Suggested Reading: Artists and the Art Community Standing Strong Edition

– Today New York City is synonymous with astronomical real estate prices. It’s hard to imagine a time when people could cheaply rent lofts, studios, and apartments in New York City. During the heyday of the post-World War II New York art scene, artists lived in thriving artist communities and were even able to purchase large warehouse spaces in some of today’s trendiest and most desirable neighborhoods. In this era studios that were considered affordable a few years ago are too expensive for many working artists to maintain. There might be some relief coming soon as reported by Art F City’s Whitney Kimball: “thanks to a bill reintroduced in June 2014 by Council Member Annabel Palma. The “Small Business Jobs Survival Act” would give small business owners (and artists) more negotiating power when renewing leases.” via Art F City

– New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will unveil a new artist housing/workspace. via WNYC

Long gone are the days of loft living, artist clubs, happenings, and a tight knit art scene where everyone knew one another. Critic Brian Sherwin believes today’s artists should support each other again. What do you think? via The Art Edge

– “Art should not please. On the contrary. Art has to show where it hurts in our societies, in our world. We urgently need the courage back to pick up this role of disturbers again.” Read some excerpts from a powerful speech given by Belgian festival director and curator Frie Leysen in her closing keynote address at the 2015 Australian Theatre Forum. via Performing Arts Hub

– View: The 25 Most Amazing Community Arts Projects. via Social Work Degree Guide

The National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University in Texas has released its first Arts Vibrancy Index, a report that ranks the cultural vibrancy of communities across the country. via Hyperallergic

– “Artists look ahead and plot the future. They map the culture and tell us where we stand. In doing so, artists are a free society’s greatest advocates and its best bulwarks. Their triumphs are civilization’s triumphs” – Andres Serrano. In the wake of the attacks at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the Associated Press removed Andres Serrano’s controversial “Piss Christ” image from its archive. In a commissioned piece by Creative Time Reports Andres Serrano responded to his work being removed on “Protecting Freedom of Expression, from Piss Christ to Charlie Hebdo.” via Creative Time Reports

– Artist and researcher Matthew Plummer-Fernandez puts a computer program to the task of interpreting abstract art. For example, one of the computer’s responses to Reclining Figure Architectural Background by Henry Moore was “A couple of pigeons that are sitting in a statue, or perhaps a statue of a person is laying on a cement floor. Reminds me of a statue, sitting on a bench and a woman sits on a cement block.” via Novice Art Blogger

– Singer/Songwriter D’ Angelo made a powerful statement influenced by the racial injustice during his ‘SNL’ Performance. via Rolling Stone

– “In 2015, we like to think we’re far removed from the “culture wars” of the nineties. And then Andres Serrano falls under the chopping block yet again. So today, yesterday and tomorrow are better times than any to confront the trends of censorship history. And the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is probably better equipped than most to tackle the task.” Katherine Brooks addresses A History Of LGBT Art Being Too Offensive And Irreverent For Mainstream Eyes.” via Huffington Post



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