Jerry Saltz’s special request

In 1991 I was the only woman in my graduate school class, so I have an inkling of what Mia Westerlund Roosen must have felt like among this group of guys; still I find the photo shocking. It was taken at the 25th Anniversary party of Leo Castelli Gallery in 1982. Standing left – right: … read more… “Jerry Saltz’s special request”

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Online Art in America: Schwabsky on words

Art Fag City reports that Art in America has at long last gone online, which means I can finally share Barry Schwabsky’s recent essay about the uses of words in art. Schwabsky considers Mel Bochner‘s new collection of writing and interviews, Solar System & Rest Rooms: Writings and Interviews, 1965–2007 (Writing Art) and Liz Kotz‘s … read more… “Online Art in America: Schwabsky on words”

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Bloggers Paddy Johnson, Anjali Srinivasan, and Yuka Otani get Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Writing Grants

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program has announced the grantees for the final round of its three-year pilot phase. Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen … read more… “Bloggers Paddy Johnson, Anjali Srinivasan, and Yuka Otani get Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Writing Grants”

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Art criticism crit: Paddy Johnson on Tim Griffin

Paddy Johnson at Art Fag City writes that ArtForum’s Editor in Chief Tim Griffin “offers up more art speak and over quoted scholarship in the first paragraph of this month’s Editor’s Letter, than should ever be necessary in a 1000 word summary of what’s in the magazine. ‘A corollary of Marshall McLuhan’s famous adage that … read more… “Art criticism crit: Paddy Johnson on Tim Griffin”

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“Mediocre art in expensive frames”

Two Coats of Paint won’t get to the fairs until tomorrow, and I suspect we’ll love the sheer volume of paintings (a good antidote to the Biennial’s lack thereof), but Paddy Johnson at Art Fag City declares the Armory a snooze. “With even more boring art than usual hanging on fair walls, even those who … read more… ““Mediocre art in expensive frames””

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Florida artists, slouching toward Miami

The art-buying hordes have descended on Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach. Artists from Miami and neighboring communities are torn. Is it an opportunity to expose their work to a wider audience, or is it an unwanted intrusion to be scrupulously avoided? Ashlee Harrell of the New-Times Broward Palm Beach presents a roundup of artists … read more… “Florida artists, slouching toward Miami”

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Finch flogs blogs

On artnet, Charlie Finch takes on art bloggers. “The proliferation of art blogs has taken all the day-tripper fun out of criticism by circle-jerking, recycling and regurgitating the effluvia of critique beyond the wildest fantasies of Rosalind Krauss. An example is Sharon Butler of the ‘Two Coats of Paint’ blog who is so exhaustive in … read more… “Finch flogs blogs”

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Courting De Balincourt

“Jules de Balincourt: Unknowing Man’s Nature,” Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), New York, NY. Through Oct. 13. “Unknowing Man’s Nature” is one of Artcal’s top picks, and also recommended by Art Fag City. Paddy Johnson writes about de Balincourt’s paintings in Flavorpill: “Named by New York magazine as one of ten artists most likely to succeed … read more… “Courting De Balincourt”

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