About Art F City

“An ambitious option [to mainstream print criticism] that combines criticism, reporting, political activism and gossip on an almost­24­hour news cycle. That mix would probably be even more varied, and transcultural, if a few forward­thinking, art­minded investors would infuse some serious capital into such enterprises so they could pay writers a living wage.” —Holland Cotter, Lost in the Gallery Industrial Complex, the New York Times, January 17, 2014

Art F City creates and archives critical discourse, and commissions ambitious artist projects. Through a daily mix of blunt criticism, commentary and community-minded journalism, we add an unparalleled dosage of purposeful opinion to the contemporary art community.

Art is without a public purpose if it is not tested and understood. To this end, Art F City provides a moderated public forum across comment threads, artist essays, and roundtable criticism. Our nine-year archives provide an extensive historical record of that discourse. By encouraging a critical and informed audience, our public initiatives fill a critical need for all creative makers.

Art must be interrogated.

Editorial Director: Paddy Johnson

Paddy Johnson is the founding Editor of Art F City and maintains a column on digital art for Artnet. In addition to her work on the blog, she has been published in magazines such as New York Magazine, The New York Times and The Economist. Paddy lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University, Parsons, Rutgers, South by Southwest, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2007 she received a scholarship to attend iCommons conference in Croatia as the art critic. In 2008, she served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowships and became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Paddy was nominated for best art critic at The Rob Pruitt Art Awards in 2010 and 2013.  In 2014, she was the subject of a VICE profile for her work as an independent art blogger.

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Senior Editor: Corinna Kirsch

Corinna received her MA in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she published a thesis on early video art. From 2009 – 2010, she worked at the Weisman Art Museum where she curated exhibitions for the Drawing and Photography Galleries. In 2010, she received the C Magazine New Critics Prize.

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