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The Definitive Stay in New York Reading List

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on June 26, 2015
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If you’re heading out to “Stay in New York,” Art F City’s affordable workspace conference, there’s no better time than now to catch up on the issues: artists kicked out of studios, community-building legislation, and whether artists can afford real-estate in New York. Not going? We’ve compiled a lengthy guide on the state of affordable workspace in New York City, with articles from Art F City and other online publications, professional and academic studies, and books to get you started on knowing the current state of affordable studio space in New York City. Some of these resources you may be familiar with. Others have been made publicly available here for the first time.

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Should Location Determine Artist Pay Grade?

by Corinna Kirsch on March 18, 2015
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Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) and the online publication art-agenda have announced a payment tool for online commissions and digital artworks, set to debut this spring. Where you live might determine how much you should get paid.

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W.A.G.E. Establishes Minimum Payment Policies for Artists

by Corinna Kirsch on October 10, 2014
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What you should be getting paid, in real numbers.

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Surviving Rent: Why Artists Can’t Afford Critical Neutrality

by William Powhida on December 16, 2013
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William Powhida responds to rave reviews of “Coming Together: Surviving Sandy” in the midst of artist evictions at Industry City.

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Should Art Volunteers Be Paid? Some Suzanne Lacy Volunteers Say Yes

by Whitney Kimball on October 18, 2013
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Like many of Suzanne Lacy’s works, tomorrow’s performance—Creative Time’s largest undertaking to date—aims to get widespread attention on the issues of a local marginalized community. “Between the Door and the Street” enlists around 350 activists, mostly female, to stage small conversations on city stoops about issues of class and labor inequality. So it seems fitting that the project has already opened a discussion about a perennial activist problem: volunteers want to get paid.

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W.A.G.E. Mocks Documenta Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev For Use of Free Labor

by Whitney Kimball on February 11, 2013
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W.A.G.E. wants Documenta curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev to rethink her attitude that artists should come free to her exhibitions. “If you were an artist,” she says in the clip, “you didn’t get any money, no, because you were invited to the exhibition.” “Invited.” They should thank her! The video comes from a panel around the time of her Creative Time Summit talk, which flew off the rails when Christov-Bakargiev decided the time slot wasn’t long enough.

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Weekend Links: The Art World is Just One Expanding Inside

by Paddy Johnson on April 23, 2012

  • William Powhida discusses ways to get artists paid after he visits a W.A.G.E. meeting. A golden nugget, “some private foundations make artists fees a priority in their grant funding applications, so the audience for W.A.G.E isn't just arts institutions but their funders as well.” [Hyperallergic]
  • Stats and graphs; the addendum to Powhida’s W.A.G.E. article. Some of these tables are really hard to read. Reader beware. [Hyperallergic]
  • New York Magazine dropped an art bomb this week: an entire issue on how to make it in the art world. The long and the short of it: don’t be the establishment even when you are. [NYMag] Aside from a few minor problems—Trade-up has Terence Koh moving up to Sean Kelly from Mary Boone rather than Peres Projects, and the Armory Photobooth captions are fucked up after the 26th image because they accidentally ran the same photo twice—the feature is very thorough. It’s even useful to insiders. [NYMag]
  • Highlights from the NYMag issue include Gavin Brown on art: “Somehow you're in the orbit of something you believe will continue to have a positive effect on our ability to survive.” There’s also some nice bits on how the dealer distinguishes himself from Larry Gagosian. [NYMag]
  • Also, this: “A lot of people respect me,” [Alex Katz] says. “But people used to really hate my work. As late as 1975, I had a show in Paris and people were screaming in the gallery. They were saying this is terrible art and I should go back to art school.” He shrugs. “It separated me from other artists.” [NYMag]
  • Finally, spoken like a true insider, John Kelsey of Reena Spaulings has this to say of the New York art world: “There is no outside anymore. It's one big expanding inside.” [NYMag]
  • Not exactly a surprise: Thomas Kinkade was drinking all night when he died. [MSNBC]
  • Also, Kinkade’s girlfriend Amy Pinto-Walsh has been issued a restraining order to protect trade secrets. [Gawker]
  • This NYTimes investigative report on Wal-Mart is juicy, though I’m not sure we can claim it’s art-related unless it affects Crystal Bridges. Apparently the company has been bribing the Mexican government for years, in an effort to grease their expansion plans. [NYTimes]
  • Art critic Jerry Saltz, columnist Tyler Green, curator Lisa Frieman, editor Susan Szenasy and festival director Cathy Edwards will judge ArtPrize this year. [mlive + Tyler Green’s Twitter]
  • Finally, Tribeca will be hosting an open studio tour this coming weekend dubbed TOAST. Some of the artists aren’t exactly the best, but that’s the deal with these things. We recommend visiting the studios of AFC friends Marsha Owett and Scott Kilgore at 368 Broadway (207) for some of the stronger work. [TOAST]
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