BOS2013 is the biggest one yet! There are 598 spaces registered and a map that stretches the geographic lines that make up the creative neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. We spent our Memorial Day Weekend studying yet another year’s daunting event program and came up with a relatively short survey of events, exhibitions, and studios that should not be missed… or at least those that we’ll not miss!
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One century ago this year, the floodgates of modern art were opened by three artists: Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach and Walt Kuhn. One year before, they had formed an artist-run coalition—the Association of American Painters—and in February of 1913, the organization mounted its first show, The International Exhibition of Modern Art. Today we know the event largely by the nickname it garnered from the show’s location: The Armory Show. And the rest, it seems, is modern art history.
Yet if Davies, Pach and Kuhn were paling around today and happened to stumble into next week’s Armory Fair, the highly publicized 100-year-anniversary-show opening March 7th, they would likely feel frightfully lost. The name may be the same, but the original spirit of spontaneity and experimentation is largely gone.
Can Lifestyle just posted this terrific look back at our early roots as an innovator in the independent art scene in New York.
“One New York neighbourhood that’s definitely one to be investigated is Bushwick,” writes Can Lifestyle, “the district has a lot to boast about with some of the best independent art galleries around. However, with this said, when thinking about touring around Bushwick, you have to move fast because some galleries might not be around next year.”
“The good news is,” the article continues,”the ones that do survive could be the galleries making a massive impact on the art scene – so it’s always good to keep an eye on them and an open mind when visiting them. Three independent galleries in Bushwick worth taking a peek at are English Kills, Norte Maar and Pocket Utopia.”
(image via Hyperallergic.com)
Norte Maar has been a proud member and facilitator, uniting artists and defining the creative neighborhood of Bushwick. Last Thursday The Bogart Salon hosted the first of what was announced to be a series of panels discussing the Bushwick art scene. Hosted by Peter Hopkins of Bogart Salon and moderated by Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic, guests panelists include Deborah Brown, artist and owner of StorefrontBushwick gallery, Thomas Burr Dodd, owner of Brooklyn Fireproof, culture writer Carolina A. Miranda of C-Monster fame and Marco Antonini, the gallery director of Nurture Art.
L Magazine in reporting on the panel quoted Norte Maar Director Jason Andrew:
How, then, to preserve this community in the midst of such rapid and widespread change? “If you want a cautionary tale,” [William] Powhida said, “Pierogi (in Williamsburg) is a place that has stayed true; it wasn’t washed away in the tide of money.” Jason Andrew, who runs the arts organization and gallery Norte Maar in his apartment, concurred with this sentiment about staying true to a scene’s origins. He warned: “The one thing that kills Bushwick is organization [...] What keeps Bushwick interesting is the spontaneity.”
Art critic James Panero of The New Criterion commented from the audience that he hoped to see the continuation and preservation of the apartment gallery community. Speaking of apartment galleries, Paul D’Agostino of Centotto had the most poignant comment of the evening stating, “I’ve heard it said that ‘history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes,’ and I think that’s relevant here.”
As the neighborhood continues to change, Norte Maar will continue to do what it does for as long as it can with spontaneity and collaboration at it’s heart!
For additional reports on the panel follow the links below:
The latest edition of BEAT NITE drew hearty crowds to several familiar spaces and the inaugural group show of AIRPLANE, a newly launched artist run basement space. One of the first crisp evenings of the season didn’t discourage the neighborhood from coming out to take in the concrete triangles of Audra Wolowiec’s installation here at Norte Maar, the insect filled plastic tank included in Rob Andrews solo show at English Kills, and nautical themed musings in Centotto’s group show.
The after party at Bodega was star studded with all the neighborhood favorites in attendance. Lots to drink and some fabulous voguing too. Thanks to all the spaces, all the artists, and our great peeps that made this BEAT NITE one of the best! Anticipation for the seventh installment of this bi-annual neighborhood event is already building.
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