Art & New York City - The two are so intertwined, the art world and New York. Basquiat, Haring, Warhol, Schnabel, Liebowitz, Eisenstadt, Avedon, Johns, Pollock... And yet as New York marches forward with time, the grime is cleaned up, the warehouses disappear and become luxury high rentals or condos. The artists get pushed out. Or further out. To discover a new neighborhood and start a new group of followers "discovering" the hottest new neighborhood which they in fact embraced before others.
Since 2010 I've had an art studio that until this summer I shared in Long Island City. Back then you got off the train and there was nobody to be found. A few taxi cab places but that was it. And the Citibank high rise office tower at Court Square. If you took a ten minute walk to the waterfront you came across the new condos with amazing Manhattan views. On the back streets, or under the 7 train it was a safe but look over your shoulder at night inducing dark environment.
Today east of the # 7 train a wall of high rise rentals have arrived. Sprouting like Bamboo that keeps expanding and taking over. Walls of glass replace where once sky was. The streets are busier even at night. Recently after not painting for a couple of years I recommitted to creating my abstract art. Right now the line where humanity and civilization meets nature intrigues me. How we impact this world. How we change it.
This is the street I walk to my studio. I was delighted to see that one owner at least has embraced the artist community again and let the us walls be adorned with #streetart vs plain gray paint or the newish cleaned up brick facades some loft buildings now are sporting.
If we all follow the artists but then save no room for them, who will inspire our hearts to dream? To feel? To look at the world as more than just $ signs?
Who will move our hearts? To make a difference? I hope that New York discovers that Art is great for business and incentivizes the artist community to able to stay. How do we build better communities - :