I guess I'm surprised Lisa Cooley didn't ream you out for categorizing her as a middle tier gallery. Pretty heady stuff from that white cube.
There is another beta testing website for artists, and thats http://dossiae.com. Whats makes this website different is that they give you the ability to promote your portfolio locally by listing it in your city similar to CL.
The game has changed. When I as a painter first came to nyc years ago, I lucked into a large two-room jeweler's studio in a commercially zoned building on John's St. for $150 per month. Heat was shut off at 5 on Friday, bathroom down the hall, no shower. Stole gas from Con Ed, and never answered the door since it was the workers looking for gas leaks. You can't get gems like that anymore, not in Manhattan, and now not in Brooklyn. My son came to nyc with a degree in film editing from a top university. Got a job at a very fine restaurant (Tina Fey a reg.) and was making decent money, but all the film people and film boutiques only took on internship's, the new form of slave labor. After a year of that nonsense he left nyc to take a job as a real editor on a sports film. Money is good and he is actually doing what he wants. No one wants to say it, but in the art world, there has become a class distinction, only the wealthies can afford to be artists.
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