One of the strange x-factors in the current art world is the odd, double-edged relationship between artists and the economy. As our own Adam Bonislawski wrote earlier this year: "Enjoy New York’s art scene? Go hug a bond trader." Now that the financial sector is hurting, the reeling New York art world is looking for creative solutions, one of which involves taking advantage of the lowest commercial rental market in years to conquer new areas and reach new audiences.
That's the principle behind the group No Longer Empty, a collective of curators and artists who organize exhibitions in empty storefronts. Their first show just opened next to the Chelsea Hotel, features works by artists like Michael Bevilacqua, Alina and Jeff Bliumis, Diana Puntar, Bruce Richards and Raimundo Rubio, and continues through July 18. Future projects include storefronts in West Chelsea, Midtown and Brooklyn. Click here for more info about No Longer Empty.
(via Vanishing New York)