Issues

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.

Looking at Los Angeles

Kathleen Ryan: Weightless Again at Ghebaly Gallery

Looking at Los Angeles

Kathleen Ryan: Weightless Again at Ghebaly Gallery

Lindsay Preston Zappas reviews Kathleen Ryan’s recent sculpture exhibition at Ghebaly Gallery, “Weightless Again” —a reclamation of feminine modernism.

The 1913 Armory Show: America’s First Art War

The 1913 Armory Show: America’s First Art War

Tom McCormack recounts the events leading up to the 1913 Armory Show, and the impact the fair would have on the art world for centuries to come.

Letter from the Editor

What if balance was about process, rather than outcome?

Letter from the Editor

What if balance was about process, rather than outcome?

“Balance” guest editor Lewis Wallace introduces the issue with an investigation into the challenges of obtaining journalistic balance.

Saying Yes

Saying Yes

Painter Ann Marie Nafziger recounts her experience at Standing Rock, just days after the 2016 presidential election.

Booked

Flickering Memoirs and Surveys: An Interview with Bill Burns

Booked

Flickering Memoirs and Surveys: An Interview with Bill Burns

Caroline Picard interviews artist Bill Burns about his new book, “Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us,” both a memoir and an artistic survey that questions notions of cultural capital.

On View Now

Meriem Bennani’s Holiday Headscarf

On View Now

Meriem Bennani’s Holiday Headscarf

Playing on the Barclays Center’s “Oculus” screen through March 5 as part of the Public Art Fund’s “Commercial Break” series, Meriem Bennani’s 30-second video piece “Your Year by Fardaous Funjab,” features an ‘advertisement’ for the artist’s fictional hijab design.

Memory at the Seams: Doris Salcedo’s Sumando Ausencias

Memory at the Seams: Doris Salcedo’s Sumando Ausencias

In Doris Salcedo’s public-art installation “Sumando Ausencias,” thousands of volunteers blanketed Bolívar Square with cloth containing the names of the victims of Colombia’s decades-long conflict.

Moonwork, or the art of revaluing

Moonwork, or the art of revaluing

A-lan Holt shares five love poems from her debut book, “Moonwork.”

Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s Teeth Gums Machines Future Society

Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s Teeth Gums Machines Future Society

Writer-in-Residence Rachel Valinsky reviews Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s recent exhibition “Teeth Gums Machines Future Society,” a techno-futurist take on the city of Memphis, Tennessee.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Nick Cave’s Until, Until Conversations Emerge

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Nick Cave’s Until, Until Conversations Emerge

Art21 Senior Education Advisor Joe Fusaro discusses how Nick Cave’s immersive installation “Until” can serve as a conversation starter for difficult subjects like racism and violence.

On View Now

ICP’s Momentous and Magnificent Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change

On View Now

ICP’s Momentous and Magnificent Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change

Rachel Heidenry reviews the exhibition “Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change” at the International Center of Photography, on view through May 7, 2017.

African American Artists Reconstruct the Pastoral

African American Artists Reconstruct the Pastoral

Anthony Merino details the necessary overhaul of art historical traditions predicated on prejudice and exclusion.

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

The Role of Online Archives in Contemporary Art and Activism

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

The Role of Online Archives in Contemporary Art and Activism

Rachel Heidenry shares the significance and recent resurgence of utilizing online archives as a method for activism and engagement.

My Mom and I: Mothers & Daughters at the Women’s March on Washington

My Mom and I: Mothers & Daughters at the Women’s March on Washington

Art21 Office Coordinator Danielle Brock shares her experience at the Women’s March on Washington.

Writer-in-Residence

“The Visible Hand”

Writer-in-Residence

“The Visible Hand”

Writer-in-Residence Rachel Valinsky uncovers the diversification of artistic production explored in the exhibition “The Visible Hand,” on view through February 15, 2017 at CUE Art Foundation.

Polyculturalist Visions, New Frameworks of Representation: Multiculturalism and the American Culture Wars

Polyculturalist Visions, New Frameworks of Representation: Multiculturalism and the American Culture Wars

Nettrice Gaskins examines the ongoing crisis of representation in cultural institutions, ultimately arriving at what she sees as a “polyculturalist” future for art, in which it moves away from dialectical identity politics to a sphere of fluid identities.

“Is There Racism in Heaven?”—An Interview with Nick Cave

“Is There Racism in Heaven?”—An Interview with Nick Cave

Jacquelyn Gleisner speaks with artist Nick Cave about his immersive installation “Until,” on view at MASS MoCA through September 2017.

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.

Painter/Protagonist: Steven Shearer at The Brant Foundation

Painter/Protagonist: Steven Shearer at The Brant Foundation

Guest editor Lee Plested reviews Vancouver artist Steven Shearer’s exhibition, on view at the The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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.”

#callresponse

#callresponse

Curator and writer Tarah Hogue shares her project “#callresponse,” an exhibition giving voice to the importance of Indigenous North American women.

Keith Mayerson and the American Dream

Keith Mayerson and the American Dream

Ali Fitzgerald explores “My American Dream,” Keith Mayerson’s decade-long, ongoing painting series investigating this most enduring of myths.

Geoffrey Goes to Venice

Geoffrey Goes to Venice

Michael Turner introduces Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer and his plans for representing Canada at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Dushko Petrovich’s The Daily Gentrifier

Dushko Petrovich’s The Daily Gentrifier

Jacquelyn Gleisner introduces “The Daily Gentrifier,” a forthcoming broadsheet publication by Chicago-based artist and writer Dushko Petrovich.

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.”

Art21 Exclusive

Do Ho Suh Memorializes His New York Apartment

Art21 Exclusive

Do Ho Suh Memorializes His New York Apartment

In a new Art21 “Exclusive,” Do Ho Suh rubs every surface in his NYC apartment with colored pencil, creating a three-dimensional drawing of the space that was his home and studio for 18 years.

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.

I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

Poet and curator Colin Browne uncovers the art historical significance of painters Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen, and the time they spent together in British Columbia in the 1930s and 40s.

“Triumphs and Laments: A Procession Across Time”—An Interview with William Kentridge

“Triumphs and Laments: A Procession Across Time”—An Interview with William Kentridge

Artist William Kentridge discusses the inspiration behind his 500-meter-long frieze along the banks of the Tiber River, “Triumphs and Laments.”

Excerpt from “The Eyelash and the Monochrome”

Excerpt from “The Eyelash and the Monochrome”

Vancouver artist Tiziana La Melia shares an excerpt of poetry from her new book, “The Eyelash and the Monochrome,” exploring the complexities of language in the digital age.

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.

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.