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Art Basel Miami Beach: Slideshow and Commentary

by Will Brand and Corinna Kirsch on December 6, 2012
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Art Basel Miami Beach is, as always, an overwhelming experience. There is art, impossible amounts of it, shiny and glossy and kinetic. There are people, hidden within the silicone husks of slightly younger people, who all seem to be terribly important. There are many kind words but few kind looks.

Basel’s not as bad as it might be, really. This year the fish are biting, and the quality of the work overall is fairly high. There is, in the depths of its 250-odd galleries, art worth looking at. We’ll have a fuller report later today; in the meantime, here are 29 samples of what’s on show, with our comments.

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The Copenhagen Art Festival: Floundering Communities

by Paddy Johnson on August 31, 2012
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“This is not a biennial” Festival Manager Lene Crone Jensen told the press gravely last week at the Copenhagen Art Festival. Coulda fooled me; the Copenhagen Art Festival already has the generic biennial-specific themes and inflated art-speak to make the transition an easy one should it so chose. “What are the implications of constituting a discourse of communities?” asks a bit of copy on the Copenhagen Art Festival website, as it describes the community minded-theme of the festival. It sounds like biennial.

Whatever it is, it’s not especially remarkable.

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The Best Work in Miami (for Perverts), Pizza, Guns, and Strip Clubs

by Will Brand on December 1, 2011
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Our reader survey last month revealed just how many of our visitors self-identify as perverts. If you’re one of that sizeable minority, and you’re in Miami, there’s no excuse not to make your way over to Nicolai Wallner’s booth to catch sneaky glimpses at some 1% snatch with this floor mirror by Jeppe Hein- and yes, we’ve mentioned him three times today. Deal with it.

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Art Basel: A Strong Opening for the One Percent

by Paddy Johnson on December 1, 2011
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Buoyed by Wednesday's big rally on the stock market, Art Basel opened with bang. Crowds of VIPs arrived early, and without fail every dealer AFC talked to had made sales by early afternoon. “Sometimes things sell in the afternoon or in later days,” dealer Zach Feuer told us after explaining that he had sold work immediately upon the show's opening, “You just don't know. But we're doing well and I get the feeling other people are too.”

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John Smith’s Hotel Diaries / Fat Iraqi Kid Runs the Block

by Will Brand on December 1, 2011
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A sensitive, understated work about the uses the otherness of tourism to prompt close examination of what we might otherwise accept, and also a fat bully beating the shit out of a kid in Iraq while Snoop Dogg plays.

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Recommended Shows – Plus Ratings!

by Corinna Kirsch on February 18, 2011
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I like art, but sometimes I want to convey by how much, and a simple thumbs-up won’t always cut it. Art Fag City has started rating its Recommended Show Listings. We’re not exactly Pitchfork, but maybe just a little bit. Our latest reviews complete with numerical ratings after the jump.

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Jeppe Hein at 303 Gallery

by Will Brand on January 27, 2011
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Jeppe Hein Date: FRIDAY, JANUARY 28TH 2011 - SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH 2011 Venue: 303 Gallery, 547 West 21st Street AFC’s Rating: 7/10 (Will Brand) Full disclosure: Jeppe Hein is one of my favorite contemporary artists. His works span a wide range: Dan Graham or Olafur Eliasson-esque light tricks and mirrors; raw elementalism; interactive pieces; and hilarious – actually “Ha-ha” hilarious, not […]

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