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Another Masterpiece: Amy Yao Collaborates with JF & Son

by Paddy Johnson on September 13, 2011
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A decidedly frivolous post on JF & Son and Amy Yao, who together have launched the artist’s new collection “Another Masterpiece”.

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Chris Burden’s Megaminipolitan

by Whitney Kimball on August 3, 2011
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Think Hot Wheels has pushed the limits of racecar set-ups? Think again. Chris Burden talks about Metropolis II, his mini city that took four years to build. The moment his God-like finger descends on the city’s “stop” button puts your day-to-day into rather harsh perspective.

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Alright, What Contemporary Artist Should Be The Next Barbie Make Over?

by Paddy Johnson on June 30, 2011
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Does high art suddenly have mass culture appeal? Even with the growing number of reality shows on the subject my guess would be no — most people I know outside the field aren’t exactly spending a lot of time reading up on the subject –but clearly the creative folks over at Mattel don’t agree.  This week, the toy company released three new Barbies inspired by well known works of art.

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The Met Gets Punked by a King

by Corinna Kirsch on March 8, 2011
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This weekend, Improv Everywhere hired an actor to sign autographs at The Met. Pretending to be King Philip IV from Diego Velázquez’s 17th century oil painting, the actor’s shenanigans went on until security “dismissed” the king.

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Ms. Ann Liv Young Performance Evokes Mr. Show Episode

by Paddy Johnson on September 7, 2010
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Ann Liv Young receives a scathing review from New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay. The reviewer primarily takes issue with Young’s “startling ineptitude”, her failure to take a shit on stage after boasting she could do so on cue amongst the issues of greater concern. From what I’ve read, Liv Young’s performance seems almost certainly […]

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Eakins Painting Looks Better Restored, Kleins A Rumored Speed Freak

by Paddy Johnson on August 26, 2010
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Oh the great quandaries of an intellectual: intending to read one book and putting it off to read another. Eric Banks, Senior Editor at Art Forum, puts together a two part culture diary for The Paris Review blog, which is basically an account of exchanging one form of cultural consumption for another. I could have done without […]

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A Trilogy of Repeating Forms

by Paddy Johnson on August 4, 2010
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I don’t have anything too significant to say about either gif, but that the first, found on Duncan Alexander’s website, reminds me of the David Hasselhoff gif below, much circulated around the net five years ago. It’s wallpaper-like design also reminded me of the handmade paper recently shown at David Zwirner. I realize it’s a […]

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Reading and Time: A dialectic between academic expectation and academic frustration

by Paddy Johnson on July 15, 2010
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A video for the academics in the crowd. Via: Mira Schor.

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Subway Sandwich Artist Statement

by Paddy Johnson on June 16, 2010
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Why don’t I get more submissions like this? This work of mine is called Sunset, though any sense of peacefulness that it conveys is ironic. I think I’ve made it obvious that the even rows of roast beef are a satirical comment on the 1931 Iowa Cow War. By referencing the unrest of the past, […]

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