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Return to the Real? A Survey of the Analog in Photography

by Paddy Johnson on June 24, 2015
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Bryan Zanisnik’s “Green Owls Manhattan Bridge” is all illusion. In reality, this apparent flat collage is actually an elaborately constructed set, complete with foregrounds and backgrounds, stools, digitally printed wall paper and even windows to the outside world. Through July 1st, Zanisnik’s studio was located on the 8th floor of 20 Jay Street in DUMBO, (only a few floors above our office) with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. The artist waited until sunset to shoot his still lives, which created that perfect blueprint blue you see in the shots of the bridge above. The set itself was photographed under studio lights.
This approach reminds me a little of Artie Vierkant’s digital manipulations of his exhibition documentation—in both cases, the artist’s statement seems to be that the documentation is the work. But it also seems a break from artists in the early aughts whose work relied mostly on various photoshop filters. Lucas Samaras’s self portraits and Cory Arcangel’s Photoshop gradient instruction paintings might be the highest profile example of such work, but there are plenty more examples. Is this new interest in physical illusion a shift away from digital manipulation?

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Selling Women: A Very Unpopular Choice at Phillips’ “Under the Influence”

by Corinna Kirsch on February 18, 2015
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Part one: We look at the spring iteration of “Under the Influence”, to be held this March at Phillips in New York.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Fiery Paintings and an Opera Called “Crash”

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on April 7, 2014
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So, so much to do.

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We Went To the Upper East Side, Vol. One

by The AFC Staff on August 6, 2012
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This week, we crawled out of our blog cave to set out on a new adventure for our “We Went to _____” series: the Upper East Side. To be expected from the UES, we saw some blue chip art, but we also found some surprises, like a show by emerging net artists. What we liked, and what we should’ve skipped, within.

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Art Fag City at The L Magazine: 5 Art Stars You Need To Know

by Will Brand and Paddy Johnson on March 28, 2012
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This week at The L Magazine, Will Brand and I teamed up to chose our picks for their annual feature Five Art Stars You Need To Know. This year, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Artie Vierkant, Christopher Chiappa, Sarah Braman, and Virginia Overton topped our list. We then spilled over 1200 words on each artist, and peppered them with questions over email.

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The Glowing Ass Forest and Other Highlights from the Dependent Fair

by Will Brand on March 14, 2012
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Last year, I wrote that “despite the chaos, it's difficult to see the Dependent as anything but a success.” This year, I'm willing to go a bit further: The Dependent Art Fair was, hands-down, the most interesting, highest-quality fair in town.

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