WNYC presents "Artists and the Business of Art" hosted by Leonard Lopate, with guests including Whitney Museum curator Carter Foster and artists Joan Snyder and Ryan McGinnis

The Greene Space at WNYC presents

 Artists and the Business of Art

 A Conversation about Creating, Buying, and Selling Art
and the Life of the Visual Artist in New York City


Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm
Live Video Webcast at www.thegreenespace.org

(New York, NY – February 28, 2012) – With more than 500 art galleries and an endless offering of museums, architectural icons and landmarks, New York City is widely considered the arts capital of the world.  Generations of artists have come to “make it” here, and greeting them is a new realm of donors, buyers and dealers to navigate – along with the challenges of high rents, limited studio space, competition for teaching jobs and other ways to pay for supplies and get by.  What is the life of a visual 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.

Lopate will explore a wide range of topics in the first panel, including the state of the industry and how it’s fared in the economic downturn, the exponential growth of art fairs and their impact on the way art is being marketed these days.  His guests include CARTER FOSTER, curator at Whitney Museum, SEAN KELLY, owner of Sean Kelly Gallery in Chelsea, and artists PAT STEIR (Cheim and Read Gallery) and RICHARD PHILLIPS (Gagosian Gallery).

The second panel will welcome four artists at various stages of their careers – MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning abstract expressionist JOAN SNYDER, interactive video artist PETER CAMPUS, nature photographer RYAN MCGINNIS, and installation artist JEAN SHIN – to swap stories and compare notes on surviving as artists in New York.  Topics will include taking a non-art job to pay the bills, the stresses of securing and managing studio space, and the politics of sustaining an art career in a city as expensive as New York.

WHAT:                       Artists and the Business of Art
WHEN:                       Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm
WHERE:                    The Greene Space
                        44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street)
                        New York, NY 10014
TICKETS:                  $15, available at www.thegreenespace.org

Live Video Webcast will be available to stream at www.thegreenespace.org.

The Leonard Lopate Show serves as New York City’s salon of arts and ideas, featuring in-depth and insightful interviews with a range of luminaries, from newsmakers, tastemakers, and filmmakers to artists, authors, and actors.  It has been recognized with three Associated Press Awards for “Best Interview” as well as three James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards in the “Radio Food Show” category.  The Leonard Lopate Show airs weekdays from noon to 2pm on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and www.wnyc.org.  A daily podcast is available at http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/.

New York Public Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC, WQXR, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio, as well as www.wnyc.org, www.wqxr.org, www.thegreenespace.org and www.njpublicradio.org. As America's most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WQXR is New York City's sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city's rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station's street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. New Jersey Public Radio extends WNYC reach and service more deeply into New Jersey. For more information about New York Public Radio, visit www.nypublicradio.org.


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