Archive for the ‘Art Blog’ Category

  • This Week in Art: 5.16-5.22

    Martin Puryear. Big Bling in Madison Square Park, 2016. Photo by Scott Lynch for Gothamist. This week’s art news highlights are largely community-based, involving one of our all-time favorite things: bringing visual art to as many people as possible. Ever wanted to own a work by Jeff Koons? Now you can, if your phone is a [...]

  • Mind Maps

    Mind Map in progress. Photo courtesy of the author. This creativity exercise is intended to engage students in a classroom setting, but it can be completed in the notebook of any lifelong learner to help you create mental links between ideas. I struggled a bit at the start of the year with how to have students [...]

  • The Myth of Wilderness

    Albert Bierstadt. Among the Sierra Nevada, California, 1868. Oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum. “[W]ilderness is a matter of perception—part of the geography of the mind.” —Roderick Nash1 The existence of wilderness has been a consistent cultural myth, shaped by experiences that, in some form, have always been mediated by others. Whether it’s the [...]

  • SCREENING 5.10.16 | Kimsooja film at Cooper Union

    ART21 on Tumblr. A screening of our 2015 special feature Kimsooja: Collaboration on Campus—Nanotechnology & Contemporary Art is happening tomorrow!   Tuesday, May 10 7:00 – 8:30pm Cooper Union, The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square, NYC On 3rd Ave. between 6th and 7th St. Get all the info you need here↳   Art critic and curator Steven [...]

  • This Week in Art: 5.9-5.15

    The CLICK@MoMA trailer, created by MoMA teen artists and Mary Mattingly. Photo: Kaitlyn Stubbs. In happy news this week, New York Close Up artist Mary Mattingly worked with MoMA teen artists to convert a two-ton military trailer into a social space dedicated to breaking down barriers. And the Mike Kelley Foundation announced plans to fund [...]

  • ART21 Educator Spotlight: Shannah Burton

    ART21 Educator Shannah Burton. Courtesy of Shannah Burton. Our series spotlighting ART21 Educators continues as we get to know Shannah Burton, an educator whose lesson plans and creativity exercises will be published here on the magazine all month. Shannah Burton is an artist, teacher, and seeker of small aesthetic pleasures. She teaches K-6 art at New City [...]

  • From Zoetrope to GIF and Back

    Lorna Mills. Mountain Light/Time, 2015. Animated GIF. Courtesy of the artist. In 2012, the Oxford American Dictionaries’ word of the year was the verb GIF. Since then, the animated GIF has joined the emoji as a favored method of communicating humor in texts, and GIFs have even appeared in gallery e-blasts that announce their latest [...]

  • Rodney McMillian’s Sobering, Irreverent Take on Race in America

    Rodney McMillian. Couch, 2012. On view at the Studio Museum. Couch and cement, 32 1/2 × 88 1/2 × 33 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Maccarone, New York/Los Angeles. To experience Rodney McMillian’s work is to be overcome by a feeling of absence. A genius of poetic abjection, McMillian repurposes disused domestic materials [...]

  • This Week in Art: 5.2-5.8

    Left: Yinka Shonibare MBE. How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies), 2006. Right: Lemonade/Digital booklet. In addition to our art news roundup, this week we’re also bringing you a selection of recent interviews with ART21 artists about their current projects and exhibitions. Yinka Shonibare MBE was credited by the Boston Globe as the inspiration [...]

  • Letter from the Editor, Jorge Daniel Veneciano

    Installation photograph, The Illusive Eye. Photo by Martin Seck. Courtesy of El Museo del Barrio. I recently organized the exhibition The Illusive Eye at El Museo del Barrio. The artwork in the show is primarily kinetic and Op art—work that paradoxically creates an unsettling visual response in us, even as it pleases us aesthetically. In [...]


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