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This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Edit Your Heart Out

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on March 3, 2015
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This week will not be defined by free time. Bjork opens this week at MoMA; for a bag of money you can see it before the public does at The Armory Show’s benefit for MoMA. Anicka Yi will debut a new bacteria made out of women at the Kitchen. Bleeps and bloops will be heard at the Museum of the Moving Image. Or you can spend your weekend sitting at a computer at the 2015 Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

Our entirely biased, completely compromised listing advises readers to head out to “Art and the Cloud,” a discussion about collecting digital art moderated by AFC’s Paddy Johnson. Panelists include controversial art advisor and collector Stefan Simchowitz, collector David Diamond, independent curator and consultant Myriam Vanneschi, and Transfer Gallery founder Kelani Nichole.

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Paddles ON! Auction Exceeds Estimates in Developing Digital Market

by Paddy Johnson on July 3, 2014
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How successful was tonight’s Paddles ON! sale of digital art in London? On its face pretty good. Phillips sale totaled £83,500 ($113,636.83), exceeding their high estimate for the sale at £67,150 ($91,392.43). Dig a little deeper, though, and the results of the auction as a whole, which included 22 lots, suggest a still developing market: Five lots went unsold and four sold for under their estimates. Two unremarkable abstract panels that sold for as much as five times their estimate boosted the evenings sale numbers. Michael Staniak’s IMG_885, a monochrome painting made of casting compound and acrylic on board, brought in the most; it sold for £25,000, £20,250 over its £4,750 estimate. Trailing Staniak came Michael Manning’s Chinese Broccolini Torta, a pastel digital print on canvas which sold for £15,000, £10,000 over its £5,000 estimate.

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