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 947 article(s) for AFC.

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Robin Cembalest Leaves ARTnews After 16 Years of Service

by Paddy Johnson on June 27, 2014
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Robin Cembalest, the Editor-in-Chief of ARTnews, has announced she will retire her position. She has spent 16 years with the magazine. In an email from Cembalest received this afternoon, she announced she would would continue to work as a consultant, but is looking to develop her non-profit youth arts blog, niborama. Cembalest will stay on through July 2nd to transition the new editor-in-chief, who is none other than Gallerist Founder and Observer Culture Editor, Sarah Douglas. The Observer has not yet announced the name of their new culture editor.

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Marisa Sage on The Freedom of Being an Art Consultant

by Paddy Johnson on June 17, 2014
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What’s an art consultant? What do they do? We asked Marisa Sage to talk about her firm LIKE THE SPICE, and the Williamsburg Gallery she ran from 2006-2012 Like The Spice Gallery.

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Kasper König Cites “Impasse” at Manifesta

by Paddy Johnson on June 9, 2014
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Manifesta is suffering from organizational issues, its Chief Curator Kasper König admitted last week in an interview with German news broadcaster Deutsche Welle. These problems, if not resolved, may have grave consequences for the event, which is slated to open at the end of June. König reports that the Russian staff have not been paid for seven weeks.

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Chelsea Art and Tech Galleries on the Move

by Paddy Johnson on May 23, 2014
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The Chelsea art and tech landscape is changing. Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology is moving out of their current location in Chelsea at the end of June. They’re moving to their new 34-35th Street location in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood (Industry City), this September. This coincides with the digital art centric gallery, Bitforms’ departure from Chelsea to the Lower East Side, slated for this July and follows the departure Postmasters Gallery last year. This digital art friendly gallery and longtime Chelsea resident, left last year after their rent was raised to $30,000 a month. They are now in TriBeCa.

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