Speaker(s): Bruce Helander

As I See It: Why Are Artists Willing to Starve in New York for Their Art?


The term ‘starving artist’ is synonymous with the seemingly chronic condition of young artists trying to survive as they attempt to develop a bona fide, paying career from their art.

So why is a significant majority of emerging artists willing to take up the challenge of “digging into” New York City on a shoestring, which also is one of the most expensive places to live in America? Bruce Helander discusses the ups and downs of survival in the Big Apple.

Please take note that this session took place live during the 1AN Symposium at Art New York.


Bruce Helander

Bruce Helander is a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist magazine. His columns on art, values, and investing in art appear regularly in The Huffington Post.

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