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Artists and the Business of Art with Leonard Lopate. Photo credit: Jean Shin

(Jean Shin)

Artists and the Business of Art

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

7:00 PM

What is the life of an artist really like in New York City?

On Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate will convene two panels of gallery owners and artists to discuss the ecosystem of the New York art world in 2012. The award-winning arts and culture host will continue his tradition of interviewing tastemakers, creators and innovative thinkers outside his regular studio and in the station’s downtown, street-level live venue, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

The first panel will include Sean Kelly, a top gallery owner, Carter Foster, a curator for the Whitney Museum of American Art, and artists, Pat Steir, and Fred Wilson. We'll explore a wide range of topics that include: the current state of the art market in light of the economic downturn and the impact of the exponential growth of art fairs.

The second panel will consist of four artists at various stages of their careers: Peter Campus, Joan Snyder, Ryan McGinness and Jean Shin. They'll compare notes on surviving as an artist in expensive New York. And we'll talk about things like having to take a non-art job to pay the bills, studio space hassles and the politics of sustaining a career in NY.

The writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston heatedly contradicted when it came to compromising art for money. Listen to Marc Primus talk more about Zora and Langston's ultimate failed partnership from All Ears with Terrance McKnight.

Leadership support for The NEXT New York Conversation is provided by MetLife Foundation.


Fred Wilson

Hosted by:

Leonard Lopate