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 1408 article(s) for AFC.

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Join the #J20 Art Strike on Inauguration Day!

by Paddy Johnson on January 13, 2017
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Come inauguration day, many New York Galleries will be closed and art websites gone dark. It’s all part of the #J20 Art Strike, which has been debated over blogs and facebook for the last month and a half. The protest would be in solidarity with the J20 General Strike, which is intended to send an economic message to Donald Trump, a leader many feel will lead us into fascism. If no one works or buys anything on that day, the economy would quickly grind to a halt. An art world strike might also address concerns many have that the culture wars will be renewed again, and federal arts funding will disappear entirely.

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Seriously, Fuck You, GOP

by Paddy Johnson on January 12, 2017
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It’s been real hard to motivate to do anything this morning. Last night the Senate held a “votearama” – and eventually passed – the budget resolution that contains instructions to repeal the ACA or “Obamacare”. Democrats proposed amendments to preserve certain parts, like healthcare protections for veterans. Republicans voted against that. They voted against coverage for pre-existing conditions. Then they killed CHIP, the children’s health insurance program. They voted against federal aid to rural hospitals, against contraception coverage, against the rule that allows you to keep your kids on your insurance until their 26, and against protecting Medicare and Medicaid.

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Ligia Lewis at American Realness: Forceful Celebrations

by Paddy Johnson on January 10, 2017
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It took me about 15 minutes to notice that the performers in Ligia Lewis’s “minor matter” were wearing black contacts that obscured the white of their eyes. That’s probably because for the duration of the piece, I was preoccupied by the worry that performers Jonathan Gonzalez, Ligia Lewis, and Hector Thami Manekehla might accidentally break a partner’s vertebrate. “minor matter” is approximately 65 minutes of these dancers slamming each other on the floor, climbing on top of one another and basically beating the shit out of each other. I loved it.

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