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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Skip Most Fairs, See The Real Hennessy Youngman

by Michael Anthony Farley on May 1, 2017
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Plan comfortable shoes for the week: it’s another inundation of art fairs and satellite events.

Thankfully, Frieze and SPRING/BREAK’s new Brooklyn offshoot are the only big fairs we’re recommending by now, so fair fatigue shouldn’t be too much of a problem. But of course, the city is packed with art star openings, book launches, and more brunches than you can shake a croissant at. We’ve done you the favor of skimming only the best of the best events this week though, to save you from too much overload.

Highlights include Roxy Paine’s creepy interiors at Paul Kasmin Tuesday night, Martin Roth’s Twitter-fed lavender farm at the Austrian Cultural Forum on Wednesday, and Jon Rafman’s screening and book launch at Printed Matter on Thursday. If you’re not fair-pooped after Friday, check out Salon 94’s demon-wrestling solo show from Jayson Musson (of “Hennessy Youngman” fame) on Saturday and Columbia MFA candidates paying tribute to Walter Benjamin at the Jewish Museum on Sunday.

So much more below…

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We Went to Philly Part 2: ICA

by Michael Anthony Farley Whitney Kimball on June 23, 2016
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Four shows: many tiny paintings, one huge painting, art with moms, and TOO MANY VIDEOS.

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Venus Over Manhattan Delivers Art in the Form of Cars

by Corinna Kirsch on December 7, 2013
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Take an elevator to the 7th floor of an open-air parking garage, and you’ll find Piston Head, an exhibition of over a dozen artist-designed cars, motorcycles, and trucks shipped from all over the world.

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We Went to Chelsea: Blue Chip Edition, Part One

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on March 27, 2013
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Mitchell-Innes & Nash smells like hamster shavings, the quality of paintings made out of paint brushes at Paul Kasmin is debatable, and Zach Feuer’s Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg ain’t for kids.

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Highlights from Art Basel Miami Beach

by Paddy Johnson Corinna Kirsch and Will Brand on December 6, 2012
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Art Basel Miami Beach is not fun, but sometimes, through the fluorescent lighting, puzzle-piece layout, and brazen privilege, you see some art you like. This is not a typical sentiment at an art fair, populated as they are with the type of work only a catnipped cat would love. However, this year we—and a few others—noticed something a little fishy: for an art fair, the work was in surprisingly good taste.

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Art Basel Miami Beach: Slideshow and Commentary

by Will Brand and Corinna Kirsch on December 6, 2012
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Art Basel Miami Beach is, as always, an overwhelming experience. There is art, impossible amounts of it, shiny and glossy and kinetic. There are people, hidden within the silicone husks of slightly younger people, who all seem to be terribly important. There are many kind words but few kind looks.

Basel’s not as bad as it might be, really. This year the fish are biting, and the quality of the work overall is fairly high. There is, in the depths of its 250-odd galleries, art worth looking at. We’ll have a fuller report later today; in the meantime, here are 29 samples of what’s on show, with our comments.

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A Talk With The Kitchen’s Executive Director Tim Griffin

by Paddy Johnson on June 27, 2012
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The Kitchen has had a good couple of months program-wise. We raved about Virginia Overton’s site specific sculptures. We should have raved about their group show Creative Destruction, because it was one of the best shows of the year so far. Everyone raved over Matt Wolf’s screening of I Remember, A Film About Joe Brainard. We like what we’ve seen.

Accordingly, we tracked down The Kitchen’s Executive Director Tim Griffin and asked him a few questions.

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14 Shows You’ve Gotta See in April

by The AFC Staff on April 6, 2012
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Good artworks, like good bears, hibernate. For months, they can’t be found; but now, with the gradual lengthening of days, they’re poking their heads back out, and taking refuge in warming galleries.

But which?

Art Fag City is here to help. With the assistance of local guides and our own expertise, we’ve determined a few select locations where you may be fortunate enough to see good art in the wild. If you spot it, be sure to be quiet, and move slowly; good art is very easily frightened. Good luck!

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We Went To Chelsea, Vol. 2

by The AFC Staff on April 4, 2012
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This week, another installment of our radical idea of telling people whether the art we saw was any good. As always, it’s a mixed bag; this week we looked at shows by Virginia Overton, Fred Sandback, Stan Douglas, Moyra Davey, Vibha Galhotra, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Douglas Huebler, Dan Walsh, and Ugo Rondione.

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