Cool piece on both the SoHo art scene in new york during the 70s and a series of retrospectives on some of those artists happening in London soon.

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At the end of the 1960s, SoHo was a district of abandoned workshops, moribund sweatshops and acres of empty floorspace. It began to be populated by artists who had little money, few prospects, and lived and worked there illegally, at first. Loft-style living is now an estate-agent cliche, but in 1970s SoHo it was the real deal. Today, the area is just chi-chi. The artists moved in, then the galleries, then the money. Pioneering artists are now moving to Detroit, the rust-belt city whose stunning, ruined architecture can be had for a song. They’re building communities there, starting again. Who knows where this might lead?

Pioneers of the downtown scene

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