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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 neuroscientist 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.

This Week in Art 6.26-7.2: Richard Serra Designs 55th New York Film Festival Poster

This Week in Art 6.26-7.2: Richard Serra Designs 55th New York Film Festival Poster

A look at this week’s art news, including Richard Serra’s newly released poster for the 55th New York Film Festival, and events and exhibitions from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.

ruminations on rust

ruminations on rust

Writer Adrienne Maree Brown offers a poetic tribute to her adopted city of Detroit.

Photographing Philly’s Streets

Photographing Philly’s Streets

Rachel Heidenry surveys the work of four Philadelphia photographers—Zoe Strauss, Emma Stern, Sahar Coston-Hardy, and William Cress—all capturing unique aspects of the city’s dynamic landscape.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rust, Decay and Decomposition: Four Artists to Teach With

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rust, Decay and Decomposition: Four Artists to Teach With

Art21 Senior Education Advisor Joe Fusaro shares four artists who use rust and decay to tell stories, illuminate histories, and prompt us to think about beauty in new ways.

Meditative Rigor: The Work of Neha Vedpathak

Meditative Rigor: The Work of Neha Vedpathak

Curator and guest editor Taylor Renee Aldridge describes the practice of Detroit-based artist Neha Vedpathak, who carefully plucks handmade paper to transform the two-dimensional into a relief.

This Week in Art 6.19-6.25: Tania Bruguera Opens “Talking to Power”

This Week in Art 6.19-6.25: Tania Bruguera Opens “Talking to Power”

A look at this week’s art news, including a new 30-year survey of work by Tania Bruguera, and events and exhibitions from Rome to Basel.

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #2

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #2

Curators Laura Mott and Taylor Aldridge speak with Detroit artists Tiff Massey and Matthew Angelo Harrison about prototyping, nostalgia, industry and decay.

Looking at Los Angeles

All Objects Are Slippery: Excavations in Santa Barbara County

Looking at Los Angeles

All Objects Are Slippery: Excavations in Santa Barbara County

Morgan Green considers the misleading permanence of objects through an artist project that excavated the remains of the 1923 film “The Ten Commandments.”

This Week in Art 6.12-6.18: Matthew Ritchie Unveils “The Temptation of the Diagram”

This Week in Art 6.12-6.18: Matthew Ritchie Unveils “The Temptation of the Diagram”

A look at this week’s art news, including Matthew Ritchie’s latest work and events and exhibitions from Hartford to Zurich.

Recycled Brilliance: Philadelphia’s RAIR

Recycled Brilliance: Philadelphia’s RAIR

Rachel Heidenry profiles a treasured Philadelphia nonprofit that builds awareness about sustainability through art and design.

The Art of Letting Go: An Interview with Two Ephemeral Artists, John Steck, Jr. and Richard Barlow

The Art of Letting Go: An Interview with Two Ephemeral Artists, John Steck, Jr. and Richard Barlow

Mark Reamy interviews two artists creating ephemeral work: John Steck, Jr., who uses photography to make abstract prints that fade away, and Richard Barlow, who creates large-scale temporary drawings with chalk.

This Week in Art 6.5-6.11: Tania Bruguera Launches Immigrant Empowerment Initiative in Queens

This Week in Art 6.5-6.11: Tania Bruguera Launches Immigrant Empowerment Initiative in Queens

A look at this week’s art news, including Tania Bruguera’s latest project, CycleNews, and events and exhibitions from St. Louis to Istanbul.

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Theaster Gates Expands the Role of the Artist

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Theaster Gates Expands the Role of the Artist

See what Art21 was up to in May, including a new text interview with artist Theaster Gates, and a featured playlist curated around the theme “Take Action.”

Documenting Detroit: Scott Hocking & Bree Gant

Documenting Detroit: Scott Hocking & Bree Gant

This photo essay explores the work of Detroit photographers Scott Hocking and Bree Gant—each capturing their city in distinct, dynamic ways.

Strategies & Resources

Investigation: Where Art Meets Science

Strategies & Resources

Investigation: Where Art Meets Science

In an investigation with her 9th grade applied science class, Tricia Fitzpatrick’s students learn what makes Mars red, and create rust artworks through experimentation.

This Week in Art 5.15-5.21: Jeff Koons’ Inflatable Ballerina Comes to Rockefeller Center

This Week in Art 5.15-5.21: Jeff Koons’ Inflatable Ballerina Comes to Rockefeller Center

A look at this week’s art news, including Jeff Koons’ new public art installation at Rockefeller Center, and events and exhibitions everywhere from Chicago to Shanghai.

This Week in Art 5.8-5.14: The 57th Venice Biennale Opens Saturday

This Week in Art 5.8-5.14: The 57th Venice Biennale Opens Saturday

A look at this week’s art news, including the 57th Venice Biennale opening Saturday, and events and exhibitions everywhere from Savannah to St. Louis.

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #1

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #1

Guest editors Taylor Aldridge and Laura Mott sit down with artists Olayami Dabls and Carole Harris to discuss the roles of rust, ritual and time in their Detroit-based practices.

New Kids on the Block

Mohamad Hafez’s Complex Models of Syrian Devastation

New Kids on the Block

Mohamad Hafez’s Complex Models of Syrian Devastation

Mohamad Hafez creates elaborate models of annihilated streetscapes and ruined buildings, replicating the devastation of the war in Syria, where he was born.

Letter from the Editor

Rust in Detroit: Ingenuity, Process, and Natural Order

Letter from the Editor

Rust in Detroit: Ingenuity, Process, and Natural Order

Art21 Magazine’s first co-guest editors, curators Laura Mott and Taylor Renee Aldridge, introduce the issue’s theme: “Rust,” and its complicated relationship to the city of Detroit.

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Tricia Fitzpatrick

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Tricia Fitzpatrick

Meet Art21 Educator Tricia Fitzpatrick and learn how she incorporates contemporary art practices in her science classroom in Mississauga, Ontario.

New Editorial Program: The Art21 Educator-in-Residence

New Editorial Program: The Art21 Educator-in-Residence

The Art21 Magazine is transitioning its Writer-in-Residence program to an Educator-in-Residence, inviting a member from the Art21 Educators community to contribute to each issue.

This Week in Art 5.1-5.7: Mika Tajima & Do Ho Suh Win Awards

This Week in Art 5.1-5.7: Mika Tajima & Do Ho Suh Win Awards

A look at this week’s art news, including recent awards won by artists Mika Tajima and Do Ho Suh, and events and exhibitions in NYC, Seattle, Beverly Hills, and Marseille.

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Sarah Sze Transforms Your Commute

Roundup

Art21 News Roundup: Sarah Sze Transforms Your Commute

See what Art21 was up to in April, including a new film release on artist Sarah Sze, and a featured playlist curated by Season 7 artist Arlene Shechet.