August 11, 2007 § 2 Comments

New York Times, 1966:

They make a lot of noise.  They work odd hours.  Their labors require enormous open space.  They are all in some sense antisocial in their habits, and their special working conditions make them unsuitable for residential areas.

–Henry Geldzahler, consultant in the visual arts for the National Council on the Arts, on artists.


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  • rada says:

    yes, but residential areas seem to sprout up wherever artists move to, and eventual rent becomes tantamount to cutting off arms and legs.

  • Vila H. says:

    Exactly. Of course, they didn’t know that this would happen in 1966, so they figured they had solved the problem of artists once and for all. (Sighs.) Luckily, I’m writing a thesis about noise and gentrification in NYC, so I get to rant about severed limbs a whole lot.

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