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AFC’s 2014 Guide to Bushwick Open Studios

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on May 27, 2014
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Let’s be honest; if you’ve been going to Bushwick Open Studios for the last couple of years, you’ve probably got some reservations about the event. By day, it’s a zoo of eateries and portable vintage clothing shops smattered with bits of performance art and artists listless in their studios; by night, it’s an enormous frat party. Slowly, but surely, the BOS listing website is starting to resemble the DUMBO Arts Festival open studios; lots of artists, most of them pursuing art as a hobby.

We know, because we’ve spent the last several days combing the website for studios we think worthy of visiting this weekend, so you don’t have to. Below is a list of studios we recommend. And if you want our unsolicited advice: get the job done as quick as you can, lest you get swallowed by a roaming frat party swarm.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Art About Time, and Bushwick Open Studios

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 27, 2014
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Time: a universal topic in art, but especially prominent in this week’s art events. Thinkers Tacita Dean, R. H. Quaytman, John Powers, and Marco Antonini are just a few who will be taking on time as subject matter.

It is also time to start planning for Bushwick Open Studios. This post covers the several Bushwick galleries and satellite fair which will be opening for this week’s massive open studio walk. Coming up next: AFC’s picks for artist studios. Stay tuned!

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Open Engagement Saturday: Focus on Newtown Creek Armada

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on May 21, 2014
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In the summer of 2012 The Newtown Creek Armada invited people to visit New York’s sewage plant and play with their remote controlled water boats. The plant is located on the Newtown Creek, which was made a superfund site in 2010 due to its extreme pollution levels.

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Bruce High Quality Foundation University Launches New May Classes

by Corinna Kirsch on May 20, 2014
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Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), the city’s only bastion for free and off-the-wall art education, has announced new courses for a two-week session this May. It’s part of the collective’s latest acronym-stretching project BYOU (Bring Your Own University).

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Vintage Violence

by Whitney Kimball on May 19, 2014
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A good week for weird art.

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Rhizome Making a Killing on Paddle8

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on May 13, 2014
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Anyone else notice that Rhizome’s four-piece Paddle8 auction has already raised over $35,000? The auction supports their Seven on Seven Conference, for which they seem to have so shortage of support. That’s in no small part due to Petra Cortright’s “krakow_1.psd”, a digital painting on aluminum estimated at $3,500. The top bid for that painting is currently at $17,500 after 29 bids. The auction still has two days left.

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Tuesday Links: Listen to Brian Lehrer Grill the NYPL President About His Dumb Plan

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 13, 2014
In honor of the NYPL

In honor of the New York Public Library’s main branch

  • Last week we linked to news that The New York Public Library had dropped its renovation plan for the Central Library. (HOORAY!) Now listen to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer grill NYPL President Anthony Marx, who said he wasn’t planning to close the Mid Manhattan Branch, per se. “You were going to close it,” said Lehrer. “[T]he idea for many more computer terminals, and cafe spaces, and wireless access, and comfortable seating behind the lions got derided as turning the world’s greatest public research library into another Starbucks.” Thank God that’s over. [WNYC]
  • Famed radio host Casey Kasem is missing and has possibly been hidden on an Indian reservation in Canada. [Gawker]
  • For reasons that are difficult to understand, how rich people spend their money is always a news item. Christie’s Contemporary Auction once more sees soaring prices. [The New York Times]
  • Who’s fucking tired of art fair press releases? Mark Flood. His new show “The Insider Art Fair” dumps on top ten’s and art fair artist bios. [Zach Feuer]
  • Richard Mosse wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, but to the chagrin of The Guardian’s art critic, Adrian Searle. He tells twitter he’s never met the artist but detested Mosse’s Irish Venice Pavilion multi-screen film, read the self-serving interviews and spin-doctorish theorizing. Most people will be familiar with his shots of war torn Congo, in which he’s turned the landscape pink. This back and forth between Jorge Colberg and Moss from 2010 is very entertaining; Colberg takes him to task. [Conscientious]
  • Contemporary Art Daily has every photo you could ever want from the Whitney Biennial and has even embedded video works so we can watch them again later. [Contemporary Art Daily]
  • Hyperallergic obtained a letter allegedly from 1717 Troutman’s landlord David Steinberg, who suggested that fellow tenants had repeatedly complained about the galleries to city agencies. That’s consistent with the news that galleries are the only ones getting kicked out. [Hyperallergic]
  • VICE tweeted an image of a small blonde child getting cow’s milk squirted into his mouth, we clicked. Mossless Magazine interviews photographer Lucas Foglia, who photographs people living off the grid. [VICE]
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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: The Not-in-Manhattan Edition

by Corinna Kirsch on May 12, 2014
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Get ready to recover from the art fairs. We’ve got a short but sweet events listings for you this week so that you can slowly return to normal. For the most part, the events aren’t in Manhattan: Check out Where 4: Siebren Versteeg, a shipping container gallery show around the Knickerbocker M stop on Tuesday, Ann Hirsch’s solo show of sculptures, drawings, and prints at Bed-Stuy’s American Contemporary on Friday. But be sure to save your energy for Open Engagement. Founded in Canada in 2007, the social-activist art conference will finally be running in Queens. Woot!

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The Ultimate Guide to Frieze Week 2014

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 7, 2014
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Look, let’s not kid ourselves. This week is going to be insane. Here’s a fair list. Do with it what you will.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: A Synth Workshop for Your Fair Week

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 5, 2014
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This week, we’ve got a Women’s Synth Workshop at the Kitchen, a Ragnar Kjartansson show at the New Museum, a new exhibition of abstract art by Jayson Musson, and more.

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