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Anthony Burrill’s Advice for Living
British designer Anthony Burrill is known for using older technology, namely Victorian wood type, to create posters bearing upbeat, quirky mantras like “Work Hard and Be Kind to People” and “Clear Your Head.” But he’s well aware how social media is changing design—and propelling his ideas around the globe.
The Muscle of Art: How Cunningham and Rauschenberg Inspire Us to Flex
“Activity and open curiosity support the muscle of art,” Robert Rauschenberg once said. His work with choreographer Merce Cunningham actively embodied this idea, spanning more than 20 collaborations, five decades, and countless creative and pragmatic challenges.
The Problem of Paint
The Walker registrar faces myriad challenges — from “weeping Barbie syndrome,” which plagues art made from PVC, to cold storage for a famed choreographer’s fur coat — but none is more prevalent than the problem of paint: protecting and preserving outdoor sculptures ravaged by sun, time and water.
Chaos and Creativity
Jumping from the ’80s activism of ACT UP to the oil fields of Iraq, the death camps of World War II to 9/11, The Smiths to The Golden Girls, Jim Hodges’ World AIDS Day film offers striking context for both Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ art and the continuing struggles for social change today.
What happens when two powerful artistic personalities come together to create work for the stage? Walker curator Darsie Alexander looks at the initial transformative 10-year collaborative relationship between eminent dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg.
The Lament of Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial) 2011
What’s lacking in the 2011 Istanbul Biennial, writes Walker director Olga Viso is “an indefatigable spirit of generosity and faith in the potential of art to not only transcribe the exigencies of the present moment but transcend them too.”
Inspired by community supported agriculture, in which individuals become shareholders in area farms, the Community Supported Art program returns this spring for a third season with the aim of boosting investment in local creative economies and providing avenues for people to connect with artists.
EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE OR TO OVERCOME THE PARADOX OF YVES KLEIN, THE MOLECULAR CHILD WHO WROTE TO FIDEL CASTRO ON HIS WAY TO DISNEYLAND
IN ALL THE ARTS THERE IS A PHYSICAL COMPONENT WHICH CAN NO LONGER BE CONSIDERED OR TREATED AS IT USED TO BE, WHICH CANNOT REMAIN UNAFFECTED BY OUR MODERN KNOWLEDGE AND POWER. FOR THE LAST TWENTY…
How to Be Alone and Loved by Millions
The following e-mail correspondence between Walker visual arts curator Siri Engberg and Alec Soth took place as they organized From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America, on view at the Walker Art Center September 12, 2010–January 2, 2011. Excerpts appeared in “How to Be Alone and Loved by Millions,” in the September/October 2010 issue of Walker magazine. Siri Engberg What led you to photography? Alec Soth …