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It’s the End of The World As We Know It

by The AFC Staff on December 28, 2012
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This year, the art world became more dysfunctional than usual. As such, we talked about social injustice, power struggles, and uneven distribution of wealth seemingly endlessly. Who knows if it helped, but writing these ten posts made us feel just a little bit better.

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Links, “S” Edition: Sarkozy, Sol, and Syarmulkes

by Corinna Kirsch on February 3, 2012
  • A style trend piece we can get behind: Sol LeWitt yarmulkes. [Tablet]
  • France doesn’t have enough poor people who support President Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy hired some fake laborers to attend a press conference. [France 24]
  • Even though SOPA’s dead, there’s still another bill to stress out about: The Research Works Act. This act would restrict “public access to scholarly material and research.” So far, the Modern Language Association and the American Library Association have expressed public opposition to the bill. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]
  • Ja Rule thinks prison “is amazing.” While serving time upstate, Ja Rule made friends with the former executive of Tyco and traded stock tips with other white-collar criminals. [Gothamist]
  • In other prison-related news, at least one opportunistic curator had a studio visit with Ai Weiwei just a few days after he was placed under house arrest from the Chinese government. [Magasin 3]
  • Mike Kelley’s old band, Destroy All Monsters, has plenty of raw film footage online. [YouTube]
  • One of the strangest one-liners I’ve read recently: “The Museum of Modern Art is now in the entertainment business.”  What museum isn’t? [Artforum]
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Join the National Protest and Stop SOPA and PIPA

by Paddy Johnson on January 17, 2012
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Tomorrow only readers will see a small change in our site — load any Art Fag City URL and a splash will appear asking you to sign a petition protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister in the senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Those are bills that, if passed, would give the US government unprecedented options for shutting down sites that are suspected of “engaging in, enabling or facilitating” copyright infringement. SOPA, in particular, would, among ohter things, allow the government to delete authoritative DNS records and force your ISP to give your computer false DNS information if you request a suspected site.

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Monday Links: Beer Buys Friends and Butts Are Back

by Art Fag City on January 16, 2012

  • It's amazing what buying people over $100,000 worth of beer will do to an artist's career. Cyprien Gaillard, who won the Nationalgalerie's €50,000 prize back in September, has now won the People's Choice award for the same exhibition. [Artinfo]
  • We just found this YouTube video of Julian Schnabel giving advice and his words of wisdom seemto reflect the arc of this artist’s career. Sample advice: “If you win, you win, and if you lose, you win.”
  • SOPA's dead; it's not dead. Facing a presidential veto, the bill may be over, but this isn't stopping fears over PIPA. No word yet about how this will affect the Emergency NY Tech Meetup this Wednesday, January 18th. We’re planning on attending. [BoingBoing]
  • Everyone’s thinking about big butts. [Gawker]
  • Damien Hirst is now a lifestyle brand. At least, the Gagosian shop is betting on it. You can now buy official dot-inspired keychains, cufflinks, tea towels, and wall clocks. [Gagosian]
  • Picasso was trumped as 2011's top-earner at auction by a Chinese artist you've probably never heard of before. [The Huffington Post]
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