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This Week’s Must-See Events: Let’s See Frieze Best the 70-foot Bee Magnet

by Paddy Johnson on May 2, 2016
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This is not the week to let your inner researcher go crazy. It’s Frieze week, which means there’s a mountain of events, all of which will seem essential to visit. After spending the day combing through all the talks, the openings, and the fairs we have a little secret we can let you in on. Very little of what we’ve read about constitutes a “must-see” for the average artist. We’ve gone through and selected what we think is actually relevant to artists. That means there are no galas, no co-branding kick-off parties, and no invitation-only events we can’t attend anyway. What we do recommend is Meg Webster’s 70-foot bee magnet at Socrates Sculpture Center, a round table discussion on why artist-run galleries are the bomb, and a Chucky-like doll by Jordan Wolfson we’re pretty sure will scare the crap out of you. Brace yourself.

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There’s So Much Giant Single-Word Public Artwork in New York City

by Michael Anthony Farley on April 20, 2016
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Next month, Public Art Fund is installing a giant text piece by Martin Creed in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This will be one of three text-based sculptures in the area when it opens. What is up with New York’s love of big, single words?

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Hotel Art That Makes You Feel Richer: On 21c in Durham

by Paddy Johnson on November 6, 2015
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I visited the 21c hotel in Durham North Carolina, which was established by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson as a means of housing their art collection.

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This Week’s Must See Art Events: We’re Throwing a Post-Apocalyptic Dance Party

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on October 19, 2015
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Tuesday night, we’re throwing a revolutionary dance party at Brooklyn’s Lovegun to celebrate our Fall Fundraiser. The world is a pretty dystopian place—and we need you to join the resistance. We’ll be collecting donations at the door; offering fabulous raffle prizes; and enjoying performances, DJ sets, and more post-apocalypstick than you can possibly scrub off your collar from Trey La Trash, Molly Rhinestones, Orlando Estrada and Ellen Degenerate.

But enough about us—if you survive tomorrow night’s apocalypse, you’re in for a week of solo shows opening, lectures from the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates, open studios at the fantastic Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and several nights to see the weirdest beauty pageant imaginable from Psychic Readings Company. The week ends with an epic four exhibitions closing in Bushwick just after Sunday brunch time. 

See? Art F City is always helping you navigate the treacherous wastelands of 2015. Won’t you help us survive?

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We Went to See White Women in Ads

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on May 20, 2015
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They’re in Hank Willis Thomas’s latest show at Jack Shainman Gallery.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Go Big or Go to the Beach

by Whitney Kimball on July 8, 2013
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Incoming! Prepare for the vomit wave of summer group shows. Due to the high volume of openings there, we’re sticking mostly to Chelsea this week.

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Mass Distractions & Cultural Decay at Mason Gross Galleries

by Paddy Johnson on October 21, 2011
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It’s not too often I have a chance to post about my alma mater at Rutgers, but it’s always nice to be able to tout a moment when they make me proud. Mass Distractions & Cultural Decay at Mason Gross Galleries is one such instance. A politically-themed exhibition about how information is disseminated through artistic practice, the show looks back at one revolution’s children, and forward at another. How has television, magazines, and radio informed the art making practices of artists in second half of the twentieth century? How does the Internet, social media and other digital technologies informed the art practices of today?

Based on a combination of personal recommendations, and compelling images and press release, I’ll be trekking down to New Brunswick, New Jersey this weekend to find out. There’s not much time — the show closes October 22nd — and includes artists such as Clifford Owens, Marc Handelman, Martha Rosler and Ardele Lister. I recommend that anyone else who can do the same. Some images and press release excerpts after the jump.

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