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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Yams is Back, and Klaus Totes Have Sold Out

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on September 9, 2014
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As a testament to how bad Chelsea has gotten lately, artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw are currently running a successful souvenir business solely of items making fun of celebrity-obsessed curators and James Franco. Things are bleak, but we’ve at least managed to find a few events that continue to make our jobs worth doing.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Outside the Norm

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on June 10, 2013
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This week, we’ll be watching really rich people spend their money in Switzerland during Art Basel. It’s the world’s largest art fair, so if you like reading about champagne and fancy dinners this will be a great week for it. The rest of us will pass our time in New York, sweating and going to openings. That’s not so bad.

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Friday Links: What’ll Happen to the Girl in the Red Dress?

by Whitney Kimball on April 26, 2013

Aimmi Phillips' "Girl in Red Dress With Cat and Dog" (1830-1835) (Screen shot courtesy of the American Folk Art Museum)

  • It was only a matter of time before someone called out BiennialeOnline’s lofty claim to being “the first exclusively online biennale exhibition of contemporary art.” Today, that falls to artist Oliver Laric. His “An Incomplete Timeline of Online Exhibitions and Biennales,” covers everything from THE THING to thewrong.org, and should be a primer for those who’d like to learn. The work was intended for BiennaleOnline, but has since been withdrawn for limiting format requirements, like, absurdly, not being allowed to include any outgoing URLS.  Rhizome’s artbase (also on the list), now hosts the piece. Get with the times, people! [Rhizome.org; Artbase]
  • After a tragic shooting in Illinois on Wednesday, Rita Luark needs money to bury her daughter, two grandchildren, and their father. You can send the Luarks money here:
    102 South Main, PO Box 258, White Hall, IL 62092
    Online: www.bankpbt.com [Facebook]
  • Columbia MFA Thesis Show opens this Sunday at The Fischer Landau Center between 2-5. The show is curated by Fionn Meade. Recommended. [Fischer Landau Center for Art]
  • Jason Foumberg has been busting his butt over at Newcity Art, with sweeping coverage of Chicago’s scene. This week’s installment: Breakout Artists 2013. [Newcity]
  • Are selfies narcissistic? Brian Droitcour thinks not, reasoning that a selfie means sharing oneself; not taking selfies denotes a preciousness about your autonomy. He’d also make a good case for swinging. [culturetwo]
  • A seven-foot-tall Greco Roman head made of styrofoam was found by the Marist College crew team in the Hudson River. Officials are dumbfounded. [Newsday]
  • If you’ve following the latest chapter of Folk Art Museum’s ongoing punishment, this video should make you sad. Collector Ralph Esmerian gives Martha Stewart a tour of the Folk Art Museum, back when the 53rd street building was new, in the mid-2000s. “How does it feel to see all your things here?” Martha asks, to which Ralph replies “Fantastic…they have a fantastic home in which to shine.” MoMA now plans to demolish that building, and Esmerian’s currently serving a 6-year prison sentence for bankruptcy and wire fraud. In order to cover his debts, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off all but 53 of 263 of the works which Esmerian promised to the museum. We hope this doesn’t include “Girl in Red Dress With Cat and Dog” (1830-1835) by folk art icon Aimmi Phillips, of which Esmerian says: “This girl is just terribly, terribly special. I was able to get it after several institutions had passed her up. I thought she was vital in terms of her charm and beauty and innocence.” [Martha Stewart]
  • Hrag Vartanian also interviewed Esmerian back in 2002. Of “Girl in Red Dress,” Esmerian told him:

“When I was told there was an American Folk Art classic coming onto the art market, I couldn’t believe what it could be. AFAM was the third museum in line to be offered the work, but the first two turned it down because of the price. I felt we had no choice and we had to have it because it would give us an institutional sense that we’re here. We paid an enormous price but got something that is truly sensational,” Esmerian says about the painting he purchased in 1984 and immediately transferred to the custody of the Museum. [agbu.org]

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The Outsider Art Fair Gets a Makeover

by Corinna Kirsch on January 16, 2013
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“It’s singular. It’s the only one,” Andrew Edlin told me about the Outsider Art Fair. Edlin’s been running the twenty-year-old art fair since his newly formed company Wide Open Arts purchased it back in August. It opens in the former Dia building, now Center 548, over the weekend of January 31st, and according to Edlin we’ll see some deep changes.

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