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The Best of Art F City, 2015

by Rea McNamara on December 31, 2015
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Revisiting the ‘Simple Net Art Diagram’, reviewing an art fair’s virtual tour, calling out Georg Baselitz, breaking news on the USC MFA Class, and even bringing back nerdocracy. Readers, we truly feel a real sense of accomplishment for the stories we wrote in 2015, especially after amassing them in a ‘Best of’ list such as this. We not only paid artists to attend art fairs, but also investigated sexism is arts publishing and even had two Renaissance cosmetics experts dish on body hair removal. Who else publishes this shit? No one.

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The Art F City Guide to the 2015 Armory Week Fairs

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on March 2, 2015
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Bad news for those planning to do anything other than look at art this week: Your week is fucked. It’s Armory Week, which for art professionals and lovers alike means a marathon of art-viewing practically guaranteed to hurt your eyes at some point. There’s treatment for these kinds of injuries, but the best advice we can offer is to simply be careful out there.

Don’t overdo it. Eat well. Get lots of rest. You’ll need it.

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Dealers Take Another Look at the ADAA

by Whitney Kimball on March 11, 2013
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Five years in the art world count like dog years. In 2007, we had dealers like Paul Kasmin speaking about the ADAA’s art show in stark terms; this year, they’ve changed their tune.

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by Alex McLeod on March 7, 2013
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[Editor’s note: We invited artist Alex McLeod to provide commentary on some of the fairs. His slideshow below.]


[Slideshow after the jump.]

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Tuesday Links: Writers Explain Why Everyone Else is Wrong

by Whitney Kimball on January 15, 2013
  • Ben Davis doesn’t want to write another piece about the poisonous art market, but he believes it’s his responsibility, so he’s doing it. We’re glad he did. He singles out the big three that are ruining art for everybody: unsustainable contradictions (often, artists making wink art about money) inequality, and terrible people. “…personally, I feel that art is too important to become PR for tycoons,” he writes, “no matter how much they want to pay to make it so.” Amen, brother. [ARTinfo]
  • That Davis quote reminds us of a Bob Nickas quote tweeted by Karen Archey over the weekend. “Wealthy and powerful people—and boring people, and famous people—use art and artists to legitimize themselves.” [VICE]
  • 18 human heads found in box at the airport, only Gawker seems to notice that that’s weird. [Gawker]
  • Painting needs some categories in order to go anywhere, so writer Richard Kalina has made some. Basically, they are “mimetic” and “abstract.” [Brooklyn Rail]
  •  Remember when the Armory show was a shocking event? Neither do we, but this WNYC episode describes how the art there once helped the plunge into “absolute chaos and nightmare.” [WNYC]
  •  Erin Kissane does a good job of explaining why the Atlantic was wrong to run a sponsored article for Scientology. []
  •  Facebook just announced the new “graph search” feature that answers Facebook-specific questions like “restaurants my friends have been to” and “photos I’ve liked.” [CBS]
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A Play-By-Play Recap of Tom Sachs’s Space Program

by Whitney Kimball on June 20, 2012
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Two of the final hours of Tom Sach’s Mars Program, in excruciating detail.

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Friday Links!

by Reid Singer on October 7, 2011

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