Monday, December 29, 2008

A Chelsea triptych

It’s a familiar story. Artists or art galleries find a cheap part of town to live and work in and the money follows. The result – in New York anyway – is kinda gross. Take 24th Street in Chelsea. First time we visited Dia: Chelsea the street was full of taxi garages and busy. A few years later it was art galleries and stretch limos and busy. Today it was apartments, including our favourite “Limited Edition: apartments with en suite garages (that’s on all floors). Many of the galleries have moved out to the Meat Packing district (guess what activity doesn’t happen there anymore). One other thing, the day we went the Chelsea dealer galleries were definitely not busy.
Image: From the left, the West, middle and East end of Chelsea’s 24th Street, New York.