Post image for Miami’s Art Scene Looks to Ownership for Longevity

In nearly every city, the art world is feeling the pinch from rising rents and a dwindling supply of large, affordable spaces for making or exhibiting work. But in Miami, a growing number of gallerists are opting to buy their own real estate—putting the breaks on a cycle of gentrification and the instability that comes with renting.

And they’re leaving Wynwood—until recently the undisputed center of Miami’s gallery scene—in droves. Many gallerists, studios, and artists are looking north to Little Haiti to rent or buy. I sat down with Brook Dorsch (of gallery Emmerson Dorsch), Nina Johnson-Milewski (of Gallery Diet), and the couple Annie Berkowitz and Jordan Trachtenberg, who recently opened the new &gallery in a building they bought for their own design and real estate offices. Collectively, they’re transforming a suburban-looking stretch of NW 2nd Ave into Miami’s latest—and permanent—arts neighborhood. We discussed the merits of property ownership and strategies for making it more accessible to Miami’s art community.

Post image for New Artist-Led Project Surveys Plight of Canadian Arts Interns

If an emerging arts worker wants a leg up in the art world, it’s generally acknowledged that a necessary entry point is working an internship. While some of those internships are paid, the lived reality in the Canadian culture sector is that most are unpaid. A new artist-led project is addressing this, with the aim to create a set of best practices for the future treatment of arts interns.

Post image for New York’s Foreign-Born Artists Face Visa Headaches, Uncertainty

As thousands of US artists, gallerists, curators, collectors and critics prepare to visit Mexico City for the February art fairs with relative ease, we thought about all the hoops artists from “south of the border” must jump through to visit or work in New York. Despite the obstacles, a sizeable chunk of the city’s cultural workforce and art scene are here on visas. Unfortunately, those aren’t easy to come by or maintain. We asked musician, DJ, and writer Marcelo Baez to report on the conditions New York’s unsung art workers deal with just to live here.

Post image for Artists Use Yelp to Shame Plagiarizing Restaurant

Turns out Yelp isn’t only useful as a go-to website for dining destination consensus. For Kelly Mark, it’s an effective way to pressure a restaurant to remove its unauthorized copy of an artwork.

Last August, the Canadian artist served notice to the owners of Old School, a Toronto restaurant, demanding the immediate removal and destruction of a neon sign that bears a striking resemblance to her 2006 work, “I Called Shotgun Infinity When I Was Twelve”. The neon copy is exactly the same in text, layout, and color. Only the font and size of the piece differs.