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A Strong Opening Art Basel | Highlights From AFC's Archives | Glenn Beck Smells Like Cat Pee

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December 1, 2011
 
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John Smith’s Hotel Diaries / Fat Iraqi Kid Runs the Block

A sensitive, understated work about the uses the otherness of tourism to prompt close examination of what we might otherwise accept, and also a fat bully beating the shit out of a kid in Iraq while Snoop Dogg plays.

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Art Basel: A Strong Opening for the One Percent

Buoyed by Wednesday’s big rally on the stock market, Art Basel opened with bang. Crowds of VIPs arrived early, and without fail every dealer AFC talked to had made sales by early afternoon. “Sometimes things sell in the afternoon or in later days,” dealer Zach Feuer told us after explaining that he had sold work immediately upon the show’s opening, “You just don’t know. But we’re doing well and I get the feeling other people are too.”

Sean Kelly's booth at Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011: Slideshow Edition

No awards this year (other than the inaugural Pervert Prize), but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some worthy contenders. What’s hot? Elmgreen and Dragset and Erwin Wurm were each in a half-dozen or more booths, and Anselm Reyle’s big foil-and-canvas pieces were a reliable eye-catcher for the European galleries.

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AFC Looks Back: Highlights From The Archives

AFC’s nomination for Best Art Blog at the Art & Reality Conference in St. Petersburg has inspired me to take a look at our archives. The blog’s content stretches over six years — a lifetime on the Internet — the body of which is now recognized as pioneering work in the field. Newer blogs like Hyperallergic, GalleristNY, and In The Air have greatly benefited from this early work.

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Is The Popularity of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain a Critical Failure?

In an interview at the St. Petersburg Times, film director and screenwriter Andrei Konchalovsky tells audiences that the state of criticism is less than shining. Too many critics share the same opinions, bright names are vanishing, and independent voices are rare. I feel his pain. Web publishing in particular often rewards reactionary criticism and fluffy reporting. And yet these aren’t the problems that Konchalovsky discusses.

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Bruce Nauman Cruising To Drake On Tha Block

Video used to be weird; there’s no other excuse for all the ten-minute films of an artist picking his nose. There’s a weirdness to seeing your own body on video that, in an age of webcams, we’ve lost, and the fact that it’s not weird anymore kind of ruins a lot of it. Reintroducing that weirdness is hard, but maybe we can at least make it acceptable YouTube material.

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Glenn Beck Smells Like Cat Pee

Glenn Beck’s blog The Blaze momentarily squeezed its head out of Tea Party vagina last night to take a peek at art discourse. As usual, they were appalled. True to Beckian form, wordsmith Jonathon M. Seidl attacked performance artist Nate Hill with a blathering defence for vulnerable white supremacy.

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Scrum: Let’s Make Anton Vidokle a Wikipedia Page

Wikipedia’s contemporary art section is in woeful disrepair, and at a time when Wikipedia is struggling to retain editors, that’s not going to get better anytime soon. So let’s fix it. Each week, we’ll find somebody whose online identity needs a makeover or doesn’t exist at all, and we’ll invite AFC readers to help fill in the blanks. We’ll do our part, too. Promise.

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