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The L Magazine

Art F City at The L Magazine: Paddy Doesn’t Work Here Anymore

by Paddy Johnson on February 26, 2014
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I filed my last column for the L Magazine today. It’s been a good seven years with them so I’m bummed to leave. But, you know, new horizons and all that. In two weeks you can read my bimonthly column on artnet News.

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Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

by Paddy Johnson on February 12, 2014
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Reevaluating artists’ professional relationships with everyone from their gallerist to the city itself.

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Almost Human: Richard Serra

by Paddy Johnson on January 29, 2014
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I search for a scrap of humanity in Richard Serra’s steel, which has been crane-lifted into the Gagosian empire

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Predictions for the New Year

by Paddy Johnson on January 15, 2014
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What’s the new year without a few predictions? I got mine in at The L Magazine and there’s plenty to talk about. Will the Armory Show be relevant this year? Who are we going to talk about at the Whitney Biennial, and of course, what animal will have dominance amongst art makers this year?

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In 2014, Let’s Find Solutions, Not Just Problems

by Paddy Johnson on January 2, 2014
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Two days before Christmas I received a note from a colleague. He felt that much of the art getting made today is devoid of presence—that it’s self-serving, ego-tripping, and fails to contribute to contemporary culture. I couldn’t disagree, but there is a solution.

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The Five Best Exhibitions of 2013 in NYC and Beyond

by Paddy Johnson on December 18, 2013
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My favorites from 2013.

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Are Middle-Tier Galleries Really Struggling?

by Paddy Johnson on November 20, 2013
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This week at I talk about the expansion of Lower East Side galleries.

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Why Aren’t There More Flux Factories?

by Paddy Johnson on November 6, 2013
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“How can we get more places like Flux Factory?” City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer asked Kate D. Levin. Van Bramer is one of the biggest arts advocates in the city, and Levin is the commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs; at that moment, she was also a spokesperson for the bulk of the city’s non-profit arts institutions. His question was central to a recent public hearing about how New York could be made more affordable for artists, and Levin’s reply started with the facts. “It’s a challenge to manage real estate for residents that are somewhere between a stable and transient population,” she said.

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I Stayed at an Art Hotel

by Corinna Kirsch on November 6, 2013
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A few weeks back, Paddy and I went to Toronto. For the first time in my life, I stayed in an artist-designed hotel room.

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Digital Art’s First Auction

by Paddy Johnson on October 23, 2013
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This week at The L Magazine, I talk to Phillips auction attendees and market experts to try and gage the success of the first digital art auction, Paddles On. Based on what I heard, I’d guardedly call it a success.

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