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Opinion

Curated Intimacy Over Email: On Miranda July’s “We Think Alone”

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on August 19, 2013
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We have our doubts about Miranda July’s “We Think Alone” project.

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Making a Memory: Califone’s New Tumblrflow Music Video

by Clara Olshansky on August 1, 2013
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Califone’s new Tumblr-generated music video, “Stitches,” created in collaboration with filmmaker Braden King and programmer Jeff Garneau and housed on Tumblr, is a computer-generated flow of selected photos and GIFs, different each time you watch it. It’s remarkably appropriate that “Stitches,” repeats, “Just stitch it together again, again, again,” given that the project forces the viewers to make connections between the images that seem to relate to neither each other nor the song.

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City Hall Park Needs to Rid Itself of New Terrible Sculptures

by Ian Marshall on July 29, 2013
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What is up with those ass-ugly sculptures at City Hall Park? Thanks to the Public Art Fund for bringing us yet another crummy show. Lightness of Being comes on the heels of their well-promoted but ill-received Ugo Rondinone show of figures made from boulders.

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Curatorial Gender Bias Still Exists

by Clara Olshansky on July 9, 2013
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Ever forget a gender exists? It seems a little hard to believe. Nonetheless, women often get overlooked. Theresa Anderson, a Denver-based art blogger and artist reminded us on Friday, via facebook message, that curators are unintentionally but unrepentantly excluding women from their digital art shows.

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Five Facts About Professional Artists That Aren’t Exactly True

by Corinna Kirsch on July 3, 2013
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Artists make up a mere 1.4% of the labor force. California is an artist’s haven. One in ten artists in D.C. makes more than $125,000 a year. These statements come straight out of The Washington Post’s recent essay, “Five facts about professional artists”. Taken on face value, they paint a desperate, unforgiving portrait of the artist’s uphill plight: jobs are scarce, the pay is paltry, and women aren’t making out too well.

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Kenneth Goldsmith’s “Printing Out the Internet” Is Not About Trash

by Corinna Kirsch on June 26, 2013
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The art world is often extravagant. Opening dinners overflow with a cornucopia of earthly delights while paint, temporary walls, and tools get frittered away in the dumpsters outside. Resources like these get squandered all the time, and rarely does anyone raise an eyebrow. It’s surprising, then, to hear about the current trash-related protest against MoMA Poet Laureate and UbuWeb Founder Kenneth Goldsmith for his relatively small, but big-sounding paper-based project “Printing Out the Internet”.

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Reflections on Paul Schimmel’s Move to Hauser & Wirth

by Corinna Kirsch on May 24, 2013
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Nearly a year after Paul Schimmel’s controversial departure from MOCA as the museum’s long-standing chief curator in 2012, Schimmel has come out with his head high above water.

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The New Museum’s Ideas City Festival Gets an Upskirt Tent

by Corinna Kirsch on May 2, 2013
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This weekend, “MirrorMirror” will debut at the Ideas City festival. It might be fun, but it might be hell.

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I Can Live With Homogenized Tumblr Aesthetics

by Paddy Johnson on April 30, 2013
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Internet Archive will be accepting applications for week-long Tumblr residencies through June 1st. In an facebook conversation transcribed to Alt Crit, artist Nicholas O’Brien says he thinks the platform homogenizes aesthetic for the sake of individual “curatorial sensibilities”. Internet Archive’s Ian Aleksander Adams disagrees.

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The Art F City Campaign for a Magda Sawon Sculpture on the High Line

by Corinna Kirsch on April 23, 2013
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As part of “Busted”, the High Line is letting you nominate a special someone who’ll be turned into a sculpture.

That’s great news because we know who we want to see made into a sculpture on the High Line: Postmasters’ Magda Sawon.

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