Issues

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Thank You For Coming: Talking with transdisciplinary performance artist NIC Kay about balance, Blackness, and hope

Thank You For Coming: Talking with transdisciplinary performance artist NIC Kay about balance, Blackness, and hope

Artists NIC Kay and Anna Martine Whitehead discuss their performance practices, and the voices they rely upon in a world filled with injustice.

In the swim of things: a conversation on the poetics and politics in He Xiangu’s debut film

In the swim of things: a conversation on the poetics and politics in He Xiangu’s debut film

Curator Siqiao Lu and artist-filmmaker Tiffany Fung discuss the borders that art trespasses and reconstructs in He Xiangu’s debut film “The Swim,” which premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in February 2017.

Artist Introspectives

The Practice of Walking: Somewhere Near Zabar’s

Artist Introspectives

The Practice of Walking: Somewhere Near Zabar’s

Erin Sweeny recounts her performative action of walking the length of Manhattan on Good Friday, and relates the project to other artists who incorporate walking in their practice.

How to Collaborate with Nonprofits: A Playbook for Participants

How to Collaborate with Nonprofits: A Playbook for Participants

Technologist Eric Schles recounts his collaboration with the News Literacy Project, a nonprofit bringing news literacy and civic education to the U.S. school system in all fifty states.

Artist Introspectives

Touch/Don’t Touch

Artist Introspectives

Touch/Don’t Touch

Artist Gabrielle Civil shares the freedom her performance practice has brought her, and the frustration of dealing with oblivious racism in 2017.

Thoughts I Had While Trying To Do Vrksasana (Tree Pose) In Yoga Class

Thoughts I Had While Trying To Do Vrksasana (Tree Pose) In Yoga Class

In this creative writing piece, Kijin Higashibaba tries to stay focused during tree pose in yoga class.

A Farewell to the Global Museum?

A Farewell to the Global Museum?

Writer-in-Residence Zachary Small considers the recent ambitions of large art institutions, and the role of the global museum in 2017.

“The artist has to be down on the ground”—An Interview with Monica Trinidad

“The artist has to be down on the ground”—An Interview with Monica Trinidad

Guest editor Lewis Wallace speaks with artist and organizer Monica Trinidad about her process of collaborating with and creating within communities.

On View Now

Tracing the Out-of-Sight: Cristina Camacho’s Symmetrical Tensions

On View Now

Tracing the Out-of-Sight: Cristina Camacho’s Symmetrical Tensions

Anna Burckhardt explores the process and motivations behind the anthropomorphic symmetry in Cristina Camacho’s painting series, “Bilateral Dissections.”

Art on the Border

Art on the Border

Rachel Heidenry surveys the work of six artists investigating the U.S./Mexico border, all of whom collectively challenge political rhetoric with intimate perception.

“Balance In B-Flat Minor”

“Balance In B-Flat Minor”

Annah Anti-Palindrome’s original poem for the issue, “Balance In B-Flat Minor,” is a visual interpretation of Chopin’s Sonata No.2, Op. 35, and takes the form of annotated sheet music.

The New Situationists

Implicit Politics: August Sander and the Fallacy of Objectivity

The New Situationists

Implicit Politics: August Sander and the Fallacy of Objectivity

Erin Sweeny uncovers the complexities of accepting photography as an objective representation of reality, through the work of twentieth century German photographer August Sander.

Writer-in-Residence

Beverly Fishman: Color-Coding Big Pharma

Writer-in-Residence

Beverly Fishman: Color-Coding Big Pharma

Writer-in-Residence Zachary Small uncovers the psychological implications of Beverly Fishman’s brightly colored pill-paintings that explore the consequences of an unchecked medical industry.

The “Black Gash of Shame”—Revisiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Controversy

The “Black Gash of Shame”—Revisiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Controversy

Elizabeth Wolfson recounts the early controversy surrounding Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the delicate balance that must be achieved when memorializing war’s heroes and victims.