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Changes at Contemporary Art Daily: A Conversation with Founder Forrest Nash

by Paddy Johnson on July 22, 2015
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When I first met Forrest Nash he was wearing khakis. It was June 2009 in Venice, four months before Hyperallergic declared Khaki pant wearers amongst the most powerless—at least in the Lower East Side. I liked Nash immediately. He was smart, had a great eye, and was almost completely lacking in pretension. His knowledge of art was encyclopedic and at that point he’d only been running his blog Contemporary Art Daily for a year.

Contemporary Art Daily (CAD) is a curated website featuring extensive documentation of selected art exhibitions from around the world. There’s no one style the site gravitates towards, but the photographs on the site typically show art deliberately hung and arranged in interiors like gallery and museum spaces and include a range of installation and individual shots of the work.

Now updated 10 times a week and religiously followed by art professionals across the globe, the blog began with Nash in 2008, while he was still a student at The Contemporary Art Institute in Chicago. It has since grown. In addition to CAD site now includes Contemporary Art Venues, (a venue listing service) and Contemporary Art Quarterly (comprehensive documentation of an artist’s career). To make all this happen CAD now employs four full-timers including Nash. In 2012 the blog became a non-profit.

In short, a lot has happened over the past seven years, and a lot of his happened relatively recently.. Contemporary Art Quarterly was launched earlier this year and Nash moved from Chicago to California this summer. I wanted to get the full history on the site, so we sat down to talk.

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Monday Links: Colossal Reads

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 6, 2013

Jeff Koons stands in front of his masterpiece, the BMW.

  • New York Mag has a colossal profile on Jeff Koons, his fame, and his lack of respect. [NY Mag]
  • The Parsons Festival of talks, workshops, and openings is in full swing. We’re most likely to see the MFA Design and Technology Exhibition, which opens Wednesday night. [Parsons]
  • William Gibson was interviewed at New York Public Library (NYPL) by Paul Holdengraber. About half of artforum’s write up is dedicated to discussing Neuromancer. My favorite part of the interview though, comes at the end, when Gibson notes that the main brach’s basement looks like a “Difference Engine”. In a different time in my life I worked in the Exhibitions Department at the NYPL, which was located in said basement. We used to call it, “The Indiana Jones Wing” of the library, as you always had the feeling a giant ball of stone was about to chase you down the corridors. – PJ [ArtForum]
  • Vanity Fair has a colossal piece on the details of Facebook’s purchase of Instagram, which is so long that we’re reserving for next weekend. [Vanity Fair]
  • An infographic of common names in Great Britain. [Uncertainty of Identity]
  • We’reAboutToGetSwarmedWithAGiantHordeofCicadas aieee! [Gothamist]
  • Chicago Magazine has produced a version of Art F City’s STUFF for Contemporary Art Daily’s Forrest Nash. [Chicago Magazine]
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Art Fag City’s 2011 September Preview: Gallery Edition

by Art Fag City on September 6, 2011
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Who’s looking forward to sweating profusely this week at a bunch of crowded openings? I know I am! The question is, at which openings shall we sweat? I polled the AFC staff to come up with a few targets for the month. These are the results.

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