AFC negatively reviews MDW Fair; chaos ensues
Earlier this week Art Fag City reviewed MDW Fair, Chicago’s alternative art fair that took place last weekend. Writer Robin Dluzen complained about its unfinished walls, lack of restrooms, and above all its inclusive public — for young Chicago, by young Chicago. Chicagoans were perplexed by this kind of criticism and jumped in on the comments and on Twitter, resulting in outbursts and namecalling, escalating into an all-out flame war. (Pedro Velez, a Chicago art critic, sided with Dluzen and called Edmar, one of the fair organizers, a “big dumb Chicagoan”; Paddy called Edmar “ridiculous”; Edmar said that Pedro only reviews people he wants to fuck and accused Paddy of nepotism. *Update:* Pedro calls Edmar a mysogynist pig.
St. Louis-based Temporary Art Review, a participant in the fair, followed up with its criticism of AFC:
"For one, can we not begin with an acknowledgement that MDW is truly of the moment and exists as an incisive exercise into what nurtures the bedroom communities that make up an undercurrent that sustains more of the art world that anyone admits?"
2:54 pm • 17 November 2012 • 13 notes
I performed Call Your Girlfriend last Friday for Lodos’ Youtube Karaoke Night
Lodos Contemporáneo: website / tumblr
6:02 pm • 12 November 2012 • 3 notes
Find Make Space @ MDW Fair tonight from 8pm to midnight!
Exemplifying the spirit of Make Space in a collaborative effort to expand the dialogue of contemporary art practices, the booth will feature ten artists who have previously worked with Make Space. The featured artists include Jeff Austin, Daniel Baird, Billy Buck, Marissa Lee Benedict, Sofia Leiby, Holly Murkerson, Casilda Sanchez, Clare Torina, Erin Washington, and Allison Yasukawa. Curated b
y Jason Judd, Lynnette Miranda, and Etta Sandry
Make Space’s booth will be open for the entirety of the fair and can be found on the second floor of the Mana Contemporary Chicago building. Programming in support of the exhibition will take place in the Make Space booth during fair hours on November 10th.
1:17 pm • 9 November 2012 • 3 notes
Installing Blisner, Ill. at Chicago’s MDW art fair. Big opening tomorrow night, and it’s up all weekend. UIC MFA students also have a booth, we did a good job. Stop by.
1:16 pm • 9 November 2012 • 46 notes
‘Up Up Out Out’, 2012, Paul Perkins, mixed media
‘Dead Heat’ - New work by Paul Perkins
September 8th - October 6th, 2012
Hours: Saturday, 1 PM - 6 PM and by appointment
Sorry folks, you missed it …..
11:45 pm • 16 October 2012 • 2 notes
Call for art reviews: Chicago Artist Writers
Chicago Artist Writers, a new platform for criticism co-directed by Jason Lazarus and Sofia Leiby, seeks primarily students or recent graduates of BFA or MFA programs to submit short reviews of exhibitions at Chicago-based alternative, temporary, and nonprofit spaces.
CAW seeks to address the gap in critically addressing Chicago’s dynamic, vibrant, and diverse array of artistic activity.
Reviews may be traditional or experimental, should be limited to 500 words, and include no more than three images (500 pixels wide and accompanied by appropriate image credit information).
CAW seeks reviews on an ongoing basis. Reviews that are submitted within ten days of the exhibition’s opening date will be prioritized.
Submitted reviews will be guest edited by a wide range of cultural producers, critics, and art workers in Chicago. If a submission is chosen for publishing, it will be sent to guest editors for editing and refinement. Once completed, the collaboration with the guest editor will be published and publicly open for comments.
Interested parties should send an email consisting of a short summary of the proposed content of their review to email@example.com.
6:37 pm • 9 October 2012 • 11 notes