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An Avant Garde Diaries Dispatch: Agathe Snow and Bill Beckley on the NYC Party Scene

by Gabriela Vainsencher on August 27, 2013
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Sometimes art and fun times go hand in hand. The dadaists partied at Cabaret Voltaire, Andy Warhol and friends had The Factory, and Ross Bleckner was not only a permanent fixture of The Mudd Club—he owned the building. Party scenes have traditionally been open, accepting environments to which artists were drawn.

Inspired by the recent show at Friedman Benda gallery And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music, the latest installment of The Avant/Garde Diaries takes an intimate look at two artists in the show: Bill Beckley and Agathe Snow.

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Surreal Installation Grabs Attention of Avant/Garde Diaries

by Ian Marshall on July 2, 2013
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With the current popularity of MoMA’s temporary rain room, 2013 seems to be shaping up to be a good year for weather-based art installations. Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, featured in a new segment from Avant/Garde Diaries, practices his own weather-inspired installation by creating small clouds in interior spaces.

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Historian Barry Lewis Explains the Importance of Jefferson Market Courthouse

by Paddy Johnson on May 13, 2013
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The Avant/Garde Dairies should interview more historians. Barry Lewis, an architectural historian, who speaks like he’s been lecturing at institutions across the country all his life, is the subject of their latest segment and he’s absolutely captivating.

Here, he discusses the Jefferson Market Courthouse, a library made of red brick that’s located in Greenwich Village. “What could be avant garde about that?” Lewis asks rhetorically before explaining the long forgotten taboos of the 19th century. At the time exposing the structural materials such as brick was simply not done; architects were expected to place such materials behind beautified walls.

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The Avant/Garde Diaries: Aaron Rose & Watts Towers

by Paddy Johnson on August 8, 2012
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Objects tell their own stories. Their materials reveal details about place, the form tells us about the maker. Perhaps there is no better example of this than The Watts Towers in California, a series of seventeen spindly structures that look like radio towers built by aliens. Close up, it’s easy to see the details of artist Simon Rodia’s lifelong obsession: streams of countless bottles, seashells, and other bits of refuse carefully tiled into a web of arches, loops, and stems. He called the work “Nuestro Pueblo”, Spanish for “our town”.

The Watts Towers are the subject of The Avant/Garde Diaries latest short featuring filmmaker Aaron Rose. Rose, an ex-gallerist turned documentary filmmaker explains that his attraction to Rodia stems from his own interest in art makers slightly outside the mainstream purview.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

by Sponsors on April 28, 2012

We would like to take a brief moment to thank this month’s sponsors. These are the organizations and companies that keep us publishing, so be sure to check them out! They are:

ArtPrize , Pulse Art Fair, BAMart Silent Auction, Saatchi Online, Dumbo Arts Festival, Norte Maar, UncommonGoods, Adam Lindemann, Storefront Bushwick,
Unnamed Musical, EFA Project Space, Pernod Art & Absinthe Guide , Artspan, FIT Art Market MA Program, “Oh hey. What’s going on?”, Art Systems, Tyler Summer Painting & Sculpture Intensives, 950 Hart Gallery, Claremont Graduate University MFA, The Avant/Garde Diaries, and Artists Wanted.

If you are interested in advertising on Art Fag City, please get in touch with Nectar Ads, the Art Ad Network.

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[Sponsor] The Avant/Garde Diaries

by Sponsors on March 12, 2012
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The Avant/Garde Diaries is a digital portrait magazine that invites leading creatives to talk about the cutting edge of art, design, fashion, music and film.

In each digital portrait, featured diarists are asked to introduce someone or something they consider to be ahead of their time. The result is a collection of very personal snapshots that celebrate new ways of thinking and spread inspiration. Be sure to check out the complete video portrait library at theavantgardediaries.com.

On March 29th The Avant/Garde Diaries will host a festival-night full of music, art and performances at H.C. Andersen Slottet (Tivoli) in Copenhagen.

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