Archive of Will Brand

AFC Editor-in-Chief Will Brand is a Brooklyn-based writer, programmer, and artist, who joined Art Fag City in the fall of 2010 after finishing his MSc in Art History at the University of Edinburgh. His main interests lie in net art and criticism, but he does a bit of everything around a blog (a sad consequence of web development skills). He’s also written for The L and CityArts, and his work has been republished in Junk Jet and on The Creators Project.

Will has written 126 article(s) for AFC.

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Art Fag City at the L Magazine: What’s the Point of a Bad Review?

by Will Brand on October 4, 2012
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This week at the L Magazine, I wonder why we bother. Most art’s crap, and everybody knows it; can a case be made for the bad review?

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Art Fag City at the L Magazine: How Net Art Helped Me Find God

by Will Brand on September 21, 2012
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This week at the L Magazine, I find my center and spread the gospel. There’s some net art out there that talks more about the soul than about the iPhone. I call it good.

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Art Fag City at The L Magazine: Artforum’s New Media Uproar

by Will Brand on September 7, 2012
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This week at The L Magazine, I go to bat for Claire Bishop’s much-maligned Artforum essay,”Digital Divide”. Did she forget about the existence of every net artist? Did she not notice she’d written a sentence specifically excluding the art she was looking for? No. You just can’t read good.

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Art Fag City at the L Magazine: Gallery Girls is Terrible, and That’s Amazing

by Will Brand on August 10, 2012
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After watching the first episode of “Gallery Girls,” I can promise you that Bravo’s kept up its end on vile. You’ll love it.

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AFC at The L Magazine: Portrait of the Robot as a Young Man

by Will Brand on July 25, 2012
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This week at the L Magazine, I review “Ghosts in the Machine,” an exhibition spanning twenty-five years of machine-related art, from outsider art to Op art to sci-fi.

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AFC at The L Magazine: Words, Words

by Will Brand on July 11, 2012
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This week at The L Magazine, I wonder what will happen to indescribable art in an age of tags. A sample of that wondering, and a single unit of art, within.

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Massive Links: The Most Important School Ever

by Will Brand on June 18, 2012
  • We love Julia Halperin’s piece on Avenues, a new K-12 private school opening in Chelsea this fall, even though the content scares us slightly. The school will have a focus on contemporary art; among the amenities are a private, growing art collection, visits from working artists, printmaking facilities at Pace Prints and, most importantly, iPads for all. In the words of its founder, ”This is going to be the most important new school ever opened, anywhere in the world.” [BLOUIN BLOUIN, OH NO, ME GOTTA GO, AYE-YI-YI-YI]
  • Netartnet.net is artnet for net art, and that’s a fantastic thing to have. We liked it so much we bookmarked it twice. [Netartnet.net]
  • Sam Taylor-Wood and Yoko Ono met thanks to a film Taylor-Wood directed about the adolescent John Lennon, and found they had a lot in common. Taylor-Wood tells a story of an American gallerist who questioned the merit of her work based on the fact that she has four children. Everyone is rightly aghast. [The Guardian]
  • We just came across this recording of LBJ requesting more room in his pants “down where the nuts hang”. It’s in excruciating detail. [Wonkette]
  • Hat-tip to Patrick Gantert for directing us to this Flash explosion of Christianity. Best worst website ever. [Evangel Cathedral]
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