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How to Internet

by Paddy Johnson on December 13, 2011
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One gets the feeling that a certain amount of self-loathing is required to be a net artist.

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The Job of The Artist

by Paddy Johnson on September 27, 2011
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Duchamp did a very valuable and important thing in introducing manmade objects into the world of art. That provided us with an enormous vocabulary of new materials but, more importantly, it made us realize that we do not have to change the object if we can change the terms around it. That made the world into two different kinds of specifies, with every object having two facets, one being its physical qualities, and the other being its metaphysical qualities. It’s not the soup can on the shelf, but the the soup can we all have in our heads.

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Another Masterpiece: Amy Yao Collaborates with JF & Son

by Paddy Johnson on September 13, 2011
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A decidedly frivolous post on JF & Son and Amy Yao, who together have launched the artist’s new collection “Another Masterpiece”.

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Chris Burden’s Megaminipolitan

by Whitney Kimball on August 3, 2011
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Think Hot Wheels has pushed the limits of racecar set-ups? Think again. Chris Burden talks about Metropolis II, his mini city that took four years to build. The moment his God-like finger descends on the city’s “stop” button puts your day-to-day into rather harsh perspective.

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Alright, What Contemporary Artist Should Be The Next Barbie Make Over?

by Paddy Johnson on June 30, 2011
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Does high art suddenly have mass culture appeal? Even with the growing number of reality shows on the subject my guess would be no — most people I know outside the field aren’t exactly spending a lot of time reading up on the subject –but clearly the creative folks over at Mattel don’t agree.  This week, the toy company released three new Barbies inspired by well known works of art.

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The Met Gets Punked by a King

by Corinna Kirsch on March 8, 2011
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This weekend, Improv Everywhere hired an actor to sign autographs at The Met. Pretending to be King Philip IV from Diego Velázquez’s 17th century oil painting, the actor’s shenanigans went on until security “dismissed” the king.

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Ms. Ann Liv Young Performance Evokes Mr. Show Episode

by Paddy Johnson on September 7, 2010
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Ann Liv Young receives a scathing review from New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay. The reviewer primarily takes issue with Young’s “startling ineptitude”, her failure to take a shit on stage after boasting she could do so on cue amongst the issues of greater concern. From what I’ve read, Liv Young’s performance seems almost certainly […]

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Eakins Painting Looks Better Restored, Kleins A Rumored Speed Freak

by Paddy Johnson on August 26, 2010
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Oh the great quandaries of an intellectual: intending to read one book and putting it off to read another. Eric Banks, Senior Editor at Art Forum, puts together a two part culture diary for The Paris Review blog, which is basically an account of exchanging one form of cultural consumption for another. I could have done without […]

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