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Wrap Party for Greenpoint Open Studios Tonight! (June 9th)

Wow! What an awesome weekend it’s been. Come celebrate the wrap of 2019’s Greenpoint Open Studios at One Bedford, located on the wedge of land between Nassau and Bedford in Greenpoint. We will be spinning records, projecting artwork by GOS participants, and serving fresh watermelon soju cocktails. Registered Greenpoint Open Studios 2019 artists get one FREE drink! See you tonight!

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Greenpoint Open Studios Kicks Off This Weekend! (June 8-9)

Get ready for Greenpoint Open Studios, an epic showcase of local art. Over the course of one weekend (this year June 8-9), hundreds of local artists open their studio doors to the public for an exciting peek inside their craft. It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where the artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators.

Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. This year, we have more than 350 artists participating, and an exciting lineup of events. Continue reading

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Your Guide for Special Events This Weekend (6/8-6/9) for Greenpoint Open Studios!

Blast from the past: Juan Miguel Marin adding a new piece to his ongoing series titled “Drawing Under The Influence” live outside of his studio at The Pencil Factory during GOS in 2018.

Back for its sixth year and stronger than ever, Greenpoint Open Studios will bring the neighborhood an art-filled weekend this Saturday and Sunday (June 8th & 9th) with more than 350 local artists opening up their studios to the public — plus parties, special events, and some stellar artist-organized workshops. We will also, hopefully, be bringing the sunshine. Continue reading

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COUNTDOWN: One Week Until Greenpoint Open Studios (Sat 6/8-Sun 6/9)

Get ready because in just one week Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) is returning to the neighborhood June 8th – 9th with more than 350 local artists opening up their studios to the public to showcase their works. What should you expect?
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ARTISTS: Register For Greenpoint Open Studios—Last Day For Early Bird Price!

Greenpoint Open Studios is happening again this year on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th!

GOS is an un-curated event where local artists and creatives open up their studio doors to share their work with the public. Last year more than 400 artists participated and tens of thousands of art lovers swarmed our beautiful neighborhood to weave in and out of art studios and spaces. And again this year, throughout the inspiring weekend there will also be parties, artist-led workshops, talks and guided tours.

Who should register? Artists of all mediums, designers, crafters, fabricators, performers, and anyone who has work or work-in-progress to show in Greenpoint.

Today (May 1st) is the last day to get the $15 Early Bird Registration price! After today, the cost to sign up will go up to $40.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up to register your work and location of your space (your studio, your home, or wherever you are able to show your art and host visitors).
  2. Your address will be on the publicly available GOS online map and a printed guide that is distributed all over North Brooklyn
  3. Registered artists open their doors on June 8th and 9th to visitors, from 12pm-6pm each day

*Note: You can also sign up if you are a Greenpoint artist without a space to show your work. A few local venues have generously offered up their space to show artists’ work during GOS. You can let them know you’re interested by signing up on the forms here.

GOS 2019 poster

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Guided Tours of Artist Studios This Weekend (6/2-6/3) for Greenpoint Open Studios!

Visitors inside Colleen Blackard's studio during GOS 2017. Image via Colleen Blackard
Visitors inside Colleen Blackard’s studio during GOS 2017. Image via Colleen Blackard

This year Greenpoint Open Studios promises once again to be a spectacularly art-filled weekend on June 2nd & 3rd, with more than 400 local artists opening up their studios to the public — plus parties, special events and guided tours of artist studios. Greenpoint Open Studios is free and open to the public all weekend (from 12pm-6pm each day), but if you want to get sone one-on-one time with select local artists and have a little help navigating the hundreds of studios, a guided tour is the best way to go. The tours, hosted by Greenpointers art writer Madeline Ehrlich and former art dealer turned realtor Lynn Del Sol, will help you get up close and personal with participating artists and their work, learn about their craft first-hand and ask questions about their practice.

Here’s a rundown of all the tours offered this weekend. Registration is $20, and you can buy tickets in advance or pay cash on-site. The tours include a stop at a local bar with one FREE BEER per participant!

-SATURDAY TOURS-

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: South Greenpoint
Saturday, June 2nd | 12pm-2pm
Tour starts at 231 Norman Avenue
Artists: Aaron ZulpoShane WalshVincent DermodyKate McQuillenHillary Doyle
Tickets and info here

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: Careful, This is Art
An exploration of Greenpoint artist studios that push the boundaries of art making and conversation. 
Saturday, June 2nd | 1pm-3pm
Tour starts at 276 Greenpoint Avenue
Artists: Michael ScogginsJake ScharbachBarnaby WhitfieldLaura SplanDouglas Goldberg
Tickets and info here

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: The Other Side of the BQE
Saturday, June 2nd | 3pm-5pm
Tour starts at 473 Porter Avenue
Artists: Rosalind TallmadgeJeff Kraus, Danielle Orchard, Devra Freelander, Kristina Lee
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At The Other Art Fair May 3–6, More Than Half the Artists Are Women

Street art advertising The Other Art Fair on Franklin Street

The street art doesn’t lie: The Other Art Fair is returning to Brooklyn, popping up May 3–6 at the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street) in Greenpoint. This is the third edition of this Other Art Fair, New York’s leading market for a new generation of art buyers that runs biannually in the spring and fall. 130 artists will be featured this spring, and nearly 60% of them are women.

Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair showcases talented independent and emerging artists, each hand picked by a committee of art world experts. (Unsurprisingly, the event series has a pretty hot Instagram.) Art lovers can visit the fair with confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists in a unique and immersive experience that Time Out has called, “a festival for discovering mind-blowing work by emerging artists.”

In addition to showcasing the best of new painting, photography, sculpture, and light installations by 130 emerging and unrepresented local and international artists (complete roster here, with the artists’ work priced from $250-$5,000), the fair will be abuzz with provocative programming like local guest DJs to keep things at full throttle; mystery tattoos inked by artist Scott Campbell (whose clients include Robert Downey, Jr. Penelope Cruz, and Sting); portrait sketching by Amber Vittoria; a tutorial on how to invest in art under $1000 with tours led by the Saatchi Art curatorial team; and sustenance from Maman Cafe and the Van Leeuwen Mobile ice cream truck parked out front.
Tattoo artist Scott Campbell will be present at next week’s Fair

Some 30 artists from Brooklyn will showcase their works in person including Jean Louis Frenk, who works in unusual ceramics; Pratt graduate Maria Bouget, who creates in light installations; Arthur Lugauskas, who will debut a 6-canvas-wide New York skyline; and photo collagist Karen Nielsen.

You can enter to win a free tattoo here, and tickets to the Fair itself range from $13.50 to $30 depending on when you go. Full Fair hours are below. Happy touring, art viewing, and art hunting!

Fair Hours:
Private View, Thursday May 36–10 PM
Friday May 43–10 PM
Saturday May 512–9 PM
Sunday May 611AM–6 PM
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Armory Week: North Brooklyn Artists and Galleries

Spring is approaching, and you know what that means- it’s Armory Week in New York! In addition to The Armory Show, the other fairs VoltaSPRING/BREAKArt on Paper, NADA, Independent, and SCOPE are happening all around the city. Our team at Greenpointers created a road map highlighting some North Brooklyn artists and galleries that will be exhibiting throughout the week, along with when and where to catch them. Enjoy!

March 6-12: SPRING/BREAK Art Show (4 Times Square)     

Hiba Schahbaz and her The Garden installation, courtesy of Greenpointers
  1. Hiba Schahbaz (Bushwick): The Garden curated by Field Projects; Room 2362; also exhibiting at Art on Paper with Sugarlift; Booth 417

    Carolyn Salas, Caryatid, no. 1, 2018, hydrostone and steel, 10×7 feet, courtesy of Greenpointers
  2. Carolyn Salas and Maureen Cavanaugh (Greenpoint): Here Now curated by Adam Parker Smith; Room 2370
  3. Brian Willmont (Greenpoint): Milk Thieves curated by Alison Sirico; Room 2374, and Human Now curated by Kara Brooks; Room 2319

    Alexandra Fanning and Kawita Vatanajyankur video installation, courtesy of Greenpointers
  4. Kawita Vatanajyankur: Rituals of Otherness curated by Alexandra Fanning (East Williamsburg); Room 2232

    Macon Reed and Helen Toomer, A Pressing Conference, courtesy of Greenpointers
  5. Macon Reed: A Pressing Conference presented by Helen Toomer (Williamsburg); Room 2221; Daily performances will take place at 1pm and 4pm

    Caris Reid and her paintings, part of Crystal Visions, courtesy of Greenpointers
  6. Caris Reid (former Greenpointer): Crystal Visions curated by Sarah Potter; Room 2364/2365
  7. Eric Lee Bowman (Greenpoint): What’s Past Prologue curated by Kristin Sancken; Room 2369

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Long Island City Graffiti Artists Win Legal Battle With Developer Who Destroyed Their Work

5 Pointz

For years I used to love taking the number seven train through Long Island City just to see the amazing 5 Pointz building and its amazing graffiti. Some called it “The United Nations of Graffiti” because of the international artists who created the art there. Other people dubbed it “the world’s only graffiti museum.” The owner, Jerry Wolkoff, had given the artists’ permission to use the building as a canvas for “aerosol art” and the building was covered in multicolored murals and tags, making it a tourist mecca as artists and fans of graffiti art from around the world traveled to see the former industrial building in Long Island City that artists had decorated for two decades. Continue reading

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Check out the Mary Fisher Home, Greenpoint’s 19th Century Artists’ Colony

Photo by Lucie Levine
Photo by Lucie Levine

Greenpoint’s industrial past is well known, and its emerging identity as an artist’s hub might seem like a 21st century phenomenon, but back in 1888, Greenpoint was sporting its very own artists’ colony. That year, Mary Fisher, of 71 Java Street, opened her home as the Home Hotel Association, a residence for elderly “Brain Workers.” According to the plaque marking the historic site, Fisher defined “Brain Workers” as men and women “who had labored in literature or art or any other brain profession.” The Home operated on Java Street until 1912, when it moved to two separate locations: one in Mount Vernon, NY, and another in Tenafly, New Jersey.

71 Java Street Today
71 Java Street Today

Mary Fisher was an Englishwoman inspired by the old age pensions which support the elderly in the UK. Social Security wasn’t established in the United States until 1935, so there was no public safety net for older people who had retired, or were out of work. In The Story of the Mary Fisher Home, published 1915, Fisher wrote, “I remembered that in Europe, pensions were often accorded to those who, during their lifetimes, had been of some benefit to the nation, and it seemed to me that in this country the people must do what the government failed to do, and I hoped that in time we might have a national fund for this purpose.”

Fisher appealed to notable New Yorkers for their in kind or financial support, and was well received by Fredrick Barnard, then the President of Columbia University. He introduced her to a variety of prominent and charitable New Yorkers, including Mrs. Andrew Carnegie, but not everybody believed that “brain workers” deserved philanthropic support. In fact, upon hearing the appeal, one woman said, “A home for old authors and artists! My! What a company of cranks! What will you do with them?”  Continue reading

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