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[Sponsor] Sontag’s Promised Lands Screens at Light Industry This Tuesday

by Karen Archey on August 17, 2009

Susan Sontag at home. Image via: the Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn’s Light Industry hosts the un-missable screening of Susan Sontag’s Promised Lands this Tuesday, August 18th at 7:30 pm. Shot during the Arab-Israeli conflict of October 1973, the film represents the essayist’s third and reportedly most personal cinematic effort. Promised Lands, evincing Sontag’s feelings on contemporary […]

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Reminder! Art Fag “Moneybags” City Invites You to Sneak into a Museum with Peter Coffin!

by Karen Archey on August 12, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY AFC Editor-in-Chief Paddy Johnson, Self portrait as Moneybags Johnson 2009. Ink on paper Don’t forget to send your submission for Peter Coffin’s “Sneak into a Museum” project! As we’ve only received a handful of submissions, we’re extending our deadline for another week to Friday, August 21st. Is your lackluster response because […]

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Mona Lisa Almost Gets Wet, Causes Cultural Pant Pissing

by Karen Archey on August 11, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY The crowd salivating over Mona Lisa at the Louvre, image via Wikipedia Splish splash, was Mona Lisa havin’ a bath?! Despite some histrionic reports about the Mona Lisa “narrowly escaping” destruction by a renegade tea cup thrown by a disgruntled Russian woman denied French citizenship, the painting is indeed alright thanks […]

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Itinerant MCA Chicago Staff Can’t Stay Put

by Karen Archey on August 10, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY View of the Kleihues-designed MCA Chicago building via: Wikipedia Over the last couple years, there has been a bizarrely steady and massive exodus from the top posts at MCA Chicago. The latest is MCA Chief Curator Elizabeth Smith—known for her 2004 excavation of forgotten artist Lee Bontecou’s work—who announced she will […]

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Zin Taylor’s The Bakery of Blok at Miguel Abreu Gallery

by Karen Archey on August 10, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY Zin Taylor The Bakery of Blok installation view. Image via Miguel Abreu Gallery. What gravity could the now-archaic process of bread making have in analyzing cultural phenomena? Zin Taylor's debut solo exhibition at Miguel Abreu Gallery manages to make this unexpected reference work, providing a few dynamic visual allusions slightly burdened […]

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Best Link Ever! Why the Long Face, Dude?

by Karen Archey on August 7, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY An extreme dude about to do something extreme Something fishy is going on here! This week’s Best Link Ever,, compiles unfortunate photos of facial expressions supposedly resembling that of a sturgeon. After a quick image search for “sturgeons,” we’re not sure what the connection is—the fish’s mouth looks tubular rather […]

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Best Link Ever! Centaurs with Tri-Titted Babes and Slim Thug

by Karen Archey on July 31, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY Photo via THIS IS THE OPPOSITE OF WORKSAFE. Now that we have that out of the way, this week’s Best Link Ever goes to Billy Rennekamp‘s blog Featuring a menagerie of purposefully unstructured, doctored images set against Slim Thug’s “Like a Boss,” falls into prototypical “netart with a […]

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Massive Links! Geometric Abstraction Makes Great Material for Netart!

by Karen Archey on July 30, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY Rafaël Rozendaal,, 2009. Screencapture AFC Rafaël Rozendaal’s new Mondrian-inspired website prompted our list of netart inspired by geometric abstract painting. While most of these links are taken from the ultra-sophisticated Mondrian, Lewitt or Albers, we hope to see netart inspired by painters Francis Bacon, H.R. Giger or Odd Nerdrum. […]

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Support Light Industry’s First Ever Fundraiser!

by Karen Archey on July 29, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY Image via: Light Industry Light Industry, Brooklyn‘s preeminent alternative exhibition space, kicked off their first-ever fundraiser last week. Co-founded by critic and curator Ed Halter and partner Thomas Beard, the outfit launched in March 2008 to provide a wealth of academic yet approachable programming focused on contemporary art and new media. […]

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Best Link Ever! Slice Me Off a Piece Uh That!

by Karen Archey on July 24, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY .gif via It was only yesterday I exclaimed “PLEASE, NO MORE PIZZA ART!” The same brand of ironic kitsch can only be funny for so long, right? Regardless, this week’s Best Link Ever, Xavier Barrade’s, weaseled its way into AFC’s favor whether or not it’s actually considered art. Pretty […]

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