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We Went to Regina Rex and 247365

by Michael Anthony Farley and Corinna Kirsch on July 9, 2015
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In which we both admit our love for Regina Rex.

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We Went to Soft Core at INVISIBLE-EXPORTS and Close to the Skin at Company Gallery

by Michael Anthony Farley and Corinna Kirsch on July 8, 2015
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It’s always a surprise to see a group show, think you “get it,” and then read the curator’s statement and realize you’re totally off. That was my experience of almost everything we saw. That’s rewarding in its own way, though. And it gives me optimism that there are artists and curators veering away from the obvious, overly referential, and aesthetically homogeneous.

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Stories Made With Love: Sondra Perry’s Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation

by Paddy Johnson on July 7, 2015
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It’s an overcast day in March when Sondra Perry shoots her family portrait. She gathers the roughly ten members to stand in front of what we assume is her grandmother’s house, and asks them to hold up the American flag. They are all African American and wearing neon-green ski masks. “1-2-3,” chants Perry. “Cheese!” says the family.

A finder window pops up. The cursor clicks around and starts the music. “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” rings out and the window begins to slowly rotate and float back into the neon-green desktop wallpaper.

It’s a hypnotizing and beautiful entry point into Perry’s 25-minute “Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation: Number One,” a video that uses multiple windows on dual computer screens to invite viewers and her family to reimagine black identity and social history. Perry casts her relatives as themselves, and asks them to recall and reconstruct personal and fabricated family traditions. The result is a film that presents identity as half-true, half-constructed, and entirely mutable in the digital age. It’s a brilliant video, and one of the most worthy of attention I’ve seen in a long time.

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Philippe Parreno at the Park Avenue Armory: Almost an Oasis

by Corinna Kirsch on June 30, 2015
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A weary traveler might find respite in H {N}Y P N{Y} OSIS, a sometimes soothing, musical reverie held in the dark, cool space within the Park Avenue Armory. But just when she thinks she has stumbled into a calming oasis, those damn flashing lights won’t stop blinking, those automated pianos won’t stop playing, and those precocious little girls won’t stop speaking in existential overtones.

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Superscript: Two Days in an Auditorium with Art Critics

by Paddy Johnson on June 4, 2015
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Let me tell you about what I learned.

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Scions of Mexico in the Bronx: Frida and Her Flora at the Botanical Gardens

by Michael Anthony Farley on May 27, 2015
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AFC kicks off our coverage of the Bronx with a visit to the New York Botanical Gardens. Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is an exhibition that pairs Kahlo’s paintings with a garden inspired by her own.

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We Went to See White Women in Ads

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on May 20, 2015
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They’re in Hank Willis Thomas’s latest show at Jack Shainman Gallery.

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We Went to the Yayoi Kusama Selfie Chamber

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on May 19, 2015
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In which we go into a ton of detail over all three parts of “Give Me Love,” Yayoi Kusama’s latest exhibition at David Zwirner.

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