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The Best of Everything, 2016

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on December 30, 2016
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We were pretty sure 2016 was a stinker until we sat down to reflect on all that was good. Going through the images on our phones and our archives, we learned there’s actually quite a bit to celebrate. So much so, in fact, it took us an entire week to assemble this post. That’s quite a bit of time, but it was worth every minute. Here’s to all the artists, curators and performers that made our days and lives better this year.

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Dynasty Handbag’s Nightmare-ing of a White Christmas and It’s the Holiday Song of 2016

by Michael Anthony Farley on December 23, 2016
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For everyone who isn’t quite feeling the holiday spirit of December 2016 as a result of November 2016, this is the Christmas song for you!

Perpetual AFC favorite Dynasty Handbag performed this jingle at her recurring “Weirdo Night” at LA’s El Cid over the weekend, and it pretty much sums up how a big ol’ chunk of female, queer, brown, or just-not-fucking-batshit people feel following the rise of the “Alt-Right” and spike in hate crimes.
Video in post.

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Post-Pickle Surprise: Tracing the Influence of Tom Rubnitz at Anthology Film Archives

by Emily Colucci on August 22, 2016
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Even if you don’t know the name of the director or the glitter-covered club kid stars, you’re probably familiar with Tom Rubnitz’s viral video “Pickle Surprise.” With over two million views and counting, the Internet granted the East Village filmmaker a prolonged afterlife. (He died in 1992 due to complications from AIDS.) After inadvertently connecting with a new generation of YouTube viewers, what is the legacy of Rubnitz’s fast-paced, TV-drenched brand of cinematic camp on today’s filmmakers and artists?

This question was explored on Sunday, August 14 in a whirlwind of videos and films at the Anthology Film Archives, courtesy of a screening organized by Dirty Looks’ Bradford Nordeen. The videos ran the gamut from literal reinterpretations to subtle references to Rubnitz’s films. Barry Morse’s “Ookie Cookie” combined tropes from “Pickle Surprise” and its sequel “Strawberry Shortcut” into an obsessively direct tribute to Rubnitz’s queer psychedelic vision while Brice Dellsperger’s “Body Double 34” featured transgender models on magazine covers maddeningly lip-synching dialogue from My Own Private Idaho. Overall, Rubnitz’s lineage appeared in the form of copious drag queens, shocks of color, media-soaked imagery and an over-the-top hallucinatory style.

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DYNASTY HANDBAG: img mngmnt

by Dynasty Handbag on June 8, 2016
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Hello Fans and Fans I haven’t made yet,

Collage is one of my many talents, though I don’t use it. All of the images you see here were taken by professional photographers in order to promote my performance work. I hope you enjoy this portfolio, documenting my illustrious career as rubberband-bodied mind janitor.

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The Best 25 Shows of 2015

by The AFC Staff on December 31, 2015
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2015 was great for art. For all the bitching that went on about art fairs, the dominance of the market, and sub-par museum shows (cough, cough Björk), I saw more great shows than I have in my ten years working as a critic in New York. Rather than try to whittle our picks down to a few select shows, we wrote up every show we thought was truly exemplary.

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The Best Unrepresented Artists of 2015

by The AFC Staff on December 28, 2015
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As 2015 comes to a close, the internet is awash with “top 10” and “best of” lists. But one art world metric of success that’s under-discussed (and nearly-universally sought) is gallery representation. So we’ve asked past and present AFC editors to weigh in on the artists that commercial galleries haven’t snagged exclusive contracts with yet—despite acclaim from critics, museums, and audiences. In the interest of gender parity in the notoriously sexist world of gallery representation, we’re each selecting one male-identified and one female-identified artist.

To that end, here are the best and brightest boys and girls who’ve yet to be drafted

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At American Realness, the Nervous Wreckage of Jeremy Wade and Jibz Cameron

by Whitney Kimball on January 20, 2015
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Is there any anxiety worse than that of the liberal empowered self-aware non co-depending politically correct BFA’ed? Based on Jeremy Wade and Jibz Cameron at the American Realness Festival, no.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Best Events of 2015 So Far

by Whitney Kimball on January 5, 2015
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Already, a couple art events have potential for our 2015 “Best of”s. The American Realness Festival returns with some of the best performers in town; Jayson Musson debuts a new web series; Angela Washko keeps pushing for feminism in gaming; some of our favorite Internet artists are on a new press release.

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