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This New Yorker is Looking to Build the Next 5 Pointz in South Brooklyn


New Yorker Robin Russell-French has a Sheepshead Bay space that he is looking to turn into the next 5 Pointz, a place where artists can have a safe space to paint a wall. Alongside the art, he hopes to also transform the building and lot into a 250-300 person event space complete with a double-decker bus stage, green room, vendors and more. Russel-French knows a bit about this kind of thing too; he been creating event spaces for years: TheRobinsNest, BrooklynsBasement, and MckibbinsPlayground.

The first step is to get the walls painted so he is hoping to spread the word and have street artists get in touch. The best part: artists will have 24/7 access to their space, and Russell-French will pay for the paint!

The idea is to give artists a safe space to paint on private property, where they can paint a piece and update their wall at leisure. I have the space, out in Sheepshead Bay, about 5 minutes from Coney Island. Now I need the artists. […] I would pay for paint and they would get a permanent wall to paint. […] The storage bins will be art exhibits of their own, kind of like 29 rooms. Also it's worth noting that artists would have 24/7 access to the space and walls.

Get in touch with Russell-French over email to get involved.

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Need A Studio Workspace? Try Con Artist Collective in Lower Manhattan

Con Artist Collective is a communal artist workspace located in downtown Manhattan.It seems very affordable -

The Con Artist Collective opened in 2010, and membership to the collective is only $5 a month. Create your account anytime at conartistcollective.com All members of the collective can add access to the shared artist workspace at 119 Ludlow st. at anytime.

Access to our creative coworking space includes:
photo studio + lighting
drop sink with power washer
wood shop
power tools
computers (incl. CC,iD,Premier etc)
4 color silk screen press
screen exposure unit
free wifi (T3 Line)
multiple work tables/private nooks
lockable personal storage units
artwork storage
exhibition space
mobile meeting/private booth
community supplies
plus our biggest asset- 245+ artist network
regular gallery shows
regular members only events

LIMITED ACCESS PLANS: (no contracts, no commitments)
$14 an hour, $39 a day, $99 a week.

$129 1 day a week, $179 daily 11am to 6pm, $229 unlimited access 24/7/365.

So many different ways to get involved! Schedule a Tour Or come to a gallery night, every Wednesday 8pm to 11pm

Check out their video to see if it is a place where you get creative.


The Audubon Mural Project - Want to Participate?

The Audubon Mural Project is a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and the Gitler &_____ Gallery to create murals of climate-threatened birds throughout John James Audubon's old Manhattan neighborhood. 

Want to help? 

If you’re an artist or an upper-Manhattan landlord or business owner who would like to participate in this project, please contact Avi Gitler. Also, please contact Avi if you're interested in supporting the project in any other way—spray paint sponsors urgently sought!

Special thanks to all of our donors thus far!

How It All Started

In early October, just weeks after the release of the Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report, an art-gallery owner and an artist approached us with an audacious and unconventional scheme for spreading the word about the plight of birds: Street art! Murals! Murals of climate-threatened birds! Avi Gitler had just opened his Gitler &_____ Gallery in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Harlem, on Broadway between 149th and 150th streets—a few short blocks south of the Hudson River estate where John James Audubon lived the final ten years of his life, and of the cemetery where his remains reside today. Inspired by this proximity to the heritage of America’s greatest bird artist, Gitler decided to commission a series of bird murals to cover the rolling steel security grates that descend over business facades at closing time. Then he met Tom Sanford, a painter who lives nearby—and who, due to a serendipitous accident of residential geography (his next-door neighbor is Audubon VP/Content Mark Jannot), was deeply aware of the Audubon Report and its implications, which he proceeded to explain to Gitler.

So, by the time they came to us, Gitler’s mural plan had morphed and expanded a bit—from maybe a dozen birds to 314, a depiction of every one of the species identified as climate-threatened or endangered in the Audubon Report. The public art would flow throughout the Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights neighborhoods of upper Manhattan—JJA territory—creating a tremendous outdoor gallery of birds, all tagged with the URL of the Audubon Mural Project. Intrigued passersby would investigate and end up here, with an opportunity to learn more about this existential threat to birds, and about how they can take action to help head it off.

And so, voila! Here we are! If you are one of those intrigued passersby investigating what the murals are all about, we invite you to click here to learn more about the Audubon Report. Alongside each mural photograph below you’ll also find a link that will take you to a page with maps and other info about the threat to that specific bird. 

The Audubon Mural Project is only just underway, but already the results have been visually stunning, as you’ll see in the gallery below—a gallery that will be continually augmented as new murals are painted. The project has already made the front page of The New York Times—read that coverage here.

Watch the most recent mural be painted, across the street from John James Audubon's final resting place:

All City Art Gallery and Pediatric Clinic Join Forces in Manhattan

All CityAll City, a graffiti art gallery and pediatric clinic, is located in the former Claremont Theater, a 22,500-square-foot landmark in Manhattanville. The organization’s executive directors, Hugo Martinez, a gallery owner, and Dr. Juan Tapia, a pediatrician, worked with Kaptein Roodnat, a Dutch architectural studio, on the $2.4 million renovation, whose design alludes to a town square and streets: the natural habitat of graffiti. (“All city” is the phrase graffiti artists use when they have painted all five boroughs of New York, including the rooftops, Mr. Martinez said.) The waiting area, above, includes gray cushions wrapped in colorful canvas straps. If visitors “don’t want to sit upright, they can sit any way they like,” said Marleen Kaptein, one of the architects. The first show, “Free Radicals,” is up through March. Framed art sells for $250 to $8,000; cotton-blend rugs start at $1,200. 3332 Broadway (West 135th Street). Information: 212-619-2149; Instagram:­ @martinezgallery.

Artists Need to Get Paid For Their Work

How many times have you been asked to pay for submission to a gallery? Or pay for "hanging" fees? Or for marketing materials? Or for inclusion into a book? It costs a lot for someone to be an artist! The economic model is really not very good. Which is why we usually say that being an artist is driven more by passion than by economics. Is it possible to carve out a living wage for your work as an artist? Maybe. Here are some suggestions from Alexis Clements of Hyperallergic:

1. Traditional Labor Organizing and Contracts

Artists’ guilds morphed into labor unions as part of larger national cross-industry labor struggles, many of which still exist today. Their primary mode of ensuring that members get the money and services is through standardized contracts and working to create closed or mostly closed shops (i.e. only union members can work in certain places) or preventing union members from working in non-union establishments. Many musicians, actors, writers, people working in film, people working behind the scenes on stage, and some museum employees are in unions today. You can view a sample/standard Actors Equity Contracts for union members here.

2. Lobbying / Professional Associations

Organizations such as the League of Independent Theater New York (LITNY), are focusing on influencing local politics by lobbying politicians directly. Their list of political demands focuses mainly on organization-level needs, but they are explicit in seeking affordable housing for working artists, and their demand for affordable facilities would have a direct impact on rehearsal costs which are often born by individual artists working across theater, dance, and music.

3. Certifications / Change from Within

Detail from W.A.G.E. survey results. View the full survey report here.

Detail from W.A.G.E. survey results. View the full survey report here.

One group that has received a lot of interest in the US over the past couple years is Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.). Founded and led by artists, W.A.G.E. has adopted a somewhat novel model. Rather than work from the outside in, they are proposing a certification program whereby willing visual arts and performance organizations would agree to abide by “ethical payment practices,” which amount to a custom artist fee and production support structure based on the budget and level of activity of each organization. This model has similarities to the work of the Canadian group CARFAC, which managed to get minimum payments to visual artists whose work is being exhibited written into copyright law in the 1980s. But currently W.A.G.E.’s version relies on organizations opting in or large groups of artists refusing to exhibit in spaces that don’t have certification.

4. Revolutionary Demands

A fourth method of seeking access to money and services, or, perhaps more importantly, decision-making power, is to put forth a set of revolutionary demands. One of the most well-known examples of this in the US in the 20th century was the Art Workers’ Coalition (AWC). Though it was short-lived, operating under that banner between 1969 and 1971, the AWC did put together a compelling list of demands that not only addressed payment to artists for use of their work, but also things like one-third representation of artists on all museum board, representation of artists of color on staff and in galleries, equal representation of female artists, and perhaps most revolutionary, the decentralization of museums.

5. Going Off the Grid / Alternative Economies

From cover of OWS Arts & Labor publication. Download the full publication here.

From cover of OWS Arts & Labor publication. Download the full publication here.

With a similarly revolutionary viewpoint, Occupy Wall Street’s Arts & Labor working group has, over the past two years, been engaging in serious questions about how to rethink and rebuild the contemporary relationship between art and labor. Ultimately, according to the OWS Principles of Solidarity, they hope to “imagine a new socio-political and economic alternative that offers greater possibility of equality.” And so, Arts & Labor is committed to looking at alternatives to capitalism that don’t always associate dollars with labor. Their latest publication, What Do We Do Now: Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Resource Guide for Living in New York City, is filled with links to organizations or resources focused on everything from affordable housing and squatting to free and alternative health care to worker cooperatives and barter networks.

It’s All in the Mix

The reality is, of course, that these five categories are not really distinct or separate — they intertwine and overlap, and each relies on a viewpoint that believes the opaque and laissez-faire realities of the current arts landscape are not only detrimental to individual artists, but that they are part of a larger system that is detrimental to all people. In the coming months I’ll be doing more research on these ideas and others and in September will publish a follow-up piece with more specific examples of models that are working for US artists.

Alexis will be facilitating a class on this subject, titled Rights, Demands, and Radical Reimaginings: Art and Labor in the US at the Hyperallergic offices starting August 27. Registration info is here. Hyperallergic readers can get $15 off with the code HYPER.


ARTAQ Street Art Awards

Aff-artaqThe2013 Artaq street art awards is happening NOW in Angers, France. Exhibitions begin on May 31 and run through September 15, 2013 ... if my French is still up to date.

The Artaq Awards are coming back for a 3rd edition with a new selection of talents, a new book and new exhibitions and performances. Once again, young and former artists are participating to the Artaq Awards in order to present the evolution of the Urban Arts movement. They stuck naturally to one of the most important value of Urban Art : Dare to dare.

Dare to express ideas and show personality, dare to create a very own style; dare to explore new way of expression by using combination, hybridation and association of style, technique and support.


ARTAQ intends to encourage the most representative artists in Street Art and Urban Arts, helps them to promote their works and their reputation at the hands of art collectors, art professionals, galleries, press and large public.
Artaq honors each year artists who make Urban Arts evolve in all its categories and forms (tags, stencils, graffiti, wall painting, performances in situ, painting, digital art...).
With the aim of being the most respected selection in which artists want to be part of, the selection level and the jury's criteria are very high.
The aim is not to award points or elect a  'best artist of the year',but to present an overview of the artists who marked the year.

The ARTAQ selection is 10 Awards (ARTAQ AWARDS) and 1 Jury Special Prize
What win the laureates A publication of their works in the Artaq Bookzine
An exhibition in several cities (Paris or Brussels or Angers,...)


Shypocket - New Mobile Worldwide Artist Opinion Website

Weisler_sampleA new mobile website for artist opinion was quietly launched last week in Maine. The site, www.shypocket.com, invites professional artists to publish daily commentary on topics that are hot or top of mind for them. With an edgy look and simple interface, shypocket.com is designed to display bold and provocative insight on a real-time basis.

“The mobile platform is finicky, challenging, and oh so very cool,” said shypocket.com creator, Cara Fox. A longtime writer and creative director in the design communications field, Fox dreamed up her mobile forum while out west in Taos, NM. 

Artists are encouraged to contributed mini-essays in a more raw and everyday voice than they are accustomed to providing for galleries and artist statements. The mini-essays on shypocket.com are 90 words and supported by a single image.

Fox does not intend to make shypocket.com bigger that it is now, visually. The site is designed for the small, smartphone screen and for swiping and tapping. It can also be viewed on a tablet device, but it not accessible from a desktop computer. The goal is for the forum to be as dynamic and in motion as the artists who publish opinion on it.

Visit www.shypocket.com on a smartphone or tablet device. For more information, write [email protected].

Doyles Announces First Ever Street Art and Graffiti Auction - October 16, 2012

I wonder if this will encourage colelctors to remove art from the street....?

Doyle Street Art AuctionOur specialists are currently scheduling appointments to evaluate property for Doyle New York's Inaugural Street Art Auction on October 16, 2012. This landmark sale will be the first in the New York auction market specifically focusing on Street Art and Graffiti. Showcased will be examples spanning the late 1970s through the present day.

We are currently seeking works by such artists as Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, KAWS, Os Gemeos, David Choe, Faile, Barry McGee, Zephyr, Dr. Lakra, Swoon, Lady Pink, Dash Snow, Futura 2000, Crash, Ron English, D*Face, Seen, Dondi White, and many more.

Read Hrag Vartanian's interview with Doyle New York's Street Art Specialist Angelo Madrigale at Hyperallergic.

We are always available to discuss the sale of a single object or an entire collection.


Harold Porcher, VP
Angelo Madrigale


212-427-4141, ext 249
[email protected]


To submit images online, 
please go to: 


Auctioneers & Appraisers
175 East 87th Street
New York, NY 10128
Tel: 212-427-2730
Fax: 212-369-0892
Web: DoyleNewYork.com

Winkel & Balktick Sell Out - Call For Artists

WandBparty Here is a call for artists for which there is no submission fee. Check out the details and see if you want to participate as an artist or even as a volunteer.

Mark your calendars for this Labor Day in New York City where Winkel & Balktick are staging a large-scale art and entertainment event in a large raw space in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.  You can see some photos of past events here. 

This next event is called the Winkel & Balktick Sell Out.  It's billed as a fun exploration of advertising and commercial/capitalist culture using 45,000 square feet of loft space and expecting a few thousand people.  So they need a lot of art and hands to make this work.

Each one of their events is produced by a huge community of creative people.  They are currently seeking artists and volunteers to make it happen.  There's more information on their Opportunities page. And you can contact Eva Lansberry who is the art coordinator.