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.
It’s been a long day here at AFC, so no art GIFs. Given all the ridiculous white people rage today over Beyonce’s new video and Super Bowl performance, we did however, think this GIF was an appropriate end to the day.
I gotta say, the new Beyonce video “Formation” (dirty) is pretty incredible. Pretty amazing to see such a political video played at the Super Bowl. [The Internet]
The Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles sounds like it will be a sight to behold. It’s 100,000 square feet—the size of a Home Depot—and will be modeled off the Kunsthalle — a nonc-ollecting art museum. Except, of course, that this gallery will sell art. Curator and partner Paul Schimmel is organizing the first show, which will be a historic survey of women working in sculpture. [Culture: High & Low]
According to Knoedler & Company’s accountant, apart from the sale of the fakes, the company did not make money. [artnet News]
Speaking the Knoedler & Company, Ann Freedman, the former president of New York’s Knoedler gallery has settled a lawsuit with collectors Domenico and Eleanore De Sole over the sale of a forged Mark Rothko purchased from Knoedler in 2004. The piece sold for $8.3 million. The terms have not been disclosed. [Artnews]
Quote of the year:
So since Hillary cannot yell, since by the virtue of being sane and not a white man she is forced to be the biggest adult in the room, just like Obama has had to for eight goddamn years, I will yell for her.
FIRST AND FUCKING FOREMOST, COOL, YOU LIKE BERNIE’S WISHES AND DREAMS APPROACH TO POLITICS. “FREE COLLEGE FOR EVERYONE AND A GODDAMN PONY.” YES, THAT SOUNDS FUCKING WONDERFUL BUT DO YOU THINK HILLARY COULD EVEN SAY THOSE WORDS WITHOUT FOX NEWS LITERALLY BURYING HER ALIVE IN TAMPONS AND CRUCIFIXES? [Pajiba via: Hyperallergic]
Leave it to Hyperallergic to create the longest, most comprehensive link list of art news out there. Say good-bye to your afternoon [Hyperallergic]
Marilyn Minter: Always a great interview. She says she’s assembling a list of women movers and shakers for a networking party. Sounds like she’ll need more than one. [Artnews]
New York City Representative Carolyn B. Maloney is obsessed with pandas. So much so, that’s she’s been working hard to lease a pair of pandas from China for the city to enjoy. China has said “no more pandas”, but Maloney isn’t taking no for an answer. She thinks they might like some of our deer in return, (which are ridden with ticks carrying lyme disease.) [The New York Times]
A new single serving site, this one satirizing Donald Trump. [donaldtrump.org]
I can’t even believe there are pro-rape meet-ups, let alone that one got cancelled when a group of female boxers threatened to show up. [The Cut]
Wowzas. Take a look at this press release. It tells us that structural changes have been made to the New Brunswick arts board, but there’s no indication of what those are. Grumblings on facebook suggest that they lost their arts council, which sounds insane. [Press release, Facebook]
I guess the say, “when in Rome” don’t apply to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. Italy covered up nude statues in anticipation of his arrival. Statues in a corridor leading to the grand hall in Rome’s Capitoline Museum were in encased in what looks like pedestals ahead of a news conference slated for Rouhani and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy.
By now, Industry City has a reputation of consistently raising artist studio rents and quickly pushing them out. So where are these artists landing? One former Industry City artist and entrepreneur, George Leo Turner, has moved most of his life to Rockaway. He’d already purchased a home there in 2008 (a random bike ride with his wife in 2007 led them to Jacob Riis Park where they feel in love with the beaches and shorelines). This August, when the Fecund Clown Building came up for sale, he jumped. Since that time, he’s founded an Artist Run Center called New York Arbor, which will launch its first show March 18th.
I have a cold. It’s not very fun and has prompted virus googling for viruses. The results weren’t exactly what I was looking, but predictable none the less: a whole slew of computer virus GIFs produced during the days of Windows XP. At least it’s indicative of some form of misery and suffering.
Who is the artist responsible for this GIF? If you’re a reader, and know the answer please drop me a line (email@example.com) so I can lavish praise on this person. This GIF making fun of the startled cat meme trope is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long, long time.
Tom Moody alters a David Pfifferling dithered GIF of a chair mutating into what amounts to a smushed piece of metal. In Moody’s hand drawn version, the chair similarly mutates, though in this case it becomes a thicket of drawn lines that vaguely resembles wicker. There’s a sense of growing intensity to the piece, but also a hypnotic reset to the GIF. Just when you think it will run a full circle it reverts back to its resting state. Nothing builds forever.
With a snow storm threatening the weekend gallery goer routines of most New Yorkers, perhaps only the most intrepid will make out tomorrow and Sunday. But for those who haven’t yet seen today’s recommended shows—Katherine Bradford at CANADA and Drawing for Sculpture at Tiger Strikes Astroid (Bushwick) I have good news: both run through February 15th. You’ve got time.
And that’s a good thing, because pretty much any serious art lover in the city needs to see CANADA’s Katherine Bradford show, “Fear of Waves”.