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 1498 article(s) for AFC.

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Fourth International Awards for Art Criticism Announces Call for Submissions

by Paddy Johnson on June 21, 2017
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Art critics don’t have it easy. They work for little pay and often get a lot of flack for issuing their opinions. But disinterested feedback is essential to the health of the industry, so it’s good to see that there are organizations working to help nurture the field with a little cash. To wit, The International Awards for Art Criticism has announced their fourth edition of their annual awards. Three prizes will be awarded—first will receive 10,000 euro for an essay in English or Chinese, and second, their and forth will receive 3,500 euro. The first prize winner will also receive a short paid visit to Shanghai.

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Envoy Enterprises Closes

by Paddy Johnson on June 20, 2017
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Jimi Dams of envoy enterprises has announced the gallery will close its space August 4th after twelve years of operation. The reasons are the same as pretty much any emerging and middle market closure. In the parting words of Dams, “It’s no fun.”

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A Museum Chain is Local, and Also a Hotel

by Paddy Johnson on June 19, 2017
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I spent seven hours inside the Nashville, Tennessee airport last week before they announced my flight had been cancelled. I was in town to see the latest 21c Hotel and Museum, but assumed I would only be staying there one night. At 11 pm, I returned to the hotel for a second evening in the hopes of getting a wistful 5 hours of sleep before returning to the airport the next morning. It wasn’t the best day.

The lodging I returned to, though, made my crappy travel bearable. 21c Museum Hotel has all the perks of a W Hotel (minus the nightclub vibe) and adds access to a 24 hour contemporary art museum to the mix. The shows change with the regularity of most museums and promise to challenge visitors rather than placate them. There’s art in all the elevators (a Leslie Thornton binocular video fit perfectly in the space), all the lobbies, the conferences rooms, the bar and restaurant, in some of the rooms and will soon always be on the TVs. (21c will be launching their own video art program that will be the default station.) The only place they omit art is the gym.

If there’s a nice place to land for extra night, it’s a museum.

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