The L Magazine’s Best of New York Issue

by Art Fag City on August 5, 2009 · 2 comments The L Magazine

Don’t miss The L Magazine’s Best of New York issue available online and on NYC streets today.  The publication dedicates an entire section to art, my contribution falling under the Best/Worst Unintended art works in the city.  I’m providing a teaser below, as well as a few links to other sections I found particularly enjoyable.  Look forward to watching at least two hours of your day disappear.

BEST/WORST UNINTENDED ART WORKS

Vitamin Water: SYNC
Has the influence of net artist Kevin Bewersdorf reached the good people at Vitamin Water? It sure looks like it. Known for producing such absurd objects as a towel printed with a low resolution image of a father carrying his son, and a compilation of free music titled BABES, Bewersdorf's unique sensibility finds sympathetic response in Vitamin Water's newest product SYNC. The berry-flavored drink offers a “download of vitamins and antioxidants,” as well as a mystery mpfree available on myspace with the purchase of the drink. Bit torrent sites beware — you've got vitamin water competition? The company's actions speak to long artistic tradition of knowingly creating redundant or useless material as a means of subverting viewer expectations.

Liberty Tax Service
Who wants to see a little freedom in their tax forms? We know we do. Every April, Liberty Tax Service executes a city-wide performance in which sad-sack Statue of Liberties stand on street corners soliciting business. This work attempts to underscore the human tendency to forget a gift's history. The French gave us the Statue of Liberty in 1886 as a symbol of friendship and a celebration of independence, but today, accountants remind us that it is a symbol of our freedom to pay taxes.

Read the full piece here.

Other highlights:

BEST ART FAIR: No Soul for Sale

BEST DEARLY DEPARTED GALLERY: Guild & Greyshkul

BEST UNRENEWED CONTRACT, EVER: Bill Kristol's

BEST ECO-TERRORIST: Canada Geese

BEST TIP: John McCain

BEST REMINDER THAT THAT CINEMA STUDIES DEGREE WAS PROBABLY A MISTAKE: The Observer and Andrew Sarris

  • The Bronx

    I LOVE this picture of NYC that doesn’t include ATLEAST the Bronx.. .Um, Little Italy? South Bronx renaissance? Im going to love seeing the HUGE exodus in the next 10 years to the Bronx because peeps cant even afford the bad neighborhoods in BK or Queens anymore. Come on up! We have good food, subways, super cheap rent AND even a Museum!

    hate this crap.

  • The Bronx

    I LOVE this picture of NYC that doesn’t include ATLEAST the Bronx.. .Um, Little Italy? South Bronx renaissance? Im going to love seeing the HUGE exodus in the next 10 years to the Bronx because peeps cant even afford the bad neighborhoods in BK or Queens anymore. Come on up! We have good food, subways, super cheap rent AND even a Museum!

    hate this crap.

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