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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.

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.