Poetry recital and performance by John Giorno at Artists Space, New York, 2010. Courtesy Artists Space
Founded in 1972, Artists Space has successfully contributed to changing the institutional and economic landscape for contemporary art in New York—lending support to emerging ideas and emerging artists alike. Today, Artists Space is a place for discussion and examination that proposes new modes of production, setting new relations into play and shifting its focus away from the presentation of works alone; ultimately, it is a center for new ideas in a radically changing world.
Artists Space organizes five exhibitions a year, ranging from solo presentations of local and international artists to thematically focused group projects. The organization also seeks to enter into intergenerational dialogue by regularly including relevant historical programming in its exhibition schedule.
Exhibitions are understood to be one element within a broader approach to engaging with artistic production. Artists Space’s programming also includes talks, screenings, performances, seminars, publications, and peer networks. These elements create parallel relationships that discuss the critical role the visual arts play in a world saturated with images. Since 1972, Artists Space has run an artist registry called the Irving Sandler Artists File. The registry is now based online and has more than 10,000 users. Located at www.local-artists.org, the website has a global reach, providing opportunities for presentation and discussion between artists and curators from multiple communities.