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Posting Notice: Suck It, Facebook

by Paddy Johnson on March 4, 2016


Readers looking for updates from AFC on Facebook won’t have seen a hell of a lot for the past two days. Wednesday, our account was suspended when Facebook’s software grabbed the NSFW GIF of the Hump Day rather than our SFW header that warns people about the sensitive nature of the post content. This is annoying for several reasons, not the least of which being that we typically have more posts to share during Armory Week. We’d like them to reach our readers.

I am particularly unhappy, as the ban has affected not only me, (for seven days) but any AFC Facebook administrator (for three days), and there seems to be little I can do about it. For the last 24 hours Facebook has been rejecting the federal state ID they claim they need to verify my identity.

Needless to say, until this gets sorted out, look to Twitter and the blog for updates. Facebook can suck it.

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Art F City Launches Fine Art Gallery at SATELLITE Tonight

by The AFC Staff on December 1, 2015
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Art F City is pleased to announce the debut of Fine Art Gallery at the SATELLITE art show Artist-Run. Located inside a derelict hotel, Fine Art Gallery will transform room 219 into F.A.G. Bar, an installation and homage to shuttered gay dive bars across the country. These closures occur for a myriad of reasons, but increasingly, they are the result of gentrifying forces. F.A.G Bar highlights the work of six artists who make work that either specifically addresses these concerns, or would simply find a good home in one of these spaces. These artists include: Edie Fake, John Criscitello, Matthew Leifheit, Macon Reed, Rachel Stern, and Wickerham & Lomax.

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AFC Fall Fundraiser Extended | Cue Art Foundation Gala Tonight | NURTUREART Benefit Next Week

by Paddy Johnson on November 4, 2015
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A few fundraiser related notes:

  • We have extended our fall campaign for Independence to November 18th so everyone has a chance to donate. At this point, we have 80 backers and only $5,400 to raise. Just imagine if a donor purchased that tattoo we made available on Michael Anthony Farley’s butt for $5000! We’d be only $400 away from meeting our goal. Help us make this happen! There are plenty of perks to choose from – many of which are disappearing quick in the final days of this fundraiser. [Indiegogo]
  • Meet us at The Cue Art Foundation for their annual gala and benefit auction. Cue offers artists exhibitions, art education programs and young writer support. We like all three. It’s our first time attending a benefit by this organization so we can’t wait to see what they do.[Cue Art Foundation]
  • NURTUREart will hold my favorite benefit of the year next week, November 9th and 10th! I like this benefit because it’s filled with cool, down to earth people who are super excited about art. Every time I’ve visited people can’t stop talking about the art they’ve picked up. The fundraiser helps the artist community exhibition space pay their bills for the year, so it’s super important for them too. Support them today! [NURTUREart]
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What’s With all the Creepy Art on True Detective?

by Michael Anthony Farley and Corinna Kirsch on June 22, 2015
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Last night’s hotly anticipated debut of True Detective’s second season on HBO was really confusing. Of course, fans of the show expect to have no idea what is going on with the series’ convoluted plots, but one scene in particular caught us off guard. Colin Farrell and company paid a visit to a supposed kidnapping victim’s house and found his collection of misogynistic contemporary art pretty disturbing. Ick. We did a little detective work of our own to find out more about the shudder-inducing curatorial preferences of (potential?) murder suspects.

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So Long

by Whitney Kimball on February 13, 2015
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Dear readers,

After four years, and with a heavy heart, I’m moving on from Art F City and probably the art world at large.

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A Public Letter to Readers on the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on January 7, 2015
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A shot of the attackers

This morning we woke up to news that as many as 12 people at the Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo had been shot and killed. The attackers came armed with AK-47 weapons and injured 10 others.

The attackers are at large, and at this point, there’s not even enough information to confirm the reasons for the attack. Though the AP reports that Islamic State (IS) had threatened an attack on French soil following a satirical cartoon of  IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  Twitter reports tell us that the attackers asked for the editors by name—ideological differences are clearly a motivating factor here.

Now, normally, we spend the first hour of our workday collecting links. But today, that didn’t seem appropriate. As many as 12 people died today because they didn’t share the opinions of another group. These aren’t people determining international and national policy. They are one spoke in a machine that gathers and reports news—in this case satirical news.

This is a great tragedy, and though we didn’t know anyone at the paper, we share the suffering of our colleagues. Our job as media is to ask questions, seek out different points of view and to encourage discussion. The response to this work should never begin with an AK-47.

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Art F City Is Liveblogging the Rhizome Telethon

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on March 19, 2014
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Every hour we’re awake or in the office, we’ll be liveblogging. Check back here.

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Abstract Animated Lines! The Whitney’s New Logo, and Other Applications

by Paddy Johnson Will Brand and Whitney Kimball on May 23, 2013
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All-star designers Experimental Jet Set say the W they’ve used for the Whitney’s logo represents “the heartbeat of New York, of USA.” It “encapsulates” a “dialectic between the ‘old world’ and the ‘new world’. Does this dialectic need to be encapsulated because it’s in the middle of the ocean?

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Revisiting “10 Myths of Internet Art”

by Corinna Kirsch on May 22, 2013
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Late-night Googling takes you places. Who knows what I was searching for originally, but I ended up finding it with Jon Ippolito’s “10 Myths of Internet Art”. More than ten years later, some of the myths Ippolito brings up—it’s difficult to sell a website as art, internet art must be online, and net art tends to be about splashy tech—are still in place.

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Please Take Our Reader Survey

by The AFC Staff on April 11, 2013
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We need your help.

We’re running a short 2-minute reader survey with our advertising partner Nectar Ads to better understand our audience.

This information will help us understand the types of people visiting our site, leading to better, more useful advertising that will continue to help fund this site and other great art sites.

The survey is anonymous and we will not be collecting or sharing any personal information about individuals.

Please take a moment now to fill out the reader survey. We’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

Click Here to Start the Survey

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