Vegas: A City of Contradictions

Street artist, Chor Boogie created the above piece for Vegas’ annual ‘Life is Beautiful’ art festival. The festival produces hundreds of works that invigorate the landscape of Downtown Las Vegas, many of which live beyond festival weekend.   Las Vegas brings to mind flashy lights, decadent food, and drunken frat boys roaming the streets. However, there is a side to Vegas that many travellers to … Continue reading Vegas: A City of Contradictions

Relevant News Round Up (week of may 22 – May 29)

There’s a battle between residents and gallery owners in the Los Angeles neighborhood Boyle Heights. It’s somewhat widely known that the emergence of fine art galleries is a near guarantee that gentrification is occurring, but this article discusses how art spaces that have been in the neighborhood for years and years are also being targeted by anti-gentrification activists. It’s not a simplistic issue. White artists … Continue reading Relevant News Round Up (week of may 22 – May 29)

What’s in the news – The $110.5 million Basquiat

What’s in the news? Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting of a skull sold at Sotheby’s auction for $110.5 million. Some consider this an incredible cultural development because a black artist most famous for the undervalued (and often considered criminal) medium of street-art has ascended into the glorified realm of art house auctions. Michael Holman, a figure close to Basquiat and the creator of the film Basquiat, feels … Continue reading What’s in the news – The $110.5 million Basquiat

In the News: NYC re-evaluates cultural funding

New York City is reexamining its allocation of cultural funds, considering a plan that more equitably considers smaller arts institutions that cater to underserved neighborhoods. This means that while in the past the majority of the money has gone to large institutions such as The Met and MoMA, smaller institutions in the outer boroughs may begin to see the much needed funding they have typically … Continue reading In the News: NYC re-evaluates cultural funding

Ephemeral Art in the Lower East Side

As far as galleries go, Chelsea tends to be the undisputed ruler of the New York City art scene. With over two hundred art galleries, patrons and collectors flock to the neighborhood to see and buy art of all types. This wasn’t always the case though. Before Chelsea, it was SoHo. Soon though, with the arrival of high-priced boutiques and restaurants catering to bourgeoise palates, … Continue reading Ephemeral Art in the Lower East Side