Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sunset Park has a Colony of Handpicked Artists

Sunset Park is highlighted for its art spaces in New York Magazine. The article has a dramatic photo that makes Industry City look like DUMBO - but without the bridge in the background. Sunset Park is compared to 1970's Soho, and the artist tenants are handpicked, according to Lise Soskolne, an artist who works for the Industry City landlord.

Personally, I think that's a little creepy. Is it legal? I mean, can you handpick your tenants based on how politically active they are? Or if you manage to do it, can you-should you-make that public? Perhaps I'm misreading the article. It ends basically dismissing the chances of SP becoming a Soho or DUMBO. Phew! Anyway, here it is for your perusal: NYM article about Artists.

Curbed also has a take-down of the article. Here you go.


Anonymous said...

Tenants were not and are not hand-picked. That was the subjective understanding of the person wrote the article. There is an application process which is adjudicated by a committee.
-Lise Soskolne

BestViewInBrooklyn said...

Thanks for clarifying.

The sentence "A small committee handpicks the artists who get studios." sure makes it sound like it's an exclusive club. And following it up with your quotation about the artists being politically aware and engaged implies the criteria that are desired.

Feel free to send along anything you'd like posted.

Anonymous said...

I understand that it comes across that way - it's very unfortunate because the intention of the project is quite the opposite. Please visit the website for further clarification & useful information about applying for a studio: www.IndustryCityArtProject.org. The more people that can be reached, the better, particularly local Sunset Park residents. Thanks for including this in your blog.