Hello, BOMBlog readers! We’re very excited to debut our new column on this site. You’ll find us in residence every Friday. For those of you who aren’t familiar with us, we’re a nonprofit contemporary art organization, just like BOMB. We make videos about contemporary artists and educate people about them. We also maintain our own blog, on which BOMB has its own Friday column as well.
For our first installment, we present you the news Art21-style: a roundup of interesting tidbits about our featured artists. For good measure, we’re throwing in a few other highlights as well.
- An-My Lê has a photo essay up on Arkitip.
- We’re only a month into 2009 and James Turrell premieres not 1 but 2 Skyspaces—in Arizona and Germany.
- 5 for the price of 1: Our City Dreams, featuring Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic, and Nancy Spero, is playing at NYC’s Film Forum.
- Speaking of multiples, Kerry James Marshall is hard at work on 3 murals for his upcoming SFMOMA show—2 of his own and the third produced with teens. Read the press release to get the big picture.
- Man v. Wild: in case you missed it, there’s a profile on Walton Ford in last week’s New Yorker.
- Mark Bradford discusses Mithra, his huge ark in New Orleans for Prospect.1 in this podcast.
- Someone’s gotta pay: that guard who slashed Vija Celmins’ Night Sky #2 painting owns up and pleads guilty.
- On a personal note, guess what? We’ve joined the online art ranks on Twitter.
- And we totally fell for it. Jenny Holzer’s not doing her own Twittering.
On to some other things we like…
- RCRDLBL: totally legal open-source music downloads and incredibly well-curated at that. It’s not too good to be true.
- Parsons’ spring lecture series is chock-full of artist starpower (several of whom were featured on Art:21, natch).
- Ivens fans rejoice: renowned Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens celebrated in a huge DVD box set.
- The next Knife album may be a long ways off, but Karin Dreijer Andersson, half of this groundbreaking Swedish brother-sister duo, eases the pain with her new solo project.
- Clocking months rather than minutes of fame at this point, Obama portraitiste Shepherd Fairey lands his first museum show at the ICA Boston.
- Got an extra 5 hours? Jonas Mekas’ new 4-part feature film, Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR, debuts at Anthology Film Archives.
And finally, our video of the week! Given that all things about Michael Phelps are interesting, here’s Laylah Ali talking about his teeth.