Good news! That Bruce High Quality Foundation print we’ve been promising newsletter subscribers dropped today. Our 20×200 print prices range from $20-$1000 and all proceeds from the sale directly benefit Art Fag City. Readers can buy a print on the site now.
As I mentioned in our newsletter, this is the only Bruce High Quality Foundation print you can buy online. In this way, the work is a truly unique collectible and one certain to be picked up quickly. The image comes from the group's “Teach 4 Amerika*” series, a five-week tour, in which the group visited art schools, institutions, and non-profit spaces across the country. Traveling in a limousine painted like a school bus, the group brainstormed with students this year on how to shape and improve art schools. AFC not only believes in this project, but very much identifies with it's spirit: participation empowers us all.
Also, for a limited time only, anyone who purchases a $200 print will also receive a complimentary ticket to the Art Fag City Rob Pruitt Art Awards and Auction (Not Affiliated with Rob Pruitt) this February 23rd. Purchase the print at the $1000 print size and get the GOLDEN FAG VIP PASS, which includes four benefit tickets. The ceremony will host performances by Paul Outlaw and Jen Catron, Nate Hill, and others, as well as the blog's annual award for the Most Powerful Person in the Art World – by bench press. (Tax deductible ticket purchases can be made here. Tax deductible donations here.)
Now, I think this event is going to be amazing, and I’m totally thrilled with the print, so I hope you all will donate to the blog in whatever way you can. These projects have been conceived not just because we think they will be fun — and we do — but because without your support we literally could not run the blog. And so, if you’ve read Art Fag City this year and liked even a little of it, I urge you to consider donating. Independent voices are increasingly rare on the Internet, yet hugely valuable. Your donation keeps us that way.
Below are a few words from the 20×200 newsletter, which beautifully summarizes the blog’s objectives and personality along with that of Bruce High Quality Foundation. I really couldn’t be happier.
New-art-for-a-great-cause greetings, collectors! Today we're taking a vacation from the holiday vacation and going back to school in style with Teach 4 Amerika (school bus), an edition by the Bruce High Quality Foundation.
The anonymous Brooklyn-based artist collective is most memorably known for their public art hijinks and DIY production of Cats. Critic Jerry Saltz dubbed them “human bullshit detectors,” which is also an apt description of Art Fag City. Founded by the indefatigable Paddy Johnson, the blog has been dishing out hilariously irreverent “art news, reviews and gossip” since 2005. Sales of this edition will directly benefit AFC and the independent criticism it serves up daily.
Bonus alert: For a limited time, you'll get a ticket to the AFC February benefit—The Art Fag City Rob Pruitt Awards and Auction**—when you buy a $200 print. You'll get four benefit tickets if you snap up a $1,000 print. (Date and place of benefit TBA.)
*Teach 4 Amerika was sponsored by Creative Time. Teach 4 Amerika, The Bruce High Quality Foundation and Creative Time are not affiliated with or licensed, endorsed, approved or sponsored by Teach for America.
**Not affiliated with Rob Pruitt.
So how do 20×200 and AFC come together with a stretch limo school bus parked in front of Chris Burden's lamppost forest at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art? Well, the Bruce High Quality Foundation was “created to foster an alternative to everything,” a mission that resonates with AFC's position as an alternative to mainstream art news. “We are a platform for the art world's most rigorous debate, and we invite everyone to participate,” says Johnson. “What we are encouraging and fostering is in essence the process of self-education in public. 20×200 is also very much engaged in this process.”
AFC readers may recall the blog's first collaboration with BHQF, an early post in IMG MGMT, a widely lauded, image-based essay series written by artists. This edition represents the evolution of the group's political and collaborative work since that 2008 video statement on public art. Earlier this year, members of the collective hit the road in this luxe Teach 4 Amerika limo-bus. Stopping at schools around the country, they instigated conversations about the future of MFA education—serious dialogues mixed with balloons, confetti and marching bands.
Meanwhile, Art Fag City will use proceeds from this benefit edition to continue adding to its mix. Until recently, the site was a one-person operation but has been in expansion mode since early last year. “The blog now hosts a number of different voices and supports a team of five regular contributors, including Will Brand, the blog's Editor-in-Chief,” explains Johnson. “Most of these writers are unpaid, and I'd like
for that to change by the end of 2012. Giving to the 2011 AFC fundraiser gets us one step closer to achieving that goal.”
Art Fag City is a New York-based art blog dedicated to providing exposure to emerging contemporary art and under-known artists. They believe that engaging in smart, critical debate helps to better define and shape the world, and that creative production of all forms is essential.
Proceeds from the sale of this edition directly benefit Art Fag City.