New York is the hub of the art world right now with Banksy’s resident stay & numerous other fall showcases…but there are some really interesting and noteworthy discussions about the future of the city for up and coming artists in the NYC art scene ignited this month.
The discussion started when former Talking heads musician David Byrne published an op-ed in The Creative Times. ”Most of Manhattan and many parts of Brooklyn are virtual walled communities, pleasure domes for the rich (which, full disclosure, includes me), and aside from those of us who managed years ago to find our niche and some means of income, there is no room for fresh creative types, notes David Byrne.
Then came news that the city was looking to demolish artists haven 5 Pointz in Long Island City. These building is a home to many artists of all mediums and seems to be a canvas for street artists in particular. With development in LIC reaching a fever pitch, this would become to site of a future 1% high rise. Luckily there is a restraining order in place for the time being.
We look forward to seeing how this evolves in the coming month, but maybe David Byrne was right and NYC is losing its spot at the hub of creativity (though we hope not). Either way, we’re here to help artists retain as much creativity in their homes as possible!