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We Went to Chelsea, Vol. 3

by The AFC Staff on June 12, 2012
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In another installment of We Went to Chelsea, we tell you why we’re not crazy about most of what’s up below 23rd Street. Next month, we’ll go higher. Our comments within on Gilbert and George, Tauba Auerbach, Brice Marden, Alice Neel, Philippe Decrauzat, Richteriana, and so much more.

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Current Chelsea Status: Fun

by Whitney Kimball on December 16, 2011
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In an effort to cover more art before shows close, AFC decided to visit a handful of galleries and report what we saw. More than usual, I wanted to stay longer. Here are my notes from five shows at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Mixed Greens, Paula Cooper, and Tanya Bonakdar.

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Creature: An Interview With Haim Steinbach

by Paddy Johnson on November 3, 2011
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What do you say to a guy who’s most frequently described as the artist who “radically redefined the status of the object in art”? I don’t usually get nervous about biography points like this, but I made an exception for Haim Steinbach. Unlike a lot of art, there’s no answer key to his angular shelves and arrangement of objects – and that can make a viewer nervous. Certainly, it affected me; it took two anxiety-filled weeks just produce a 700-word review on his show at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery last month, and I still worry about whether I got it right.

Steinbach himself, though, isn’t quite so intimidating. Now 67, the New York-based artist seems just as interested in the door hinge next to him as he might be about any given conversation. He’s obsessed with objects in the world around him. Recently, we talked about how that intense focus informs his work and thinking.

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Art Fag City at The L Magazine: Haim Steinbach, Riddle Me This…

by Paddy Johnson on October 12, 2011
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“That show?!” Not long ago I made a passing comment about how much I liked Haim Steinbach’s exhibition Creature at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (through October 22), and it didn’t go over well. Some people I spoke to criticized the artist’s work for having remained “the same” for over 25 years; others thought his object arrangements weren’t nearly as poignant as Jeff Koons. I don’t agree with either criticism.

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Gillian Wearing: “People” at Tanya Bonakdar

by Will Brand on June 6, 2011
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“I drink menstrual blood, straight from the source.” So opens one of the interviews in Gillian Wearing's show at Tanya Bonakdar, an emotionally exhausting but exceptionally fruitful examination of portraiture and catharsis. Wearing has long been interested in portraiture — its aesthetics, its effect on the subject, its ability to reveal and conceal — and this show feels like a natural progression of that, containing some of her best work to date.

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Recommended Shows – Plus Ratings!

by Corinna Kirsch on February 18, 2011
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I like art, but sometimes I want to convey by how much, and a simple thumbs-up won’t always cut it. Art Fag City has started rating its Recommended Show Listings. We’re not exactly Pitchfork, but maybe just a little bit. Our latest reviews complete with numerical ratings after the jump.

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Liz Larner at Tanya Bonakdar

by Corinna Kirsch on February 16, 2011
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Liz Larner Date: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2011 – SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH 2011 Venue: Tanya Bonakdar, 521 West 21st Street New York, NY 10011 AFC’s Rating: 6/10 (Corinna Kirsch) Liz Larner’s sculptures imply action and transformation, seemingly broken and contorted by prior events. In smile (alluvium), a stubby sculpture protrudes from a pile of crushed ceramic shards; 6, a crumpled outline […]

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