Letter from the Editor: Alicia Eler / Art21 Magazine

When I was twelve years old, I remember seeing it: my first smiley face. It was gigantic and bright yellow, hanging on the exterior brick wall of a car dealership, located on a busy street in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago. I hated that smiley face. Seeing its mouth forever turned into […]

Guest Editor, ART21 Magazine’s May/June 2015 FAMILY Issue

I am pleased to present the May/June 2015 issue of Art21 Magazine. FAMILY is the theme for the next two months — and it’s definitely a family affair, y’all. For this exciting issue, I carefully selected and commissioned 11 writers and artists to contribute work. Each approached family in their own way. It’s been an amazing experience. […]

Managing Editor: The OPP ART CRITICS SERIES for the OtherPeoplesPixels Blog

We are pleased to announce The OPP ART CRITICS SERIES, a new collaboration with OtherPeoplesPixels. In the spirit of continuing to explore/explode Mr. Walter Benjamin’s idea of the “aura,” artist-run website portfolio service OtherPeoplesPixels is tackling the idea of asking art critics to examine art through websites rather than in a gallery or museum setting. We were […]

The Child is (Un)dead: Taxidermy Art as Resurrected Victorian Post-Mortem Photography / Essay for the OPP Art Critics Series

Slipping the fur skin of a dead animal over a perfectly crafted taxidermy form produces a visual illusion of life, much in the tradition of a trompe l’oeil painting. In traditional taxidermy terms, the relationship between man and animal is that of a hunter conquering nature. The tradition of taxidermy as art dates back to […]