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This Weeks Must See Events: This is What Liberation Feels Like™

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 16, 2014
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If you thought the barrage of openings was over think again. We’re now into week three of opening season. And luckily there’s some good shows on the horizon. Those who are into military inspired Bauhaus drawings, will be pleased to learn that the Drawing Center opens an Alexander ‘Xanti’ Schawinsky this Thursday. Those who are into memes and digital aesthetics have a discussion at PRATT to attend this Friday with, among other star curators, Christiane Paul (The Whitney) and Boris Groys (everywhere). And finally, this Friday the ICA opens a multilingual opera by Alex de Corte and Jayson Musson we’re more than curious about. Musson will be playing his famed youtube persona Hennessy Youngman, so we can’t wait to see what he does with de Corte.

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An Art Basel Kickstarter Page Is Not Support for the Arts

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 12, 2014
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Art Basel put together curated Kickstarter page for a bunch of non-profits, and the New York Times leads their story with the line: “One of the world’s most prominent art fairs is hoping to garner support for nonprofit art organizations by lending them some street cred.”

There are so many problems with the project and the coverage, it’s hard to know where to begin.

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We Went to Chelsea: A Fuck You to Margaret Thatcher

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 12, 2014
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Whitney: Scott King’s graphic short story was a solid, if simplistic, ‘fuck you’ to top-down charity models where the people with lots of money make all the decisions about how money would best be redistributed to poor people.

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Brian Calvin’s Dewy-Eyed Girls: The Same Is Not the Same

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 10, 2014
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Whitney: Despite lack of original subject matter, this was, surprisingly, one of the best shows we saw all day.

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This Week’s Must See Events: Get Outta Town!

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 3, 2014
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Let’s not sugarcoat this: Chelsea has become a glittering straight jacket for any artist who actually wants to experiment. The collector market tethers these artists to calculated production where artistic value and cost never seem to go hand in hand. This makes it hard to get too excited about opening night in Chelsea, and in fact, but for a handful of openings, we’re not. This is what we recommend.

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