AFC’s nomination for Best Art Blog at the Art & Reality Conference in St. Petersburg has inspired me to take a look at our archives. The blog’s content stretches over six years — a lifetime on the Internet — the body of which is now recognized as pioneering work in the field. Newer blogs like Hyperallergic, GalleristNY, and In The Air have greatly benefited from this early work.
Here’s a look at some of the posts that brought us here:
IMG MGMT, a widely-lauded series of image-based essays by artists
IMG MGMT: The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, 2009, by Jon Rafman
A survey of images culled from Google Street View with commentary by Jon Rafman.
IMG MGMT: New Century Modern Surface Design, 2010, by Josh Kline
An essay that posits that the Mid-Century Modern period evokes fond memories for both the Left and Right.
IMG MGMT: Squiggles, Trees, Ribbons and Spirals: My Collection of Women's Health, Beauty and Support Group Logos as the Stages of Life in Semi-Particular Order, 2010, by Shana Moulton
The title describes the piece.
NEW MEDIA CRITICISM
In Search of a Better Moment in Pop-Culture History, 2006, by Paddy Johnson
Why subject matter and art methods shouldn’t be random. On Evan Roth and Ben Engebreth’s White Glove Tracking. Crowdsourcing at its worst.
Net Aesthetics 2.0. The Long of It., 2008, by Paddy Johnson
In which I transcribe all the comments made in Net Aesthetics 1.0, the panel’s first iteration, and compare them to what artists said two years later at the Rhizome panel, Net Aesthetics 2.0.
The Uncanny Valley of “Electrocuted Squirrel”, 2010, by Will Brand
Will Brand discusses the phenomenon on YouTube whereby it becomes impossible to identify art for what it is. I mention this essay in virtually every talk I give because I think it’s so important.
The New York Times on Curating, 2009 and 2006, by Paddy Johnson
In 2009, the New York Times wrote a trend piece on the use of the word “curating”, a trend I had already identified on the blog in 2006. This post discusses the term and my observations from way back when.
Tech Break: How Much is Facebook Privacy Worth?, 2009, by Paddy Johnson
Why doesn’t Facebook charge for private accounts? This is what the phone company used to do for private lines.
Things to stop talking about: The Readymade, 2011, by Corinna Kirsch
Marcel Duchamp, we’ve had enough of him here.
ART FAIRS: AFC trademark coverage (according to Wikipedia)
Terence Koh's Anus Has Seen Better Days, 2006, by Paddy Johnson
Art Basel Miami, 2006. Boom time.
The Armory Show, New Digs, Same Fair, 2007, by Paddy Johnson
It’s impossible to know what’s good at an art fair; it all looks like you should buy it.
The Armory Show Bingo, 2011, by Will Brand
This also belongs in trends: A card full of identified art trends.
EPIC COMMENT THREADS: AFC is known for our highly combative and intelligent comment community.
How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Painting, 2010, by Paddy Johnson
Commenters hash out the meaning of Amy Sillman’s paintings at Sikemma Jenkins
How Many Lightbulbs Does This Network Need?, 2010, by Paddy Johnson
Commenters continue to hash out the meaning of Amy Sillman’s paintings at Sikemma Jenkins
Chasing the Cheap Ass Sublime, 2010, by Paddy Johnson
I liked Rashaad Newsome’s The Conductor, but I eventually had to concede that this didn’t make a good work of art.
WORK OF ART COMMENTARY
Work of Art Episode 3: POP IS EVERYTHING Recap, 2011, by Will Brand
Fucking brilliant IMO. This is just reality television, but Will Brand brings some actual criticism to the table here.
The Guys We Would Fuck: An Interview with Nayland Blake, 2008, by Paddy Johnson
No one gives a better interview than Nayland Blake. Here we talk about his show at Monya Rowe and identity.
The Undetermined Influence of John Waters Over Pearl Paint Employees, 2010, by Paddy Johnson
The closing of Pearl Paint sparks some grad school nostalgia and in the comment section, a response from my mother!