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 1001 article(s) for AFC.

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Paul McCarthy Butt Plug Watch: FIAC Deflates Plug After Vandalization

by Paddy Johnson on October 18, 2014
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Paul McCarthy’s butt plugs continue to spark outrage in Paris. Erected in Paris’s upmarket Place Vendôme this Thursday as part of the FIAC art fair, the giant green plug titled “Tree” enraged a passerby Thursday so much that he slapped McCarthy three times. Now, after protestors cut several ropes holding the plug up, FIAC has deflated the piece.

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No Children Harmed in Paul McCarthy Butt Plug Fiasco

by Paddy Johnson on October 17, 2014
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By now, you’ve heard the news: 69-year-old artist Paul McCarthy was attacked in Paris yesterday while installing “Tree,” a giant inflatable butt plug at Place Vendôme. The piece is part of FIAC’s “Hors Les Murs” program and was evidently an offense to an unknown assailant because it does not belong at the Place Vendôme—and because McCarthy is not French. News that the sculpture’s title did not match its function has been the subject of much press giggling.

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Recommended Shows: Lorna Mills Ungentrified at OCAD

by Paddy Johnson on October 15, 2014
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By far the best, most engaging, jaw-droppingly awesome public art project I’ve seen this year was made by Lorna Mills, and showcased at OCAD.

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Art F City’s Paddle8 Auction: Let’s Give the Ladies Some Love

by Paddy Johnson on October 14, 2014
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By all accounts our Paddle8 auction is doing well. Four of our eight items have bids. Why then, are those four items without bids made by women?

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Finally, a Semi-Definitive Definition of Post-Internet Art

by Paddy Johnson on October 14, 2014
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Those in search of a definitive text on post-internet artmaking now have a source book to download. Curators Karen Archey and Robin Peckham have released Art Post-Internet, a catalogue to accompany their show Art Post-Internet at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing China. More than that, it’s full of primary source research and information about post-internet art from dozens of critics, curators and museum professionals. These include Christiane Paul, Ben Davis, Domenico Quaranta and myself to name a few. Each catalog receives its own unique unique download number, as well as a weather report for the day and place where it was downloaded.

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GIF of the Day: 11 Adorable Panda GIFs

by Paddy Johnson on October 13, 2014

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These aren’t art GIFs, but if anyone remembers our Panda Liveblog during last year’s government shutdown, you’ll understand why we have such an affection for these guys. We spent more than two weeks broadcasting ourselves dressed as pandas while blogging. Check out our AWESOME recap video by Rhett Jones.

In any event, we’re not over this panda thing. Here are 10 more GIFs to prove it. More after the jump.

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