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Not Just a “Soccer Mom,” Michelle Grabner Likes Math

by Corinna Kirsch on October 24, 2014
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I’ve seen Grabner’s show Ken Johnson complained about. What is he talking about? No, really, what?

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How Do People Feel About the Gramsci Monument?

by Whitney Kimball and Will Brand on August 16, 2013
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“Another monument to his monumental ego,” Ken Johnson recently labelled Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument, a big wooden community center which looks like a set from Peter Pan, and occupies the Bronx’s Forest Housing Projects through September. Rather than a towering chrome figurehead, the monument is an intellectual playground; a drastic improvement to the quality of life at Forest; and an overwhelmingly loving event.

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It’s the End of The World As We Know It

by The AFC Staff on December 28, 2012
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This year, the art world became more dysfunctional than usual. As such, we talked about social injustice, power struggles, and uneven distribution of wealth seemingly endlessly. Who knows if it helped, but writing these ten posts made us feel just a little bit better.

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Times Critic Caught in This Week’s Witch Hunt

by The AFC Staff on November 27, 2012
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“Black artists didn’t invent assemblage.” That statement, and others like it, written by The New York Times art critic Ken Johnson, has provoked the ire of fellow critics, artists, and Times readers alike. His remarks about two recent exhibitions, Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 and The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World have exploded into a tirade across Facebook—with complaints lodged by Kara Walker and Jerry Saltz among others—and now, an anonymous group has gone so far as to petition the Times to “acknowledge and address this editorial lapse and the broader issues raised by these texts.” So, what are these broader issues, and problems, if any?

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The AFC Guide to Disliking Laurel Nakadate Without Hating Women

by Corinna Kirsch on December 6, 2011
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I have a problem with Laurel Nakadate. It has nothing to do with her thighs, and everything to do with Craigslist and her lacy panties.

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Are Artist/Critic Friendships so Unusual? Anthony Caro at The Met

by Paddy Johnson on May 26, 2011
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Wow, those Anthony Caro sculptures on the rooftop of the Met look awful. I’ll have to see them in person when I get back to have a real opinion (for now I just have the Times review and commentary by Andrew Russeth at Sixteen Miles) but his work’s always been a little too contained for my tastes. This doesn’t look much different than what I’ve already seen.

Russeth doesn’t talk too much about the quality of the work, but does discuss Caro’s relationship with Clement Greenberg at length, which he notes, has gotten a lot of attention over the years

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