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Francis Alÿs

Raphael Rubinstein’s “The Miraculous”: On the Art of Futility

by Whitney Kimball on November 3, 2014
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Paper Monument’s latest, “The Miraculous” by Raphael Rubinstein, leads to the question– What’s the point of art?

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Art Basel Miami Beach: Slideshow and Commentary

by Will Brand and Corinna Kirsch on December 6, 2012
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Art Basel Miami Beach is, as always, an overwhelming experience. There is art, impossible amounts of it, shiny and glossy and kinetic. There are people, hidden within the silicone husks of slightly younger people, who all seem to be terribly important. There are many kind words but few kind looks.

Basel’s not as bad as it might be, really. This year the fish are biting, and the quality of the work overall is fairly high. There is, in the depths of its 250-odd galleries, art worth looking at. We’ll have a fuller report later today; in the meantime, here are 29 samples of what’s on show, with our comments.

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A Year-End Review: AFC’s Top Rated Posts

by Paddy Johnson on December 28, 2011
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A look back at AFC’s most popular posts reveals good news and bad news. On the one hand, our second most popular page of the year proves that, yes, intelligent reviews do have a place on the web: readers can’t get enough of our Recommended Shows. On the other, this page was trumped only in numbers by Whitney Kimball’s post Streaming Hot Sex Video Games. Clearly, porn and video games remain an enduring interest on the web.

As we embark on our year end fundraising campaign, I urge you to page through these posts below and take a look at some of the discussion here. We spend a lot of time producing posts we think are valuable, and we want to do more of that. Your donations help make that happen.

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Art Fag City at the L Magazine: Art to Keep Cool With

by Paddy Johnson on August 4, 2011
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It's summertime, you need air conditioning and you've watched all the 3D movies you can. What next? As I see it you've got two choices: the grocery store or the museum. This week at The L Magazine, I point readers to a few museums where they can escape the heat.

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Francis Alÿs at MoMA: The McDonald’s of Conceptual Art?

by Will Brand on July 13, 2011
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Is Francis Alÿs the McDonald's of conceptual art? That's the discussion AFC Editor-in-Chief Paddy Johnson and I had, walking out of the MoMA portion of his two-venue retrospective (the other half is at P.S.1). It might sound cruel, but it's a fair question: Alÿs's style is accessible, digestible, reliable and direct in a way few other artists embrace so readily, and few can deny McRibs are fucking delicious.

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Proofs and Refutations at David Zwirner

by Will Brand on April 18, 2011
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Proofs and Refutations Date: FRIDAY, MARCH 11TH 2011 – TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH 2011 Venue: David Zwirner, 525 West 19th Street AFC’s Rating: 7/10 (Will Brand) “Proofs and Refutations”, co-curated by a Mathematics professor at City College, might be the smartest show of the year so far. It’s a diverse body of work we’ve rarely seen before and almost never seen […]

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