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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: A Hot (In A Good Way) New Fair

by Michael Anthony Farley on July 11, 2017
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While the big galleries are still at the beach, the city’s museums and artist-run initiatives continue to keep us on our toes. Case and point: the Whitney’s opening the first US retrospective of Brazilian art/activism pioneer Hélio Oiticica on Friday. Speaking of art/activism, there are plenty of opportunities to get engaged this week, including talks at SVA on Wednesday and SOHO20 gallery on Sunday. The weekend’s real highlight, though, is Crushed, the inaugural Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair. Organized by former AFC teammate Matthew Leifheit, we’re expecting that to be great. Artist-made porn? Weird performances involving cake? A pop-up exhibition of vintage queer zines? Check, check, and check! We’ll see you there!

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UNTITLED: Bright Lights, Dim Content

by Paddy Johnson on November 30, 2016
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Evidence that the election results have had any impact on the art fairs were scant at best yesterday. Artist Jason Lazarus told me he kept hearing that this was the year artists would skip, but as I walked around UNTITLED., I didn’t notice any fewer artists then usual. I witnessed plenty of sales, though, and the dealers mostly seemed pleased. Collectors are aware of their upcoming tax windfall.

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The Tears That Donald Trump Brought

by Paddy Johnson on November 9, 2016
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When I did sleep last night, I dreamed I was stuck in a small hovel trying to hide from an evil demon. I told my friend there was a demon outside, but he let him in anyway and then left me to defend myself. Somehow, I knew I’d be doing it for a long time—this wasn’t the first time I had the nightmare.

The symbolism in my dreams—when it exists at all—has never been anything but obvious. I woke up to the light of my phone. It was 3 am, but there was so much activity in response to the election, that the battery was drained and the screen was on.  Donald Trump’s win of the election was already taking a toll. No one I knew slept for more than three hours.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Roleplay Edition

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on March 28, 2016
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Spring is in the New York air, and with it, a sense of fantastical possibility. Tuesday, head to BRIC to hear from powerful women in the music industry who overcame the glass ceiling to live the dream. Wednesday, Simone Subal Gallery has a show of reality-warping paintings and Thursday the New Museum is hosting a panel discussion with artists who try to do it all. Friday night, Nic Rad’s solo show at Victori + Mo imagines an art-historical alter ego to combat zombie formalism with Ab-Ex passion and millennial pop references. At Bannerette, Ash Ferlito and Clare Torina explore the potentials of oil and other media in a playful two person show. End the night drinking maybe-imaginary beer at Brooklyn’s ALL WHITE MALE ART SHOW (don’t worry, that name’s just a fantasy too).

But the weekend is where things get really surreal: Saturday is an all-day virtual reality team hackathon that invites visitors to construct their own immersive dreamscapes using a high-tech installation at Storefront for Art and Architecture. Sunday, Cao Fei gets her first museum show in the US at MoMA PS1. Expect photos of live-action-roleplaying Chinese anime fans (abvove) and narratives from her Second Life avatar.

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Should I Get An MFA? The 2016 Edition

by Rea McNamara on January 21, 2016
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Back in 2011 AFC asked the question, “Should I get an MFA?” At the time we leaned towards “No”. There were a number of reasons cited, the most pressing being that we believed it was too expensive and most artists could get the equivalent experience in the real world.

Five years later, has much changed?

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Announcing Double Crossing Brooklyn at The Brooklyn Museum

by The AFC Staff on November 9, 2015
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The Brooklyn Museum continues its long tradition of focusing on Brooklyn-based artists with a follow up to our landmark survey, “Crossing Brooklyn,” with a new show featuring works by over forty-five artists who live and/or work in Brooklyn. “Double Crossing Brooklyn: 6th Annual Real Estate Summit,” on view Tuesday November 17th featuring practices that span what Johanna Drucker has called “complicit aesthetics’ to Julia Bryan-Wilson’s identification of “Occupational Realism” the artists in the exhibition operate in the field of real estate that seek to erase boundaries between art and Capitalism. While most of the exhibition will take place in the museum’s galleries, there will also be counter programming off-site in the streets and public spaces of the Brooklyn Museum.

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The Definitive Stay in New York Reading List

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on June 26, 2015
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If you’re heading out to “Stay in New York,” Art F City’s affordable workspace conference, there’s no better time than now to catch up on the issues: artists kicked out of studios, community-building legislation, and whether artists can afford real-estate in New York. Not going? We’ve compiled a lengthy guide on the state of affordable workspace in New York City, with articles from Art F City and other online publications, professional and academic studies, and books to get you started on knowing the current state of affordable studio space in New York City. Some of these resources you may be familiar with. Others have been made publicly available here for the first time.

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