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At Abrons, Avant-Garde With Bear Costumes

by Paddy Johnson on January 16, 2015
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By the end of this weekend, the AFC staff will have seen a total of 15 out of 21 performances at the “American Realness” festival at the Abrons Art Center– which, so far, has been defined by a mix of blow jobs, spray blood, DIY aesthetics, and self-referential institutional critique. On the messier fringes of these performances is Keith Hennessy’s “Bear Skin”.

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The Ten Best Exhibitions of 2014

by Paddy Johnson on December 31, 2014
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With this job, you don’t always have a chance to write up all the exhibitions you saw and loved, so for me, the 2014 year-end review is a Godsend. It gives me a chance to give a shout out to everything I saw and loved. And this year, there was an awful lot of it. May 2015 be this bountiful and more.

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The 2014 Internet Mood: Disappointed

by Corinna Kirsch on December 30, 2014
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Just a few odds and ends about 2014 before it comes to a close. Not to be a total downer, but this was a year filled with disappointment.

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No Remedies: Coco Fusco on the Ills of Art School

by Corinna Kirsch on December 18, 2014
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“When I hear people like W.A.G.E. group wanting [artists] to get paid, I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s nice. But what planet do you live on?’”

Those were some of the contentious words artist and MLK visiting professor at MIT Coco Fusco chose to introduce her hour-long talk at Momenta Art earlier this month. The talk, “Creative Extraction: Why are Art Schools at the Vanguard of Unreasonable Debt Burdens?”, was part of a program offered by Occupy Museums that relates to their exhibition and upcoming conference on The Artist as Debtor. It centered around the idea that higher education is a debt trap. Rather than trying to fix the current labor situation, like W.A.G.E., Fusco believes in addressing the root of the problem: art schools and high MFA costs.

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A New Generation of Art for a New Generation of HIV

by Whitney Kimball on December 18, 2014
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“Every day is International AIDS Day,” AA Bronson tweeted during a recent week of AIDS-related memorial and art events. Depending on the reader, the tweet could be interpreted as a show of solidarity, or a dig at the nature of tragedy memorials. Typically these things do less to “remind” us of the event, than they do bend into a shape prescribed by an organization.

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Recommended Show: Killer Heels

by Whitney Kimball on December 11, 2014
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A history of civilization, in high heels.

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Recommended Show: Judith Scott at the Brooklyn Museum

by Whitney Kimball on December 10, 2014
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Free from the burdens of art history and its criticisms, the sculptures show at a base level what artmaking fills for a person. What’s life like without irony or calculation? For an art critic, that’s a mystery, one that makes this body of work a crucial point of reference.

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If Helga Were Seagulls: Jamie Wyeth at Boston’s MFA

by Whitney Kimball on December 4, 2014
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What do you get when you apply the pastoral idealism of the early 20th century illustration to the ugly post-atomic consumerist reality of the last four decades? You’ll find the answer at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where the first retrospective of Jamie Wyeth combines Renaissance drawing techniques, druggy seventies icons, personal backstory, and idealized New England seasides– all adding up to a jumbly, at times incoherent, show.

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AFC Road Trip: Reviews From Atlanta to Abu Dhabi

by The AFC Staff on December 2, 2014
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We recommend the wings on salad.

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Who’s Throwing Art Away? A Visit to Bob and Roberta Smith’s “Art Amnesty”

by Corinna Kirsch on November 26, 2014
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Who wants to throw away their art in public, with a bunch of other people? I don’t really know. I rid myself of sentences all the time (Welcome to my Mac trash bin!) but I wouldn’t announce it.

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