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Updated: City Councilmen Holdup Bill to Save the City’s Artists and Small Businesses

by Paddy Johnson on August 26, 2015
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What is it going to take to get city politicians to start doing the right thing? It costs a small fortune to live in this city and when bills are introduced that would help give a leg up to artists, there isn’t enough support to get them off the ground.

Case and point: The Small Business Jobs Survival Act. This is a bill that will help commercial tenants facing displacement from rising rents—including artists’ studios and small businesses—and it currently has only 23 of the 26 votes it needs to pass.

The bill would require commercial landlords to offer ten-year leases to all existing tenants who’ve paid their rent on time. If the two sides can’t agree on terms, they go to arbitration. Currently a landlord doesn’t have to renew a tenant’s lease, can kick the tenant out whenever it suits them, raise their rent exorbitantly, and the tenant has no means of contesting the decision.

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Bring Back the Nerdocracy

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on January 8, 2015
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The tide has changed for blog nerds. Tech is cool, but text is not.

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Not Just a “Soccer Mom,” Michelle Grabner Likes Math

by Corinna Kirsch on October 24, 2014
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I’ve seen Grabner’s show Ken Johnson complained about. What is he talking about? No, really, what?

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Dave Hickey on Democracy and Art

by Corinna Kirsch on August 7, 2014
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Dream on, Dave Hickey.

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The Guggenheim’s All-Male Monopoly on the Rotunda Continues

by Corinna Kirsch on July 8, 2014
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Yesterday, the Guggenheim announced its 2015 exhibition schedule, and yet again, no women have solo shows in the rotunda.

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Women Scarce in the Met’s First Contemporary Chinese Exhibition

by Whitney Kimball on January 7, 2014
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Why are there only two females in “Ink Art,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first show of contemporary Chinese art?

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What the Hell Is Food Stamp Art Doing at Art Basel?

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on December 5, 2013
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Thanks to Paula Cooper Gallery, ABMB visitors have four more days to take in the most offensive artwork in the fair: Meg Webster’s “Food Stamp Table.”

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Madonna’s “Live-Curating” Marks All-Time Cultural Low

by Whitney Kimball and Will Brand on October 8, 2013
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What’s wrong with curating today? Does it too heavily favor men? Does it overlook emerging artists in favor of an unassailable academic canon? Does it act too often as a vehicle for the market, or the curator’s ego?

No. What is wrong with curating today is that it does not involve Twitter and Madonna.

At 4:30 today, that will change.

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“FREE ICE CREEAAM!” Mike Weiss, The Ice Cream Soup Nazi of Chelsea

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on July 22, 2013
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Mike Weiss Gallery celebrates National Ice Cream Day with a sexist-themed VIP giveaway.

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The Venice Biennale is More Commercial Than People Think

by Paddy Johnson on June 5, 2013
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Lots of people are describing the Venice Biennale as an event untouched by the market. They are wrong.

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