Tag Archives: Public Art

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Jason Peters

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Jason Peters

Jason Peters is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Over the years, he has discovered his muse in found objects – whether they are tires, buckets, or another material …

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Extending the Conservation Framework: A Site-Specific Conservation Discussion with Francesca Esmay

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Extending the Conservation Framework: A Site-Specific Conservation Discussion with Francesca Esmay

IMA conservator Richard McCoy discusses 100 Acres and Spiral Jetty with Dia conservator Francesca Esmay.

Banksy New Orleans: Then and Now

Banksy New Orleans: Then and Now

It’s been nearly a year since the U.K.-based street artist and provocateur known as Banksy completed over a dozen public art pieces in various locations around New Orleans, including the …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Dearth in Venice

Letter from London

Letter from London: Dearth in Venice

There’s a school of thought that claims that any large-scale survey of art conducted in any year in history will have its share of peaks and troughs, but holding the …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Summer Reading Part 2

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Summer Reading Part 2

Continuing with my column from May 27, I’d like to suggest a few more books related to contemporary art education that you may be inspired to buy, borrow or steal …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What’s “The End” Good For?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What’s “The End” Good For?

June can be a real catharsis of both the most beautiful and ugly kinds, but it doesn’t have to be a week-to-week whirlwind waiting for the next test. The last …

Flash Points

Economic Sur-realities: A Conversation with Bjøernstjerne Christiansen of SUPERFLEX

Flash Points

Economic Sur-realities: A Conversation with Bjøernstjerne Christiansen of SUPERFLEX

Danish art group SUPERFLEX has been exacerbating the art world for over a decade with its irreverent style of questioning, which hits hard at the foundations of the West’s economic …

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Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Seoidín O’Sullivan

Flash Points

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Seoidín O’Sullivan

Seoidín O’Sullivan is an artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Her art practice investigates sociopolitical and ecological narratives, which she represents in critically engaged and poetic ways. Working within a group—an …

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Free & Clear: Exhibition and the Free Store

Flash Points

Free & Clear: Exhibition and the Free Store

Is free sometimes the best value for art?  Well, it certainly can be when artists and curators turn an inquisitive and critically-engaged eye towards the nature of exchange, regeneration, and …

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The Power of Now: Adrian Piper’s Indexical Present

Flash Points

The Power of Now: Adrian Piper’s Indexical Present

Everyone has heard about the value of “being in the moment,” letting thoughts of the past and worries about the future drip away while focusing on the here and now. …

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An Interview with EnjoyBanking, New York’s $treet Artist$

Flash Points

An Interview with EnjoyBanking, New York’s $treet Artist$

For months, I’ve been spotting countless friendly and ironic stickers popping up across the city’s art-friendly zones. These cutesy bubble-lettered slogans scream “Enjoy Subprime Lending,” “Enjoy Credit Crunch,” “Enjoy Bailout …

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, …

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The Simpsons Family (Art) Values

Flash Points

The Simpsons Family (Art) Values

It seems The Simpsons has something to say about everything, including the value of art. In “Mom and Pop Art,” a treasure of an episode from 1999, Homer is discovered …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Golden Graham

Letter from London

Letter from London: Golden Graham

I’m sure (as in: I’m not sure) that there is a film in which Laurel or Hardy or Buster or Harpo rides a horse backwards, isn’t there, maybe after being …

Concerning “newMedia” as one word

Concerning “newMedia” as one word

For my last guest post and in response to Kelly’s question, I thought I’d address the way that I spell newMedia and my intentions behind doing so. As I mentioned …

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My fellow Americans, let’s roll.

Flash Points

My fellow Americans, let’s roll.

On March 28th, Philadelphia hosted a day-long marathon dialogue on the intersections of art and the possibility of social/political change. The day’s events included a symposium on Curating and Activism …

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Curating and Activism at Moore College of Art & Design

Flash Points

Curating and Activism at Moore College of Art & Design

Daniel Fuller, Senior Program Specialist at the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, recently helped organize the Curating and Activism symposium at Moore College of Art & Design. The following is a recap …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Plinth of Thieves

Letter from London

Letter from London: Plinth of Thieves

Good news! We’re living in “a golden age of public art,” characterized by “a change in art’s very nature, from an aesthetic, spiritual and intellectual function to a principally social …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Notes on a workshop (Part 1)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Notes on a workshop (Part 1)

I’m also teaching a course at the École Régionale des Beaux-arts de Nantes called, “Workshop: I am curious… (The Artist as Ethnographer).” Each Friday morning, my students and I have …

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Jenny Holzer | “Projection for Chicago”

Art21 Extended Play

Jenny Holzer | “Projection for Chicago”

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS Jenny Holzer discusses the process behind her series of Xenon Projections as part of the exhibition PROTECT PROTECT at the Museum of Contemporary …

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A better “we” through art? AREA Chicago’s Daniel Tucker on art and community

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A better “we” through art? AREA Chicago’s Daniel Tucker on art and community

This post is written as a dispatch from California, where I was at the College Art Association conference and speaking in classes at CalArts, SFAI, and the CCA Social Practices …

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Fight the man! Three activist artists to watch

Flash Points

Fight the man! Three activist artists to watch

True story: I used to hate activist art. “Why so shrill?” I thought. “Can’t we just talk about this rather than producing a bunch of bad art?” I don’t always …

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Practical propaganda: Amy Franceschini reinvents the Victory Garden

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Practical propaganda: Amy Franceschini reinvents the Victory Garden

Amy Franceschini is my favorite kind of propagandist: she creates enticing imagery you can’t help but rally around, but backs it up with dirt-under-the-fingernails pragmatism in service of a nearly …

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Share and Share Alike

Flash Points

Share and Share Alike

Artists who garner the most attention in any given time period are those whose work, explicitly or implicitly, reflects the deeper political sensibilities of the era. Right now, contemporary artists …

I Have Decided to Love Contemporary Art

I Have Decided to Love Contemporary Art

Days have passed since St. Valentine’s Day and the flowers are giving off a sweet waft of imminent mortality, which may make them a dubious token of love. But I …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It Takes Two…. or Two Hundred

Teaching with Contemporary Art

It Takes Two…. or Two Hundred

Recently I saw the Mark Dion segment from Season 4 for the sixth or seventh time. I love the Dion segment. I was sharing the video with teachers in a …

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Lilly Ledbetter* Art

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Lilly Ledbetter* Art

It is only a coincidence that the world’s largest franchised art fair and the international banking regulatory body share a moniker from their shared base, Basel, Switzerland, but no coincidence …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What’s an Art Contest?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

What’s an Art Contest?

Contests. Art Shows. Expos. Special Exhibits. Art Festivals. It’s crazy. While they are called by different names, art educators often have a similar reaction: Someone has a big idea and …

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International Geographic: Interview with Nato Thompson

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International Geographic: Interview with Nato Thompson

* Revised February 4, 2009. Lize Mogel, Mappa Mundi, digital print, 2008. Courtesy Melville House and iCI. Melville House and iCI recently co-published the exhibition catalogue for Experimental Geography, an …

Rambo is missing his brothers!

Rambo is missing his brothers!

Veiled in a cloud of national bereavement, I am here to write about art, but first there will be an introduction. The peaceful demonstrations, the protests, the riots, the rallies, …

Pettibon’s “I thought California would be different…” in Hollywood

Pettibon’s “I thought California would be different…” in Hollywood

While we posted about the 2008 California Biennial back in May, I discovered this image via the SuperTouch blog about Raymond Pettibon‘s (Season 2) contribution: Legendary punk artist/Black Flag branding …

Flash Points

Introducing Flash Points: Controversy & Contemporary Art

Flash Points

Introducing Flash Points: Controversy & Contemporary Art

FLASH POINTS is a monthly conversational series that focuses on issues relevant to the state of the art world at large, contemporary art education, and issues artists face today. You …

A brief back-note…

A brief back-note…

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nnx2Wv4T1o] I saw this online yesterday as it occurred in my city. A project done by an LA-based Iraqi Veteran Against the War set out 4171 toy US Soldiers at …

Love Note to Franz West

Love Note to Franz West

As the curator of online video here at Art21, I spend a lot of time looking at work produced by colleagues around the world. And while there’s a lot of …

All the News We Hope to Print

All the News We Hope to Print

Living in the afterglow or wake (depending on your political leanings) of the 2008 presidential election, we are left to wonder where this talk of hope and change might lead …

“New York Times” video on Maya Lin’s “Wave Field”

“New York Times” video on Maya Lin’s “Wave Field”

The New York Times just published a video on Maya Lin‘s Wave Field at Storm King Art Center in upstate New York. Click here to watch it. Wave Field can …