Interesting you say this with the fact that NYC has been gaining population overall.You shouldn't put too much on what you hear from MICA grad's, unless they are Hoffberger painting students. MICA, once a backwater school with all eyes on NYC, has recently had a makeover with an aggressive fund raising administration aiming the curriculum toward anime, manga, CGI and gaming graphics. The money is there. Up to now students were pie eyed for Pixar. So for MICA students not perceiving NYC as mecca hardly surprises.
So only the wealthy can afford to be artists, thus subtracting the bite of class alienation , let's say, that can be seen in a Basquiat. There are some other reasons to not go to nyc, as you allude to. The artists coming to nyc all have a degree with the same homogenized post-modernist agenda, and they formulaically follow. Abstractions drone on, conceptual Pop caricatures leer back their smug irony, Casualist mish mashes seem like sterile university exercises, all safely defanged in some art historical niche. Looking at the big picture, the decline of an art center is not unusual, Athens, Rome, Paris. And, there is denial. Recently Art News printed a small account of a show in Rome that intends to say painting or art in NYC is not dead. The problem is they show an example of Jeff Koons antiquity painting as an example of the viability of the tradition, when in fact, his 'paintings' are the very problem, more at how NYC art has become the 21st Century version of L'Ecole des Beaux Artes. They are totally outsourced, poorly designed, anally crafted collages that say nothing about painting since there is no reason for them to be done in paint. One could just as well send the photoshop image to a large inkjet/laser printer and get the same image. No difference. So, for me, it's not just the cost of living, it's the tradition that's closed out. As Paris needed a Monet, so does NYC. Lastly, for what it's worth, I hear the money is leaving for London, closer to oil and gold.
I am an artist who spends maybe 3/4 working time in a small studio in NYC and shows nationally and internationally, and I would claim that probably about 95% of my art practice is self-funded, i.e. not from patrons, collectors or grants. Most people that know me think I am doing really well and that I make a living off of my work, but when I tell them that I support my work through money I make in other fields, there is often disbelief or even suspicion that I am faking modesty or something. I do what I do as an artist because it is the only thing I really care about, even if I have to do other work I don't want in order to keep doing it.
In my studio building, during normal weekday work hours, the building is empty of artists. They come mostly in during the weekend as they are busy with their day jobs throughout the week. What is interesting is that many of these artists have the larger, more expensive spaces in the building which means they are willing to pay high prices to be in their studios for a few days out of the week. I often wonder if many of them will ever break the surface at such a pace. Kind of gives new meaning to the idea of "Sunday painter."
yeah, its really hard to make it in nyc with all those tears in your eyes. wah wah-- suck it up, babies.. no one said it would be easy.
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It would have been nice if this account could be a little realistic with numbers on how many actual artists are involved as opposed to musicians, law firm clerks, students, food people, etc., as well as numbers on rent price per square footage, fixtured unfixtured. Comparison to another area would help, Hoboken? Gentrification is hardly a uniform thing as Greenpoint still has remnants of second wave Polish and sWilliamsburg, Bushwick havn't ethnic cleansed the Puerto Ricans yet. However, if this is all we have to write about, then how dismally boring is the art world? Too many privileged art degrees making the same DeKooning/Warhol over and over again?
Artist Yuppies Hipsters and Transplants need to understand one thing. The have destroyed the culture of NYC to the point of no return. Gentrification MUST be stopped at all cost!!!
I'm a True native NYC resident with family going back to the 5 points, and I find it appalling when I'm asked by these invaders where I'm from because of my NYC accent.
They need to educate themselves as to what city they're living in and have some fucking respect for it's natives.
Yuppie go home.
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Y'all don't really think that Artists have some special capacity for 'causing' gentrification, over and above non-artist related market operations, do you? Or are artists just that awesome?
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I love this post. Many of us who grew up in New York learned this little known truth from our parents. As long as you had the confidence to place your fifty cents or dollar or whatever and ask for one, you could pay what you want. For those who use the museum as a local cultural resource, it's imperative that the admission policy be transparent. Yet you raise an essential points about how to sustain these institutions and at the same time make them accessible to all socio-ecomonic levels. The two are intrinsically linked due to the nature of how these institutions raise their money, and their donor-strategies, which demand a certain level of elitism in addition to the other class-related issues you mention. Great and much needed subject for discussion. Thanks.
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