“There is an attitude that one hears expressed in the Boston art community that translates roughly as follows: Boston will remain in the shadows of the New York art world because of two cruel facts of life in this city. First, the enormous number of artists emerging out of the universities and art schools make the competition for a first exhibition extremely intense as the exhibition structure is limited in comparison to the sources of new talent. Second, even if lucky enough to be identified and exhibited at one of the museums or galleries in the area, an artist’s restricted chances for sustained support increase the odds against success or stability for a Boston artists’ community.”
David A. Ross, Director of the ICA Boston, in the 80s, from his Introduction to the 1983 Boston Now exhibition catalogue. Sounds shockingly similar to the sentiment in Michael Braithwaite’s Boston Phoenix article published last Thursday.