My Independent Open Studio Event
Sunday, May 13, 2012: 4 – 8pm
The Hôtel Americano
518 West 27th Street, NYC
Sarah White held an independent Open Studio in protest of the West Chelsea Artists Open Studios’ censorship of her and her art. She presented some of her art work, talked with visitors, and held an open public discussion on censorship in the art world, commercialism vs. art, and the professional segregation of women who utilize the performative body provocatively.Works of art not seen in her online portfolio, and some containing nudity, were be on view. The event was free and had complimentary beverages and snacks.
Some questions on the table:
1) When every artist seeks to sell her art, what’s the difference between a “commercial entity” and an “artist”?
2) When every piece of art is an advertisement for its own sale, what’s the difference between an “ad” and “a piece of art”?
3) Is there a performance art prejudice in the art world?
4) What is a woman allowed and not allowed to do if she wishes to call herself an artist?