Z’Scoop profiles Manhattan’s over-the-Bridge borough that’s thriving as a creative hub for art, fashion and as a biotech innovation incubator.
Though fertile, lower cost-of-living creative hubs like Detroit, Asheville, Seattle, Portland and Cincinnati are luring some innovators away from NY, it is impossible to ignore Brooklyn’s ongoing status as think-tank, incubator, accelerator of innovation, art, design and science. Lets look at the latest developments that keep Brooklyn high on everyone’s bucket list.
Brooklyn’s fiercely curious art scene
The Brooklyn Arts Council counts 7,343 artists in their Brooklyn online database. Condé Nast Traveler says Brooklyn has more artists per square foot than the Venice Biennale. But the question is, with so many galleries and artists, how does one navigate the Art ‘Hoods of Brooklyn?
WAGMAG Brooklyn Art Guide, lists the ‘hoods and galleries: Bushwick, DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Gowanus, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Red Hook, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Park Slope and Prospect Heights. (www.wagmag.org)
Claiming to be the best art-‘hood, Bushwick arguably has an exceptional concentration of stellar galleries:
LUHRING AUGUSTINE: generating lots of buzz with discerning indie exhibits such as the new exhibit by Glenn Ligon that runs January 16-April 17: titled “We Need To Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is.”
CENTOTTO’s creative “Interstizio” — where artists gather with recent works and “expand the dialogue … current exhibits.”
MICROSCOPE: monthly exhibitions and weekly moving image, sound,Performance.
99¢ PLUS GALLERY: looks like a dollar store, has great art and a small design shop irreverently called HANDJOB.
CLEARING: a 5,000 square feet chock-filled great art, this trendy Brussels-Brooklyn based gallery is booming.
Some trace Bushwick’s art boom to Bushwick Open Studios. Established in 2006, BOS is the annual festival of Arts in Bushwick (AiB). More than 600 studios participated in this year’s June event.
Fiercely Curious and Fiercely Made is a dynamically emerging Brooklyn Gallery. The up-and-coming Gowanus location and its Open Studios events in October are becoming local legend. Erin Przekop and Tom Critchlow hatched their gallery concept for this ‘hood while hiking in the Andes. Fiercely Curious is now celebrating its second anniversary promoting and selling art as a curated collective, a tight-knit community of Brooklyn-based artists. And the Gallery has a sister business Fiercely Made, celebrating Brooklyn-based surfboard shapers, bike builders, furniture makers and more.
A successful fashion designer working for Rick Owens, Celine, Diane Von Furstenberg in Italy, France and New York, Erin opted out of fashion for art. Tom is a consultant digital wiz and moved from the UK to Brooklyn in 2011 to work on start-ups, tech and marketing.
Fiercely Curious exhibited at Art Basel Miami’s Aqua Hotel show for the first time in December 2015, February 28 – March 5 2016 and has just completed “Treading Urban Water,” a pop-up celebration. From March 18 – 20. Erin and Tom are premiering 9 artists, furniture makers and ceramicists in Architectural Digest’s AD MADE Design Show — a celebration of emerging independent furniture, art and home accessories designers, chosen by the magazine to participate. Many works are available for immediate purchase, and/or customization.
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