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 1069 article(s) for AFC.

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A Few Thoughts on This Björk-Biesenbach Nonsense

by Paddy Johnson on March 26, 2015
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Will the negative press from MoMA’s Björk retrospective ever end? Earlier this week, Christian Viveros-Faune wrote a mammoth expose on the subject that included calling for the firing of MoMA Curator-at-Large Klaus Biesenbach, and the rest of the week has been dedicated to the responses. Naturally Artnet has already rounded them up and added the thoughts of much maligned former MoCA Director Jeffrey Deitch. (Deitch compares the diatribes against Biesenbach to those that were lodged against him two years ago.)

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Greetings from DUMBO

by Paddy Johnson on March 26, 2015


Greetings from our new office at 20 Jay Street! We’re still getting our bearings around here, so posting will continue to be light. But to give you sense of what things are like around here; As I write this post, the sounds of saws, hammers and cranes leak through my windows. Below me, a new building I’m told will house arts organizations and offices quickly rises; shortly it will obscure the best view of the city I’ve ever had. Thank-you New York, for being you.

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A Perfect Example of Zombie Crapstraction

by Paddy Johnson on March 20, 2015

We’re offering awards to anyone who can watch the full 2:28 seconds of this video with the sound on. Hat tip: Avery K Singer

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Jeff Koons Public Sculpture Declared a Breadcrumb to Porn

by Paddy Johnson on March 10, 2015
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The debate over a Jeff Koons public sculpture in Sacramento rages. Artist Marco Fuoco is enraged. “Did you know he did porn and did it art!”

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