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Meet the Godmother of Bounce

Katey Red is the unlikely godmother of bounce music. Katey, a trans rapper who stands over six feet tall and has a penchant for miniskirts, got her start in bounce in the late ’90s, as she explains in this Avant/Garde Diaries video, which itself is rooted in the beat of bounce. “I gets up, I start beating on the wall. I started saying stuff. … And I just let it rip. I ain’t never stopped.”

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Delve into the History of UAE Art at the Guggenheim

Contemporary art is a resolutely global affair, but it can be difficult to learn about international art scenes without a big travel budget. On Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 pm, Reem Fadda, Associate Curator of Middle Eastern Art at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, will explore the contemporary history of the United Arab Emirates art scene in a lecture at the museum, “The Contemporary History of the UAE Art Scene.”

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Collectors to Converge at Miami’s Art Wynwood During Presidents’ Day Weekend

Art Wynwood is back! Following its widely acclaimed inaugural edition, the Art Wynwood art fair will return for its second year during Presidents’ Day Weekend (February 14–18, 2013) in the Wynwood neighborhood or Miami. Art Wynwood will take place in the spacious 100,000-square-foot Art Miami Pavilion, which attracted more than 60,000 attendees during the 2012 edition of Art Miami.

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With New Owner and Energy, Outsider Art Fair Heads to Chelsea

There’s something captivating about outsider art. The energy of it feels different somehow. In the past two decades, the field has grown enormously, and in the process, it’s become more integrated with the contemporary art world. Unknown artists have been discovered, more galleries devoted to self-taught and folk artists have opened their doors, and outsider art has gained both an increasingly devoted following and, in accordance with that demand, its own fair.

Founded by Sanford Smith in 1993, the Outsider Art Fair quickly became a critical and commercial success, as well as the leading event in the field of outsider, self-taught, and folk art. The fair was recognized for its maverick spirit, and crowds began to flock annually to New York’s Puck Building, the event’s location for its first 15 years.

Use the promo code “hyperallergic” to reserve a complimentary 1-day ticket to the fair.

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Inside Olaf Breuning’s World

Artist Olaf Breuning is the subject of this colorful and quirky video examination of the world he inhabits. It is a devastatingly nuanced cultural commentary that uses his characteristic humor as a lens on the world.

The Avant/Garde Diaries recently traveled to Olaf Breuning’s getaway house in upstate New York where the artist finds time to breathe fresh mountain air and take a load off from the hustle and bustle of the contemporary art world.

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How Artists Are Not Like Cheese

Most people, when they think of Lincoln Center, think of the performing arts: theater, opera, dance, music. But the iconic New York arts center also has a strong visual art program — one that’s actually been commissioning and producing prints from such artists as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Sol Lewitt, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Glenn Ligon, and Chuck Close for the past fifty years.

The Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project was founded by philanthropist and arts patron Vera List, who became involved with Lincoln Center early on. List believed in the power of art and the importance of its accessibility to the general public, so she started the Art Project, which commissions contemporary artists to create posters and limited-edition prints for Lincoln Center.

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Art Practice: SVA’s Low-Residency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Getting an MFA

Getting a Masters of Fine Arts is a huge commitment, not just financially but in terms of time and space as well. Rather than taking on moving cross-country and leasing a new apartment, SVA’s Art Practice MFA program takes a more accessible approach to graduate school.

The MFA Art Practice program is a low-residency, cross-disciplinary graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The program is composed of three intensive summer sessions, with extensive, media-rich online coursework in the intervening semesters. While in the city, students will have full access to the great facilities of SVA’s campus, which features a new digital sculpture center and a nature and technology lab.