- The negative reviews for MoMA’s Bjork show are snowballing. First, everyone hated the show. Now Jerry Saltz is calling for the heads of Glenn Lowry and Klaus Biesenbach. Roberta Smith delivers the smack down too, describing the show as “a glaring symbol of the museum’s urge to be all things to all people, its disdain for its core audience, its frequent curatorial slackness and its indifference to the handling of crowds and the needs of its visitors.” Both Saltz and Smith say the show would have been better off at MoMA PS1. [The New York Times and New York Magazine]
- Don’t forget to come to my Volta talk “Art and the Cloud,” a discussion about collecting digital art featuring controversial art advisor and collector Stefan Simchowitz, collector David Diamond, independent curator and consultant Myriam Vanneschi, and Transfer Gallery founder Kelani Nichole. [Artnet]
- A boilerplate summary of the Armory fair by Martha Schwendener. The Times has never been known for its outstanding fair coverage. [The New York Times]
- A soul crushing art fair report from Katya Kazakina, who is killing it over at Bloomberg. Apparently Sean Kelly sold more than $1 million in sculptures by Anthony Gormley in less than three hours at the Armory. “These Gormleys go up 20 percent to 25 percent a year,” Kelly says, “You can’t get 2 percent from a bank.” Over on Twitter, another dealer wisely reminded users to take these words with a grain of salt, before deleting the tweet. They come from a dealer. [Bloomberg Business]
- Bloomberg radio focuses on alternative investments—art fairs—and talks to Hrag Vartanian and Sharon Louden. This is an art fair primer: expect to see average prices in the high five low six figure range says Vartanian. [Bloomberg Radio]
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, artreview.com, 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 1061 article(s) for AFC.
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