A pedestrian walks by Smartspaces’ recent show “Regeneration” in an vacant building in the Financial District, at 88 Greenwich Street (Photo: The Art Newspaper)

Non-profit arts organisations and curators are following their commercial equivalents in New York, with a wave of “pop-up” galleries taking advantage of the recessionary real-estate market to strike up partnerships with realtors to stage free exhibitions. Recent non-profits using empty spaces include: No Longer Empty, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Drop: Urban Infill Project, X Initiative, the Downtown Brooklyn Alliance, and veteran non-profits Creative Time, the Art Production Fund and Chashama, which have long worked with underused sites. One new outfit, Smartspaces, has carved out a special niche—showing art exclusively in the windows of developing properties, thereby promoting both artists and real estate with minimum liability.


Andrew Goldstein
The Art Newspaper