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Posting Notice: The Untitled Art Project Edition

by Art Fag City on July 20, 2009

James Kalm, Untitled Art Project, 2009, screengrab AFC Posting has been suspended for the day on account of the fact that I spent all of last night throwing up.  In the meantime, event coverage we missed this weekend on account of being ill: James Kalm posted some good footage of Bravo’s Untitled Art Project auditions […]

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Let’s Fire Up the Rumor Mill! Bravo Casting Calls for Untitled Art Project

by Karen Archey on July 13, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY Damien Hirst and Sarah Jessica Parker gif courtesy Paddy Johnson We’ve received a couple reports about casting calls for Bravo’s Untitled Art Project, and they aren’t good.  Not that it comes as a surprise that show business seeks out contentious, conventionally attractive people, but rumor has it that execs at Magical […]

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Near Fame: Reflections on The Untitled Art Project

by Art Fag City on July 6, 2009

The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Art Star It probably won’t surprise regular Art Fag City visitors to read that while I like the idea of an art world-based Bravo reality show, I’m not without reservations. Series such as these possess the potential to reduce the number of “artists only get famous after they’re dead” myths circulating popular […]

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Bravo’s Untitled Art Project Already Filming?

by Art Fag City on July 6, 2009

Curator Hikari Yokoyama A reliable AFC Tipster tells us Bravo’s newest art reality show The Untitled Art Project has already started filming. Gresham’s Ghost—one of countless “pop-up” galleries now peppered across the city—is rumored to be the show’s shell location. Apparently, its last opening (populated by an unusually fashionable crowd) was shot for the series, […]

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Bravo Announces Casting Call For The Untitled Art Project

by Art Fag City on June 30, 2009

White Columns Executive Director and artist Matthew Higgs. More than a year after announcing the development of a new reality show for artists, Bravo finally announces nationwide casting calls. Developed by Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches Productions and Emmy-nominated Magical Elves, Inc., the reality TV project pits thirteen aspiring artists against one another in competition […]

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The Venice Biennale, Viva Arte Viva: Images from the Arsenale

by Paddy Johnson on May 10, 2017
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We’ve spent the better part of a day looking at the Venice Biennale’s exhibition, “Viva Arte Viva”. Curated by Christine Macel and described as a Biennale designed “with artists, by artists and for artists”, the show amounts to a love letter addressed to artists. Studios have been transported, materials worshipped, and methodologies examined. Weaving as a metaphor for making, togetherness, and life, is completely and utterly ubiquitous. The sincerity of it all can be a bit much. But more on that later. A look at the Arsenale section of the show below.

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Slideshow: Zona MACO, The Art Fair Where Commerce and Politics Make Strange Bedfellows

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 9, 2017
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Last year, I remarked that Zona MACO excels at being an “average” art fair.

I stand by that opinion this year, with the clarification that it feels a bit like the average of many art fairs: a bit of NADA, a big dollop of Design Miami, a dose of Basel, and flavors of Frieze. That makes sense, as it’s by far Latin America’s largest and most important art fair—many of the curated identities of fairs in hyper-saturated US markets come from necessity of branding when there’s competition.

And like I said last year, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Though this year, due to some floor plan rearrangements and somewhat less cohesive booths, the curated sections Zona MACO Sur and Nuevas Propuestas felt a bit underwhelming. That might also owe to (what seemed like) an increase in advertisers’ kiosks and design, publication, and food vendors, comparatively.

The good news: the quality of work in the General Section improved tremendously. Sure, there were many repeat, predictable artist, but the recent political turns in both Mexico and the United States haven’t gone unnoticed in the art world, thankfully. Scattered among the rows of polite abstraction, there was plenty of outright political work, particularly when compared to the December fairs in Miami.

Below, a sampling of the what’s on view, beginning with some of the more overtly political works.

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Satellite Remains a Bright Star in Gloomy Art Week

by Michael Anthony Farley on December 3, 2016
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Satellite brings its fun brand of immersive, DIY-centric art fair making to South Beach. Don’t worry, it’s still a weird and wonderful outlier in an otherwise crappy week.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Future Bodies are Everywhere and Scary

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on October 17, 2016
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There’s plenty of heady discourse this week—future bodies, hypothetical architectures, theories of curation and criticism—and of course plenty of election-related hand-wringing.

Kick it off Monday night at Jersey City’s Word Bookstore, where the Brooklyn Institute of Social Research is inaugurating a lecture series about cyborgs. Or head to Manhattan’s Red Bull Studios for an event celebrating Grand Arts, the Kansas City project space that launched dozens of conceptual art projects and, now, a catalogue. Tuesday night, Paddy Johnson joins other art critics to talk shop at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Cultural Center, and Tyler Coburn talks genetic engineering and body mods as the future of humanity at e-flux. If you’re looking for something more hands-on (or a chance to move your feet), there’s a survey of handmade prints at Site:Brooklyn and an epic-looking disco fundraiser for El Museo del Bario Wednesday night. Thursday, White Box is opening a jam-packed group show (with some impressive names!) all about political angst. Friday we’ve got a talk from Maura Riley at Stony Brook Manhattan and Underdonk opening a class-conscious solo show by Patrice Renee Washington.

But the weekend brings us back to what we like the most: artwork that investigates the weird. Selena Gallery’s two person show from Dalia Amara and Florencia Escudero looks for uncanny surrogate female bodies in consumer goods on Saturday night. Sunday, Sascha Braunig’s work at MoMA will likely strike a similar chord. And MARC STRAUS opens a solo show by Chris Joneswho builds fantastical dioramas (pictured) from mundane images.

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Beyond Chelsea And The Lower East Side: The West Village Gallery Round-Up Part 2

by Emily Colucci on September 23, 2016
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Continuing my exploration of the West Village galleries’ September shows, I ventured above Houston Street to Maccarone and White Columns.

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