Suggested Reading: Location, Location, Location Edition

– While many artists eschew the suggestion that their presence in a neighborhood spurs gentrification, Lucian Smith isn’t helping that discourse. The young painter was recently was the host of a controversial party in the South Bronx, a neighborhood on the cusp of displacing long-time residents in favor of bougie high-rise condos akin to almost everywhere else in the city. The party’s theme of was a huge affront to the neighborhood . via Artinfo

– Speaking of gentrification and the arts, Art F City’s Paddy Johnson reports that artists are not happy with the “Real Estate Summit” that’s being planned at the Brooklyn Museum. She is among the many artists and cultural people that are petitioning the museum to reconsider their efforts to support continuing real estate developments throughout the neighborhood that are making Brooklyn unaffordable for the long time residents and communities that have given Brooklyn its true culture. Without these vibrant communities, Brooklyn will just be another generic city of the rich much like Manhattan has become. via Art F City

– Then again, maybe living in New York shouldn’t always seem like a major factor for artists. Lauren Palmer gives us some examples of why young budding artists should reconsider the Big Apple. She also suggests the most affordable schools in New York, for those of you who can’t fathom the thought of being elsewhere. via artnet

– Why limit yourself to one place anyways? Alec Soth’s Winnebego Workshop is putting art education on wheels. The often nomadic photographer will embark on a road trip in a repurposed RV, which will act as a classroom for students to learn from a variety of professional artists that Soth meets along the way. via Hyperallergic

– I really love Erasing the Border, a public art project by Ana Teresa Fernández and a group of volunteers. Fernández and volunteers from the U.S and Mexico got together along the Mexican side of the border fence in Nogales, to collectively paint it in a similar color as the sky. By doing so they’re imagining a “borderless society.” The artist and company plan to do more of these actions along the border in different locations. Fernández also has her sights on the US side and is hopeful that she can bring the project to Texas someday. via Hyperallergic

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