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5 Affordable Cities for Emerging Artists


The art world can be terrifying for young artists, especially with the rising price tags on living in New York City or Los Angeles today. Fresh out of school with a ton of ideas and debt, you might be wondering where you can move to get your career rolling without breaking the bank.
Find your respite in an affordable city with a blossoming art culture so you can spend your money on making art, not living in a glorified janitor’s closet with a microwave.

Philadelphia, PA
While living in a major city on the East Coast is always going to be expensive, Philadelphia is much cheaper than many of its neighbors and a short ride to New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. for openings, museums, studio visits, and collectors. Featuring the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Rodin Museum, and too many galleries and colleges to count, Philly is becoming a thriving cultural center primed for young artists. With one of the largest populations in the United States, a strong public transportation system, and cheesesteak to die for who could say no to the City of Brotherly Love?

Denver, CO
Filled with hip museums and galleries, the art scene in Denver is surging into prominence. The new Clyfford Still Museum is practically a Mecca for abstract painters. The scene is heavily involved with local artists, from exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art to the way Redline is nurturing talent and granting opportunities to emerging artists. Between Untitled art programs at the Denver Art Museum, First Fridays at tons of galleries in multiple arts districts, the new Kirkland Museum, and the Biennial of the Americas, Denver is a rising star for young visual artists. With Boulder not far away, additional opportunities abound. Boasting a 7% unemployment rate and a relatively low cost of living, the state famous for skiing and legalizing weed will be a popular art scene in the near future. Critique Collective is currently working on a series of interviews with Denver artists, galleries, and curators. Interested parties should submit their work at

Miami, FL
You want to move to the beach, huh? Art Basel Miami Beach made Miami quite the destination this winter, but Miami’s consistent growth as an art scene has extended for decades. While Art Basel displayed the luxe and glamour of Miami with the rise of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, growing art districts are the real future of this city. The Wynwood Arts District is full to the brim with galleries, studios, installations, and culture while North Miami includes the MOCA NoMI. Indeed, Miami is sprouting residencies for visual artists at Cannonball, Fountainhead, LegalArt, and Inkhub. While you might not run into Kim Kardashian at Art Basel everyday, you will find yourself immersed in a rising art community in Miami.

Santa Fe, NM
Historically a hidden art jewel in the Southwest, Santa Fe is famous for Georgia O’Keeffe, Western Art, and green chile. With many Americans crossing over from the Northeast to the Southwest, Santa Fe is a growing force to be reckoned with in the art world. With multiple museums (including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum) and a massive influx of tourists who come for the culture and weather, Santa Fe is a nice place to find collectors despite its small city demeanor. Santa Fe artists can access Albuquerque, Dallas, Denver, and Phoenix in a few hours. Come for the art scene and stay for the sun and Mexican food.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
While you might freeze your nostrils closed, living in the twin cities is a viable option for artists seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of many major art centers. Offering the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and a multitude of colleges, Minneapolis isn’t a bad place for young creatives to settle down. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District includes over a dozen galleries, as well as studios, shops, theatre, and music. With a history as a cultural center, Minneapolis is an attractive location for emerging artists who are looking to break into a small yet respectable art scene.


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4 Problems with Contemporary Art on Display at Art Basel Miami

Art Basel Miami is taking the art world by storm. From mattress paintings to Rauschenbergs, Art Basel has it all. Collectors run amok as the Pérez Art Museum Miami opens to great success. Shouldn’t we all be happy to see such confidence in the art market today? Indeed, Twitter is blowing up in an baffling mix of praise, gossip, and terror.

No doubt, these odd and vaguely joyous emotions are all warranted, but some serious and systemic issues are on display at Art Basel Miami. So, without further ado, here are the five biggest problems with Art Basel Miami:

1. Cringe-worthy sales tactics

Take, for instance, Meg Webster’s installation, “Food Stamp Table.” Tactful titles are clearly a thing of the past. This artist displays an egg, ramen noodles, broccoli, and a can of Campbell’s soup as a $4.60 meal bought with food stamps. The price: $12,000.

Even if Webster had good intentions to inform her viewers of the hardships the working poor are enduring today, the price tag ruins it all. Perhaps the price could have been a $12,000 charitable donation or a canned food drive if the Paula Cooper Gallery really cared about poor people. Instead, one lucky rich guy can buy social justice at the fair and display the rotting broccoli for his friends in February while the gallery walks away with his cash! At the end of the day, this looks like abusing empathy for the poor as a marketing tool and smells like Rush Limbaugh’s armpits.

2. Inaccessibility for the struggling middle class

Even as the high rollers of the art scene think they are proving the greatness of our contemporary art moment, watching them incessantly schmooze over postmodernist art spits in the face of ordinary people. There’s nothing like watching a mass of rich, fuddy-duddy collectors, journalists, and dealers observing fine art on a beach in December while everyone else is huddled around a fire and trying to pay heating bills to turn the rest of us Marxist. For those who would like to see visual art reconnect with a broad swath of the middle class, art fairs that point out the ever-growing class problem in our country are not helping.

3. VIP Art Patronage

The art scene may be booming at Art Basel Miami, but it’s booming with rich people. This isn’t exactly a new trend for fine art, but it does represent the systemic movement we’re seeing whereby the new ruling class dominates the art scene. Even as Francis Bacon works sell for $142 million, emerging artists struggle with a a broken economy and masses of student debt. While this may not be a full blown return to middle ages, it would suffice to say that watching big names like Deitch and Diddy at the Art Basel VIP opening suggests that visual arts increasingly pander to the funding and enjoyment of the ultra-rich.

4. No one cares about contemporary artists unless Kim Kardashian instagrams a picture of them with North West.

Check out how much the Huffington Post, MTV, VH1, E!, Us Magazine, and New York Daily News had to say about North West and how little they had to say about the rest of the visual art. Call me a classist, but I’d rather see a photo of Jeff Koons with his artwork than with a baby who is famous because Kimye gave birth.

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