Directing Season 8’s Vancouver: An Interview with Pamela Mason Wagner

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Directing Season 8’s Vancouver: An Interview with Pamela Mason Wagner

In this interview with Pamela Mason Wagner, the director of the “Vancouver” hour shares what it was like to film contemporary artists for Season 8 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: Holiday Edition

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: Holiday Edition

The Art21 staff shares a special selection of holiday-themed staff picks.

On View Now

Mastry: A Complex Portrait of Kerry James Marshall

On View Now

Mastry: A Complex Portrait of Kerry James Marshall

Jared Quinton reviews Kerry James Marshall’s “Mastry,” a retrospective comprised of nearly 80 works that span the artist’s 35-year career.

On View Now

Ambivalent Pleasures: A Conversation with Jesse McKee

On View Now

Ambivalent Pleasures: A Conversation with Jesse McKee

Guest editor Lee Plested interviews curator Jesse McKee, who organized the Vancouver Art Gallery’s current survey of local practices, “Ambivalent Pleasures.”

Center Field: Art in the Middle

The Brevity of Space: An Interview with Allison Glenn

Center Field: Art in the Middle

The Brevity of Space: An Interview with Allison Glenn

Curator and writer Allison Glenn discusses her exhibition “In the beginning, sometimes I left messages in the street,” which brought artwork to billboards and public sites across Chicago.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Why Contemporary Art? Art21 & The Value of Inspiration

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Why Contemporary Art? Art21 & The Value of Inspiration

This Giving Tuesday, four Art21 Educators share how Art21’s films and programs have opened their students’ eyes to new possibilities.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Bad Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Bad Art

Art21 Educator Jack Watson shares a creativity exercise that asks students to make “bad art” as a way to allow for experimentation and playful collaboration.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

On Not Feeling Powerless: How Youth Activists and Art21 Artists Can Model Proactive Social Engagement

Teaching with Contemporary Art

On Not Feeling Powerless: How Youth Activists and Art21 Artists Can Model Proactive Social Engagement

Art21 Educator Todd Elkin discusses his students’ reactions to the 2016 presidential election, and how Art21 artists can serve as a model for constructive social engagement.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Finding Community: Art21 Educators and Contemporary Art in the Classroom

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Finding Community: Art21 Educators and Contemporary Art in the Classroom

Art21 Educator Jeannine Bardo shares how using Art21 films and resources in the classroom has expanded her teaching practice.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Unit Plan: Layering Experience

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Unit Plan: Layering Experience

Art21 Educator Jack Watson shares a unit plan that encourages students to find their own methods of exploring shared experiences and spaces.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art + Action: Creating a Platform for Social Justice

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art + Action: Creating a Platform for Social Justice

Art21 Educator Jack Watson shares his recent experience with launching a social justice collective at his high school in Durham, North Carolina.

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Cheryl Pope and the Poetics of Yelling

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Cheryl Pope and the Poetics of Yelling

Rachel Heidenry surveys the work of Chicago artist Cheryl Pope, who employs the aesthetic of high-school athletics and collaborates with local students to address the effects of gun violence.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Jack Watson

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Jack Watson

An interview with Art21 Educator Jack Watson on how incorporating contemporary art practices in his classroom has expanded and informed his teaching.

Writer-in-Residence

Testament to Long Loves

Writer-in-Residence

Testament to Long Loves

Writer-in-Residence Mimi Cheng uncovers the love and loss explored in Christina P. Day’s exhibition “Stills and Composites,” on view through December 16, 2016 at CUE Art Foundation.

Booked

The Variations of its Shadows: An Interview with Jorge Méndez Blake

Booked

The Variations of its Shadows: An Interview with Jorge Méndez Blake

Artist Jorge Méndez Blake discusses his method of translating the psychological places within books and poems into sculptures and installations.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Lee Plested

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Lee Plested

Curator Lee Plested joins Art21 Magazine as guest editor for the final 2016 issue, “Place Part II,” investigating notions of place with an emphasis on the art and artists in Vancouver and Chicago.

Looking at Los Angeles

Devin Farrand, Ariel Herwitz and the Phenomenon of Gravitation

Looking at Los Angeles

Devin Farrand, Ariel Herwitz and the Phenomenon of Gravitation

Erin Sweeny explores the lives and work of LA-based artists Devin Farrand and Ariel Herwitz, a couple investigating vastly different materials in their independent art practices.

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: October 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: October 2016

The Art21 staff shares their favorite exhibitions on view now in New York City.

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Fortress Inside a City

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Fortress Inside a City

Writer-in-Residence Anna Tome explores the work of Russian artist Petr Pavlensky whose demanding performance pieces recontextualize government spaces by mimicking the violence of the state.

New Kids on the Block

Places Within Us: Jesse Chun’s On Paper Series

New Kids on the Block

Places Within Us: Jesse Chun’s On Paper Series

An exploration of Jesse Chun’s “On Paper” series, which appropriates immigration paperwork and passports, searching for a place of belonging that extends beyond geography.

Writer-in-Residence

New Works by Marilyn Lerner: A Sustained Spontaneity

Writer-in-Residence

New Works by Marilyn Lerner: A Sustained Spontaneity

In this essay, Writer-in-Residence Anna Tome explores the rich abstracted colors in Marilyn Lerner’s exhibition “Harmonies,” closing next week at CUE Art Foundation.

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: September 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: September 2016

The ART21 staff shares their favorite exhibitions on view in New York and around the world.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educators Institute: Laylah Ali on Process and “John Brown Song!”

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 Educators Institute: Laylah Ali on Process and “John Brown Song!”

Artist Laylah Ali shares her thoughts on ‘process’ at July’s ART21 Educators Institute in New York City.

Looking at Los Angeles

Anthony Hernandez’s Brilliantly Ordinary L.A.

Looking at Los Angeles

Anthony Hernandez’s Brilliantly Ordinary L.A.

Rachel Heidenry explores the work of Los Angeles photographer Anthony Hernandez, who in the 1970s began capturing the city in motion.

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Directing Los Angeles and Mexico City: An Interview with Deborah Dickson

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Directing Los Angeles and Mexico City: An Interview with Deborah Dickson

Executive Producer Eve Moros Ortega interviews the director of the “Los Angeles” and “Mexico City” hours in “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 8, three-time Academy Award nominee Deborah Dickson.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Chris Sharp

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Chris Sharp

Writer and curator Chris Sharp joins ART21 Magazine as guest editor of the September/October issue “Place Part I,” explored with a focus on art and artists in Mexico City and Los Angeles.

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

What Do Cities Sound Like? An Interview with Season 8 Composer Joel Pickard

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

What Do Cities Sound Like? An Interview with Season 8 Composer Joel Pickard

Composer Joel Pickard speaks with Executive Producer Eve Moros Ortega about writing the music for Season 8 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: August 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: August 2016

The ART21 staff shares their favorite films, exhibitions, and installations.

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Picturing Place: An Interview with Season 8 Designer Matt Eller

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Picturing Place: An Interview with Season 8 Designer Matt Eller

Designer Matt Eller speaks with Executive Producer Eve Moros Ortega about producing the title sequences, motion design, and typography for Season 8 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

On View Now

Two Exhibitions Show Artists Grappling with the Ravages of AIDS

On View Now

Two Exhibitions Show Artists Grappling with the Ravages of AIDS

Jared Quinton reviews two exhibitions on view in New York: “Art AIDS America” at the Bronx Museum and “Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” at MoMA.

Artist Introspectives

Exposing the Self Through Artmaking

Artist Introspectives

Exposing the Self Through Artmaking

Mexican-American painter Tino Rodriguez describes four themes explored in his exotic, mystical work: the self, dreams, gender, and fairy tales.

New Kids on the Block

Dr. Howard Moseley Answers Your Questions

New Kids on the Block

Dr. Howard Moseley Answers Your Questions

In this satirical Q&A, acclaimed self-help author Howard Moseley, PhD, answers readers’ questions about gallery representation and the nature of creativity.

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: July 2016

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: July 2016

A selection of exhibitions, podcasts, and television shows personally recommended by members of the ART21 staff.

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Directing Season 8’s Chicago: An Interview with Stanley Nelson

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Directing Season 8’s Chicago: An Interview with Stanley Nelson

Executive Producer Eve Moros Ortega sits down with Stanley Nelson, award-winning director of the “Chicago” hour in the upcoming season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”