Art collective Open Space is bringing their seventh anual Publications and Multiples Fair back to the Baltimore Design School. The event brings over 130 exhibitors (mostly artist-run spaces and small publishers) together from multiple cities and is a must-see on the DIY circuit. The fair opens next weekend, April 9th & 10th, and is free and open to the public from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
AFC fans might remember Open Space as the auteurs of “Stupid Bar,” our neighbor at The Artist-Run at SATELLITE in Miami. If you enjoyed those antics, you’ll be sure to not only love PMF, but be impressed at the collective’s organizational skills beyond cocktails and karaoke (don’t worry, the afterparties promise to be just as riotous). PMF is always one of my favorite art events of the year, and this edition features many more familiar faces from the Artist-Run show (April Camlin, Platform, and Terrault Contemporary to name a few) as well as AFC buddies such as the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Bmore Art, The Contemporary, and TRANSMITTER. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some affordable artwork—I think the most I’ve ever “splurged” was around $80, which netted me two custom bags overflowing with limited edition screenprints, zines, and t-shirts.
Still from Toshio Matsumoto’s “For the Damaged Right Eye,” 1968, now on view at the Japan Society.
For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979 is on view at the Japan Society through January 10th. This looks like it will be a good show. [Blouin Artinfo]
Frieze week is being described as a test for the art market following a record-breaking spring but a tumultuous summer. The verdict? Sales seem to be off to a pretty good start. [Bloomberg]
In related news, Phillips’s auction sold out on the first day of London’s art-buying week, signifying that the art market is still strong and that the auction house might be a challenger to the supremacy of Christie’s and Sotheby’s. [Art Market Monitor]
But the best part of Frieze week is probably Misako & Rosen’s booth, where Ken Kagami is drawing personalized caricatures of fair attendees’ penises and breasts. [artnet News]
Flux Factory’s Fall Benefit Banquet has arrived. It’s a five course vegetarian meal and open bar for $85 on November 6th. Pick your tickets up. [Eventbrite]
Submissions close on Saturday for Platform Gallery’s second annual juried exhibition. I (Michael) am on the jury along with Alex Ebstein and Wickerham & Lomax. You should apply! Prizes! [Platform]
Wow. Here’s 5,000 words on how American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister,development critic, surveyor, and historianHenry David Thoreau was the biggest dick ever. [The New Yorker]
Galleria Continua, the Italian gallery that represents Anish Kapoor, is opening a location in Havana, Cuba with an exhibition by Kapoor. I wonder if other galleries are going to follow as the country’s relationship with the global community improves. [The Art Newspaper]
Brooklyn-based Esther Ruiz waxes philosophical on art history, sci-fi, and mythology in her neon-filled solo exhibition The Whole is Other than the Sum of its Parts, now on view at Baltimore’s Platform Gallery.
Submit a subway-inspired GIF to “Animating Transit,” an exhibition inspired by the trains New Yorkers love (and love to hate). You have until Sunday, June 21 at midnight to see your GIF in the online and offline exhibition, so hurry! Here’s all the deets.
But what if I don’t have any ideas for GIFs about the subway?
Of course you do! New York City’s subways are incredible. They’re the best option we have for getting around the city. And they’re full of history. Sure, there’s delays, overcrowding, and the occasional signal problem. But you never know what’s going to happen!
Will the 7 train be delayed—again? Maybe you’ll sit next to someone eating sticky, gooey BBQ wings without abandon. And what about the rats! So exciting.
For those of you who like GIFs, but don’t make them can come out to celebrate for the one-night PLATFORM event held the night of June 24 at the Transit Museum (a museum that’s located underground inside an abandoned subway). It’ll feature several screenings, exhibitions, and performances, with clowns, prayer beads, and dancing. See the full schedule here. Get $5 off when you enter the AFCREATE discount code at checkout.