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Wednesday Links: Amenities for Shopping

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on April 16, 2014


  • Last week’s inaugural Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair was full of art dealers scrambling to figure out what type of art techies might like. Some, like K&M Art, thought techies might want to unload their bitcoins for art. [Medium]
  • Monday nights you can choose between watching reality TV like Ru Paul’s Drag Race or wrestling entertainment like Raw. It doesn’t matter what you choose; NPR argues that both shows are “essentially one and the same,” both performance art about gender. I’d like to agree, but there’s too much of a focus in this piece on wrestlers performing masculinity and drag queens performing femininity; WWE is full of nearly naked sequined wrestlers twisted into pretzel positions with their oiled-up partners. [NPR]
  • Art collector and dealer Daniel Wolf and artist and architect Maya Lin have an old jail in Yonkers. They’re planning to transform it into studio space and a gallery. No word whether the collection will be made available public, but even so, the piece is pitched as though it’s about the budding art scene of Yonkers. The only other artist they were able to cite out there is David Hammons. The best part of the piece is when they describe the lack of basic amenities on the waterfront as “shopping.” [The New York Times]
  • Lawsuit filed against Brooklyn landlords claims they were quick to kick out black residents to make room for white ones. [Gothamist]
  • For new media lovers: Link Art Center has some sweet-looking art available at Paddle8. [Paddle8]
  • Lindsay Preston Zappas describes Math Bass’s show at Overduin and Co. as an exercise in visual merchandising. Ouch. [Carets and Stick]
  • Sarah Jessica Parker interviewed Alex Katz; she filled in for Leonard Lopate. [NPR]
  • Exhibition A interviews an art collector who’s also an astronaut. The interview’s full of space talk, not so much art talk. [Exhibition A]
  • Pierre Huyghe joins Hauser & Wirth. Not sure what this means for his New York gallery; he’s currently represented by Marian Goodman. [AMA]
  • This month’s issue of e-flux journal is mostly about sex. Sex! [e-flux]
  • Jaimie Warren’s new show at The Hole gets a lauding write up from the Huffington Post. Critic Priscilla Frank is a fan. [The Huffington Post]
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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Carry Us?

by Whitney Kimball on May 13, 2013
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We’re feeling pretty lazy after the fairs, so lucky for us, our art has come pre-bundled. This week: three fairs are still open, Eyebeam launches its video festival, and PS1 continues its Expo on ecology. On Saturday, we get to choose between Redhook and Bushwick. Now all we need is a piggy back.

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Frigging Freezing Art Events for the Frigging Freezing Art Fags

by Whitney Kimball on January 28, 2013
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This week, Bushwick screens video, DIS Magazine holds a stock photo shoot, and seminal people discuss seminal art. Here’s what’s happening on Saturday:

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It’s the End of The World As We Know It

by The AFC Staff on December 28, 2012
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This year, the art world became more dysfunctional than usual. As such, we talked about social injustice, power struggles, and uneven distribution of wealth seemingly endlessly. Who knows if it helped, but writing these ten posts made us feel just a little bit better.

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e-flux Co-Founder Anton Vidokle Says .Art Will Not Be Curated

by Paddy Johnson on June 25, 2012
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Over the past few days AFC commenters have expressed concerns about e-flux “curating” the .art domain, should the company win the bid. Well, e-flux co-founder Anton Vidokle says that’s not going to happen. The artist and writer responded to AFC commenters this weekend, explaining that art practitioners would simply be given priority over the .art domain should they want it. Vidokle’s comment can be read below or in our comment section.

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On Taking AIM! The Business of Being An Artist Today

by Paddy Johnson on April 12, 2011
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Add Marysol Nieves “Taking AIM: The Business of Being An Artist Today” to the list of new resource books aimed at emerging artists. Published by Fordham University Press and The Bronx Museum of The Arts, the book begins with a long discussion of the Bronx Museum’s Artists in The Marketplace (AIM) with Executive Director Holly Block and former Program Facilitator Jackie Battenfield. A well-known and competitive professional training program for emerging artists, the interview reflected on the program, and kicks off a book celebrating AIM's 30th anniversary with a series of interviews, testimonials and commentary. Chapters are titled after profession, institution type, and any other cog in the New York art world’s wheel.

Occasionally stale albeit informative the first two chapters get off to a slow start. A low point was reached when Kate Gilmore offered “make good work” as sage advice to emerging artists. I'm sure this will solve all sorts of problems in studios across New York.

I’m not going to review the book in its entirety, as each essay and interview is significantly different than the next, but Anton Vidokle’s “Art Without Market” clearly stands out as worthy of reflection.

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