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Paddy Johnson is a New York-based art critic, blogger, curator and writer. Johnson is the founder and editor of Art Fag City, which is an art blog.
Born in Guelph, Ontario, Johnson was educated at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and continued her education at Rutgers University. She has slowly gained notoriety as an art critic in the New York art scene. She is also known for her live coverage of major art fairs such as the Armory Show, Venice Biennale, Frieze Art Fair, and Art Basel in Miami and Switzerland.
She lives and works in Brooklyn, and she pens a regular column for L Magazine in New York. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including ArtReview, Art & Australia, Art in America, artkrush, The Daily Beast, FlashArt, Flavorpill, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, More Intelligent Life, New York Press, NYFA Current, Print Magazine, The Reeler, Time Out NY.
She has worked with Location One as a visiting critic and attended the 2007 iCommons conference in Croatia as a blogger. In 2008, she served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowships and became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation which is part of the Andy Warhol Foundation. She has also served on a panel for ArtPrize.
In December, 2011, Johnson was named in a federal libel lawsuit in United States district court for a May, 2011 article she published in Art Fag City, which suggested an art restorer was a forger and committed crimes.
Sound of Art
In November 2010 Johnson released an LP called "Sound of Art," a DJ battle record that compiles mixes based from sounds recorded in art spaces, galleries, and museums in Manhattan and Brooklyn, pitting the neighboring boroughs against each other. Johnson raised over $11,000 with a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, calling upon sound art lovers and a cadre of collectors, even offering a dinner with herself and artist William Powhida, a former art critic, to the highest bidder. Johnson predicts the project will spawn follow-up records, including East Coast vs. West Coast, and Canada vs. USA. Johnson told WNYC's Carolina Miranda that the Brooklyn recordings sound more DIY.
Contributors to Art Fag City (past and present)
Paddy Johnson has worked with several art writers since 2009.
- Will Brand
- Julia Halperin
- Dave Harper
- Michelle Halabura
- Liza Eliano
- Corinna Kirsch
- Whitney Kimball
- "Paddy Johnson of "Art Fag City" Blog (and 10 others) Sued by Controversial Art Authenticator", Rosenbaum, Lee Arts Journal. 12 December 2011
- Sound of Art kickstarter page
- Sutton, Benjamin. "Paddy Johnson Discusses Her Sound of Art Project". The L Magazine. September 28, 2010.
- Miranda, Carolina. "The Art of Vinyl: Rethinking the LP". WNYC. November 18, 2010.
- "Where Are They Now?", www.artfagcity.com. Retrieved 09 March 2011.