escape from new york
Post #503 • March 28, 2005, 8:19 AM • 29 Comments
Vanessa Garcia, a talented and ambitious artist-writer whom I have mentioned favorably in these pages, has relocated from New York City to Miami. I asked her why.
Seven years ago I traded-in Miami for New York. I wanted to go where the art was, where subcultures emerged out of every corner, and a story arose out of every MTA (Manhattan Transit Authority) journey. Miami's art scene was non-existent, and not the place for someone who called herself a "writer" and a "painter" to reside. However, after the initial charm wore off, I got tired of the same NYC art opening over and over again. And I'm not the only one. More and more, artists are moving out of Manhattan. This isn't Basquiat/Schnabel's SOHO, this is a complacent, post-Giuliani, Chelsea art-scene afraid to take any risks. Frankly, New York, believe it or not, got boring. Why did I come back to Miami? Because it's more exciting to be an artist in an "emerging city" where everything's still up for grabs and there's still room for creation.
This isn't the first time I've heard something like this - that someone, say, did a gallery crawl through New York and wondered why they bothered. Moreover, she's the second New York artist I've talked to in as many months who had nothing good to say about the New York art scene; Garcia has moved here and the other one is thinking about it. I find it interesting that this comes up at a time when the market is experiencing a high - there may be an inverse correlation between the level of financial activity and the level of artistic verve.
Art aficionados might want to look at the possibility of an imminent market correction and any artist contemplating a move to the five boroughs ought to consider that it may be a bad move. As far as Ms. Garcia is concerned, New York's loss is Miami's gain.