John Henderson, “Cast” 2011
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?"
I performed Call Your Girlfriend last Friday for Lodos’ Youtube Karaoke Night
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 by 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.
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.
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very nice studio visit with Sofia Leiby over at Make Space