ART ON THE BLOCK
Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond
By Ann Fensterstock
Palgrave Macmillan – September 2013.
Stories of New York City's fabled art scene conjure up artists' lofts in SoHo, studios in Brooklyn, and block after block of galleries in Chelsea. But today, no artist can afford a SoHo loft, Brooklyn has long gentrified, and even the galleries of Chelsea are beginning to move on. Art on the Block takes the reader on a journey through the neighborhoods that shape, and are shaped by, New York's ever-evolving art world. Based on interviews with over 150 gallery directors, as well as the artists themselves, art historian and cultural commentator Ann Fensterstock explores the genesis, expansion, maturation and ultimate restless migration of the New York art world from one initially undiscovered neighborhood to the next.
Ann Fensterstock is an active participant in New York’s contemporary art world. She is a respected collector and serves on boards and committees at several important museums and nonprofits in New York City and Washington. For 10 years she has lectured on contemporary art in and around the art neighborhoods of New York City and speaks regularly on art history topics. She holds social science degrees from British universities and an M. A. in Art History from New York University. She lives in New York City.