Tag Archives: Drawing & Collage

Art21 Extended Play

Art21 William Kentridge: Anything is Possible

Exclusive | William Kentridge: Meaning

Art21 Extended Play

Art21 William Kentridge: Anything is Possible

Exclusive | William Kentridge: Meaning

In our latest Exclusive video, William Kentridge discusses how the physical activities of cutting, tearing and collaging generate ideas and infuse his work with meaning.

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | Female Problems

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | Female Problems

How have the ways of representing, questioning or challenging gender in the visual arts changed in Egypt over the past year?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Transformation and Distortion

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Transformation and Distortion

Two of my classes begin a new unit where students are asked to work with the themes of distortion and transformation. Especially for teens, the idea of transformation- of the self, objects, symbols, even the meaning of words- is an attractive proposal. Add the multiple implications associated with distortion and it becomes the kind of field day you really want in a classroom.

Queer Past/Queer Future: In Conversation

Queer Past/Queer Future: In Conversation

What can the Occupy movement learn from the history of HIV/AIDS activism? Ted Kerr’s “Questions for a Revolution” offers a starting point.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Under the Radar: Best of 2011, Part 2

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Under the Radar: Best of 2011, Part 2

Following up on last week’s post, here are a few more shows that flew under the radar in 2011, including Dana Schutz at the Neuberger and Katharina Grosse at Mass MoCA.

The Coincident Dance of Image and Word: An Interview with Jessica Serran

The Coincident Dance of Image and Word: An Interview with Jessica Serran

How can artists turn self-criticism into sources of inspiration? Prague-based Jessica Serran makes creative use of her own inner monologues.

What the Talisman Tells: Meditations on David King’s Latest Collages

What the Talisman Tells: Meditations on David King’s Latest Collages

The forms suggested by David King’s abstract collages evoke human conceptions of self and other.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Schooled at Hopper House

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Schooled at Hopper House

A few weeks ago I wrote a post (public therapy, actually) about my anxiety as I organized a student exhibit at Hopper House here in New York. The seventeen artists …

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Tales for Our Time: Amy Cutler’s Prints

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Tales for Our Time: Amy Cutler’s Prints

  Fantastical narrative is a guiding principle for many artists who have come to prominence in the past decade; Amy Cutler and Dana Schutz are foremost among these.  Both possess …

From the stage to the studio | Terence Hannum: unholy bows, negative litanies, and amidst throngs

From the stage to the studio | Terence Hannum: unholy bows, negative litanies, and amidst throngs

  Terence Hannum is a musician and studio artist who has recently relocated from Chicago to Baltimore to teach at Stevenson University. I first met Terence shortly after moving to …

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Alena Williams on Nancy Holt

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Alena Williams on Nancy Holt

  Nancy Holt, perhaps best known for her Sun Tunnels installed the Utah desert, is currently the subject of a traveling exhibition, Nancy Holt: Sightlines, curated by Alena Williams. The exhibition originated at …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Taking Note

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Taking Note

This week I want to share what seems like a simple idea… While many of us insist that students keep sketchbooks or journals in our classes, it isn’t as popular …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It’s OK to Make Art…

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It’s OK to Make Art…

It’s amazing… After over twenty years teaching I still get nervous. And I’m not thinking about the first day of classes (everyone gets nervous then), I was actually thinking about …

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven

Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading | Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven

Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven is an artist based in Antwerp, Belgium. Her work is currently being featured in a solo exhibition, In a Saturnian World, at the Renaissance Society (on view …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Set for PS1’s “September 11”

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Set for PS1’s “September 11”

In two weeks I am taking a group of students to visit the September 11 exhibition at PS1. Most of the high school students in these two classes have some …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Whiplash

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Whiplash

Last week, I had the displeasure of experiencing exhibition whiplash at Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue. On one side of the building, “Continuum”- an exquisite show by Jenny Saville and …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Taking the Long Way Home: Working With a Theme in a Series

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Taking the Long Way Home: Working With a Theme in a Series

One of the students in my advanced classes is taking on the theme of “looking vs. seeing” for her first semester portfolio. She wants to explore the things people tend …

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Both a Science and an Art, Part 2

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Both a Science and an Art, Part 2

    Alison Kendall creates drawings and paintings in which viewers’ expectations are breached by dreamlike intruders. The San Francisco–based artist went to school for scientific illustration, learning to draw animals …

On View Now

On View Now | Marlboro Men: Richard Prince Covers Jackson Pollock

On View Now

On View Now | Marlboro Men: Richard Prince Covers Jackson Pollock

  “I am nature.” –Jackson Pollock “We are all a combination of constructions and inventions, a mixture of truth and lies.”  —Richard Prince Richard Prince’s new body of work at …

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | “Rethink/LA” Exhibition Envisions Future Transformation

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | “Rethink/LA” Exhibition Envisions Future Transformation

  Los Angeles has a reputation for not only its excess, sprawl, and exploding population, but also for its unruly, anarchic and highly changeable landscape.  Rethink/LA: Perspectives on a Future …

PictureBox Inc.: Rewriting Post-WWII Visual Culture

PictureBox Inc.: Rewriting Post-WWII Visual Culture

Thea Liberty Nichols: While trying to determine how to define what it is that you do, I hit upon the idea of just describing all of your activities in one …

Lilli Carré: Rhythm and Written Sound

Lilli Carré: Rhythm and Written Sound

Thea Liberty Nichols: I’ve had the pleasure of curating one of your self-published books into a show I put together a few years ago, and recently you were kind enough …

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Both a Science and an Art

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Both a Science and an Art

Every Wednesday night, my grammar teacher takes chalk to blackboard to underline subjects and circle direct objects. White dust falling to the floor, she puts brackets around prepositional phrases and …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It’s a Wrap: Looking Backward and Thinking Forward

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It’s a Wrap: Looking Backward and Thinking Forward

Atsuko Tanaka (1932-2005), “Round on Sand”, 1968 Right around this time I usually write a post that relates to things we as art educators often think about at the end …

EVERYTHING TRANSFORMS

EVERYTHING TRANSFORMS

I first met Maya Kramer at a dinner party she was hosting at her home in one of the tree-lined compounds of the former French Concession in Shanghai. But it …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 William Kentridge: Anything is Possible

Reflecting on Teaching with William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 William Kentridge: Anything is Possible

Reflecting on Teaching with William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible

This past Saturday I sat down with a small group of wonderful teachers at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Media Arts Lab for the second part of a two-part workshop …

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Threading Infrastructure: An Interview with Anne Wilson

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Threading Infrastructure: An Interview with Anne Wilson

When I asked Anne Wilson if I could interview her for Art21, she sent me a preview copy of her book, Anne Wilson: Wind/Rewind/Weave—a catalogue published collaboratively by White Walls and …

The Friends and Family Plan: Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse

The Friends and Family Plan: Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse

This post is about a show that’s up at Craig F. Starr Gallery until May 27—a collection of artworks by Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse. This isn’t a review because …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ending in Catharsis, or A New Original

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Ending in Catharsis, or A New Original

Work by Laura Siragusa, Nyack High School, New York Spring is in the air. The end of the school year is upon us, or for those who bob and weave …

Monday Painter/Sunday Banker

Monday Painter/Sunday Banker

I am so pleased to be a new guest blogger at Art21.  We were encouraged to introduce ourselves in our first blog post, and so I thought I would write …

On View Now

On View Now | Re-Animating Nature: Kota Ezawa’s City of Nature

On View Now

On View Now | Re-Animating Nature: Kota Ezawa’s City of Nature

  Christopher Nolan’s film Inception (2010) opens with a slow-motion shot of waves washing upon a sandy beach.  The camera then pans to the protagonist Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art: The First Three Years

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art: The First Three Years

This week Teaching with Contemporary Art here on the blog turns 3. Frankly, I can’t believe that I’ve been writing this column for three years. At the same time, it …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The Importance of Being Sketchy

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The Importance of Being Sketchy

I am freaking out! In one month, I’ll be installing my artwork at The Winery SF for San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA Thesis Exhibition. Last year at this time, my …

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Vija Celmins’s Visions of Violence

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Vija Celmins’s Visions of Violence

Last Saturday, March 19—the day that the US began air strikes in Libya—I passed an anti-war demonstration while driving to LACMA to see Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966. It …

The Cave of the Mind

The Cave of the Mind

Inhale. As you exhale your body relaxes. Exhale moving into a deep quiet place inside you… You can see off in the distance what appears to be a cave. As …

William E. Jones, "Killed," 2010, video still.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Killed Posterity

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Killed Posterity

Roy Stryker, the man who ran the Historical Section of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and sent some of the best-known 20th century photographers out on their first assignments, “didn’t …