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At Exit Art, a Fond Farewell

by Corinna Kirsch on April 20, 2012
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“This is my funeral,” Papo Colo, co-founder of Exit Art told me yesterday in the Exit Art cafe. Colo wasn't joking. He was lamenting the impending closure of the non-profit, which, after 30 years of operation, will shut its doors in May.

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Gerald Ferguson’s Blue Collar Conceptualism: An Interview with Luke Murphy and Phil Grauer

by Paddy Johnson on February 9, 2012
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Paddy Johnson talks to Phil Grauer and Luke Murphy about Garry Kennedy, Gerald Ferguson, and the importance of NSCAD to the rise of American Conceptualism.

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Twitter Debate About ArtPrize, Now a YouTube Series

by Paddy Johnson on January 30, 2012
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Back in early January, Carolina Miranda, John Powers and I had a twitter debate over the merits of ArtPrize, the self-proclaimed grand experiment in Grand Rapids, MI, which awards hundreds of thousands of dollars, based mostly on popular vote. Carolina was suspicious, John thought ArtPrize could do artists better, and I decided the event was great. Hoping to hash this issues out a little a more in person, John Powers and I spent close to two hours with ArtPrize’s Kevin Buist, discussing its various merits and detractors. The result: 18 sequential YouTube videos documenting our conversation, idea by idea.

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Concerns from The Second Economy: Daria Dorosh on the Baby Boomer’s Relationship to Technology and Art

by Paddy Johnson on November 14, 2011
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Perhaps due to my parents nearing retirement age, I’ve recently started wondering how the concerns of artists of that generation might differ from my own. How will artists care for their work as they age? Are their assets significantly different from younger generations? Can a strong knowledge of digital technology be helpful? I got in touch with seasoned activist and A.I.R. co-founder Daria Dorosh to discuss a few these concerns. We talk about her history at A.I.R., digital technology, and means of preserving art that does not make its way into a museum or a collector’s home.

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Derivatives: An Interview with William Powhida

by Will Brand on November 8, 2011
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William Powhida is mean. His acerbic drawings and calculated rant-pieces have built him a reputation in New York’s art world as something between a complicit skeptic and a doomsday preacher, decrying the ills of contemporary art even as he steadily climbs its ladder. Last month, he opened a show at Postmasters Gallery – up until November 26th – that turned that same eye onto high finance, politics, and the general state of everything. I visited him in his studio to find out more.

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Creature: An Interview With Haim Steinbach

by Paddy Johnson on November 3, 2011
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What do you say to a guy who’s most frequently described as the artist who “radically redefined the status of the object in art”? I don’t usually get nervous about biography points like this, but I made an exception for Haim Steinbach. Unlike a lot of art, there’s no answer key to his angular shelves and arrangement of objects – and that can make a viewer nervous. Certainly, it affected me; it took two anxiety-filled weeks just produce a 700-word review on his show at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery last month, and I still worry about whether I got it right.

Steinbach himself, though, isn’t quite so intimidating. Now 67, the New York-based artist seems just as interested in the door hinge next to him as he might be about any given conversation. He’s obsessed with objects in the world around him. Recently, we talked about how that intense focus informs his work and thinking.

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An Interview with David Shrigley: What The Hell Are You Doing?

by Reid Singer on October 21, 2011
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You’re probably a fan of David Shrigley and you don’t even know it. Acting in the fields of graphic art, studio art, books, music and animation, Shrigley has earned renown for making high-brow works on paper with a disturbing, punkish bite since the early 1990s. Though trained formally at the Glasgow School of Art, his drawings maintain an unskilled look, belied only by their being witty as hell. In late September, I met with Shrigley to talk about his career and the compilation What The Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley, which was published earlier this year and is now available in the US.

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Market Analyst Sergey Skaterschikov, on “Investment-Quality” Art and Whether We’re All Going to be Poor

by Whitney Kimball on August 22, 2011
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The past few weeks, we’ve seen the stock market skyrocket and plummet, with little sign of settling down. Recently, I asked art market analyst Sergey Skaterschikov what this and general economic instability mean for the art world. Apparently, it’s great for auction houses and artists who knew Warhol, bad for emerging artists and their dealers.

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Sir Sampleton: An Interview with Paul Slocum and John Michael Boling

by Paddy Johnson on August 3, 2011
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Not only is this iPhone app the most fun invention since Super Nintendo, but the commercial is equally entertaining! Here’s an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Sir Sampleton and his web video.

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Assembly Line at The Gulbenkian: An Interview With Miguel Palma

by Paddy Johnson on June 21, 2011
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If awards were doled out for exhibition size, the Gulbenkian in Lisbon Portugal, would land one for their latest Miguel Palma show. On view through July 3rd, “Assembly Line” isn’t billed as a mid-career retrospective, even though what’s on display is already far more than the average artist produces in a life time. If Palma wasn’t already known for his prolific studio practice his now. The show also achieves much the same result as a mid-career retrospective, the arranged objects illuminating the artist’s process and enduring concerns; his tendency to work on many piece at once (it would appear one idea has never sparked less than ten others); his interest in the artificial and the real as represented by nature and technology; and yes, an unwavering interest in play.

As Palma is a good friend of the blog, I’m likely biased, but “Assembly Line” is also the best solo museum show I’ve seen Lisbon. As such, I thought I’d chat with Palma about his exhibition. We talked about art, life, and cigar torpedos.

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