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The Best of Us, For the Rest of Us: A Three Part Interview Series (Part 1 of 3)

by Whitney Kimball on April 30, 2013
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By now, we have a fairly good handle on New York art stars, but we hear less about the people who love them. In two years of writing for AFC, I’ve owed my art-viewing as much to artists as I have to devoted curators, gallerists, and writers working diligently behind the scenes, knee-deep with the rest of us.

Who are these unsung heroes of the art world? I asked leaders of various emerging art communities for their recommendations, and gathered a series of interviews. The Best of Us, for the Rest of Us.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: A Pioneering Band of Guerrillas. With Yes Men!

by Whitney Kimball on April 15, 2013
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Another week of art events dodge Chelsea altogether, as old New York meets new blood. Artists reclaim a New York landmark, cable TV art pioneers discuss the medium’s future, and a Yes Man speaks.

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Tuesday Links: Writers Explain Why Everyone Else is Wrong

by Whitney Kimball on January 15, 2013
  • Ben Davis doesn’t want to write another piece about the poisonous art market, but he believes it’s his responsibility, so he’s doing it. We’re glad he did. He singles out the big three that are ruining art for everybody: unsustainable contradictions (often, artists making wink art about money) inequality, and terrible people. “…personally, I feel that art is too important to become PR for tycoons,” he writes, “no matter how much they want to pay to make it so.” Amen, brother. [ARTinfo]
  • That Davis quote reminds us of a Bob Nickas quote tweeted by Karen Archey over the weekend. “Wealthy and powerful people—and boring people, and famous people—use art and artists to legitimize themselves.” [VICE]
  • 18 human heads found in box at the airport, only Gawker seems to notice that that’s weird. [Gawker]
  • Painting needs some categories in order to go anywhere, so writer Richard Kalina has made some. Basically, they are “mimetic” and “abstract.” [Brooklyn Rail]
  •  Remember when the Armory show was a shocking event? Neither do we, but this WNYC episode describes how the art there once helped the plunge into “absolute chaos and nightmare.” [WNYC]
  •  Erin Kissane does a good job of explaining why the Atlantic was wrong to run a sponsored article for Scientology. [Incisive.nu]
  •  Facebook just announced the new “graph search” feature that answers Facebook-specific questions like “restaurants my friends have been to” and “photos I’ve liked.” [CBS]
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Get This Print by William Powhida! #afcwienerfest

by Art Fag City on December 4, 2012
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As our Wienerfest grows near, one lucky baller now has the chance to own this exclusive letterpress print “The 1%” by William Powhida!

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The Art Fag City Wienerfest and Fundraiser

by Art Fag City on October 15, 2012

“ARTINFO never got around to choosing its signature wiener. Now I wish we had.” Ben Davis, ARTINFO “We don’t have a signature wiener because it would be too small.” Howard Halle, Time Out NY This post has been updated: This December 16th, pull out your paper hats and start dreaming of mustard because you’re coming […]

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Okay, So Who’s Gonna Run Rhizome?

by Will Brand on May 7, 2012
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C’mon, who’s it gonna be? Rhizome has posted a job listing to replace Lauren Cornell as Executive Director, but nobody seems to have any idea who could replace her. The applicant would need to be familiar with net art and new media, have curatorial and/or grant-writing experience, and have the ability to bring in cash money from donors and collectors. Who fits that profile? We have no idea.

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The AFCRPAAaA* Readers’ Choice Nominees Are Announced!

by Whitney Kimball and Will Brand on February 16, 2012
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Yesterday, we closed the readers’ voting page for AFC’s Rob Pruitt Awards. The results? Not one joke entry was submitted under “Best Genitals.” Hrag Vartanian and Jerry Saltz were nominated for virtually every category. Immediately after the voting page went live, Will Brand’s name mysteriously appeared once each under the “Best Genitals” and “Most Powerful” categories. And it became abundantly clear that nobody can spell; “vrag hartanian”, “rovanian”, “herag”, and “hrog” were all nominated.

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