Art21’s new five-part professional development series explores how artists use the five senses in their practice. Body sensations and how we react to them define our lived experiences. Contemporary artists know this to be true and use a variety of mediums to explore the breadth of this reality, either alone or with their audience’s participation.
Take time to breathe in the smell of contemporary art. Whether intentional or a byproduct of a chosen medium, the work of artists such as Kara Walker, Katharina Grosse and Cai Guo-Qiang engages the olfactory receptors in the nose. In this final session of the five senses series, use memory and imagination to answer the question: What does contemporary art smell like?