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Palpable Momentum Felt at EXPO Chicago

by Robin Dluzen on September 21, 2014
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When EXPO Chicago started in 2012, the popular opinion was that President and Director Tony Karman had five years to make this fair great. If he couldn’t, it was likely dead in the water. This weekend marked year three of the midwest fair, and exhibitors and attendees remarked on the palpable momentum. 19 Chicago galleries participated, the highest number yet, and EXPO continued to draw galleries from around the world, including repeat exhibitors like New York’s CRG Gallery who has been on board all three years, and Diana Lowenstein Gallery of Miami, who has been exhibiting at Chicago fairs every year since the 90s.

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This Week’s Must See Events: This is What Liberation Feels Like™

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 16, 2014
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If you thought the barrage of openings was over think again. We’re now into week three of opening season. And luckily there’s some good shows on the horizon. Those who are into military inspired Bauhaus drawings, will be pleased to learn that the Drawing Center opens an Alexander ‘Xanti’ Schawinsky this Thursday. Those who are into memes and digital aesthetics have a discussion at PRATT to attend this Friday with, among other star curators, Christiane Paul (The Whitney) and Boris Groys (everywhere). And finally, this Friday the ICA opens a multilingual opera by Alex de Corte and Jayson Musson we’re more than curious about. Musson will be playing his famed youtube persona Hennessy Youngman, so we can’t wait to see what he does with de Corte.

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GIF of the Day: And The Award Goes to Wallpapers!

by Paddy Johnson on September 15, 2014

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Let’s face it: last week’s GIF Free For All awards were a hot bed of incest, corruption and petty politics. It’s time to set the record straight. The real GIF Awards need to go to Wallpapers. Why? Because these are gifs that can be tiled, and we all know bigger is better.

Wallpapers is a collaborative project founded in 2011 by artists Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Sylvain Sailly. Now in its second iteration, Wallpapers has been shown at 319 Scholes in New York (curated by Lindsay Howard), Western Front in Vancouver (curated by Sarah Todd), and PAMI Festival in London (curated by Bubblebyte.org). This latest iteration (the second), will show at the New Forms Festival 12 in Vancouver (curated by Malcolm Levy). Participants include Laura Brothers, Rollin Leonard, Sara Ludy, Lorna Mills, Brenna Murphy, Sylvain Sailly, Nicolas Sassoon, Rick Silva, Krist Wood.

Rick Silva

Rick Silva

And now to the burning question: Who has made the best GIF? I announce a tie between Sylvain Sailly, Rick Silva and Laura Brothers! These GIFs couldn’t look more different from each other, but they both possess the same quality: Graphic appeal. As a viewer, you want to see the loop completed. There may be no better marker of a good GIF.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Yams is Back, and Klaus Totes Have Sold Out

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on September 9, 2014
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As a testament to how bad Chelsea has gotten lately, artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw are currently running a successful souvenir business solely of items making fun of celebrity-obsessed curators and James Franco. Things are bleak, but we’ve at least managed to find a few events that continue to make our jobs worth doing.

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This Week’s Must See Events: Get Outta Town!

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 3, 2014
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Let’s not sugarcoat this: Chelsea has become a glittering straight jacket for any artist who actually wants to experiment. The collector market tethers these artists to calculated production where artistic value and cost never seem to go hand in hand. This makes it hard to get too excited about opening night in Chelsea, and in fact, but for a handful of openings, we’re not. This is what we recommend.

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7 Rising Art Stars to Watch: Aaron Williams

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on August 20, 2014
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A brief look at Aaron Williams’s work isn’t going to get you anywhere. His spray painted crumpled posters look like Tauba Auerbach’s work, his photos resemble photoshop gradients, and his routed paintings channel Joan Mitchell. Everything looks familiar. And that’s not an accident. You have to spend time interpreting the references.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Massive Insects and the Shadow World

by Paddy Johnson Henry Kaye Andrew Wagner on August 18, 2014
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This is a low energy week in New York City. Like last week and the week before, there are a handful of arty movies playing around the city. See a documentary about Chinese pollution, a George Kuchar film on the ultra-ordinary, The Royal Tenenbaums, and a documentary on the life of bugs.

If none of this is your bag, we recommend getting out of town. If you haven’t had a chance to get upstate yet, end the week chilling in Storm King with classical music. It’s late August, so treat yourself to art, nature, and free drinks while you still have the chance.

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Get Your Bruce On! Fall Courses Announced at the BHQFU

by Corinna Kirsch on August 12, 2014
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Oh, my! So many free classes to choose from.

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This Week’s Must See Art Events: Future Perfect

by Henry Kaye Corinna Kirsch Andrew Wagner on August 11, 2014
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This week is heavy on all things futuristic: digital art, space travel, and video games.

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The Privilege of Philosophy: On Whitebox Art Center’s Panel on Palestinian Art

by Henry Kaye on August 8, 2014
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Those sitting in the panel discussion at the Whitebox Art Center could remove heated rhetoric about “solidarity with Palestine” from the equation by appealing to theory, but only in non-warzones is there this privilege of philosophy.

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