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Gallerist Takes a Look At Instagram, Finds the Art World

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 1, 2013
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You’d think a post about Instagram would lead one beyond a handful of top art advisers. For Gallerist, this is not the case. Gallerist believes “the art world” has an Instagram obsession and seeks to prove this point by investigating whether deals occur thanks to the service. The whole feature hinges on dealer Dick Richter’s Dick Richter Gallery, an art gallery that sells secondary market art on an iphone, and collector and advisor Nino Mier, who has commented on Richter’s Instagram page.

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The Independent Perfects the Art Übermarket

by Whitney Kimball on March 8, 2013
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In 2010, forty of New York’s up-and-comer galleries sailed downstream to avoid the Armory’s stench of death. Maybe it was the massive crowds or the lack of sunlight that made Thursday night’s opening so grim, but, four iterations later, the Independent has unmistakably assumed the mantle of young establishment.

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Your Guide to Armory Week

by Reid Singer on March 4, 2013
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Even though the hum around Armory week seems subdued this year, visiting half-a-dozen-plus art fairs can in a few days’ time can feel like a week on a Eurail pass. Naive outsiders are treated harshly, the food is unfamiliar and overpriced, and you spend a lot of time snooping around taking pictures. It’s useful to have an index that you can depend on to guide you towards the things that are worth seeing and away from the things that aren’t. A guidebook if you will. Here’s ours.

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Art Dealer Gavin Brown Gets a Solo Show

by Corinna Kirsch on February 20, 2013
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Art dealer Gavin Brown is finally coming out.

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Highlights from Art Basel Miami Beach

by Paddy Johnson Corinna Kirsch and Will Brand on December 6, 2012
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Art Basel Miami Beach is not fun, but sometimes, through the fluorescent lighting, puzzle-piece layout, and brazen privilege, you see some art you like. This is not a typical sentiment at an art fair, populated as they are with the type of work only a catnipped cat would love. However, this year we—and a few others—noticed something a little fishy: for an art fair, the work was in surprisingly good taste.

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September Preview Week: Outlying Art Events You Need To See

by Whitney Kimball on September 6, 2012
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Though there’s too much to possibly visit in Chelsea alone, at least a few events in Brooklyn, Soho, and Uptown should make your must-see list. Creative Time’s sent some art to space, the Brooklyn Museum is organizing hundreds of open studios across the borough, and at least one event requires 3-D glasses. Also this month, check out shows at Marian Goodman, Tibor de Nagy, Venus Over Manhattan, the Swiss Institute, and Gavin Brown.

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Weekend Links: The Art World is Just One Expanding Inside

by Paddy Johnson on April 23, 2012

  • William Powhida discusses ways to get artists paid after he visits a W.A.G.E. meeting. A golden nugget, “some private foundations make artists fees a priority in their grant funding applications, so the audience for W.A.G.E isn't just arts institutions but their funders as well.” [Hyperallergic]
  • Stats and graphs; the addendum to Powhida’s W.A.G.E. article. Some of these tables are really hard to read. Reader beware. [Hyperallergic]
  • New York Magazine dropped an art bomb this week: an entire issue on how to make it in the art world. The long and the short of it: don’t be the establishment even when you are. [NYMag] Aside from a few minor problems—Trade-up has Terence Koh moving up to Sean Kelly from Mary Boone rather than Peres Projects, and the Armory Photobooth captions are fucked up after the 26th image because they accidentally ran the same photo twice—the feature is very thorough. It’s even useful to insiders. [NYMag]
  • Highlights from the NYMag issue include Gavin Brown on art: “Somehow you're in the orbit of something you believe will continue to have a positive effect on our ability to survive.” There’s also some nice bits on how the dealer distinguishes himself from Larry Gagosian. [NYMag]
  • Also, this: “A lot of people respect me,” [Alex Katz] says. “But people used to really hate my work. As late as 1975, I had a show in Paris and people were screaming in the gallery. They were saying this is terrible art and I should go back to art school.” He shrugs. “It separated me from other artists.” [NYMag]
  • Finally, spoken like a true insider, John Kelsey of Reena Spaulings has this to say of the New York art world: “There is no outside anymore. It's one big expanding inside.” [NYMag]
  • Not exactly a surprise: Thomas Kinkade was drinking all night when he died. [MSNBC]
  • Also, Kinkade’s girlfriend Amy Pinto-Walsh has been issued a restraining order to protect trade secrets. [Gawker]
  • This NYTimes investigative report on Wal-Mart is juicy, though I’m not sure we can claim it’s art-related unless it affects Crystal Bridges. Apparently the company has been bribing the Mexican government for years, in an effort to grease their expansion plans. [NYTimes]
  • Art critic Jerry Saltz, columnist Tyler Green, curator Lisa Frieman, editor Susan Szenasy and festival director Cathy Edwards will judge ArtPrize this year. [mlive + Tyler Green’s Twitter]
  • Finally, Tribeca will be hosting an open studio tour this coming weekend dubbed TOAST. Some of the artists aren’t exactly the best, but that’s the deal with these things. We recommend visiting the studios of AFC friends Marsha Owett and Scott Kilgore at 368 Broadway (207) for some of the stronger work. [TOAST]
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Art Basel: A Strong Opening for the One Percent

by Paddy Johnson on December 1, 2011
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Buoyed by Wednesday's big rally on the stock market, Art Basel opened with bang. Crowds of VIPs arrived early, and without fail every dealer AFC talked to had made sales by early afternoon. “Sometimes things sell in the afternoon or in later days,” dealer Zach Feuer told us after explaining that he had sold work immediately upon the show's opening, “You just don't know. But we're doing well and I get the feeling other people are too.”

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