Archive of Paddy Johnson

Paddy Johnson is the founding editor of Art Fag City. In addition to her work on the blog, she has been published in New York Magazine,, Art in America, The Daily, Print Magazine, Time Out NY, The Reeler, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and New York Press, and linked to by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Boing-Boing, The New York Observer, Gawker, Design Observer, Make Magazine, The Awl, Artinfo, and we-make-money-not-art. 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 2008, she became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Paddy is also the art editor at The L Magazine, where she writes a regular column..

Paddy has written 4754 article(s) for AFC.

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Art Fag City at The L Magazine: On the Total Vacuity of Richard Phillips

by Art Fag City on September 26, 2012
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Poor Richard Phillips. When Marcel Duchamp first dragged that toilet into the gallery, no one knew it was art. Now, 100 years later, we don’t recognize Phillips’s photorealist paintings of female celebrities as the avant-garde trailblazers they really are!

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Friday Links! The Barnes Matisse Hanging Outcry Edition!

by Art Fag City on May 18, 2012

  • Roberta Smith likes the New Barnes and believes the collection should be moved around from time to time. “Blasphemy!” say Barnes purists. Tyler Green says over Twitter that the idea that the collection wasn’t important when it was in Lower Merion is dumb. He’s right, of course, but who exactly is he arguing with? Smith never said that. [NYTimes]
  • Christopher Knight doesn’t like the new Barnes, but both he and Roberta believe the Matisse stairwell paintings suffer now that they’re not in a stairwell. AFC’s Will Brand noted this morning in the office that New Yorkers already have a Matisse in a stairwell. Is it really necessary to complain that much? [LATimes]
  • Animal New York relaunched yesterday. Fancy! [Animal]
  • An interview with Lorna Mills on the Triangulation Blog. In answer to the question of whether posting GIFs on Google Plus is promotion, Mills says, “I only think of promotion as posting exhibition info on G+ and Facebook. The rest of the time I’m making GIFs to throw in the G+ streams, so it doesn’t feel like promo, it just feels like participating in a community of GIF makers.” [Triangulation Blog]
  • The New York Public Library prepares for the future in which all library materials become available through digital devices, and decides to rip the heart out of the central research collection. #longreads [N+1]
  • Support El Celso’s La Luz (The Light), an installation project in Peru. He’s got under $1,500 to raise. I pledged yesterday—you can too! [Kickstarter]
  • If you’re swinging by Seven this weekend (it closes Saturday), then you can also catch the tail end of the inaugural group show at the new Williamsburg gallery Reverse Space. The show features work by emerging artists, including AFC friend Armando Veve. [Reverse Space]
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Art Fag City Seeks Summer Interns!

by Art Fag City on May 9, 2012
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Are you a master’s student in art history overwhelmed by the quantity of your own opinions? Perhaps you're journalism student, with burning desire to report on the news. Either way, have we got a job for you!

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We Went to NADA

by Art Fag City on May 8, 2012
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Wherein we talk about art fair art so you don’t have to.

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We're Going to Open Studios!

by Art Fag City on April 25, 2012
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This week, AFC staff will be scouring the city for undiscovered masters thanks to the plethora of open studios. Who knows what we'll find, but here's a heads-up as to where we'll be and why.

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Call for Submissions: Write for AFC!

by Art Fag City on April 24, 2012
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Can’t sleep at night for all the burning ideas you have about art? Time to write a few of those words down.

Art Fag City is now accepting pitches in net art and art outside New York; details within.

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[Sponsor] Norte Maar Presents “The Brodmann Areas,” April 12—15

by Art Fag City on April 9, 2012
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Norte Maar invites you to The Brodmann Areas, a new collaborative ballet that explores the workings of our minds through dance. The ballet will take place at the Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn). Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors/students) and can be purchased at

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