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Bushwick Open Studios looks to be another huge year for arts in Bushwick! At press time there were 581 online registered events (down only slightly from last year’s 598 registered users) filling a weekend with art and performance. We worked over the very user friendly Arts in Bushwick website and compiled Norte Maar’s 2014 list of not to miss events, exhibitions, and studios… or at least those that we’ll not miss!!!! Similar to last year, all events/exhibitions/studios are divided into six zones stretching the geographic lines which make up the creative neighborhood of Bushwick.

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Ladies of Bushwick


(From left) Deborah Brown, Sarah Schmerler, and Gwendolyn Skaggs © Photo by Allen Ying

Sarah Schmerler, guest curator of Norte Maar’s first show of this year, published a piece in the February issue of the Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Arts. In “3 Ladies of Chill Repute,” Schmerler proposed a ’round robin series of interviews and gallery visits’ and invited Deborah Brown of StorefrontBushwick and Gwendolyn Skaggs of Sugar to visit and discuss each respective space’s current shows, including her own show Gʉilty / (NOT) Guilty, which recently closed at Norte Maar. Asked by Skaggs who her influences are Schmerler states, “I’ve been very influenced by the radical art historian Aby Warburg, who died in 1929 (Luis Perez-Oramas of MoMA turned me on to him). Also by Hudson, of Feature Gallery, who makes idiosyncratic yet totally trackable decisions in what he chooses to hang.”

To see the article in it’s entirety click here.

(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:

L Magazine / “Bushwick Confronts Itself in Panel on Art Scene’s Future,” by Benjamin Sutton

Hyperallergic / “Reports from Last Night’s Bushwick Panel,” by Hrag Vartanian

artnet.com / “Bigfoot in Bushwick,” by Rachel Corbett

bushwickdaily.com / “Confronting Bushwick 2.0,” by Katarina Hybenova

Left Bank Art Blog / “Panel on the Bushwick Art Scene,” by Charles Kessler

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