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Paul McCarthy Butt Plug Watch: FIAC Deflates Plug After Vandalization

by Paddy Johnson on October 18, 2014
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Paul McCarthy’s butt plugs continue to spark outrage in Paris. Erected in Paris’s upmarket Place Vendôme this Thursday as part of the FIAC art fair, the giant green plug titled “Tree” enraged a passerby Thursday so much that he slapped McCarthy three times. Now, after protestors cut several ropes holding the plug up, FIAC has deflated the piece.

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No Children Harmed in Paul McCarthy Butt Plug Fiasco

by Paddy Johnson on October 17, 2014
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By now, you’ve heard the news: 69-year-old artist Paul McCarthy was attacked in Paris yesterday while installing “Tree,” a giant inflatable butt plug at Place Vendôme. The piece is part of FIAC’s “Hors Les Murs” program and was evidently an offense to an unknown assailant because it does not belong at the Place Vendôme—and because McCarthy is not French. News that the sculpture’s title did not match its function has been the subject of much press giggling.

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Finally, a Semi-Definitive Definition of Post-Internet Art

by Paddy Johnson on October 14, 2014
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Those in search of a definitive text on post-internet artmaking now have a source book to download. Curators Karen Archey and Robin Peckham have released Art Post-Internet, a catalogue to accompany their show Art Post-Internet at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing China. More than that, it’s full of primary source research and information about post-internet art from dozens of critics, curators and museum professionals. These include Christiane Paul, Ben Davis, Domenico Quaranta and myself to name a few. Each catalog receives its own unique unique download number, as well as a weather report for the day and place where it was downloaded.

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W.A.G.E. Establishes Minimum Payment Policies for Artists

by Corinna Kirsch on October 10, 2014
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What you should be getting paid, in real numbers.

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“We Didn’t Like It”: Watch Paddy Johnson and Curators Discuss the ArtPrize Finalists

by Whitney Kimball on October 7, 2014
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Readers, get a load of Art F City on air from Grand Rapids.

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The Art Handling Olympics Return!!!

by Paddy Johnson on October 7, 2014
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And fun will be had by all.

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As We Now Know It, This Is the End of the Corcoran Gallery of Art

by Corinna Kirsch on August 19, 2014
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In what will be an endnote to be discussed for some time, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the nation’s oldest private museums, will be no more.

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Sotheby’s Private Sales Drop by Nearly Half

by Andrew Wagner on August 12, 2014
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In the latest sign of trouble at Sotheby’s, artnet News reported that the company’s second-quarter report displayed a significant drop in private sales. (As opposed to public auctions, in a private sale, Sotheby’s is consigned a work of art and then privately approaches individuals about buying the work.) For the first half of 2014, Sotheby’s made $294 million in private sales, as compared with $561 million over the same period in 2013. That’s a 48 percentage point drop.

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Emails Reveal Guggenheim Bullies Journalist Suspected of Ties With Gulf Labor

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on August 7, 2014
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We have now received leaked email correspondence between the Guggenheim and Crabapple while she was working on “Slaves of Happiness Island,” a firsthand report of slave-like worker conditions on Saadiyat Island.

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