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Art Authenticator’s Case Against Art F City’s Paddy Johnson and Others Dismissed

by The AFC Staff on August 6, 2013
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The Southern District of New York, in an opinion written by Judge J. Paul Oetken, has dismissed a claim for defamation by Peter Paul Biro against Art F City’s Paddy Johnson. The blog post cited in Biro’s complaint had quoted passages from a David Grann article originally published in the New Yorker.

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Critics’ Q&A with Paddy Johnson on ARTINFO

by Paddy Johnson on July 9, 2013
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Today I spent a bit of time talking to ArtINFO Canada’s Sky Goodden about criticism here and in Canada for her Critics Q&A Series. Turns out, I’ve got quite a bit to say.

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Paddy Johnson at Time Out: Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools

by Paddy Johnson on August 17, 2011
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This week at Time Out: Was no one at the Whitney behind the wheel when planning Cory Arcangel's solo exhibition “Pro Tools”? My feature review on Arcangel’s solo show at the Whitney Museum of Art.

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Paddy Johnson at The Daily: Best in Show at The Venice Biennale

by Paddy Johnson on June 7, 2011
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If the Venice Biennale were a race, no one would finish. There's too much art to see, which means people look at what's talked about and make empty promises to return in the summer – the exhibition is up through November 27th.

But how effective a viewing strategy is following the buzz? Better than one would think.

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Paddy Johnson at The Daily: G-L-O-R-I-A! Gloria! U.S. installation at Venice Biennale challenges notions of 'competition'

by Paddy Johnson on May 25, 2011
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The Venice Biennale only happens once every two years, but it's the closest approximation to an international sporting event the art would has. Next month, countries will once more vie for the honor of Best National Pavilion, the highly sought-after Golden Lion award no one in the field will admit they are actively competing for. Even if it's a rather lofty way of thinking about art, the idea that one artwork should be somehow more transcendent than another is distasteful to many in the profession.

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Paddy Johnson at Art Agenda: David Altmejd at Andrea Rosen Gallery

by Paddy Johnson on April 22, 2011
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I’m in the cyber-pages of Art Agenda again this week, reviewing David Altmejd’s latest show at Andrea Rosen. The show closes tomorrow, so if it piques your interest get on out there. An excerpt: “Property itself has become a more social endeavor,” Wired Magazine co-founder Kevin Kelly wrote three years ago. The now-famed blog post describes the […]

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Paddy Johnson at Art Agenda: Kai Althoff At Gladstone Presents Punkt, Absatz, Blümli” (period, paragraph, Blümli)

by Paddy Johnson on February 22, 2011
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There's something slightly strange about walking into an installation designed to look like a homemade living room in every way but the lighting. In the case of Kai Althoff at Gladstone Gallery, the cement floor painted bright yellow doesn't exactly scream domesticity either, but the artist has integrated enough interior design elements that the florescent lights hanging from the lowered ceiling is disconcerting. Why arrange a raised nappy rug, a series of paintings in the style of Otto Dix and George Grosz, and a dividing wall of painted plaster mugs as if they were part of a household if they are to be lit like a gallery object in”¦ a Subway sandwich store?

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Paddy Johnson at Art Agenda: The Mammoth Miami Fair Wrap-Up

by Paddy Johnson on December 7, 2010
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I discuss four Miami fairs: Basel, NADA, Pulse, and Seven. From the Basel write up: Affectionately referred to as the Borg ship amongst some bloggers, Basel’s floor plan is basically a large grid of white cubes inside the Miami Convention Center. This format has the ability to make all art look the same, and this year was no different: a rather stale viewing experience. As always, the Modern and postwar art booths are located at the front of the building, while contemporary settles for the back. Probably not such a bad layout tactic—but I expect this is a design holdover from ten years ago when dead artists brought in a lot more money.

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Paddy Johnson at Art Agenda: Luc Tuymans’s “Corporate” at David Zwirner

by Art Fag City on November 18, 2010
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Luc Tuymans’s paintings set a somber mood at David Zwirner: a ship at sail with its stern to a cloudy horizon; a conspiratorial faceless portrait; a panel discussion dissolving as its participants are cast in blinding light. The 11 works in his latest show titled “Corporate” darkly depict corporations as the new feudal lords. This means a series of portraits, interiors, and landscapes in shades of gray line Zwirner’s walls, along with a girl on horseback and some knightly armor.

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Rob Pruitt Awards Announced: Paddy Johnson Lands Critic of The Year Nomination

by Paddy Johnson on November 17, 2010
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Looks like the Guggenheim will be granting me the press pass they denied me last year to the Rob Pruitt Art Awards. I’m a nominee in the “blogger or critic of the year” category.

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