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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Carry Us?

by Whitney Kimball on May 13, 2013
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We’re feeling pretty lazy after the fairs, so lucky for us, our art has come pre-bundled. This week: three fairs are still open, Eyebeam launches its video festival, and PS1 continues its Expo on ecology. On Saturday, we get to choose between Redhook and Bushwick. Now all we need is a piggy back.

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Art Basel Satiated, Returns to Lair: All Our News From The Fairs

by The AFC Staff on December 10, 2012
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Like most art fairs, Art Basel Miami Beach is conspicuously unaware of its past. The fair closed yesterday, and already its website header has begun hyping Miami Beach 2013. As an art fair, with its accompanying talks, lounges, and VIP access, it’s something between a market and a luxury brand, and neither markets nor luxury brands have much use for memory. In the business of selling “the very best,” you shouldn’t say whether it’s more or less “best” than last year; this is most true of “the very best price.”

So if you missed it, you missed it, and good luck piecing it back together. Thankfully, AFC is here to help, chiseling snide remarks into the bedrock of history. We went to the fairs and then wrote about what we saw at the fairs, which means this: If you say you saw the things we wrote about, some people will believe that you went to the fairs, yourself. Try it out; it’s fun. When art fairs give you false forgetting, give them false memories right back.

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Which Art Fair Will End This Tournament of Pain?

by Corinna Kirsch and Whitney Kimball on April 27, 2012
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It’s art fair season. Again. Whoop-de-fucking-doo.

This non-stop barrage of art fairs and satellite fairs and online fairs and innovative, alternative fairs has been fun and all, but let's face it: we don’t enjoy spending four months out of the year writing these previews, and we suspect that galleries don’t enjoy schlepping their shit back and forth around the globe month after month. It's only a matter of time before a few winners are announced, and we can give our art-legs a break; so we've decided to help settle this thing. Time for the art fair royal rumble. This May, which fair will unleash the most ravaging can of whoop-ass ever seen?

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SEVEN To Participate in Spring Art Fairs

by Paddy Johnson on April 3, 2012
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Well, good. Postmasters’ Magda Sawon announced over Twitter yesterday, that SEVEN will participate in New York’s upcoming fairs. This means we’ll have at least one event to attend that resembles an actual exhibition, in addition to Frieze and Pulse, which run May 4th through 7, and 3rd through 6th, respectively. SEVEN launches April 28th and runs through the middle of May.

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Looking Back at Art Basel Miami 2011

by Paddy Johnson on December 6, 2011
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What happened last week while we were at South Beach Miami? We’ll leave out the details of our living quarters for the week — that’s a long tale for another day — but in case you missed some of our posts last week we’ve linked them up after the jump with short summaries. Now you’ll never be short on pictures, fair coverage, and commentary. AFC’s Will Brand took the pervert watch this year.

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An AFC Guide to the 2011 Miami Fairs

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on November 29, 2011
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The perennial advice from seasoned art fair-goers is: plan ahead. There's far too much to see in five days, and chances are, even if you have a good idea of what to see, you'll miss something you wish you hadn't. This is why you’ll want to download the Boyd Level guide and map; if you’ve never been Hyperallergic will tell you how the fair works, and oddly enough, the New York Times has the party covered. As always, we’ve got commentary. Here’s a little of that.

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