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Let;s Table t4e Conversation w/@gallerist #Independent

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I”m @gallerist and I had a greaaaat time at the Independent Art fair! I saw a lot of #art, but I was more impressed by my fellow @Gallerists and their booth Setups! #furniture #art #gallery #elizabethdee #white #postinternet #flip #market #art

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At art fairs, its all about how you sit!!!!

Here, the lovely bubs from Praz-Delavallade made due with what they had. No table? No problems!

This setup created a very interesting tension: by playing it down, their literal laptop aesthetic became a focal point of their space. Strong legs posing voraciously in open air, unencumbered by the jail of wood. Or whatever.

Conversely, the Modern Institute (below) went lush. Who likes flowers yaaaaa!!!

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Taking a maximalist approach to prove their dominance, the gallerists at the Modern Institute developed their space as a statement.

Empty water and Mexican Coke bottles were strewn across a table like dog shit on Chelsea pavements. Who wants an iPad? You need an iPad? We have 4 fucking iPads and a can of mixed nuts. A bag of off-brand cheetos rests lightly on a illustrated vase of tulips while a framed piece sneakily hides a brown paper bag beneath the table. These guys weren’t Fucking around1##!

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Sometimes, a well placed piece of refuse can really put a finishing touch on an art fair booth table. A unique wrapper, a crumpled receipt, a discarded artisan tissue.

Here, a gallerist from David Lewis shows off her kind contribution to their display. It softly throws the buyer off and leads them to think…“Hey.”
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For example, take the cheeky buggers at Artists Space. A subtly stained coffee lid doubled as a comfortable paperweight laid atop the gallery’s publication. It was casual, yet precise. It screamed “whatever” but whispered “no, really.” Damn, it feels good to be an aesthete.

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Much of the fair’s best work was hiding, or at least attempting to hide. Here, a playfully stacked pair of coffee cups sit beneath a clear glass table. One can summarize the true weight of a gallery by merely viewing what lies upon their bench. What did they bring, and why? Furthermore, what do they do with the things that they brought that they realized they don’t need?

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The fair becomes a lovely game of hide and I’ll find you. The loveable lowercase nutcases at kurimanzutto gallery snuck a bin of almonds and a Vita Coco under a chair.

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Meanwhile, large oil drums stood around their space, mimicking and satirizing the roving buyers, like slowly moving glaciers filled with a sharp decisiveness and an overall emotion of “mmmmwell…” These guys sure are nuts I LOve them!!!212 #art

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Galerie Nagel Draxler kept it business casual with this two-tone bench juxtapozed by what seemed to be an oversized black oven mitt. This setup is perfect for young, hip gallerists who want to come off as busy multitaskers while they slide into DMs.

The connotative comfort of the bench paired with the utilitarian use of it as a dang table makes this scene both inviting and uninviting. Hey1 THe #art’s Great!!! HAHAahHAs

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Talk about utilitarian tho! CLEARING gallery kept it clean with a blue cooler, displaying nothing more than the fair guide, a packed print and a few business cards. This helped clear up room for jaunty foot postures and even jauntier conversations. And they gave me weird looks! I loved it!!@ #belgians

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All in all, we can agree that White Columns can sit down. Really, guys? Champagne in a bucket? Sweaters everywhere? Art on the ground? What I learned is that it’s best to keep it simple, elegant, with a splash of intrigue. People are here to look at the art…I think.


Anyway, I’m thirsty. Who’s buyin’?



Enjoy Holi, the Hindu Holiday that Encourages Getting High

Enjoy Holi, the Hindu Holiday that Encourages Getting High

On Friday, millions of Hindus across the world observed Holi, the Indian festival of spring. It’s the sort of party that even the non-religious can appreciate; the focus is on fun, and when done right, people flock to the streets to dump water on each other, throw colorful powder and get high.

Holi is one of the few Indian holidays where both men and women, boys and girls, and the young and old indiscriminately drink a cannabis milkshake called bhang and eat weed candies. “Holi has a variety of significances, some more localized, but it’s generally a spring carnival festival during which time people revel in being together and doing things which on other days would be considered wrong,” says Rashi Rohatgi, a teacher in London who holds a master’s degree in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Languages and Cultures of South Asia and Africa from SOAS. “Bhang fits right into this,” she says.

The relationship between Hinduism and illicit substances is centuries-old, dating back to ancient Sanskrit scriptures. “We have drunk Soma and become immortal; we have attained the light,” reads one section in the Rig Veda, referring to a drug associated with hallucinogenic qualities. But Soma gave way to pot, experts believe, because the latter was far easier to grow in India. “The famous ‘Churning of the Ocean’ story (which occurs in a bunch of places, but most famously in the Puranas) holds that one of parts of the nectar that emerged from the churning was pot,” says Rohatgi. “Also, in the Atharva Veda, pot is celebrated as helping with anxiety, alongside a number of more traditionally medical issues like fever.”

The Atharva Veda describes Shiva, one of the primary forms of God, coming across cannabis leaves, eating them and loving them. He’s known as the Destroyer and the Creator — and also is the God of bhang. “Now many devotees pour bhang over the Shivling at the temple — though most of the growing middle class now uses water,” Rohatgi says. Sadhus — holy men and women — also smoke ganja to enhance their religious concentration.

One might think, then, that use of cannabis is encouraged within Indian culture. It certainly has not historically carried the same taboos in India as it has in the West, but Rohatgi explains that it’s not explicitly favored, either. While drugs were always easily available, “the traditional Hindu approach to everyday suffering,” as she puts it, frowns on using drugs to overcome personal obstacles or problems. “Traditionally Indian society is quite socially stratified, with the intention of keeping a large, complex society under control, and so rather scriptures that talk about duty become more important,” she explains. “Instead, drug use is seen as useful for people who want to have a mystical experience, and therefore not really woven into the fabric of everyday.”

Additionally, Western norms and attitudes about drugs have migrated to India over the past century. Taken aback by the prevalence of ganja and bhang in India, British colonists in 1893 commissioned a more than 3,000-page report in attempt to regulate the drug. But the study concluded the opposite of what they expected, finding that moderate usage may be beneficial and that abuse of the prevalent substance was rare. The report changed little, but after India’s independence, legislation was introduced to control the flow of cannabis. In 1961, an international UN treaty pushed by the U.S. and other Western countries forced India to impose restrictions on weed, setting in motion decades of harsh legislation against the substance in India. Some of those “international norms,” Rohatgi notes, “may have since become societal norms.”

Bringing us back to weed’s significance in Holi. Bhang is “really important for Holi,” Rohatgi says, “when people get to break out of their everyday life.”

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Author:Prachi Gupta

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Graffiti artists SP ONE, YES2, and AROE spruced up the gates of CLAW’s new space at 101 Delancey to promote their group show, opening there tonight. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Aymann Ismail

Real Life Versus Instagram Life at the Armory Week Fairs

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afc_ig_26_kainoI did not attend the art fairs in New York this week; I had other commitments. But I didn’t let that slow me down when AFC asked if I’d review or comment on the fairs. I figured with the right combination of people and hashtags I could easily follow the action on Instagram.

Except things look different on Instagram. Instagram Real Life, or IGRL, is not some distortion or simulacrum of IRL: It’s very clear that IRL is adapting, with people shifting their self-promoting, schmoozing games. Art is now optimizing itself for image virality. Those IGRL fairs are the art fairs I visited, through the streams of some people I know, and many more I don’t. Plus a couple of total hashtag whores.

Also I deleted all the comments I left as soon as I screenshotted them. Except for the correction of the image credit on Commissioner Finkelpearl’s Superflex-remix of Barbara Kruger. I left that up. So unless I get an inkjet show at Gagosian, they’ll only exist here on AFC.

Greg Allen, artist.



Author:Greg Allen

No, A “Drunk” Gorilla Did Not Punch a Photographer

No, A "Drunk" Gorilla Did Not Punch a Photographer

Last month, Caters News Agency published an account about a drunk gorilla who punched a photographer, accompanied by some remarkable photos. The story was picked up verbatim by several media outlets and went viral. Here’s how the news agency framed the encounter:

“Completely drunk from eating bamboo stems, which ferment in gorillas’ stomachs causing them to become intoxicated, the primate, who is the leader of the Kwitonda Group, is said to have felt threatened by a rival male, causing him to become excitable and defensive of his territory.”`

One tiny little problem, though — it’s not true. While it’s true that some animals consume substances to get high, gorillas can’t get drunk from eating bamboo. Smithsonian magazine spoke to several experts who debunked the claims.

Just in case there was any shadow of a doubt, ANIMAL reached out to world renowned anthropologist, primatologist and PhD Mireya Mayor. She’s currently in Rwanda working with Virunga gorillas. “Gorillas have the same stomach as humans,” she explained. “They cannot ferment sugar into alcohol. They experience nothing more than a sugar high, not drunk.”

I shared this information with Caters and asked him if they had any plans to update the original article, considering how far the misinformation had spread. Editor Dan Thomas fielded my question with a bizarrely defensive response:

“What do you want from us? To say the gorilla was ‘high’? The scientist is only speculating herself about what may have happened. Perhaps the photographer was ‘too close’. Do you think perhaps it could have been a light weight? In the grand scheme of the news landscape where people are being beheaded this seems a bit strange to get worked up about.”

After reiterating my question, Thomas capitulated. “Yeah sure – this sounds fun,” he said, agreeing to offer a comment. But then he demurred again. “Thought you were an animal site looking at the science behind this? Doesn’t seem like you are – you have a porn section which isn’t really up our street,” he said. (We believe he was referring to this?) “More info would be great but if it doesn’t add anything to the Smithsonian article and you aren’t going to pay to license the image then we won’t be providing a comment.”

Under fair use law, ANIMAL did not end up paying for the photo, but we do hope that this piece demystifies the drunk gorilla myth, nicely complements Smithsonian’s piece and helps Mr. Thomas and Caters refrain from publishing anymore inaccurate information.

(Photo: Caters News Agency)

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Author:Bucky Turco

What if the Queensboro Bridge Had a Built-in Pedestrian Plaza?

What if the Queensboro Bridge Had a Built-in Pedestrian Plaza?

What if a bridge could also be a community center? That’s what architect Sunggi Park envisioned in his Harvard thesis project “Re-configurable Infrastructure,” which just got a special mention in the annual d3 Unbuilt Visions competition — an annual celebration of visionary and theoretical architecture across the world.


Using the Queensboro Bridge as an example, Park finds a way to not only make use of under-utilized space under bridges and aqueducts, but also make them stronger. These massive structures must be reinforced, updated and in some cases, entirely repurposed to keep pace with the demands of a large city. Park’s submission expands on this observation and blurs the lines between infrastructure, architecture and community space. “We could identify the notion of obsolescence which was a static, yet it can be redefined as a dynamic organ,” he writes. “So the vision of this project is a finding ideas of re-configurable infrastructures to be a regenerative figure.”


Park’s bridge design includes five layers, with the top layer being used for the sort of traditional transportation we associate with bridges (cars, pedestrian walkways) and the bottom four being used for restaurants, gyms, community centers, cafeterias and auditoriums. Check out the project here.


(Image: Sunggi Park)

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Author:Prachi Gupta

Urban Artist Kidult Shames A.P.C. Over “Last Ni##@$ In Paris”

Urban Artist Kidult Shames A.P.C. Over "Last Ni##@$ In Paris"

In January, the founder of French clothing label A.P.C. did something very dumb while showcasing his latest collection. When a group of models came out wearing camel coats and Timberlands, Jean Touitou held up a sign that read: “Last Ni##@$ IN PARIS.” As you can imagine, this didn’t go over well. Neither did his his clumsy explanation, in which he fawned over racist wordplay: “It’s the sweet spot when the hood…meets Bertolucci’s movie Last Tango in Paris. So that’s ‘N****s in Paris’ and Last N****s in Paris.”

In apparent retaliation for that fashion faux pas, the French graffiti artist and brand equalizer Kidult blasted the clothing label’s store in Paris. The creative vandal, who is an expert with paint-filled fire extinguishers and has made a name for himself by systematically dousing boutiques operated by luxury designers he finds offensive, wrote “Niggas” across the facade and took credit for the action on Twitter.

KIDULT "WHITE PRIVILEGE" X APC MODERN SLAVERY #kidult #whiteprivilege #apc #lastniggasinparis #racism

— KIDULT (@therealkidult) March 6, 2015

He augmented the brand’s text on the exterior of the shop as well to really drive home his point and presumably create a poignant reminder for Touitou to never use the term again.


— KIDULT (@therealkidult) March 6, 2015

(Photo: Kidult)

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Author:Bucky Turco

Remembering Sex Worker Magazine $pread a Decade Later

Remembering Sex Worker Magazine $pread a Decade Later

Ten years ago at a sports bar in the East Village, Rachel Aimee, Rebecca Lynn and Raven Strega threw a party to raise funds for their brand new magazine, $pread. Despite none of them having any prior experience in publishing they launched $pread’s first issue on March 15, 2005. The magazine contained a feature on a community health project in France, a report on Thai sex workers in the aftermath of the tsunami and an interview with Dr. Carol Queen from San Francisco’s Center for Sex and Culture. By the end of that year, the magazine had received the Utne Independent Press Award for Best New Title.

Tired of seeing sex workers spoken for and stigmatized in the media, $pread’s mission, says former executive editor Eliyanna Kaiser, was to create a platform for sex workers to speak for themselves. Alongside dispatches from sex worker communities around the world, $pread published resources for sex workers; consumer reports on everything from flavored condoms and lube to body glitter and red lipsticks; book and film reviews; and personal accounts from people working in the industry. With input from strippers, escorts, porn actors and cam models, the magazine captured the lived experiences and diversity of sex workers without relying on the empowering/exploitative false dichotomy that so many narratives around sex work hinge upon.

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On Tuesday night at Dixon Place, a decade later, several of the team got back together to launch an anthology containing the best pieces published in $pread between 2005 and 2011, when the magazine ceased publishing due to financial restraints. Leading with a potted history of the sex worker rights movement in the early 2000s and a short history of $pread, the anthology contains a range of essays, reports and interviews including “Stripping While Brown” by Mona Salim, about being one of the few Indian women stripping in New York; “Menstruation: Porn’s Last Taboo” by Trixie Fontaine and a report from Catherine Plato on a 2007 case in Philadelphia where a man arrested for gang-raping a prostitute had his charges reduced to “theft of services.”

Fittingly, the launch was held on International Sex Workers Rights Day, observed annually since 2001 when, in India, 25,000 sex workers came together for a festival organized by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, one of the largest sex worker collectives in the world.

“I’m very uncomfortable,” said Brendan Conner as he stood up to read a piece about privilege in the sex worker community. “As a former sex worker, I’m more comfortable with my dick out.” Other readings included Syd V. telling her story about growing up with a sex worker mom – “I would probably never do anything more stigmatized than she had done, so I could tell her anything” — Marisa Brigati discussing her visit to Casa Xochiquetzal, a retirement home for elderly prostitutes in Mexico City.; and Rachel Aimee reading a selection of letters received from readers over the years – “reading $pread,” wrote one reader, “is like finding one person who speaks your language in a foreign country.”

Still from Working Girl Blues Short Film by Damien Luxe (photo by Karen Gardiner)
Still from Working Girl Blues by Damien Luxe

Following the readings and a Q&A session, there was a screening of sex worker-made films. The Incredible, Edible, Akynos’s film Whore Logic, which comes from her one woman show of the same name, combined burlesque and archival footage of a car crash caused by public indecency to explore a woman’s journey toward the feeling of joy and power in using her body to earn a living. Damien Luxe’s Working Girl Blues dissected every job she has done, from café server to sex worker, breaking them down into financial compensation, time and perks and calculating a “soul power total” for each (sex work earned the highest points). Morgan M. Page’s Treat You Like a Lady took as its inspiration last year’s senate hearings on Canada’s Bill C-36, which criminalizes the clients of sex workers, and reimagined pro-criminalization politicians as her slaves. The film ended on a chilling note with archival footage of conservative senator Donald Plett saying, “Of course, we don’t want to make life safe for prostitutes. We want to do away with prostitution.”

Art work from $pread is on view in Dixon Place’s Gallery until March 20. Works on view include former $pread Art Director and Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Erin Siegal McIntyre’s “American Brothel” photo essay, portraiture by Molly Crabapple and illustrations by Fly Orr. Orr’s work accompanied every entry in $pread’s “Indecent Proposal” column, in which a sex worker would answer the question, “What’s the strangest thing a client’s ever asked you to do?”


Letter to the editors from a Feminist Distributor

“This magazine is a story of privilege” said Conner at Tuesday’s launch. “There are still lots of voices that are still not heard,” said one of the former editors, Audacia Ray. Luxe, the show’s curator and a former $pread art director, told me more about the challenges in creating a diverse space. “$pread was an all-volunteer project staffed by sex workers and allies who had the capacity and time to work on a major project without being paid for it.” So, she said, “while there was totally class, race, gender, sexuality and sex work industry diversity among our staff, there was a lean towards privileged identities (white, cis, middle-class or class-passing), which did not serve our politics or goals. At the same time, this is a complex issue precisely because it was the intersection of some privileges which allowed $pread staffers as a whole to have the time, money, and marginalized experiences from which to create this feminist media project.”

Amongst the artwork is a particularly enlightening display that captures some of the sex worker community’s fraught relationship with feminists, and the difficulty of publishing sex worker media in a hostile environment. Aimee explained during the reading that in 2005, after the editors had sent the second issue of $pread to a so-called “feminist” distributor, she responded with a “not-so-feminist letter” — along with the magazine they’d sent her — which she had taken the time to carefully shred. The letter is on view in the gallery, accompanied by the shredded magazine, which is now carefully placed in a potpourri bowl.

(Images: Karen Gardiner)

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Author:Karen Gardiner

Inside a Park Slope BDSM Dungeon

Inside a Park Slope BDSM Dungeon

Among the sidewalk cafes frequented by the baby-toting parents of Park Slope, one 24-year-old artist has started a BDSM dungeon in her three-bedroom apartment. Brooklyn Based reports on Yenifer’s (a pseudonym) unique business, which helps her pay the rent and devote her time to creative endeavors in one of the country’s most unaffordable neighborhoods.

Here’s how it works:

Yenifer technically leases out her front room to clients, which is more complicated territory than a traditional BDSM dungeon business model. The easiest comparison is an Airbnb rental: rented rooms offered by the renter. Substitute “vacationing twenty-somethings” with “high-rolling submissives” and you encounter the same legal gray area. For Yenifer, though, it’s all worth the risk. While she doesn’t perform the dominatrix work—“I’m vanilla myself,” she says—Yenifer likes being her own boss, and has hired good friends. Right now she manages three dommes: Some have worked at professional dungeons in the city; others have been trained by their coworkers. One is an old friend she knew from Florida, who Yenifer employed because she felt “she had the right look.”

Customers pay anywhere from $150–$250 per session. Yenifer collects 40% of that sum. As a local, mom-and-pop dungeon shop, she earns just under $3,000 a month in income, leaving her “a couple hundred” dollars for food and other necessities every month after paying her rent. Some clients, who also like to be dominated financially, make monthly contributions toward the rent, called “tributes.” Tributes remain the same even while work is seasonal, with fewer customers showing up in winter. Men sometimes pose as submissives, promising to show up with cash, but act as dominants, never once appearing (something dominants, Yenifer said, occasionally get off on).

The income from the dungeon doesn’t make her rich, exactly, but it keeps Yenifer financially afloat and in control of her own schedule. And the unlikely environment of Park Slop may be good for business because, even though it’s totally legal, the dungeon ultimately profits off of taboo. “A lot of people look at it likes it’s so absurd and immoral,” she told the blog. “It’s not. Basically everyone that you know has some secret sexual interest . . . So I don’t think there should be any stigma attached to it.”

“Then again,” she jokes, “if there wasn’t stigma . . . the market wouldn’t be as big. Keep shaming them actually.”

(Photo: Javier Pais)

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Author:Prachi Gupta

Lawmakers Plead with City to Reopen Park Row for the Umpteenth Time

Lawmakers Plead with City to Reopen Park Row for the Umpteenth Time

While most of the city has bounced back after the 9/11 attack, a four-block strip in Chinatown by One Police Plaza remains barricaded; visitors and residents passing through are required to show ID. Lawmakers, who have repeatedly asked the mayor to reopen the area to traffic, are taking up the issue again.

WNYC reports that New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin is leading the push, saying, “There’s no strong reason why it should be kept closed.”

Security around the area was tightened following the 2001 attacks to protect the NYPD headquarters. But it has constricted the local economy, community leaders say, noting that tourism in the area has suffered and several small business have shuttered as a result.

With an upcoming construction project on Worth Street, lawmakers fear that the area will become even less accessible to residents and tourists. “We urge you to reopen Park Row to residents and through traffic before the Worth Street reconstruction project begins,” reads a letter signed by Chin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, among others. “We believe there is a way to safely and responsibly address this issue without compromising security concerns.”

Park Row Letter to Mayor de Blasio

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Author:Prachi Gupta

Study: New York City to Be in Deep Water, Literally

Study: New York City to Be in Deep Water, Literally

According to a new study, New York is fucked in the near future, along with Baltimore, Houston and Miami. Like other coastal metropolitan areas, urban expansion is making the city more susceptible to flooding. Regardless of climate change, the chances of a deluge will increase, say researchers at Texas A&M University:

“Urban areas exposed to flood and drought hazards will increase considerably due to the sheer increase in their extents driven primarily by socio-economic forces,” says Burak Güneralp, lead author of the study and a research assistant professor in geography at Texas A&M.

The more popular and developed New York becomes, the worse things will get. As wetlands get paved over, the city’s overall ability to soak up water during extreme weather events gets reduced. But all is not doomed. There is a solution: money. Lots of it:

“The infrastructure requirements of all this forecasted growth would be phenomenal. For example, elsewhere, it is estimated that a staggering $57 trillion will be required to meet the global infrastructure demand worldwide by 2030.”


(Photo: Alex Lukas)

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Author:Bucky Turco

Today’s Pigeon

Today's Pigeon

Mateo, B9 Bus in Brooklyn. (Photo: Robert S)

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Author:Bucky Turco

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