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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Have Your Cake & Smash It Too

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 6, 2017
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Welcome to the new normal. We at AFC have noticed a decline in artistic output from Brooklyn’s DIY scene as of late, while commercial galleries and institutions in Manhattan (and a few in Queens) have been gearing-up for battle mode with politically-charged programming. We’re hoping this is because everyone in Brooklyn is too busy thinking about resistance, and not because they’ve fled the country.

Tuesday night, The New School is hosting a talk about female bodies online, and Wednesday, the New Museum is opening a massive Raymond Pettibon show. After checking it out, head down the block to ICP, where curators will be discussing the loaded Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change. More talks will come Thursday, such as the Brooklyn Museum’s call to defend immigrants and the Flux Factory/ABC No Rio potluck/opening/discussion about artists’ mutual aid in times like these. Friday night, take a break from political angst to get lost in the dreamy paintings of Jordan Kasey at Nicelle Beauchene, or the likely dreamier office set E.S.P. TV has staged at Pioneer Works. The weekend brings more great art and opportunities for creative resistance: be sure to check out the Queens Museum’s event to build climate change resistance coalitions between artists and activists.

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New Museum Curators to Fly Around the World

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on August 5, 2014
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The New Museum sure is doing well in the fundraising department.

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The Venice Biennale is More Commercial Than People Think

by Paddy Johnson on June 5, 2013
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Lots of people are describing the Venice Biennale as an event untouched by the market. They are wrong.

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Thursday Links: The Venice Round-Up

by Whitney Kimball on May 30, 2013
  • For $2000/night, you can sleep over in Judd’s five-story Soho loft, immersing yourself more deeply in art than ever before. [Curbed] UPDATE: Just kidding. [Gallerist]
  • Following yesterday’s takedown of bikes, and sharing, the Observer kicks off its new column “Isn’t That Rich?,”  a column on uptown social life. This week’s edition: chauffeur-nannies, authored by Mr. Burns: “The New York Post recently wrote about parents who were passing off their classroom volunteer duties onto nannies, much to the dismay of their private schools, or rather, of the other moms, who didn’t fancy selling snickerdoodles alongside hired help at bake sales.” Seriously, this is the best thing I’ve read all week. [Observer]
  • We don’t know how we failed to link this yet, but William Powhida’s new show does a solid job of mocking “conceptually-based” market-tailored art strategies. Between the shipping crate, the neon, the digital color field, he’s basically got the Frieze bases covered. The show’s in LA, but the PDF says it all. [MAN, williampowhida]
  • Kriston Capps at Washington City Paper has an enjoyably thorough report on Hirshhorn Director Richard Koshalek’s resignation. The bigger question: is Washington willing to support large-scale, unabashedly contemporary projects on the National Mall? [City Paper]
  • In disputes over fair wages, British museum workers stage walkouts from the National Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Stonehenge, and several more. [BBC]
  • Carol Vogel’s profile on Massimiliano Gioni tells us little about the Biennale, but once again confirms that, yes, one truly can have it all. [NY Times]
  • The show is based on the “Encyclopedic Palace,” a Futurist model of a 136 foot-tall skyscraper intended to contain all of the knowledge of the world. It reflects the scope of the art world. Gioni “hop[es] every artist in the show comes across as an outsider.” [Sotheby’s]
  • HuffPo describes Ai Weiwei’s “Sacred”, a solo show collateral to the Biennale, and its six dioramas of his treatment in prison, and perfect reconstructions of his cell.  He’s also showing “Straight,” 150 tons of straightened rebar scrounged from the ruins of Chinese schools which collapsed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and killed over 5,000 children. [HuffPo]
  • Nationalgalerie Curator Udo Kittelmann isn’t happy with the choice, feeling that Ai Weiwei will overshadow the others. [TAN]
  • Charlotte Higgins observes that Weiwei’s dioramas in coffin-like black boxes, in a church, draw comparisons to self-martyrdom. Curators rush to his defense. [Guardian]
  • The Brits (at least one of them) take more of a shine to Jeremy Deller’s very British pavilion. [Guardian]
  • Twitter’s raving about Sarah Sze’s pavilion, which looks from here like blurry sticks. You just gotta be there. [museumnerd, Daily Beast]
  • Otto Muehl has died. [NY Times]
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AFC’s Top 10: Whitney Kimball

by Whitney Kimball on January 3, 2013
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2012 wasn’t such a sea of shit after all. Every month or so, as the pandering museum shows and art fairs and summer group shows and art writer resignations and auction records had me losing hope, one of these came along. Thank God for that.

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