Monday, March 03, 2008

Trashy Art

Artist Robert Rauschenberg has filed lawsuits against a Florida artist and art gallery that give new meaning to the phrase "one man's trash is another man's treasure."
Read the story here.

AZ also has the familiar pattern

The pattern is familiar: Artists move into blighted urban areas to rent affordable spaces where they can live, create and show their work. The art attracts visitors, who in turn attract cafes and other small businesses. Property values rise, developers take notice and soon the artists are priced out of a community they helped create.

It's a perennial paradox, but it's one that gallery owners and public officials are working to reconcile as they make plans for a diverse downtown where art has a permanent place.

"We have the best relationship now than we've had in the past 20 years with the city of Phoenix," says artist and activist Beatrice Moore, who owns a studio on Grand Avenue and rents several spaces to other artists.
Read the Arizona Republic story here.