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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Anxiety on High

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on January 16, 2017
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Let’s face it—the bulk of this week’s chatter in the art world isn’t going to be about Donald Trump’s Inauguration, but Marilyn Minter and Madonna’s talk Thursday evening at the Brooklyn Museum lamenting it. And that’s as it should be. Resistance to this new presidency is essential.
Friday, we’ll be participating in the #J20 Art Strike, so no content on our website will be available but for a livestream of Rachel Mason lip synching the inauguration as FutureClown. Those seeking to participate in the art protests can head to the Whitney where Occupy Museums will be hosting a “Speak Out”.

Other than that, we’re recommending a show about soul crushing anxiety and despair at LUBOV, and a show called “Infected Foot” at Greene Naftali, because sickness also seems like an appropriate theme for the week. Sorry to be depressing. Unfortunately, there’s no other honest way to paint the events.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: None of Them are Poverty-Themed Raves

by Michael Anthony Farley and Rea McNamara on November 2, 2015
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Don’t get us started on that “Bronx is Burning” rave. (That’s for another post.) This week, as many of us are still cleaning off the paint and glitter from last weekend’s Halloween costume, there’s thankfully a mix of screenings, openings and performances to help ease you back into your regular schedule. Tonight, Ben Coonley organizes a group screening of artists’ first “hard-fought” 3D works at Brooklyn’s Microscope. Then there’s the opportunity to shake the spirits of the past, whether it be Tuesday’s Duane Linklater CUNY talk on museum’s colonialist legacies or Wednesday’s opening at Robert Blumenthal of an ambitious installation from Derek Fordjour evoking childhood-era psychic spaces.

Meanwhile, the rest of the week offers heavy fluxus drone (Thursday, Yoshi Wada) and an online journal launch (Friday, Bard’s aCCeSSions). The weekend promises new directions (Saturday, MoMa’s New Photography opening) and guilty pleasures (Michael’s, specifically, with Sunday’s Jessica Stockholder opening at a Greenpoint storefront space).

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We Went to Hauser & Wirth

by Paddy Johnson Corinna Kirsch Andrew Wagner on July 2, 2014
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In which we discuss photographs of pringles and cemented-over sunsets.

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Summer Reading: The New Issue of “The Highlights”

by Whitney Kimball on July 11, 2012
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Boo-yah. This week christens a brand-new issue of “The Highlights,” one of the more freewheeling online arts journals. A few highlights so far include Carmen Winant’s refreshingly breezy critical essay on the film “Personal Best” and analytical translations of Yiddish Brooklyn street posters by Robert Hult. A sample: “Another shtreimel hat ad from 2009, this one placing a hat between a blue sky and a computer generated sunburst, suggesting movement.” Shazam.

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In Our Masthead: John Houck

by Art Fag City on May 26, 2009

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John Houke, McNoon Lighting, C Print

John Houke‘s, photographic series To The Things, captures the physical properties of the spiritual and logical, as well as many of its mechanical elements. Light may resemble higher reasoning in one photograph, and in another, one of many products that could be used to manufacture that effect. Houke’s McNoon Lighting, falls squarely in the latter category, and is currently in our masthead. We highly recommend his website.

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John Houck works with photographic materials and executes architectural interventions. Through installations, he explores photography as a mode of thought, focusing on the relationship between embodied perception and depiction. John Houck is a Los Angeles based artist who received his MFA from UCLA in 2007. He lectures in the architecture departments at UCLA and SCIArc and will attend the Whitney Independent Study Program this fall. He looks forward to trying to surf on the east coast.

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