Issues

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Recreating What’s Lost: Pamela Mason Wagner on Shooting Reenactments

Recreating What’s Lost: Pamela Mason Wagner on Shooting Reenactments

Producer and director Pamela Mason Wagner describes how she utilizes reenactments to fill in the missing details of historical documentaries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.