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 952 article(s) for AFC.

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Paddles ON! Auction Exceeds Estimates in Developing Digital Market

by Paddy Johnson on July 3, 2014
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How successful was tonight’s Paddles ON! sale of digital art in London? On its face pretty good. Phillips sale totaled £83,500 ($113,636.83), exceeding their high estimate for the sale at £67,150 ($91,392.43). Dig a little deeper, though, and the results of the auction as a whole, which included 22 lots, suggest a still developing market: Five lots went unsold and four sold for under their estimates. Two unremarkable abstract panels that sold for as much as five times their estimate boosted the evenings sale numbers. Michael Staniak’s IMG_885, a monochrome painting made of casting compound and acrylic on board, brought in the most; it sold for £25,000, £20,250 over its £4,750 estimate. Trailing Staniak came Michael Manning’s Chinese Broccolini Torta, a pastel digital print on canvas which sold for £15,000, £10,000 over its £5,000 estimate.

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Is Jeff Koons More Like Edward Snowden or Buzzfeed?

by Paddy Johnson on June 30, 2014
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Jeff Koons may inspire more debate than any other living artist. His work is kitschy, expensive, and market-friendly. He recycles imagery to the point of looking intellectually lazy. Is his factory of art makers really that different from Buzzfeed, a vast and wealthy website that brings together hundreds of pre-existing and manipulated images for little more than entertainment?

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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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The Chashama Gala: A Sea of Suits and Scantily Clad Women

by Paddy Johnson on June 11, 2014
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Forget about the respectful representation of women, halfway intelligent discourse and art. This is about gentrification.

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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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