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Is Claire Bishop Mired in Citational Modernism?

by Rea McNamara on November 5, 2015
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Going to lectures where the speakers workshop their book on you sucks. This was the case last Wednesday evening, when a crowd of artists, students and academics packed an OCAD auditorium for “Déjà Vu: Contemporary Art and the Ghosts of Modernity”, a free public lecture by art historian Claire Bishop.

From what I could gather during the lecture, Bishop believes we’re stuck in a rut she describes as ’“reformatted modernism”. The self-invented term refers to a historicist strain of contemporary art, where our downloadable obsessions with Eames chairs, van der Rohe skyscrapers and archival forms of display (think slide projectors) have rendered Modernist references in art that are all image and no function.

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A Month Inside Russia: Dispatches from Flux Factory’s Field Trip Abroad

by Nat Roe on September 21, 2015
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Across the street from where I’m working is a hundred foot tall iron screw, which I’m told will drill the foundation for some lux apartments. Six residents of Flux Factory and I are at Yarky, a new artists’ hostel & exhibition space that’s struggling to finance completion of construction, while a bit nervous about what their new neighbors could mean. In other words, St. Petersburg, Russia does share some of the same woes as NYC.

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New Flux Factory Executive Director Nat Roe on Embodying the Best Aspects of Creative Life

by Paddy Johnson on August 7, 2014
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Ever notice how all of those alternative spaces don’t look all that different from the establishment? Flux Factory’s residency is different. Creativity seems to drip from the walls: there’s a doorbell that rings in the bathroom, a disco ball and a chicken hang from kitchen ceiling, and the studios are often coated in art. No other space in New York looks like this.

So, when I heard that Nat Roe (formerly of Silent Barn) would be taking over the role of executive director from Christina Vassallo, I wanted to see what kinds of plans he had in store.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Midsummer Night Screenings

by Henry Kaye Andrew Wagner on July 28, 2014
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With summer art shows coming to a close, this week is all about the moving image.

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Why Art Doesn’t Pay

by Corinna Kirsch on April 1, 2014
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Artists pay, institutions don’t. Let’s discuss.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Let’s Get Real

by Corinna Kirsch and Whitney Kimball on January 13, 2014
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If the economy has given us one gift in the emerging art world, it’s a lot of activities involving sweatbands and opportunities for cheap dates. This week is no different.

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