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For years we’ve sung the praises of NADA, an artist-centric fair that celebrates and works to commodify the strange, the creative and the wonder. In 2015, though, we began to question the model. Was NADA a bit stale compared to recent years? Was ARTIST RUN, a new fair that celebrates the DIY artist, closer to our interests?

These questions came up a lot yesterday at the Material Art Fair in Mexico City, which AFC staff writer Michael Anthony Farley described as a “great compromise between ARTIST RUN and NADA. Farley was referring to the structure of the fair, which invited more dealers than artists to participate, but retained the artistic energy and life essential to new art by keeping the booth prices low. It’s a great fair.

I agree the sentiment, but would put it a little differently: Material tells us that NADA can easily be replicated.

Post image for The Art F City Spring Break Fundraiser: Black Tie Meets Wet T-Shirt

Where: Otto’s Shrunken Head
538 E 14th St, New York, NY 10009
When: Tuesday March 15, 6-10 PM
Honoring: Carol Cole Levin
Benefit Chair: Marsha Owett
TicketsBasic Beaches: Artist tickets: $75, General admission: $150, Ticket for an artist: $75  Private Islands (get your own table!): Individual tickets: $600, 2 tickets: $1000, 4 tickets: $1800. Pick them up here!

Post image for Your Mexico City Weekend Guide

After a week jam-packed with openings, art fairs, lectures and performances, the weekend brings more of the same. And a lot of weird.

Saturday’s numerous openings are more or less located in an arc of neighborhoods surrounding Bosque de Chapultepec, so factor in some time to let yourself get lost in the park (really, one of the most beautiful in the world). End the night at a tres.cero.tres, a new DIY space in Roma Norte where I’ll be DJing a dance party alongside some of DF’s most fun punx and performance artists.

Sunday, head back to the area around Expo Reforma, where Material will be wrapping up with all-day “club” programming at Beverly’s. Then walk over to a mysterious pop-up from Public Art Projects and check out Uno Caña’s open studios around the corner.

Post image for Internet Artists Help Stuttgart’s Akademie Schloss Solitude Launch Web Residency

Good news for internet artists. Schlosspost, an online platform for Stuttgart’s Akademie Schloss Solitude, is planning to extend the public foundation’s international artist residency program. The extension will coincide with the launch of their own online residency program. Acting as a sort of “virtual” Akademie, Schlosspost will be awarding the residencies several times a year, offering artists a micro-grant and online promotion of their projects.

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We’re in Mexico looking at art. We love it!

Today, a look at two shows, one successful, the other not. Our reviews of Josef Strau at House of Gago, and José León Cerrillo at joségarcía after the jump.