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NADA Highlights, Part 1

by Michael Anthony Farley on December 4, 2015
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Now in it’s 12th year, NADA Miami Beach is still full of surprises, even compared to younger satellite fairs. For the first time, NADA is taking place in the storied Fontainebleau hotel. Since 2009, the fair had been located in the nearby Deauville’s quirkier, seemingly grander mid-century ballrooms. Paddy had mixed feelings about that context, but I find myself missing it. The Fontainebleau’s more recently-renovated spaces feel a little more generic and paradoxically fancier but less glamorous. The ceiling is lower, there’s no sweeping ocean view from the booths, and visitors must now pay a $20 admission fee. This iteration of NADA is only slightly geographically closer to the convention center, but significantly less far-off from Art Basel proper in spirit.

But while we were disappointed by Basel’s predictability and lack of variety, NADA 2015 is wonderfully inconsistent. NADA’s exhibitors seem to have grown out of a collective trend-invested “cool kid” adolescence and matured into thoughtfully idiosyncratic connoisseurship. Gone are the days of interchangeable booths with matching pastel-and-neon abstractions—here there’s a greater diversity of good work than we’ve witnessed at art fairs recently. Part of this might be attributed to NADA’s shifting demographics: the fair feels less New-York-centric and more international. Many of the booths that impressed us the most were from Germany, Latin America, or Japan. 

Below, highlights from the fair, delightfully all over the map:

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MoMA PS1’s Greater New York Artist List Announced

by Paddy Johnson on October 5, 2015
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Let’s cut to the chase. Who’s on the list and what do we make of it? A few observations.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: So Many Romantic Loners

by The AFC Staff on April 15, 2015
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This week, the art world plays punk teen-fantasy dress-up: feminist CD-ROMs, soap-opera karaoke, protest discussions, and DIY costumes. Whee!

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Recommended Shows: Downtown, Michael Bell-Smith; Uptown, Saul Steinberg

by Corinna Kirsch and Whitney Kimball on October 15, 2014
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In perhaps the total opposite of Lorna Mills at OCAD (our previous post) Michael Bell-Smith envisions an Internet of banality; uptown, you can find a quiet overview of works by the thoughtfully puzzling New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Live From Grand Rapids!

by Corinna Kirsch and Whitney Kimball on October 6, 2014
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Cancel whatever you’re doing at 7 PM tonight, readers. Paddy Johnson will be critiquing the finalists of ArtPrize, in the 3D and time-based categories. (Peruse the finalists here. Watch the Livestream here.) The stakes are high; we expect some animated debate to light up twitter tonight.

And the rest of the week looks equally promising: fashion snarker Simon Doonan talks menswear, the New York Film Fest continues, and Philadelphia’s Vox Populi Gallery sees a weekend filled with Videofreex, Jeanine Oleson, and Jaimie Warren.

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This Week’s Must See Events: No Rest for the Weary

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on March 31, 2014
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Any art nerd who’s dreaming of taking this week off needs to take another look at their calendar. Galleries across the city are opening new shows, and there are plenty of talks too. Between art star Matthew Barney’s tell-all talk with Sir Norman Rosenthal at The 92nd Y this and upcoming talent Sara Cwynar’s show opening at Foxy Production this Friday, you’ll not lack art to see and discuss.

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The Official Art F City Performa 13 Guide

by Whitney Kimball on October 31, 2013
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Thanks to Performa, we’re looking forward to a month of actual art—hopefully with less of a commercial focus than we’re used to seeing around New York. Given Performa’s ability to identify great artists, its depth of historical engagement, and the independent nature of performance art, you’re bound to find some great work this month. It’s also humongous (for better or worse). You need our guide.

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NADA Slideshow: What We Liked

by Will Brand and Paddy Johnson on December 7, 2012
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Half the Lower East Side transplanted itself in Miami this week for NADA, so we decided to join them. We spent most of yesterday hanging out with the 70 plus international exhibitors at the fair, and have a slideshow with commentary to show for it. What we liked below.

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