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Material Light on Substance, Heavy With Dick Pics

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 10, 2017
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Is a bigger fair necessarily a better fair?

Having doubled in floorspace since last year, Material Art Fair feels like a totally different beast. The fair has moved to two lower floors of Expo Reforma, with larger booths arranged around “courtyards” for conversation and concessions. There are plenty of new exhibitors, and much of the work looks far more market-friendly than the wares last year.

Opinions remain divided over whether or not these changes are a good thing…

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We Went To Baltimore Part 2: Too Many Semi-Finalists in the Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on July 21, 2015
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MICA
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD
Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition
What’s on view: 54 Semi-finalists for the Sondheim Prize held inside several MICA Galleries. Lots of sculpture, lots of photographs, and a few paintings that made the short list for the Sondheim Prize, an annual open call juried exhibition for baltimore-area artists. (This includes artists living in cities like Washington.) There’s no theme, and no attempt to forge one. All the galleries were crammed with work.

Michael Anthony Farley: Really, I think everyone has the same complaint every year: there is just too much stuff! No matter what strategies are employed, the show just always feels overhung and uneven.

Paddy Johnson: Honestly, I think you’re being overly-generous to this show. It was terrible.

Find out why after the jump.

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Open Engagement Sunday Recap: This Is Amazing

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on May 21, 2014
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Open Engagement, the conference for social practice art-makers opened ran for three days last weekend. The busiest day, Sunday, included presentations by Sara Reisman, Edgar Arceneaux with Kevin Krapf, Jay Erker, Piero Passacantando, Aliya Bonar, and Deana Haggag with Ginevra Shay.

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