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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: The Art World Never Shuts Down

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on August 15, 2016
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We all talk about how the art world shuts down in August, but a brief look at Friday’s schedule shows how much of a fallacy that’s becoming. Bushwick is full of openings that night from Signal’s exhibition of artists to respond to stories penned by three writers to Hood Gallery’s two person show for Tim Long and Jack Shaefer looking at what they call “self-defense prosthetics (canes, slingshots etc.)

It’s also still hot as hell, so we’ve recommended a few summertime screenings. The real trick to dealing with that, though, might be to just get out of the city for a week.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply for Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program!

by Rhett Jones on June 29, 2016
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Good news! The deadline to apply for the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program has been extended until July 15th.

Here at AFC, we’re big fans of Two Trees efforts to grow the cultural community in DUMBO by providing affordable workspace for artists and organizations. As a participants ourselves, we can testify to the fact that the below market rents offered to awardees can be transformative. The workshops, open house and ongoing programming we run simply wouldn’t be possible without it.  

Each year, the organization reviews applications for the 50,000 square feet of space it’s set aside to be rented at below market rates.  Two Trees has subsidized space for artists like Jeanine Oleson and Eric Lopresti (both are IMG MGMT alumni) as well as non-profit organizations like Art in General, Triangle and NYFA. We want to see DUMBO continue to thrive as a destination for community-focused art. If for no other reason, because we work here and we like having good neighbors.

You can see the full guidelines and apply here. You have until July 15th and will be notified by October 1st. There are simply too few of these programs in NYC, so get in there. The only thing you have to lose is your far too expensive workspace.

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This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Bask in the Obscure

by Michael Anthony Farley on August 31, 2015
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Skip the blockbuster museum shows and blue chip galleries; what makes New York so great is access to the under-exposed. Tonight, hear a lecture at Asia Art Archive in America about the little-known influence of Seattle modernists on the career of art star Yayoi Kusama. Tuesday, go check out poetry and art at Outlet—part of an exhibition I’m convinced is on the cutting edge of a sea change regarding artists’ relationship with place. Wednesday, traverse a secret garden for a chance to see a performance by Otion Front Studio artist in residence La Martelle, which will be performed for just two groups of twelve people at a time. Thursday, go play a quick game of basketball with the New Art Dealers Association. Then, head to Rhizome for a lecture about the emerging ontology of digital painting or hop on the F train to check out off-the-beaten-path art spaces in DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk. Friday night, head to Tender Trap in Greenpoint, where bi-coastal gallery Superchief is throwing a pop-up exhibition of Penelope Gazin’s trippy horror-pop illustrations. And Saturday, load up on affordable multiples and zines from DIY presses from across the East Coast at The Silent Barn. Some of the most talented young artists aren’t Instagram celebrities, they’re distributing their work with Xerox machines and silk screens.

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Checking in at DUMBO Newcomer Usagi NY

by Michael Anthony Farley on August 21, 2015
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A new exhibition space, which bills itself as a “concept store”, opened last month in DUMBO. Usagi NY combines a gallery, cafe, and library in a crisp and surprisingly functional 2,800 sq ft space designed by Sou Fujimoto. The cafe and reading area are quietly tucked in the back, resulting in a gallery that isn’t too cluttered but still manages to feel more gregarious than the average white-box space. It’s a rare example of a multi-use space where the artwork doesn’t feel like an afterthought, which is an accomplishment. Their inaugural show is organized around the Japanese designer Kenya Hara’s theory that the color white inspires creativity—along with a unifying thread of projects that involve commerce, research, or technology.

Some highlights after the jump.

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Art F City’s Guide to New Art Galleries in New York

by The AFC Staff on April 29, 2015
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Looking for new galleries? Done. We’ve found all of New York’s new galleries that have opened post-Sandy. Since 2013 it’s been hard to keep track of all the openings, so this list will hopefully help us all get out to a few new spaces.

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Feminism Revisited: Regina Granne at A.I.R. Gallery

by Corinna Kirsch on April 14, 2015
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Walking into Regina Granne’s show at A.I.R. Gallery, ABOVE THE CLOUDS AND UNDER THE RADAR, might make you ask questions you hadn’t ever planned on asking, like: Who was Regina Granne, and why did she make paintings that look like I’m looking at the world through the eyes of a lopsided dog?

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