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Opinion

I Can Live With Homogenized Tumblr Aesthetics

by Paddy Johnson on April 30, 2013
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Internet Archive will be accepting applications for week-long Tumblr residencies through June 1st. In an facebook conversation transcribed to Alt Crit, artist Nicholas O’Brien says he thinks the platform homogenizes aesthetic for the sake of individual “curatorial sensibilities”. Internet Archive’s Ian Aleksander Adams disagrees.

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The Art F City Campaign for a Magda Sawon Sculpture on the High Line

by Corinna Kirsch on April 23, 2013
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As part of “Busted”, the High Line is letting you nominate a special someone who’ll be turned into a sculpture.

That’s great news because we know who we want to see made into a sculpture on the High Line: Postmasters’ Magda Sawon.

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Confronting Inequity: Do We Really Need a Make-A-Wish Foundation for Famous Artists?

by Whitney Kimball on March 28, 2013
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How much did Nick Cave’s subway ads cost, anyway?

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Brad Troemel On Parsing The Accidental Audience

by Whitney Kimball on March 21, 2013
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Is it really a misreading to mistake a photo of bacon in a hair straightener for a photo of bacon in a hair straightener?

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The Death of Bohemia, Brought to You By Allan Kaprow

by Corinna Kirsch on February 13, 2013
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Bushwick artists be warned: bohemia ended without you.

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Flamers: Schjeldahl Versus Saltz

by Corinna Kirsch on January 15, 2013
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This week, we get two critics’ opinions on MoMA’s latest painting show, “Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925″. Is it a “splendid historical survey” (Schjeldahl) or “history written by the winners” (Saltz)?

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Flamers: The Lowman Debate

by Corinna Kirsch on January 2, 2013
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In this week’s round up of vitriol-filled art criticism, Karen Rosenberg kinda sorta reveals her true feelings about Ed Ruscha, while Andrew Russeth suggests Nate Lowman just quit. But does telling an artist to change careers ever have an effect? Lindsay Pollock might have the answer.

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$340m On a Christo Oil Barrel Sculpture is Too Much

by Paddy Johnson on November 27, 2012
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Time to get angry about another gross display of wealth by the art world, all at the expense of the poor. According to The Guardian, Christo has plans to make the world’s largest sculpture from empty oil drums in Abu Dhabi, and now the project has the support of the Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a representative of the crown prince, his elder brother. A site near Liwa oasis has been approved.

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Hands Up If You’re Tired of Auction News

by Paddy Johnson on November 20, 2012
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Rich people are spending their money.

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Highlights from the Artprice Contemporary Art Market Report

by Corinna Kirsch on October 10, 2012
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What happens to the wealthy is what happens to the rest of the art world. At least, that’s what Artprice’s annual contemporary art market report suggests. Every October, Artprice publishes The Artprice Annual Report, a whopping 140-page document about trends in the contemporary art market; they look at art auction records,then talk to dealers and anybody else managing multi-million-dollar art sales to come up with a sense of the health of the market as a whole. We disagree, knowing that what happens at the auction houses doesn’t trickle down to the rest of the art world; for all its flaws, though, we enjoy reading this thing.

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