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60 Minutes Reveals Art Fairs Suck

by Paddy Johnson on April 2, 2012
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Sotheby’s auction house has locked out their art handlers for more than six months, so 60 Minutes runs a special on how people attending Art Basel Miami are spending their money on art Morley Safer doesn’t like. That’s a pretty big story for the Canadian journalist to miss, especially considering he’s actually done some good in his time. Safer did a number of well-respected investigative reports during the Nixon years, and in 1983 famously helped free a man wrongly convicted from prison.

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The Art Fairs In Review

by Paddy Johnson on March 16, 2012
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In this town, it’s never too late to talk about art fairs. Missed last week’s art fairs? No problem. We’ll be redoing this whole thing come May when Frieze, NADA, and Pulse launch a second assault on the city. The Golden Fag Award will have to wait until all the fairs have run. In the meantime, a full recap of last week’s shenanigans.

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An AFC Guide to the 2011 Miami Fairs

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on November 29, 2011
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The perennial advice from seasoned art fair-goers is: plan ahead. There's far too much to see in five days, and chances are, even if you have a good idea of what to see, you'll miss something you wish you hadn't. This is why you’ll want to download the Boyd Level guide and map; if you’ve never been Hyperallergic will tell you how the fair works, and oddly enough, the New York Times has the party covered. As always, we’ve got commentary. Here’s a little of that.

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Report from NADA Hudson: The Historic Venue Phish Show of Art Fairs

by David Harper on August 2, 2011
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Artists, dealers, hipsters, and collectors thronged upstate this weekend for the NADA Hudson, deemed the “Phish show of art fairs.” 51 participants, from far and wide, aimed to showcase projects that responded to the historic venue. Overall, it was a cohesive and buoyant success.

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One Last Look: The Art Fairs In Review

by Paddy Johnson on March 8, 2011
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Anyone else sick of art fairs? I know I am, but that’s not going to stop me from offering one giant link list of articles we’ve posted on the blog. For photos of the fairs, check out AFC’s Flickr; we’ve spent hours cataloging, tagging, and making collections for our photostream. For random commentary check out our twitter. For random pics, check out our tumblr. For the blog and twitter rolled into one, like me on facebook. Links after the jump.

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Trendwatch 2011: Missed Connections and Broken Hearts at the Art Fairs

by Corinna Kirsch on March 7, 2011
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The Armory Art Fair is a hot bed of potential hook-ups. We've been scouring Craigslist “missed connection” ads all week and found a large number of posts by people wishing they'd exchanged emails. Nothing says common interest like “Hey, we were looking at that Donkey together!”

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The Hip and Practical: Attend Two New NYC Art Fairs

by Paddy Johnson on March 2, 2011
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Two new art fairs on the NYC art circuit: Moving Image and The Dependent. I speak with Moving Image founder Edward Winkleman about the new fair and discuss The Dependent.

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Priming For The Art Fairs With VOLTA: The Promo Video

by Paddy Johnson on March 1, 2011
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If there’s anything I learned from last year’s Armory Fair, it’s that nothing says art like squawking bird sculpture. It looks like Martin Meyer of martinFILMS.com took note of this too: guess what marks the the first interior scene in this excruciatingly long near four minute promo video for the VOLTA art fair? A little more than just a motorized beak, this UNICORN chirping bird with hooves enjoys center stage in this video for all of four seconds. From then on it’s people walking, dancing and pondering at various film speeds. That’s pretty much the entire video.

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A Map and Itinerary For the Miami Fairs

by Paddy Johnson on November 23, 2010
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Who’s going to Miami this year? I am. I’ll arrive next Tuesday, but as of yesterday I started my planning. Boyd Level released their yearly map of art fairs sparking my own activity. I’m not exactly an uber planner, but I learned early on that if I don’t protect myself from viewing too much schlock, I get too depressed to spot the good stuff. Don’t let this happen to you.

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