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Marcel Broodthaers

We Went to the Lower East Side: Paddy Learns to Vine

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on April 3, 2013
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In the second part of our visit out to the Lower East Side we visit Callicoon, Toomer Labzda, Essex Street, Klaus Von Nichtssagend, and DCKT. Sara Ludy at Klaus comes out on top.

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Manifesta: “Something old and tyrannical burning there”

by Eva Heisler on July 3, 2012
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“A portable climate.” That’s what Ralph Waldo Emerson called coal. “Every basket is power and civilization,” he wrote in 1860. Coal is not only a portable climate but “it is the means of transporting itself whithersoever it is wanted,” Emerson added, noting “a half-ounce of coal will draw two tons a mile, and coal carries coal, by rail and by boat, to make Canada as warm as Calcutta.”

Writing 100 years later, Thomas McGrath contrasts coal fire to wood fire in his poem “A Coal Fire in Winter.” With a coal fire, there is “[s]omething old and tyrannical burning there.” This is “heat / From the time before there was fire.” Coal, compressed plant matter accumulated over 100,000 years, is the legacy of a “sunken kingdom” and its flames are “carbon serpents of bituminous gardens.”

Coal—as fuel, as fossil, as material, as metaphor, as “black gold,” as historical force—is the starting point of Manifesta 9, situated in the main building of the former Waterschei mining facility in Genk, Belgium.

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RECOMMENDED Recommended Shows for Fall!

by Nicole Demby on September 16, 2010
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Art Fag City has slogged through the glut of fall shows and cherry-picked the best ones just for you.  Now we’ve even curated our own curated list to absolve you of even the slightest need to make decisions for yourself!!  Here we present our RECOMMENDED Recommended Shows: John Baldessari: Pure Beauty at the Met, Marcel […]

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Marcel Broodthaers – Section Cinema in New York on 09/09/10

by Art Fag City on September 1, 2010
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Marcel Broodthaers — Section Cinema Date: Thursday, September 9th 2010 – Saturday, October 16th 2010 Venue: Marian Goodman, 24 West 57th Street It was only in the last 12 years of his life that Marcel Broodthaers worked as an artist. Up until 1963 he had worked mostly as a poet, a background that deeply influenced his […]

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