I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I had a great deal of fun at last night’s Art Fag City Rob Pruitt Art Awards and Auction (AFCRPAAaA) and I was happy to be a part of it and see Occupy Wall Street receive the Best Jerry Award from Jerry Saltz himself.
Community is enough to make Google+ worth a whirl, but what exactly does the site provide for artists? Conversely, what is it missing? A few initial thoughts based on a week’s worth of use.
Jerry Saltz is like the art world’s hip uncle. But is he getting too curmudgeonly to hang with the kids? In the critic’s recent New York Magazine essay, Saltz calls young artists “Generation Blank” for being not original enough and too digestible by critics — cliche. Meanwhile, other art youth compare GIF size.
We’re very happy to have partnered with 20×200 and Art Fag City to create the most useful guide (if I do say so myself) of this week’s events titled “Art Fag City & Hyperallergic Present the Very Excellent Event Guide to New York Art Fair Week” (sneak peak) for their very excellent survival kit. Inside our contribution to the schwag bag are listings for tourists, residents and city natives of what to do to augment your art experience in New York. Whether it’s off-the-beaten path performance festivals, culinary artist events or lectures with people in the know, this is your go-to guide.
Ever caught yourself thinking about what an art space sounds like rather than what it looks like? Perhaps provoked by artists who use sound as their medium or the cavernous qualities of the space art usually inhabits, Paddy Johnson of ArtFagCity fame has put together an LP that documents “the last five years of art in the city” through recordings of gallery spaces, collected audio ephemera, and even some guitar thrown in for good measure. The album’s opening party kicks off this Thursday for eight straight hours of remixes by an assortment of bands and artists at Santos’ Party House from 7pm to 3am. See below for the juicy details, plus a Q+A with the brains behind the LP.
Last Thursday, marked the first anniversary of Hyperallergic and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our inaugural year.
When Veken and I started Hyperallergic we planned for it to be a venue for insightful, funny, and relevant writing about art that we wanted to read and look at, while remaining critical and engaged. One year later, we’re excited by how things have developed and grown. Along the way we’ve learned a great deal and we continue to discover how to engage the online art community in new and exciting ways.
This Friday is the last day for artists to submit their sounds to the DJ Battle record you’ve all been waiting for: The Sound of Art. This record, which is being produced by Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City, compiles and organizes art sounds by gallery location — Manhattan (side A) and Brooklyn (side B) — for one giant DJ face off this November!
Last night marked a watershed moment for the art world: the first time that contemporary art was inducted in the burgeoning canon of reality TV. But the big question is: will it succeed in picking an artist the art world will accept or will the show turn out to be more of a Dadaist farce, too nonsensical to have any relevance?
Art Fag City has published an extensive report on the financial crisis facing the Jersey City Museum. She paints a grim picture of an institution that is vital to the area’s visual arts community.
At times, the blogosphere can feel like a miniaturized version of academia. With so many voices competing over authority and pulling readers this way and that, fights are bound to break out. Just like any serious punditry, bloggers have healthy disagreements over what they cover as well as how they cover it — the etiquette of the developing world of online media. The recent spat between online art world figures Marc Schiller and Paddy Johnson is a perfect case study.