The 10 Biggest Developments in Brooklyn Art of 2013

12/18/2013 4:00 AM |

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÷÷÷÷ Closing Downside ÷÷÷÷

The once robust art bastion 3rd Ward shut down in rather unsportsmanlike style, taking members and employees by surprise, and forcing artists and artisans to scramble about for workspace alternatives. Also, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s arguably unsportsmanlike—though not entirely unwelcome, we’ll admit—approach to getting the Brooklyn Nets closer to an NBA championship (spending many millions, shipping in Boston, hyping into oblivion) is not, to date, panning out. Not even close. And though this might not seem like art, one might say that their fallings apart have been at times quite performative. Coach Kidd’s spilled beverage was one hell of an act, to be sure—and it even garnered a fine-art-like price tag of $50,000. The team’s herringbone hardwood still looks great, however—a handsome backdrop when mostly humbler teams come in to do some mopping.

Prediction for Brooklyn Art in 2014:
More of it, more spread out, more critical regard—and in all likelihood, more studio-related doubts. Brooklyn art has a wealth to offer, which means it also has a lot to lose. Let’s hope great losses don’t register
anytime soon.

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