Matthew Lusk's Untitled Hobo at the NADA County Affair
I read an article in the NY Times on Monday, October 12, 2009, entitled "Luring Artists to Lend Life to Empty Storefronts". At the time, I thought it might inspire an interesting posting, especially considering an opening I had recently attended way downtown (south of Trinity Church) which the article failed to mention. Organized by Ellen Scott's Smart Spaces, which "presents contemporary art in the windows of vacant storefronts", the exhibition Regeneration opened October 7th at 88 Greenwich Street and featured window installations by Kim Krans, Hilary Harnischfeger, and Cordy Ryman.
But somehow I lost the impetus for this posting until a series of Facebook "friends" redirected my attention to the NY Times article, the thesis of which is that
as the recession drags on and storefronts across New York remain empty, commercial landlords are turning to an unlikely new class of tenants: artists... On terms that are cut-rate and usually temporary — a few weeks or months — the artist gets a gallery or studio, and the landlord gets a vibrant attraction that may deter crime and draw the next wave of paying tenants.
Pissed Off Artists Allegedly Urinate on Kruger Art
A group of artist protesters calling themselves "The
Infinity Lab" were arrested Thursday after witnesses
reported acts of vandalism on the new Barbara Kruger
Installation commissioned by University of California
San Diego's Stuart Collection.
The protesters chanted, "Another formulaic Kruger,"
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
Wed, 6/20, 5-9 $10, Crown Heights/ BROOKLYN COLLEGE 200 Eastern Parkway/ BrooklyNites - Geri Allen Jazz at Brooklyn Museum
Wed, 6/20, 6-8, Chelsea/ MAGNAN EMRICH 505 W 28/ Chris Obetz
Wed, 6/20, 6-8, Chelsea/ HASTED HUNT 529 W 20/ Colour Before Color curated by Martin Parr w/ Luigi Ghirri, Keld Helmer-Peterson, John Hinde studio with Edmund Nägele, Elmar Ludwig, David Noble, Peter Mitchell, Carlos Pérez Siquier, Ed van der Elsken.
Thu 6/14, 5-7, Chelsea/ PHYLLIS KIND 236 W 26 No. 503/ “Recent Acquisitions and a Preview of Coming Attractions” w/ Chelo Amezcua, Andrew Blythe, Robert Colescott, Hiroyuki Doi, Edith Isaac-Rose, Gillian Jagger, Yun-Fei Ji, Terao Katsuhiro, Augustin Lesage, Helen Burkhart Mayfield, Alison Saar, Timothy Wehrle, Charlie Willeto, Domenico Zindato, Carlo Zinelli
Thu 6/14, 6-8, Chelsea/ CUE ART FOUNDATION 511 W 25/ "Joan Mitchell Foundation 2006 MFA Grant Recipients"
Thu 6/07, 6-8, Chelsea/ MORGAN LEHMAN GALLERY 317 10th Ave/ Promised Land curated by Elizabeth M. Grady w/ Charles Browning, Elizabeth Huey, Friese Undine
Thu 6/07, 6-8, Chelsea/ BLACK & WHITE 636 W 28/ En Plein Air Reloaded w/ Lauren Luloff, Amy Talluto + Kathleen Vance
Thu 6/07, 6-8, Chelsea/ BRAVINLEE PROGRAMS 526 W 26/ Marcia Kure
Thu 6/07, 6-8, Chelsea, RHONDA SCHALLER 547 W 26/ Crossroads