Art F City at The L Magazine: Paddy Doesn’t Work Here Anymore

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on February 26, 2014 · 2 comments The L Magazine


I filed my last column for the L Magazine today. It’s been a good seven years with them so I’m bummed to leave. But, you know, new horizons and all that. In two weeks you can read my bimonthly column on artnet News. An excerpt of my goodbye below.

I remember the first column I ever filed here: August 17, 2007. It was a reported piece on the flurry of joint exhibitions between large blue-chip galleries and smaller to mid-range galleries, and its mere conceit annoyed Team Gallery’s Jose Freire. “Gallery collaborations are a matter of public record,” he chided. “In the years that I’ve been working in New York, there have been myriad instances of these kinds of cooperative relationships.”

You can’t find that piece on The L’s website anymore—some of its archives were sacrificed to the server gods when the magazine redesigned its site a while back—but I remember writing that column like it was this one. It was among my first opportunities to do some real reporting for a magazine, and I found the job of talking to people thrilling.

In a later column, I reflected on the jobs I’d had that taught me what I wanted to do. I thought about terrible experiences at galleries before realizing that it was an early job in a frame shop in the New York Public Library that was most influential—because it wasn’t a job as much as it was an excuse to talk to artists all day about art. (We didn’t have much to do, and everyone who worked there was an artist.) That’s pretty much what I made out of this gig at The L Magazine.

To read the full piece, click here.



Charles February 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm

congratulations on the old and new work, paddy!

Paddy Johnson February 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm


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