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This Week’s Must See Art Events: The Creative Time Summit and a Painting Fiesta

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on October 21, 2013
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Creative Time’s Summit returns, along with an explosion of painters on the rise. The dearth of exhibitions by black and female artists continues.

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Carnegie Hall Becomes the Latest Fine Arts Institution to Endure Protests and Strikes

by Corinna Kirsch on October 4, 2013
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Orchestras and dance companies are striking across the nation. The latest such strike is taking place close to home, at Carnegie Hall.

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The Week in Negative Reviews

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on October 15, 2012
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Jason Foumberg does not like “This Will Have Been” at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, James Panero disavows the New Museum, and Adrian Searle deals with some curdled milk.

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Thursday Links!

by Leighann Morris on September 6, 2012
  • Warning! It’s fashion week again. Previously acceptable areas of Manhattan will be flooded with unacceptable fashionistas. Avoid. [HuffPo]
  • AFC’s Paddy Johnson is teaching a class! Do you want to write about art? Enroll, and she’ll teach you. [tumblr]
  • Apparently no fewer than 128 people completed Damien Hirst’s “spot challenge” back in January. 128. They’ll get their prints soon, but more importantly, what the hell, people? [The Art Newspaper]
  • Photographer Juozas Cernius, who’s taken his share of pretty pictures for this blog from around the world, is looking to fund a project documenting the work of aid groups in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. He’s raising the money through IndieGoGo, and then giving the proceeds back to aid organizations. It’s a good thing to do for the world, and maybe you should help him out. [London Free Press]
  • This week, AFC’s Paddy Johnson will be at the Toronto International Film Festival. In anticipation of TIFF, Indiewire have realised 25 films they are looking forward to. Are you excited about seeing Keira Knightley trying to do Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina justice? Us neither. We’re looking forward to The ABC’s of Death, comprised of short horror films by 26 directors. Each was assigned a letter of the alphabet and accompanying word, leaving it up to the director to come up with a short story of death. GNARLY. [Indiewire]
  • Anyone going to TIFF must watch the premiere of Reincarnated, an Andy Capper documentary made about Snoop Dogg embracing rastafarian culture/smoking lots of weed in Jamaica. Anyone not going must watch this trailer. [YouTube]
  • Wanna see Putin in a little white suit, hand-gliding over Siberia to “help endangered cranes begin their migration to wintering grounds in Iran and India”? Now you can! [Animal New York]
  • The Walker had an Internet Cat Video Festival and we were really excited. The “people’s choice” cat video winner was revealed last week, and now we’re disappointed. Existential feline Henri 2, Paw De Deux won out of the thousands of entries, that included Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat. AFC’s Paddy Johnson has something to say about the unexpected result. [Today]
  • James Panero writes about how punk rock influenced Pussy Riot and Ai Weiwei. In a nutshell: “While at times misused within Western culture, … when employed against oppressive regimes [punk] can be potent.” [The Wall Street Journal]
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Wednesday Links! Everybody’s Losing It

by Will Brand on December 7, 2011

  • Jerry Saltz tees off on the New Museum’s Carsten Holler show and the last five years of museum-friendly relational aesthetics. Highlight: “It would be impossible to imagine anyone getting anything from these works, except briefly distracted.” [NYMag]
  • Jonathan Jones tees off on the Turner Prize judges for not picking George Shaw, and particularly for accusing Shaw of conservatism. For reference, Shaw paints naturalistic, depopulated scenes from around his hometown. Highlight: “Art is now judged by criteria that are fundamentally pretentious and empty. I suppose it has to be, or all the pretentious and empty art that sells in galleries would lose its value.” [The Guardian]
  • In case you missed it, here’s an interview with Shaw that ran in the same paper back in February. Highlight: “I look at [my] work and its innate conservatism shocks me. When I was growing up, I thought I was going to be a really contemporary artist doing video and installation work, capturing the zeitgeist and all that, but”¦ Then, I realised I was just lying to myself.”” [The Guardian]
  • James Panero tees off on the Brooklyn Museum for bringing that veritable antichrist David Wojnarowicz (or the other billion artists in the show) to town. It’s three weeks old, but in our defense nobody we know reads the Post. Highlight: ‘Why wait for Black Friday to begin the tedious “War on Christmas”?’ [NY Post]
  • Apparently, some opera houses and theaters are now offering “tweet seats”, special marked-off areas where audience members are allowed to use their phones for the purpose of livetweeting. Ewwwwww. [LA Times]
  • The latest advance in cat memes is the Procatinator. Fear it.
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