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Artists Petition the Brooklyn Museum to Dump the Real Estate Summit

by Paddy Johnson on November 6, 2015
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Many artists are not happy about the Brooklyn Museum’s decision to host the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit. Readers can count us among them—as a full disclaimer, we have been working with many in this group to help organize a response. There is now an open letter and petition being circulated on Change.org with a list of demands, all of which are in line with the communities they serve. The most important one, imo, is to start engaging directly with the community to make real commitments to affordable space.

The full petition after the jump.

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Jimmy Van Bramer Signs Bill to Support Artists and Small Businesses

by Paddy Johnson on October 30, 2015
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The Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) is gathering steam in New York. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has just signed on to the bill, which seeks to give commercial tenants a few more chips at the bargaining table. In the face of ever increasing rents, many believe the SBJSA couldn’t be more needed. Among other things, the bills give tenants in good standing the right to renew their lease for an additional 10 years, and allows artists to bring the dispute to binding arbitration by a third party.

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Announcing F.A.G. and a New, Artist-Run Satellite Show in Miami

by Michael Anthony Farley on October 23, 2015
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We’re pleased to announce that Art F City is launching a new project space/curatorial platform called Fine Art Gallery. Fine Art Gallery will be primarily based out of Brooklyn, but we’re kicking off our programing with a booth in Tiger Strikes Asteroid’s Satellite Show during Art Basel Miami Beach 2015.

We’ll disclose more details about our project in the coming weeks, but we’re pretty excited about the new art fair, which will feature international artist-run spaces and collectives in Miami Beach’s defunct Ocean Terrace Hotel. Tiger Strikes Asteroid released the exhibitor list today, and we’re happy to report that it includes many of the galleries who participated in Baltimore’s Artist-Run Art Fair this summer, which we christened “The Art Fair that Doesn’t Suck”.

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NSFW GIF of the Hump Day: N-LITE’s Sexy Dancing Ladies

by Michael Anthony Farley on October 7, 2015

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These GIFs may be NSFW, but they’re really no more escandaloso than that giant pixelated sexy dancing lady on the Miami skyline. If you worked in an office building across the street from that building, you could probably definitely look at these GIFs from Tumblr user N-LITE at your desk.

Check them out after the jump. 

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MoMA PS1’s Greater New York Artist List Announced

by Paddy Johnson on October 5, 2015
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Let’s cut to the chase. Who’s on the list and what do we make of it? A few observations.

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Over 100 Artists and Small Businesses Forced Out of Gowanus Buildings

by Paddy Johnson on October 2, 2015
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Over 100 Gowanus-based artists and small businesses are the latest victims of New York’s rampant developer-led gentrification. The newest displacement involves three adjacent buildings at 94 and 98 9th street, and 75 and 75A 10th Street and possibly more. Many artists and businesses have been told they must vacate as early as October 31st.

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Rhizome Names Its New Executive Director, Pratt Upload Names Its Keynote

by Paddy Johnson on October 1, 2015
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New York based New Media non-profit Rhizome.org announced this Tuesday that they have appointed Zachary Kaplan as their new executive director. That same day Pratt Digital Arts also named Lorna Mills as the keynote speaker for its digital media conference, Pratt Upload.

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Tom Finkelpearl to Take Leave of Absence as Cultural Commissioner Citing Health Issues

by Paddy Johnson on September 21, 2015
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The mayor’s office announced late today that Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl will take a leave of absence to treat a health issue. Although the release did not name the illness, Finkelpearl wrote in a Facebook later today that he was fighting cancer. “As some of you know,” the commissioner wrote “I have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma. Serious, indeed, but I am expecting to recover and be back at my job after several courses of Chemo over a number of months. (Liking this post will be accepted as your liking my recovery, not my cancer!)”

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Register for Fall Classes at the New-ish BHQFU, New York’s Free School

by Corinna Kirsch on August 10, 2015
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New Classes! A Student Council! Student curators! The Bruce High Quality Foundation University has launched a whole bunch of fresh happenings at the BHQFU this fall semester—registration begins today, and runs through August 24.

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e-flux and DeviantArt Lose .ART Bid to Russian Venture Capitalist

by Paddy Johnson and Rea McNamara on August 6, 2015
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.ART, the widely-contested Top Level Domain bid, was finally settled in a private ICANN auction, with both e-flux and DeviantArt losing out to UK Creative Arts Limited.

The news come as a blow to the two art organizations, who joined forces last year in the hopes of ensuring that the administration of the new .ART Domain would be an authentic Internet address for the arts community. Of the total 10 applicants, e-flux and DeviantArt were the only two who had applied for “community designation”, as there was expressed concern regarding the potential for the domain to be exploited by commercial interests.

Despite a widely distributed online campaign —including e-flux’s letter of endorsement from curators and artists worldwide as well as support from DeviantArt’s 31 million+ users — there had been internal debate in the art world with e-flux running the campaign at all.

More after the jump.

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