If you buy something at IKEA, return fare on the ferry from Red Hook to Manhattan is free. Not so remote, but not so easy to access, the area inhabited by the furniture behemoth offers this incentive to encourage visitors from the city.  Yet following in the footsteps of former artist enclaves Lower East Side, SoHo and soon, Bushwick, Red Hook has much more to offer as a sanctuary for artists.  Namely, Jérôme Lagarrigue.

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Since 1977, the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program has been a curated artist registry that reflects the organization’s mission to present “drawing as an evolving and responsive medium.”  Now in its final iteration, artists Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison and Jina Valentine were asked to organize a showcase celebrating the culmination of the Viewing Program, while also opening new dialogue for contemporary artists, technology and the compartmentalization of information. 

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Beyond the rainbows of Miami’s candy-coated landscape lies a magical universe called Gesamtkunstwerk in Allapattah.  A quasi-fortress replete with project rooms, exhibition areas and secret doorways, this curious space is home to Butter Gallery, Spinello Projects, Wynwood Radio and Product 81 Creative Lab. 

Montreal (Canada) recently wrapped a very young and international 2nd MURAL Festival, which in its words, “aims to celebrate creativity and democratize urban art.” With more than 20 artists in grind mode during four days in June, inspired tableaus now populate the main drag on St-Laurent Boulevard and its environs.  Though some could say this is a venture in columbusing (‘discovering’ something that’s existed forever), the site-specificity and artistic narratives behind the event’s outdoor walls add layers of color to an already diverse and textured neighborhood.

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West African dance class on Sundays; painterly murals on pastel-washed buildings; conch fritters and pikliz; and that rhythmic undertone of kompa, zouk and Creole are a few of the precious nuggets that belong to a microcosm of culture in Miami.  But more than just an oasis on the mainland, Little Haiti is home to prolific creatives and project spaces not-yet-touched by the increasingly high rents – and labels – of more popular neighborhoods.  A new frontier is on the rise, and gallerist Karla Ferguson is nurturing its growth with Yeelen Gallery.