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This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Superstar Pee

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on October 5, 2015
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Plan to spend at least part of your time at major exhibition openings in New York this week. This Wednesday the New Museum opens their Jim Shaw exhibition, an artist who has been referred to as the posterboy for “junk shop sublime”. (He incorporates a lot of second hand work into his sculptures and installations.) Come Sunday the quinquennial survey show everyone loves to hate—Greater New York—opens at MoMA PS1. No artist list has been released, but we’re sure this show will be better than the last if for no other reason than the bar was set so low. Critic Christian Viveros-Faune, when complaining of the pains the 2010 show took to be politically correct hilariously concluded, “No matter—black Jesus floating down from on high with a strap-on would not improve this disaster of an assembly one iota.” We’re hoping an artist has made that work for this exhibition.

The rest of the week’s events include a talk by artist, writer, lawyer and teacher Sergio Munoz Sarmiento which will focus on property through the lens of the law and art and Taner Ceylan’s opening of hyper-realistic borderline gay porn paintings. The most promising opening, though, is a solo show of work by Brigid Berlin, a Warhol Superstar who once boasted about a daily routine that involved throwing her coat off on the floor, dropping her pants and pissing. Can’t wait to see what’s in that show!

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Newscasters Make Art

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on March 24, 2014
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This week leaves us with very little time: Roberta and Jerry do a rare public joint interview, professional newscasters perform a Liz Magic Laser piece, and artists do stand-up. More stars emerge from the Whitney Biennial, a Greenpoint horror film premieres, and Abrons Art Center hosts a day for disabilities.

But make sure to clear your schedule for the most important event of all, our co-hosted panel on studio affordability.

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We're Going to Open Studios!

by Art Fag City on April 25, 2012
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This week, AFC staff will be scouring the city for undiscovered masters thanks to the plethora of open studios. Who knows what we'll find, but here's a heads-up as to where we'll be and why.

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[Sponsor] School of Visual Arts MFA program in Art Criticism & Writing is now accepting applications for Fall 2012

by Sponsors on February 13, 2012
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The MFA program in Art Criticism & Writing is one of the only graduate writing programs in the world that focuses specifically on criticism. This program is not involved in “discourse production” or the prevarications of curatorial rhetoric, but rather in the practice of criticism writ large, aspiring to literature.

The practice of criticism involves making finer and finer distinctions among like things, but it is also a way to ask fundamental questions about art and life. The MFA program in Art Criticism & Writing is designed to give students a grounding in the philosophical and historical bases of criticism, to improve both their writing and their seeing, and to provide sources that they can draw on for the rest of their lives. Critics cannot afford to be specialists, so our curriculum is wide-ranging.

We are now accepting applications for the fall 2012 term. Generous departmental scholarships are available on a competitive basis. To download an application, go to, or contact us at, or (212) 592-2408 for further information.

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Friday Links! All We See Is Crime in the City

by Art Fag City on December 23, 2011
  • Do the phrases “SVA student” and “crime-fighting” sound like they belong in the same sentence? They should. Levent Cetiner, a young Chelsean had placed a a camera outside his apartment as part of an art project. He was at his computer a few blocks away on Wednesday night when he received an email with images of a burglar trying to make off with thousands of dollars worth of electronics from his home. The burglar was caught and Cetiner got all his gear back. It sounds so badass, now all Cetiner probably needs is a riot shield to hold back the ladies. [CBS]
  • This year, Hennessey Youngman proved that you really can’t explain Post-structuralism or Relational Aesthetics without dropping the F-bomb. In an interview with Jennifer Sullivan posted yesterday, he attributes his rising star quality to Art Fag City love. It’s true we were out there pretty early on this one, but credit where credit is due: Slacktory‘s meme genius Nick Douglas was our source on this one. [Vimeo]
  • This week, we saw some disquieting indications of an “epidemic” of metal sculpture thefts in the UK. The loss of Barbara Hepworth’s “Two Forms (Divided Circle)” was likened to the loss of a two-ton Henry Moore sculpture from a few years back. In North Yorkshire, a metal rhinoceros was taken from a college in North Yorkshire. All three are likely to be sold for scrap as metal prices continue to rise. Time to police your lawns people. [Daily Mail]
  • Congress is entertaining a droite de suite bill that would give artists a percentage of the resale of their work in large auction houses, and nobody seems to think it’s a good idea. Dealers say it will discourage trading, and Freakonomists say it will lower the prices on the initial buy, adversely affecting the careers of artists who are just getting started. [Guardian]
  • Mr. Brainwash won’t leave us alone. His new exhibition on La Brea Ave resembles a county fair but without the cows, funnel cake, or enjoyment. Explaining the project, the artist told reporters that, “It’s not about selling art, it’s about putting on a show….If I can inspire just one person to follow his dreams, then I will be happy.” Who knew an artist could sound so much like Jessica Simpson? [Culture Monster]
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Weekend Links!

by Paddy Johnson on October 30, 2011

  • NEA study finds “artists’ median wages and salaries ($43,000 in 2009) are higher than the median for the whole labor force ($39,000). Yet artists as a whole earn far less than the median wage of the “professional” category of workers ($54,000), to which they belong.” Not sure how valuable these findings are though, given that these numbers are drawn by lumping designers, architects, artists and writers into one group. [NEA]
  • Cartoonist Lynda Barry Will Make You Believe in Yourself. [NYTimes]
  • Karen Rosenberg dislikes slides, pools and anything else fun. A reasonable position on the Höller show at the New Museum, but it’s too bad she ends up sounding like a stick-in-the-mud. [NYTimes]
  • Jacob Kassay, the art world’s newest art star, describes his work as “much more boring than people are taking it for”. He makes achromatic surfaces by dipping canvases in electrified silver solution. I suspect part of the reason this work is so popular amongst collectors is that it’s impossible to document. [The New Yorker: Warning, Paywall!]
  • Recommended: Jeannette Doyle at The Warhol Museum. []
  • Upcoming: The Reluctant Doctorate, A PHD program for artists at SVA. A bunch of PHDs talk about whether this is a good idea. November 3rd. [SVA]
  • Apparently Peter Schjeldahl supports Occupy Museums. [Paddy Johnson]
  • Watch Slavoj Zizek talk about Occupy Wall Street. [Youtube]
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