Tag Archives: Sound & Music

Going to California: Nightmare City, Part 2

Going to California: Nightmare City, Part 2

“It is hard to find California now, unsettling to wonder how much of it was merely imagined or improvised; melancholy to realize how much of anyone’s memory is no true …

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Paul McCarthy: “Black & White Tapes”

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Paul McCarthy: “Black & White Tapes”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #128: Interviewed in his Los Angeles studio, Paul McCarthy discusses the genesis of his Black and White Tapes (1970–75), …

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Art21 William Kentridge: Anything is Possible

William Kentridge: Studio Manager Anne McIlleron

Art21 Extended Play

Art21 William Kentridge: Anything is Possible

William Kentridge: Studio Manager Anne McIlleron

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE In celebration of Art21’s new feature film William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible — which premiered nationally on October 21, 2010 …

On View Now

On View Now | Rock and Roll Fantasy: Yoshitomo Nara at the Asia Society

On View Now

On View Now | Rock and Roll Fantasy: Yoshitomo Nara at the Asia Society

For those who enjoy Yoshitomo Nara’s mischievousness characters and pop-culture inspired iconography, or those who are not yet familiar with them, the current show at the Asia Society in New …

Techno-Trash: Mika Taanila and Pixelache

Techno-Trash: Mika Taanila and Pixelache

One of the best exhibitions I saw in Helsinki this summer was at Galleria Heino, a small space on the hip street Uudenmaankatu. On the recommendation of an artist friend, …

3 Museums, 2 Days (part II of II)

3 Museums, 2 Days (part II of II)

II. After my visit to the New Museum, I headed uptown to the Studio Museum in Harlem. What stood out to me at the Studio Museum were a series of sculptural, photographic, …

The Nature of Art: The Bigger Picture

The Nature of Art: The Bigger Picture

We’re accustomed to porticoed Greek temple-style museums, white-walled galleries, conspicuous label texts, a high level of organization, and clearly-defined thematic spaces. For those of us who are city-dwellers, we expect …

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Solid Sound

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Solid Sound

Is sound an element of design right alongside biggies like line, color, shape and texture? Teachers today are faced with the unseemly job of breaking outside “the” seven elements of …

Why Here? Part 2

Why Here? Part 2

Low on the southeast side of downtown Raleigh stands a nondescript grey building with a facade marked by four orange letters: LUMP. This cinderblock outpost houses the Lump gallery and …

Thoughts on the Practice

Thoughts on the Practice

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8LhaL6vajc] I spent yesterday with two of my oldest friends. At ten, Ben and Neill came over. We’d cleared our schedules to hang and create material for A Weavexx Yuxtapongo. …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup you’ll read about a retrospective in the Golden State, a pack of wolves in Singapore, a dreamy gift in Berlin, de-monumentalisation in Italy, Oprah culture the …

Looking at Contemporary Dance

Looking at Contemporary Dance

As an art form, dance is a mixture of the visual and the auditory. While we watch dancers perform aesthetic pieces onstage, we hear music meant to enhance the experience. …

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

Archiving Soul | Ken Shipley of Numero Group

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

Archiving Soul | Ken Shipley of Numero Group

While sitting in his office listening to some soon to be released albums, Ken Shipley quickly noted, “we have found a way as a record label to be like a …

Letter from London

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Letter from London: Everything Must Go

Letter from London

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Letter from London: Everything Must Go

John Logan’s play Red, currently playing at the Golden Theater, New York, centers around a perennial ethical conundrum many successful artists face: whether or not to “sell out” to corporate …

Looking at Los Angeles

The Ring Festival and the Confined Deep

Looking at Los Angeles

The Ring Festival and the Confined Deep

All my windows look into windows of other apartments and, on warm days like those we’ve had lately, I’m set up for delicious eavesdropping. I like it best when my …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Sparkling Nepalese paper, race and civil rights, a northern island, circular botanics, fluorescent lights, a ton of vinyl records, and a few reviews in today’s roundup: Season 1 artist John …

Packaging a Music Experience: Ryan Catbird and Catbird Records

Packaging a Music Experience: Ryan Catbird and Catbird Records

Moviola, “Dead Knowledge”. Catbird Records, CBR010, 2007. Image courtesy of Catbird Records. Ryan Catbird has commanded a silent influence on the independent music scene since he began his blog, The …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

With 19 bits and bites below, this week’s roundup is a whopper: Five Themes, the traveling survey exhibition of work by Season 5 artist William Kentridge, has landed at the …

Culture Wars: Trivial Tunes with Mary Heilmann

Culture Wars: Trivial Tunes with Mary Heilmann

A look at the Mary Heilmann-curated music playlist for Art21’s inaugural “Culture Wars” trivia event, held on 1/28 at the 92YTribeca, along with the music-themed audio round for the night.

Flash Points

Art is Murder

Flash Points

Art is Murder

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3OkEcdOtb0] When I was a kid, Alice Cooper taught me everything I needed to know about art. So, ethics in art? For the most part I’m against it, but certain …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Chris Ofili, A Mixtape

Letter from London

Letter from London: Chris Ofili, A Mixtape

Making mixtapes is one of life’s great non-transferable skills; its lack of import in a pragmatic sense is inversely proportional to the amount of time and effort it requires (rewinding, …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup you’ll read about Tasmanian wolves, patented patterns, cartoon anthropomorphism, ancient mythology, portico projections, and a big gift: Bestiarium, a large-scale survey exhibition of watercolor paintings by …

Contemporary Relationships with the Landscape and Online Services: A Case Study

Contemporary Relationships with the Landscape and Online Services: A Case Study

The exhibition history and creative output of the artist Anthony Burdin is intertwined with—and often overshadowed by his nomadic lifestyle. The 2006 Whitney Biennial participant identifies himself as a recording …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week Art21 artists illustrate NASA’s history, depict child’s play, map the Black Atlantic, render galaxies in glass, leave their mark on the last decade, and reflect on our future: …

Beyonce and Jay-Z at Art Basel Miami

Top 10 of 2009: Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists

Top 10 of 2009: Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists

In the spirit of my Los Angeles beat, I present to you the most exciting art world interlopers to come out of Hollywood in 2009: 10. Sylvester Stallone is making …

Eve Essex and Cornelius Cardew

Eve Essex and Cornelius Cardew

Continuing the tenuous thread I’ve begun to weave, today’s post concerns Eve Essex, an artist I’ve been interested in since she was a resident with the Berwick Research Institute in …

Blogalogue, Part 4: Lee Montgomery

Blogalogue, Part 4: Lee Montgomery

Lee Montgomery got his BA in Film at Bard College, and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. As the founder of Neighborhood Public Radio, Lee …

The Art21 Guide to PERFORMA 09

The Art21 Guide to PERFORMA 09

If you’re lucky enough to be in New York City during Performa 09 this month, there are a number of events featuring Art21 artists that are not to be missed! …

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside The Artist’s Studio: Joulia Strauss

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside The Artist’s Studio: Joulia Strauss

It would be an oversimplification to introduce Joulia Strauss to you as a Russian visual artist who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Joulia is a Mari, from the Mari …

WHAT! …an interview with Carl Ostendarp

WHAT! …an interview with Carl Ostendarp

Carl Ostendarp is an artist and teacher based in Ithaca, New York. A survey of his work was shown at Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York City in 2007. He …

UJ3RK5

UJ3RK5

The UJ3RK5 sounded like a typical post-punk group, the kind that in those years (1978-80) might have been carried by the British Rough Trade label. Lyrics predominate in their songs, …

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Carrie Mae Weems | Thirteen Questions for Wynton Marsalis & Cornel West

Art21 Extended Play

Carrie Mae Weems | Thirteen Questions for Wynton Marsalis & Cornel West

DOWNLOAD VIA ITUNES | SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS EXCLUSIVE: As part of a panel discussion moderated by Baraka Sele at the 20th National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, artist Carrie …

War Is Over! (Part 1)

War Is Over! (Part 1)

I’d like to start my visit to Art21 with a close reading of a favorite artwork of mine: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s War Is Over! slogan. This work relates …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Vital Signals: Japanese and American Video Art from the 1960s and 70s is a three-part screening program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Presented in collaboration with Electronic …

Unnatural Histories

Unnatural Histories

“On the Moon and Beyond” June 10-September 14 2009, Courtesy of the Streaming Museum. “Natural History of the Enigma” transgenic artwork by Eduardo Kac. Selections from video oratorio, “Paradiso” by …

Letter from London

Letter from London: Hot Scots, Part Un

Letter from London

Letter from London: Hot Scots, Part Un

In a big, sprawling, multi-tentacular artsfest like the Edinburgh Festival, certain forms of art – like, say, one-woman mime interpretations of the career of Robin Williams, or freestyle macrame workshops …