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AFC is pleased to announce a guided tour of Bushwick galleries, followed by dinner and drinks. Your $250 ticket gets you a shuttled to seven Bushwick galleries, followed by a meal, drinks, and discussion at artist haunt Hi Hello. We only have room for 10 guests, so please reserve your tickets early!
Look around the sanitized streets of any contemporary city, and there’s a secret, often subversive history at risk of being forgotten. What’s now the nanny’s room in Brownstone Brooklyn might’ve been a tiny gallery in a riotous punk house. An American Apparel could have once been home to a cooperatively-run storefront space. And undoubtedly, those renovated loft condos once housed artists’ exhibition and studio spaces. Our cities are elephant graveyards of generations’ of artist’s aspirations and hard work made temporarily tangible. We ought to remember the artist-run space.
Art F City is pleased to announce We Are SO Not Getting the Security Deposit Back: a Guide to Defunct Artist-Run Spaces, a series of zines and e-books documenting the often-forgotten places where art making and viewing once happened. We’ll be releasing editions specific to cities such as New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and beyond, but welcome submissions from anywhere. If you were once a proprietor of a now-defunct artist-run space, or know someone who was, drop us a line. Whether your blood, sweat, and tears are barely dry or have long ago been whitewashed over, we want to hear your story.
Last week, a UNESCO report revealed that climate change could threaten some of our most well-known tourist and art historical destinations from Stonehenge and Easter Island to the ever-sinking Venice. Closer to home, the Statue of Liberty could also see significant damage, which has been foreshadowed by numerous Hollywood disaster flicks. [Gothamist]
After a long weekend, wearing pajamas 24/7 seems like a pretty smart — and comfy — concept. Artist and, as the Observer ‘s Alanna Martinez describes, “OG of not giving a fuck” Julian Schnabel has been sporting his pj’s for years as this chronology of Schnabel’s questionable fashion choices shows. [New York Observer]
What are some of the ways developers are making space for artists in Manhattan? 601 Studios, on West 149th Street, converted the basement and storage spaces of Sugar Hill Capital Partners’s prewar building into seven artist studios where one of the tenants includes Fab 5 Freddy. Then there’s 50 West Street, a Battery condo tower nearing completion that houses four artist studios in a nearby construction site, with the caveat that they provide art that will hang in the lobby. [New York Times]
Could that nouveau Meatpacking restaurant where you’re sipping overpriced cocktails be the former home of a sex club called the Toilet? Get to know the geographical history of former sites of sleaze via Michael Musto. [Paper Magazine]
AFC contributor RM Vaughan weighs in on the increasing pay gap between artists and arts administrators. A must-read, especially for gem observations such as this: “this is not about salary-shaming. However, when you make the product (the art) but the people who make so many decisions (the administrators) about the product’s fate live in another world, the artist and arts administrator ‘partnership’ looks, from the bottom up, more like a perfect case of exploitation.” [CBC Arts]
Martin Bailey checks in on the rivalry between two competing Bosch retrospectives — the Noordbranbants Museum and the Museo Nacional del Prado — and it appears as if the Dutch scholars are throwing shade at the Madrid institution’s higher number of works due to disputing attributions. [Art Newspaper]
Klaus Biesenbach is drumming up excitement for this summer’s Rockaway! with a series of Instagram posts. While the public arts festival will feature Patti Smith and Janet Cardiff, the most exciting, according to Biesenbach’s Instagram, looks to be Berlin artist Katharina Grosse who will transform an abandoned beach house into a brightly colored, spray-paint-covered installation. [The Creator’s Project]
“I think the art world is amazing that you get to do this really really regular racist shit and say: this is art!” Eunsong Kim gives a much-needed critique of Nikki S. Lee’s “Projects”, the late 90s/early 00s durational performance series where the Korean artist “transforms” into a member of a different ethnic, queer or cultural community. You know where this goes: blackface! Brownface! Insert weary face emoji. [contemporary]
Former AFC contributor and current Yale MFA student Matthew Leifheit’s black-and-white outtakes from the Yale Daily News appear like Ivy League, Skull and Bones fantasies. Compiling his outtakes into his own version of a newspaper, Leifheit admits to i-D Magazine, “sometimes the most interesting pictures are not best for the story.” [i-D Magazine]
Sofia Alvarez’s new play Friend Art opens tonight at the Second Stage Theatre, and it’s a story we can all relate to. The plot revolves around a young couple who have to attend a lot of their friends’ art openings (because this is a comedy, we’re guessing the art will be hilariously bad). [Playbill]
Does Momofuku’s Milk Bar compost cookie owe something to Joseph Jachna’s potato chip cookie? Who knows, but The Photographer’s Cookbook featuring recipes collected in the 1970s by photographers like Ansel Adams and Richard Avedon suggests the artists were just as visionary about their gourmand appetites as they were within their medium. [T Magazine]
Seventeen year old TJ Khayatan left a pair of glasses on the floor of SFMOMA and everyone thought they were art. [The Independent]
In other SFMOMA news, pastry chef Caitlin Freeman, who previously ran a cafe out of the museum, accused the new concessionaire, McCalls Catering, of copying her signature art-themed cakes. The irony of this is that Freeman’s cakes were themselves copies of paintings by the likes of Piet Mondrian and Andy Warhol. This is what it would look like if someone gave Sturtevant her own food reality tv show. [artnet News]
After a queen bee got stuck in a grandmother’s car trunk, a swarm of 20,000 bees followed the car around for two days. [deathandtaxes]
Mexico City gallery Kurimanzutto has opened a “one-wall” project space “without doors”, Sonora 128, in the form of a billboard in La Condesa. [ARTnews]
Bill Arning, the director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, writes about art in Houston, and how proud even the conservatives are about the city’s openness to controversial art. The mind reels. [Art in America]
76 year old conceptual artist Stephen Kaltenbach essentially invented street art and cultural jamming decades before they were “a thing”. Then he decamped from the New York art world to live in the desert. Here’s an essay from the artist explaining why, ahead of his comeback retrospective at Marlborough Chelsea. [The Creator’s Project]
More museum expansion news! After yesterday’s Tate Modern Star Wars plans, the Bronx Museum announced a $25 million dollar capital campaign for renovation and expansion. With architect Monica Ponce de Leon at the helm, the expansion will supposedly add some cohesion to the museum, which passersby mistake, as Director Holly Block reveals, as “corporate offices.” [New York Times]
Speaking of announcements, Unicorn Consortium just approved 72 new emoji’s for June including a glass of whiskey, a pickle, a clown smiley and a just-about-to-vomit face. All of which could describe a rough night-out. [SFist]
Curators Jack Self, Shumi Bose and Finn Williams have a radical approach to the British pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Rather than addressing the UK’s housing crisis through new architecture typologies, their exhibition Home Economics speculates on apps like Airbnb and the sharing economy’s role in how those of us who will likely never own property might still manage to secure shelter in the world’s increasingly expensive cities. [Dezeen]
From URL to IRL, how does an artist stake out their territory in the 21st Century? By teaming up with peer-run initiatives outside the scope of traditional institutions to skillshare and collaborate. Enter, the Art F City Workshops, a series of courses led by artists, educators and art-world insiders designed to give artists the tools they need to get ahead. From learning how to make an online exhibition to figuring out a digital archiving plan for your artworks, these workshops will not only give attendees the skills they need to work in more digital mediums but help them to manage their art online and off.
Providence College—Galleries Launches Inaugural Online Exhibition Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies: The Animated GIF as Place
Curated by Art F City critics Paddy Johnson, Michael Anthony Farley & Rea McNamara.
As those subscribed to our mailing list will already know, today Providence College—Galleries launched its inaugural online exhibition “Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies: The Animated GIF as Place”. Curated by the Art F City team. Michael Anthony Farley, Paddy Johnson, and Rea McNarama, the show is the result of six months worth of planning, development and careful consideration. We are extremely proud of it.
Given that the press release has already gone out, we’re using the blog as the publishing platform for our curatorial essay. We hope it will give viewers a window into the sense of wonder we often have looking at these works.
Artists include: Peter Burr, Petra Cortright, Milton Melvin Croissant III, Elektra KB, Claire L Evans, Faith Holland, Dina Kelberman, Kidmograph (Gustavo Torres), Sara Ludy, Lauren Pelc-McArthur, Alex McLeod, Ying Miao, Jonathan Monaghan, Hugo Moreno, Brenna Murphy, Eva Papamargariti, Robby Rackleff, Sam Rolfes, Nicolas Sassoon, Jacolby Satterwhite, Hito Steyerl, Tough Guy Mountain, Małgosia Woźnica (V5MT), Wickerham & Lomax, Clement Valla and Giselle Zatonyl.