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BLNK: BYOA at The X Initiative

by Art Fag City on February 5, 2010

POST BY PADDY JOHNSON, PHOTOS BY CONRAD VENTUR Josh Altman & Cecilia Alemani What opportunities come from participating in a giant uncurated 24-hour exhibition? Probably not a lot past light networking, but that’s not the point. Shows such as BYOA, The X-Initiative’s closing exhibition for their one year non-profit program, are about building community. I […]

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X-Initiative Announces Art Free For All!

by Art Fag City on January 22, 2010

POST BY PADDY JOHNSON Image via: Artcat As Boris Groys noted in his lecture last night, we don’t merely have the impression that there is no time — it’s a condition of our social being. Perhaps that’s why it feels like the X-Initiative has existed for no time at all before it set to close. Now […]

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Blog This! Art Fag City Speaks at The X-Initiative With NYC Art Bloggers

by Art Fag City on January 7, 2010

POST BY: PADDY JOHNSON Looks like it’s Self Promotion Day here at AFC. Apologies for the onslaught of crap-I’m-doing news, but I’m not doing my job if at least some of it doesn’t end up on the blog. Also, it’s hard not to get excited about speaking at the X-Initiative, a not-for-profit that’s spearheaded some of […]

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IMG MGMT: New Century Modern Surface Magazine

by Josh Kline on October 21, 2010
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If you see something, say something. Orange alert. Bondi Blue alert. A big thank you to the Internet from CU & SC, GW & MA, Oral B, Design Within Reach, Steve Jobs, Sarah Palin, and AMC. “Thank you for providing us with easy access to limitless amounts of inspirational information, especially information from the 20th Century.”

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Who’s Changing The New York Art Fair Landscape

by Art Fag City on February 9, 2010

POST BY PADDY JOHNSON Image via: The Armory Show Will we stop calling the New York fairs Armory Week after this season ends? We’ve seen some large shifts in market share take place this year, so the early March fairs are likely to look significantly different. Let’s survey where we’re at. New York’s largest contemporary […]

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IMG MGMT: Hubris/Nemesis/Whatever

by AIDS 3D on September 16, 2009

[Editors note: IMG MGMT is an annual image-based artist essay series. Today’s invited artists are AIDS 3D, collectively Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas. Born in 1986, the artists have exhibited at The New Museum, PPOW and The X Initiative. Upcoming projects include curating the AFK Sculpture Park (Away From Keyboard), a park which will be […]

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Art F City Launches PARADE, A New Programming Arm Focused on Creating Civically Engaged Art

by The AFC Staff on October 4, 2018
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Art F City is pleased to announce the launch of their new programming arm, PARADE, which supports and commissions civically engaged public art in Western Queens and beyond. Founded with a mission of fostering dialogue and connection through art, PARADE is co-directed by Paddy Johnson, writer, organizer and Art F City founder, and Nancy Kleaver, a nonprofit management arts education consultant, and community advocate.

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A Guide to Defunct Artist-Run Spaces (DC Edition) Launches This Thursday!

by The AFC Staff on October 4, 2017
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Thursday, October 5th 6-8 PM
Washington Project for the Arts
2124 8th St NW

Which 30-year-old DC art space got its start by petitioning Mayor Walter Washington to take over a room filled with broken parking meters

Which nonprofit gallery dedicated to women in the arts opened its doors in a former doctor’s office located inside a leaky English basement apartment?

To find out, join us for the release of We Are SO Not Getting the Security Deposit Back; a Guide to Defunct Artist-Run Spaces (DC Edition). This zine is is the first of a series conceived by the NYC-based art blog Art F City, and co-published by the DC-based artist initiative Beltway Public Works with curator Blair Murphy. It documents spaces from the 1970s to the near present, and includes long-running entities like Market 5 Gallery and the Washington Women’s Art Center, and short-term projects such as FLEX, which ran for two days in an unrented ground-floor retail space. Publishing these stories makes visible the role of artist-run spaces in the cultural fabric of the city. As Paddy Johnson writes, projects like these, “made with love and tears” are “the ones least likely to be archived — and most precious to us.”

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: A Hot (In A Good Way) New Fair

by Michael Anthony Farley on July 11, 2017
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While the big galleries are still at the beach, the city’s museums and artist-run initiatives continue to keep us on our toes. Case and point: the Whitney’s opening the first US retrospective of Brazilian art/activism pioneer Hélio Oiticica on Friday. Speaking of art/activism, there are plenty of opportunities to get engaged this week, including talks at SVA on Wednesday and SOHO20 gallery on Sunday. The weekend’s real highlight, though, is Crushed, the inaugural Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair. Organized by former AFC teammate Matthew Leifheit, we’re expecting that to be great. Artist-made porn? Weird performances involving cake? A pop-up exhibition of vintage queer zines? Check, check, and check! We’ll see you there!

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