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Alex Da Corte Takes On The Founding Fathers In ‘A Man Full Of Trouble’

by Emily Colucci on November 17, 2016
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Now that the country has elected a threatening Wizard of Oz figure for president, any art that takes aim at the myth of American exceptionalism feels pretty relevant. The democratic dream created in 1787 looks a lot like a nightmare in 2016. And with the news of White House staff and potential Cabinet appointments reading like a list of supervillains, it’s refreshing when art can articulate a pointed skepticism of America’s promise.

Alex Da Corte’s A Man Full Of Trouble at Maccarone provides some of that much-needed critique. The work here launches a timely reassessment of America through a combination of its storied colonial past and its kitsch-filled, worn out present.

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We Went to Philly Part 2: ICA

by Michael Anthony Farley Whitney Kimball on June 23, 2016
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Four shows: many tiny paintings, one huge painting, art with moms, and TOO MANY VIDEOS.

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We Went to Philly Part 1: Vox Populi

by Michael Anthony Farley Whitney Kimball on June 21, 2016
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Michael: I like this collection of small shows because it’s like a survey of what’s hot on the NADA circuit without being as polished or obnoxiously-soul-less as an art fair. (How sad is it that art fairs now feel like the default art-viewing point of reference?) Houseplants! Oversized clothes! Cartoonish vaginas! These are all trends we’ve talked about before, and they’re all trends I’m 100% on board with.
Whitney: I think it’s safe to say by now that plants are no longer a trend; they are a medium (except for potted palms).

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An Artist’s Guide to the Democratic Primaries

by Michael Anthony Farley on April 8, 2016
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In this increasingly heated primary contest, two of the issues that impact our readers most haven’t exactly been hot-button topics. Candidates rarely discuss funding for the arts or affordable housing in the nation’s rapidly-gentrifying cities.

New Yorkers head to the polls Tuesday, April 19th, and the art school meccas of Providence, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New Haven will be casting their ballots one week later, on April 27th. The Democratic race for New York has been especially tense, with the April 14th debate at Brooklyn Navy Yard looming on the horizon. How in touch are the candidates with issues pertinent to our readers? For starters, neither one knows how to ride the subway. But both have been staunch advocates for the arts and make claims that they’ll tackle the nation’s affordable housing crisis. I’ve done some digging on how their records on those issues stack up.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Important Retrospective; Snowden Documentary; AFC Q&A’s

by Whitney Kimball on January 19, 2015
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AFC editors take panels by storm; Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras speaks at Artists Space; and the first U.S. retrospective of “one of the most prominent artists working in Southeast Asia” comes to the SculptureCenter.

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This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Get Your Ass to This Contemporary Fluxus Theater Event

by Corinna Kirsch and Whitney Kimball on November 3, 2014
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And plenty of other talks, fairs, and openings in which you can take your ass.

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The Force Field Project: Jo-Mar Warehouse Gets Shut Down

by Paddy Johnson and Henry Kaye on June 24, 2014
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The Jo-Mar warehouse was issued a stop-work order for violating building, electrical, plumbing, and zoning codes. As a result of these issues, Shift Capital did not have a certificate of occupancy, which made any occupancy illegal.

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