Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy

Wet Paint: Sandy’s Devastation at Galleries Was Matched by Her Destruction of Studios

The pier at the end of Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. (Photo: Rozalia Jovanovic)

Last Thursday, two days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the pier at the end of Van Brunt Street in Red Hook was covered in bright red dust that blew gently in the cold wind. The dust, a paint pigment, was all that remained of some paintings by Mexican artist Bosco Sodi, who, like many of the artists in the studios on the pier, had lost both artworks and materials to the storm. Read More

Hurricane Sandy

Mourning Chelsea: New York’s Art District Goes ‘Raft of the Medusa’ Post-Sandy

Repair work underway at 303 Gallery on West 21st Street. (The New York Observer)

Overnight, Hurricane Sandy transformed most galleries in far West Chelsea from exhibition spaces into construction sites, but on Saturday, Postmasters, just east of 10th Avenue on 19th Street, momentarily set aside the chaos to dip into the old-fashioned, pre-Sandy mingling spirit for which the neighborhood is known. In very few Chelsea galleries, at that moment, would such an idea even be possible, as they tended to be dark, gutted and smelling of mildew, but Postmasters was relatively lucky, and though its basement had flooded, the water stopped just feet from its door. Co-owner Magdalena Sawon made pots of mulled wine that filled the air with citrus and spices, and Newsweek’s art critic, Blake Gopnik, brought bread. Read More

Hurricane Sandy

ADAA Announces Aid Program for Galleries Damaged By Sandy

Damage on West 22nd Street after the storm. (Photo: New York Observer)

The Art Dealers Association has started an aid program for art galleries and organizations that have been hardest hit by last week’s hurricane. According to The New York Times‘ ArtsBeat blog, “it will provide grants and loans to galleries in Zone A – including those that are not members of the organization – that have been unable to conduct business since the hurricane.” The money will come out of an initial fund of $250,000. Read More