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The Art F City Insider’s Guide to the Art Fairs

by Paddy Johnson on May 12, 2015
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Let’s recap last year’s Frieze Week: It sucked. There was almost no remarkable art at Frieze, leaving NADA as the main fair. NADA was good, but still—one fair worth talking in a field just shy of dozen is nothing to write home about.

This year, we have reason to believe the week will be much better.

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This Week’s Must See Events: A Room Full of Petroleum Gel

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on April 14, 2014
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Thank god we’re (mostly) giving ourselves a break from political coverage this week with an art bingefest: art which is concerned primarily with cat food art, food’lberities, a room full of petroleum gel, and dicks. Back to the good ol’ classic dick blogging.

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What Discussion At Frieze Actually Looks Like

by Paddy Johnson on May 6, 2012
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How many different people do you have to shake to get art institutions and businesses to wake up? Our actions as employers affect the quality of life of others. We know this—in general, the art community votes for socially responsible policies—and yet our own labor practices are amongst the very worst across all professions.

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The AFC Frieze Fair Slideshow: Warhol Where Art Thou?

by Paddy Johnson on May 4, 2012
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If you've already seen enough of Jennifer Rubell's vagina nutcracker at Frieze you're in luck. We left that out of our slide show in favor of plastering the background of my twitter feed with that mannequin’s legs. We're all class here.

As for the trends; ceramics and horses are in, photography, Warhol and uteruses are waaay out. Look forward to Will Brand's analysis on whatever this means later this weekend. I'm guessing it'll have something to do with cats.

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Monday Links!

by Paddy Johnson on October 3, 2011

  • Apparently post-modernism is defined, at least in part, by unusable ironic teapots. [V&A Review – The Guardian]
  • Marina Abramovic’s 3.5 mil. Soho apartment now for sale. Nice place, but, um, sterile. [Curbed]
  • Today at 5:30 Occupy Wall Street Rallies for the locked out art handlers at Sotheby’s. [Occupy Wall Street Agenda]
  • Music critic Christopher Weingarten had the best weekend ever Public Enemy pulled him onstage and proclaimed their love for his twitter feed, 1000timesyes. Naturally, the whole account is available over twitter. [@1000timesyes]
  • How to kick Diet Coke: Start drinking selzer. [eatocracy]
  • Expect to hear more about Kate Middleton. She likes art and apparently is talking to a few London museums about throwing some support their way. [Telegraph]
  • Frieze Art Fair launches next week. What to do. [ArtInfo]
  • Paul Slocum got into working with technology in elementary school when he took a summer class for kids to learn Logo graphics programming on the Texas Instruments 99/4a computer. He also reads a lot of religious philosophy [Rhizome.]
  • Looking for a new bank? helps you find local credit unions. [Steve Lambert]
  • A ginormous profile of New York dealer Paula Cooper [The Observer]


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