The 10 Biggest Developments in Brooklyn Art of 2013

12/18/2013 4:00 AM |

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Crisis? Crises?

Directly related to artists being increasingly nudged out of their studio buildings in various areas of Brooklyn, artists William Powhida and Jules de Balincourt galvanized into action a big group of artists, art writers and art educators to address the issue. A town hall meeting was held over the summer. Many opinions were voiced. Many ideas shared. No major yields as yet, as far as we know, but promising catalysis took place. Something might still be abrew.

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56 Bogart

Though this building’s management favors ever more galleries over artists, there’s little use in holding the exhibition spaces accountable, especially when the shows there get better and better. Theodore:Art moved upstairs and got bigger, Rafael Fuchs moved in and got busier, Robert Henry maintained great rigor, Honey Ramka joined the mix, and Studio 10 stayed deeply interdisciplinary and housed, as well, a truly momentous, soulfully invigorating show by Matt Freedman. Also of particular moment in these halls was Adam Simon’s Bury The Lede at Momenta Art, a group show that featured a number of artists working with print copies of the New York Times—which went on to get covered, several times, in the New York Times. The building’s DIY library of sorts, Mellow Pages, stuck around and stayed hella chill while hosting dozens of great readings.

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Storefront Ten Eyck

Artist and curator Deborah Brown transitioned from operating one of the smallest art spaces in Bushwick to opening up one of the biggest. Her reliably good shows and massive crowds didn’t change an awful lot, though they did stretch out.