Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New York Artist turns to Pittsburgh in time of Recession

February 12, 2010

Isabelle Garbani
540 79th St
Brooklyn NY 11209
(718) 238 6828

New York Artist turns to Pittsburgh in time of Recession

Emerging New York Artist Isabelle Garbani has turned to Pittsburgh during the recession. While the rest of the country is struggling, post-industrial Pittsburgh is faring better: with lower unemployment, stable housing prices and a diversified industry, making it possible for artists to find an audience willing to collect art.

"Unemployment is 5.5 percent, far below the national average. While housing prices sank nearly everywhere in the last year, they rose here. Wages are also up. Foreclosures are comparatively uncommon," according to a January 7, 2009 New York Times article,.

"New York City has been hit really hard by the crisis, and a lot of collectors are hesitating right now. As an emerging Artist, I must go where the economy can sustain art and culture" says Ms. Garbani, who has started showing at BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh, and is preparing for a solo show there in 2011.

Isabelle Garbani is a Brooklyn based artist who received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2004. She has exhibited her work throughout the New York metropolitan area and the Northeast. Her work focuses on contemporary issues and culture and can be seen at www.IsabelleGarbani.com

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If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Isabelle Garbani, please call 718-238-6818 or e-mail Isabelle at igarbani@netscape.net

BoxHeart Gallery is located at 4523 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224