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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.

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.

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | The Rush of Fall Part 1: Archive of a Deluge

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Gimme Shelter | The Rush of Fall Part 1: Archive of a Deluge

Marissa Perel surveys a number of recent performance works taking place in and around Brooklyn.

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Shannon Fitzgerald

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Shannon Fitzgerald

Georgia Kotretsos talks to the new executive director of the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

Double Or Nothing: An Interview with Serkan Ozkaya

Double Or Nothing: An Interview with Serkan Ozkaya

What do Michelangelo’s “David” and a piece of fusilli pasta have in common? Read Elizabeth Wolfson’s interview with Turksih artist Serkan Ozkaya to find out.

Sanford Biggers. The Cartographer's Conundrum (2012). Courtesy the artist and Mass MoCA.

Sanford Biggers’ Conundrum: The Mothership Lands at Mass MoCA

Sanford Biggers’ Conundrum: The Mothership Lands at Mass MoCA

Nettrice Gaskins looks at the influence of Afrofuturism on Sanford Biggers’ “The Cartographer’s Conundrum,” a large-scale installation currently on view at Mass MoCA.

Art21 New York Close Up

Double Premiere Friday! Mika Rottenberg & Jon Kessler cast all shapes & sizes

Art21 New York Close Up

Double Premiere Friday! Mika Rottenberg & Jon Kessler cast all shapes & sizes

As promised this Friday’s release is a double premiere—it’s the first film featuring one of New York Close Up’s eight new artists as well as the first film featuring artist …

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice | (It’s the Political Economy, Stupid)

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice | (It’s the Political Economy, Stupid)

Thom Donovan looks at Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette’s exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum, which foregrounds aesthetic responses to the ongoing financial crisis.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Sometimes Doing Something Poetic Can Become Political and Sometimes Doing Something Political Can Become Poetic

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Sometimes Doing Something Poetic Can Become Political and Sometimes Doing Something Political Can Become Poetic

Galimberti looks at several recent exhibitions that subtly foreground politics.

Art21 Extended Play

Yinka Shonibare MBE | “Black Artists”

Art21 Extended Play

Yinka Shonibare MBE | “Black Artists”

Our latest Exclusive video features Yinka Shonibare MBE on his motivation and strategies for getting his work into the art system.

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Notable attention has turned to what many consider the golden age of modern St. Louis—the 1950s—when the city reached its highest population and garnered international attention for its architectural contributions. …

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

When the 2010 U.S. Census figures were released in February of this year, many in St. Louis were alarmed. According to census data, the city’s population declined eight percent in …

Contest! DIY Wall Labels. . .

Contest! DIY Wall Labels. . .

My publisher Greg Albers of Hol Art Books got me thinking about museum wall labels again recently.  In Greg’s honor, I thought I would host a (drum roll, please)… Wall …

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Georgia Kotretsos

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Georgia Kotretsos

Georgia Kotretsos is a visual artist, writer, and curator currently based in Athens, Greece.  She earned a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA …

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Coded Cloth

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Coded Cloth

We speak in code when words aren’t safe to say. Faced with threats, our language goes subterranean, carving new passageways of communication. Encrypted messages use accepted forms of expression—recognizable letters, …

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş

In talking to dozens of artists, curators, and critics over the past few months, over and over I have heard the same term used by those located within the community …

“Near-Scientific Experiments with Humorous Side Effects”

“Near-Scientific Experiments with Humorous Side Effects”

Sometime last winter, when the days were at their shortest and the collective spirit seemed to be at its annual low, a friend gave me a DVD copy of Signer’s …

Political Football

Political Football

Flash Points contributor and University of Riverside professor Jennifer Doyle is currently spending 2 weeks in India, traveling with the Indian artist Riyas Komu. Following is the third in a …

Flash Points

Athletes & Artists: Riyas Komu’s “Mark Him”

Flash Points

Athletes & Artists: Riyas Komu’s “Mark Him”

Flash Points contributor and University of Riverside professor Jennifer Doyle is currently spending 2 weeks in India, traveling with the Indian artist Riyas Komu. Following is the first in a …

Art21 Access ’09 Happenings | Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18

Art21 Access ’09 Happenings | Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18

Events are taking place all weekend, including in Lagos! For complete details on venues and programs, visit http://access.art21.org/find-an-event-near-you/ Friday, October 16 10:00am Western Michigan University (Transformation) 5:00pm Scranton Cultural Center …

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Yinka Shonibare MBE

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Yinka Shonibare MBE

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Transformation, premiering on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Whether satirizing society or reinventing …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Turner Round, Bright Eyes!

Letter from London

Letter from London: Turner Round, Bright Eyes!

I don’t know: maybe there will be a time when the announcement of the Turner Prize nominees won’t be greeted with a tiresome trotting-out of hoary old journalistic cliches (yes, …

Flash Points

Letter from London

Letter from London: Guernica Revisited

Flash Points

Letter from London

Letter from London: Guernica Revisited

It seems impossible now that an institution like the Museum of Modern Art would lend, say, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon or The Red Studio at all, let alone to a small …

New guest blogger: Tim Ridlen

New guest blogger: Tim Ridlen

Thanks to Audrey Chan, who took on our current Flash Points topic with aplomb, and all the way from France! Keep track of her adventures back on her own site …

Flash Points

Chakkrit Chimnok’s banana-leaf utopia

Flash Points

Chakkrit Chimnok’s banana-leaf utopia

Chakkrit Chimnok dreams of a “banana world,” a utopia in which overlooked or discarded items — specifically, the ubiquitous banana leaves that litter the streets in his home city of …

New guest blogger: Georgia Kotretsos

New guest blogger: Georgia Kotretsos

Happy 2009! The year’s first guest blogger is Georgia Kotretsos, an artist based in Athens, Greece. Kotretsos holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004) …

Artist Interviews: Serkan Ozkaya and Pepe Mar

Artist Interviews: Serkan Ozkaya and Pepe Mar

While working on the interviews for my last post, I had an opportunity to meet two artists who were putting the finishing touches on their respective exhibitions. Serkan Ozkaya’s work …

Three Questions

Three Questions

Boots Contemporary Art Space White Flag Projects For my third post about the arts scene in St. Louis, I wanted to get the perspective of two newer arts spaces in …

Art in St. Louis

Art in St. Louis

A view of St. Louis (taken from my roof!) I wanted to give Art21 readers a sense of the arts landscape in St. Louis, but it’s a tall order to …

New guest blogger: Erin Riley-Lopez

New guest blogger: Erin Riley-Lopez

Thanks to our very own Mary Cook for her thoughtful posts on all things art and exhibitions. Our friends at C-Monster even called her entry A Cult, Some Vegans, A …