Earlier this week, Bushwick Daily reported some sad and surprising news: the Bogart Salon gallery would be closing on October 29. Only it turns out — happily! — this isn’t true.
The impetus for the Bushwick Open Studios weekend is the concept of the “open studio.” It’s an opportunity for artists, curators and dealers to visit and talk to artists about their work in their spaces. But this past weekend, 56 Bogart Street served as a microcosm of the new Bushwick, where dealers with commercial galleries and artists with studios were presenting work to the public together, creating a larger event in which artists and dealers were functioning both in concert and at cross purposes at the same time.
Last night’s “Confronting Bushwick” was attended by roughly 120 people and there are already two excellent reports published online about the event … not to mention the tweets.
Hyperallergic has always kept its finger on the pulse of Bushwick’s growing art scene. This Thursday Hyperallergic editor, Hrag Vartanian, broadens the discussion, as he moderates the “Confronting Bushwick: A Discussion on the Nature and Future of the Bushwick Art Scene” panel at Bushwick’s Bogart Salon, one of the galleries in the burgeoning 56 Bogart Street art building.
In my art explorations around Bushwick I ventured off the beaten track and visited a few new art spaces.