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Philadelphia Illuminated

On View Now

Philadelphia Illuminated

Philadelphia writer Heather Holmes offers her thoughts on Cai Guo-Qiang’s public art project “Fireflies,” in which 27 pedicabs lit with Chinese lanterns circle Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

This Week in Art 9.18-9.24: Mel Chin Unveils a Monument to Everyone

This Week in Art 9.18-9.24: Mel Chin Unveils a Monument to Everyone

A look at this week’s art news, including Mel Chin’s new public artwork in Philadelphia, and events and exhibitions from Boston to Berlin.

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: Summer + Fall 2017

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: Summer + Fall 2017

The Art21 staff presents a selection of our favorite fall exhibitions on view in New York.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Seven Strategies for the Studio Art Class

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Seven Strategies for the Studio Art Class

Art21 Senior Education Advisor Joe Fusaro offers seven tips for keeping projects and curriculum fresh in studio art classes.

New Kids on the Block

Making Paper: Hong Hong’s Performative Process

New Kids on the Block

Making Paper: Hong Hong’s Performative Process

Artist Hong Hong combines two traditional forms of papermaking—Tibetan and Japanese—to create large-scale abstract paper sculptures.

Letter from the Editor

Invention vs. Innovation

Letter from the Editor

Invention vs. Innovation

NEW INC director Julia Kaganskiy introduces the issue by drawing an important distinction between invention and innovation.

This Week in Art 9.11-9.17: Cindy Sherman and Maya Lin Celebrated as TIME “Firsts”

This Week in Art 9.11-9.17: Cindy Sherman and Maya Lin Celebrated as TIME “Firsts”

A look at this week’s art news, including a special Time Magazine project honoring women, and events and exhibitions from Paris to Philadelphia.

On View Now

Climate Change & Data Drawings: An Interview with Maya Lin

On View Now

Climate Change & Data Drawings: An Interview with Maya Lin

Maya Lin discusses hurricanes and climate change in relation to the work in her new show, “Ebb and Flow,” opening today at Pace Gallery.

This Week in Art 9.4-9.10: Women Artists Bring Protest Messages to Times Square

This Week in Art 9.4-9.10: Women Artists Bring Protest Messages to Times Square

A look at this week’s art news, including a new public art commission for Times Square, and events and exhibitions from Los Angeles to London.

Artist Introspectives

Objective Truth vs. Subjective Perception

Artist Introspectives

Objective Truth vs. Subjective Perception

Filmmaker Natalia Almada considers the subjectivity involved in the creation of both her documentary and fiction projects.

A Fickle Trickster Screen

A Fickle Trickster Screen

Although Joan Jonas might not work in the same public, ad-hoc settings, her recent work connects live performance, drawing, and live-feed video in a circular fashion to carve out new depths.

Artist Introspectives

A Safe Place

Artist Introspectives

A Safe Place

Artist and Stanford professor Jonathan Calm reflects on the vastly different experiences conveyed in two photographs he took of the Lorraine Motel—one in black-and-white and the other in color.

This Week in Art 8.21-8.27: Kara Walker’s New Artist Statement Makes Headlines

This Week in Art 8.21-8.27: Kara Walker’s New Artist Statement Makes Headlines

A look at this week’s art news, including Kara Walker’s artist statement about not wanting to write an artist statement, and events and exhibitions from San Jose to London.

Artist Introspectives

Why Wishes Matter

Artist Introspectives

Why Wishes Matter

Amanda Long shares the motivation behind her public artwork, “Wishing Well,” which gives people a space in which to dream.

Rachel Rose: The Artist as Researcher

Rachel Rose: The Artist as Researcher

Artist Rachel Rose spends months researching materials and methods before constructing compelling narratives for her ten-minute video pieces.

New Kids on the Block

Highway to the Sun: Truth and Fiction in Maureen Drennan’s Photography

New Kids on the Block

Highway to the Sun: Truth and Fiction in Maureen Drennan’s Photography

Although documentary in nature, Maureen Drennan’s photographs take artistic license in order to convey the essence of specific people and places.

This Week in Art 8.14-8.20: Marina Abramović Reunites with Partner Ulay

This Week in Art 8.14-8.20: Marina Abramović Reunites with Partner Ulay

A look at this week’s art news, including a public reconciliation between Marina Abramović and her former partner Ulay, and events and exhibitions from Chicago to Salzburg.

On View Now

Tomáš Rafa: New Nationalisms at MoMA PS1

On View Now

Tomáš Rafa: New Nationalisms at MoMA PS1

Slovakian artist Tomáš Rafa’s latest film documents scenes of protests throughout the Balkans and Central Europe, capturing complexities regardless of politics.

Tommy Hartung’s Heart of Darkness: Mutant Artists, Fake News & Insta Filmmaking

Tommy Hartung’s Heart of Darkness: Mutant Artists, Fake News & Insta Filmmaking

Art21’s director of production Nick Ravich sits down with “New York Close Up” artist Tommy Hartung in Forest Park, Queens for a spontaneous, unmediated interview.

This Week in Art 8.7-8.13: Cindy Sherman’s Instagram Goes Public

This Week in Art 8.7-8.13: Cindy Sherman’s Instagram Goes Public

A look at this week’s art news, including Cindy Sherman’s recent splash on Instagram, and events and exhibitions from Oklahoma to Buenos Aires.

Automating the Pain of Others: Susan Sontag and Facebook

Automating the Pain of Others: Susan Sontag and Facebook

Writer and artist Morgan Green offers a poignant critique of Facebook’s algorithmic display of violent images.

This Week in Art 7.31-8.6: “Big Science” Named One of the 150 Greatest Albums by Women

This Week in Art 7.31-8.6: “Big Science” Named One of the 150 Greatest Albums by Women

A look at this week’s art news, including Laurie Anderson’s debut album receiving new praise, and events and exhibitions from Detroit to Denver.

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Caroline Woolard Unrolls the “@” Symbol

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Caroline Woolard Unrolls the “@” Symbol

See what Art21 was up to in July, including four new “Summer of Shorts” films, a new interview, and a new issue of the Art21 Magazine. 

This Week in Art 7.24-7.30: The Brooklyn Museum’s “Legacy of Lynching”

This Week in Art 7.24-7.30: The Brooklyn Museum’s “Legacy of Lynching”

A look at this week’s art news, including the Brooklyn Museum’s powerful new exhibition, and events from Los Angeles to London.

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Six Tips for Shooting Underwater Video

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Six Tips for Shooting Underwater Video

Art21’s Director of Production offers helpful tips for shooting video underwater after filming Caroline Woolard’s sculptures on a Rockaway beach for a “New York Close Up” film.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Inside, Outside, Online: Dissecting social media, escape and identity

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Inside, Outside, Online: Dissecting social media, escape and identity

Educator-in-Residence Stacey Abramson relates the experience of art-making to that of constructing an identity online—both are a means of self-presentation and escape.

This Week in Art 7.17-7.23: North Carolina Museum of Art Dedicates Entire Wing to African Art

This Week in Art 7.17-7.23: North Carolina Museum of Art Dedicates Entire Wing to African Art

A look at this week’s art news, including a progressive move by the North Carolina Museum of Art, and events and exhibitions from Louisville to Hong Kong.

Now Playing

Time-Traveling Through Music: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Now Playing

Time-Traveling Through Music: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

John Pirozzi’s documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” resurrects Cambodia’s lost popular-music scene of 1950s and ’60s, whose history was wiped out in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge came to power.

This Week in Art 7.10-7.16: Artists Celebrate London’s Resilience

This Week in Art 7.10-7.16: Artists Celebrate London’s Resilience

A look at this week’s art news, including Ai Weiwei’s new magazine cover, and events and exhibitions from San Francisco to Copenhagen.

An inner truth

An inner truth

Curator Lee Plested and Anishnabe Ojibwa artist Charlene Vickers uncover the complexities of displaying indigenous work.

Machine Drawing: Shantell Martin and the Algorist

Machine Drawing: Shantell Martin and the Algorist

Artist Shantell Martin and PhD Candidate Sarah Schwettmann built an algorithm that could complete Martin’s drawings, addressing the space between an artist’s truth and a machine’s simulation.

Letter from the Editor

Using Lies to Tell the Truth

Letter from the Editor

Using Lies to Tell the Truth

Co-guest editors and Art21 producers introduce the film-focused issue of Art21 Magazine, “Inspired by a True Story,” uncovering the line between truth and fiction.

This Week in Art 7.3-7.9: Nick Cave’s “Here Hear” Coming to Chicago This Fall

This Week in Art 7.3-7.9: Nick Cave’s “Here Hear” Coming to Chicago This Fall

A look at this week’s art news, including the latest commission of Nick Cave’s collaborative community performance “Here Hear,” and events and exhibitions from Santa Fe to Seoul.

Rise to Rust, Rust to Ashes, Ashes to Rise

Rise to Rust, Rust to Ashes, Ashes to Rise

Writer Sarah Rose Sharp reflects on rust’s metaphorical role as both an element of neglect and an indicator of potential within a cycle of continuous rebirth.

Strategies & Resources

Decay: Ecology of a Nurse Log

Strategies & Resources

Decay: Ecology of a Nurse Log

Educator-in-Residence Tricia Fitzpatrick uses the curiosity of a student to prompt a lesson on sustainable ecosystems.

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Jordan Casteel Challenges Preconceptions Through Portraiture

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Jordan Casteel Challenges Preconceptions Through Portraiture

See what Art21 was up to in June, including four new “Summer of Shorts” films and the selection of ten new Art21 Educators for the program’s seventh year.