Just read an article on the Bushwick art scene. Yesterday I was driving from LIC through East Williamsburg. The gentrification is amazing, attractive and a bit unsettling. Although well intended, it inevitably pushes the artists out. I have watched this happen since the 1970’s since SOHO. I also refer to it in The Z Factor.
Now I may sound a bit like an old fart but experiencing the changing face of the city (see past blogs about Juniors and Pearl Paints) and witnessing how people are gobbling up every bit of real estate, that coupled with rising costs, taxes, rents, leaves me with the question, where else is there to go? Pioneering is all very well and good and I have done it many times, but if we revisit history, the pioneers are the ones who succumb to the strain. I have noticed that when artists ban together and buy a building, they have to make it profitable in order to sustain it. It all follows the same pattern: first the artists, then the lesbians/gays, boutiques, overpriced hip looking restaurants, etc. Again where can one go to be close to the city and still have an affordable rent? Yesterday I heard mention (on NPR) of East New York.
And now a true pioneer Maria lassnig:
And here is the link to these and more stories involving the art world: