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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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Gallerist Takes a Look At Instagram, Finds the Art World

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 1, 2013
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You’d think a post about Instagram would lead one beyond a handful of top art advisers. For Gallerist, this is not the case. Gallerist believes “the art world” has an Instagram obsession and seeks to prove this point by investigating whether deals occur thanks to the service. The whole feature hinges on dealer Dick Richter’s Dick Richter Gallery, an art gallery that sells secondary market art on an iphone, and collector and advisor Nino Mier, who has commented on Richter’s Instagram page.

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Times Critic Caught in This Week’s Witch Hunt

by The AFC Staff on November 27, 2012
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“Black artists didn’t invent assemblage.” That statement, and others like it, written by The New York Times art critic Ken Johnson, has provoked the ire of fellow critics, artists, and Times readers alike. His remarks about two recent exhibitions, Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 and The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World have exploded into a tirade across Facebook—with complaints lodged by Kara Walker and Jerry Saltz among others—and now, an anonymous group has gone so far as to petition the Times to “acknowledge and address this editorial lapse and the broader issues raised by these texts.” So, what are these broader issues, and problems, if any?

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“The Politics of Art”? That Died Out in the 1970s

by Corinna Kirsch on November 21, 2012
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In the 1960s and early 1970s, art and politics were peas in a pod. For die-hard critics like Barbara Rose, who lived through these decades in New York, that was the time to be alive. Art was good then, and now it sucks. Well, that’s how her argument goes, which which she makes in the pages of this month’s Brooklyn Rail. We disagree.

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Hennessy Youngman Talk Pretty One Day

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on July 12, 2012
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We’re going to dole out this week’s blogger prize for Most Offensive Post one day early, because we’re pretty sure no one’s going to top GalleristNY. Yesterday, the blog celebrated Jayson Musson’s first show at Salon 94 with a two-page profile on the artist full of racist undertones. That’s an awfully strong word, and because we don’t use it lightly, we’re going to highlight exactly what we don’t like and why.

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Why is Sanja Ivekovic Plagiarizing From Wikipedia?

by Will Brand on June 14, 2012
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Documenta is trying very, very hard to be smart. It might help if they stopped giving us plagiarized Wikipedia articles as artworks.

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Nine Quotes about Art as an Investment

by Will Brand on May 21, 2012
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Whether you’re a collector, a dealer, or just an observer, the art market can be a confusing place. Right now, since we’re in yet another art bubble, it’s a very expensive confusing place. Like most expensive confusing places, it’s full of people who want your money, and who would like you to believe that giving it to them constitutes a wise investment.

So, to commemorate the launch of artnet’s new art market index and the eruption of ill-advised bright ideas that’s sure to follow, we’re here to remind you that art will probably never make you any money.

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What Discussion At Frieze Actually Looks Like

by Paddy Johnson on May 6, 2012
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How many different people do you have to shake to get art institutions and businesses to wake up? Our actions as employers affect the quality of life of others. We know this—in general, the art community votes for socially responsible policies—and yet our own labor practices are amongst the very worst across all professions.

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Now with Coco Fusco and David Shrigley! The Sotheby’s Art Handler Petition Grows

by Will Brand on May 4, 2012
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Our petition in support of the locked-out art handlers at Sotheby's just breezed past 2,000 names, and you just might recognize a few. Artists Cuco Fusco, David Shrigley, and Dana Schutz have signed on, along with a host of other concerned supporters from across the art world.

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