Most of the art world will be at Art Basel Miami Beach this weekend, which means the rest of are stuck up here with only the art and the artists. So. excited.
Brooklyn artist Peter Bardazzi doesn't fit a type. "I'm not just a straight painter in the sense that I just wake up in the morning and think about painting," he told me in a studio visit this summer. "Art is this huge thing."
Does the age of your audience affect your approach at all?
I don't think so. Young adults these days are very visually sophisticated, so there's never been any talk of dumbing down the designs. I do try to design with energy and fun, which fits the audience, but that's how I tend to approach most of my design anyway.
As such, we’ve gathered a list of ten common art world day jobs, listed a few famous artists who’ve held down the position, and given some pros and cons to taking on each one. Friday we’ll reveal part two of the list with ten more. Your future as a Met security guard awaits!
This week, we’re stuffing our stockings with local art. We’ll also be stopping by the Guggenheim for an artist’s talk and checking out a few Brooklyn openings this weekend.
Bradford's ruptures, de Balincourt's ecstasies and Lansden's painstakingly meta-woven necessities are among the subtler points of note in these picks from the 11/21 edition of our fine-fettled newsletter.
Plan on being baffled when watching this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year, alongside the Sonic the Hedgehog and Ronald McDonald balloons marched down the street, there will be one incredibly depressed clown, weeping from the bottoms of his helium-filled heart. That grayscale clown goes by the name “Companion” and was designed by street artist KAWS in the 1990s. This parade will mark his first appearance in the skies of New York.
You’re still reading the art events this week, so we’re still writing ‘em. Gotta get a few in before Thanksgiving. Junkies.
It's too bad that the 319 Scholes show Collect the WWWorld: Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age, kind of a greatest hits album of the last five years, was only open for a few weeks. Lucky for us, you can still find a lot of these treasures on the exhibition site. I've highlighted three below.
How do you escape the rut of going to Kinko’s to make your own zines with your own pocket change, and for the eyes of just your closest friends? I spoke with Queens-based illustrator Josh Burggraf who writes and edits Future Shock; according to the comic’s online distributor Birdcage Bottom Books, it’s an “astro-psyche-out sci-fi anthology”. It’s also a great, self-published comic featuring dozens of artists and writers in each issue. Burggraf and I spoke about how to get your comic or zine noticed and what’s better, Tumblr or Twitter.
Any bird flying over Williamsburg on Saturday would have spotted a curious sight: on the corner of Havemeyer and North 8th, legions of people were pouring out of a church. Crowds were gathered for a yearly holy conference, The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. In just its third year at this location, the one-day event packed comic, zine, and graphic novel enthusiasts into two floors full of booths by small and large publishers alike.
From hand-drawn, inky doodles of sci-fi creatures, to graphic novels with doe-eyed females, the full gamut of contemporary illustration was on view. With comics, you’re often bound to find an image, turn of phrase, or a certain pacing, that seems like it’s been invented by plumbing the subconscious. Many comics revel in the weird, but the subculture’s numbers are anything but tiny. From the looks of it at The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, cartoonist culture is alive in Brooklyn, and abroad.
This week, we'll be trekking to Canada. We'll also travel from Bushwick to Chelsea to Soho, all the way to Long Island City.
If only there were a system of forgiveness on a smaller scale: if we can forgive countries for debt, then why not individuals? Can’t we just have a system of take-backsies?
If you’re trying to make it as a full-time artist, you’ve probably thought about makin’ some merch. Not “merch,” as in Louis Vuitton handbags that serve to turn your work into luxury brand; I mean “merch” as in small, thoughtful extensions of a larger body of work, which can be made and bought at a low price. Gagosian is schilling its Cindy Sherman tea sets and Keith Haring skateboard decks, and for them it seems like an afterthought. It’s time for Bushwick to get in on this.
In come art heros Jen Dalton and Jennifer McCoy. Their new space in Bushwick, Auxiliary Projects, will present multiples alongside artists’ work, so artists can make money from the things they love without divorcing it from their ideas, and normal people can start art collections on a budget at the affordable limit of $300 per piece. The best part is, the model allows art and ideas to circulate; people can borrow and trade little works of art, rather than see it disappear into a collector’s home forever. The first show (which opens tonight, November 9th) presents work by sculptor James Huang, who often appropriates and resizes industrial objects. He’ll be showing Swiss Army knives made of felt, plaster, and plexiglass alongside his larger cast-plaster sculptures.
Bodies in space and hellbent lakes ground this set of art picks from the 11/7 issue of our dashing gazette.
New York has seen its fair share of misery over the past week, and now, with a Nor’easter on its way, we have word that the Rockaways are about to be evacuated a second time. But, there is a glimmer of hope! Obama won this year’s election and promptly took over Tumblr—and this morning, the G train started running again.
In celebration of our president’s continuation as president, we’ve scoured Tumblr for some of the best election day bytes. We’ve got GIFs, videos, and photos like Romney as a sad little kitten. “Smug Obama” loved that one.
If feel guilty about going back to art events while Sandy relief is still essential, at least many of this week's events will benefit the cause.
Van Haaften-Schick’s latest project, Non-Participation, “will be a collection of letters by artists, curators, and other cultural producers, written to decline their participation in events, or with organizations and institutions.” She can’t do all the legwork on her own, so if you’ve ever had a beef with organizations and institutions, send her your submission.
We here at AFC plan on submitting our petition against Sotheby’s, the auction house that locked out its art handlers for nearly a year. But with the definition of “letter” left vague, we could also submit a handful of things like reviews, tweets, emails, or anything beginning with “Dear _____.”
Read below for the full details on the project, including how to send off your letter (Deadline: December 31, 2012).
ugh, i don't know you but i love this and i am proud of you.
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