Inside the Sprawling, Balloon-Filled Scene at Bushwick Open Studios
The Brooklyn art scene has really taken off since a group of local gallerists and artists first got together to organize Bushwick Open Studios a decade ago — so much so that its organizers decided things were getting a little too happening. This year, for its tenth edition, they scaled back the accompanying festivities to New York's biggest open studio event, putting the focus back on interacting one-on-one with Bushwick's thriving artist community. But artists like Matthew Callinan kept things festive: He deluged his tiny studio with so many balloons — nearly 700 — that it became a sort of walk-through latex swimming pool. The scene stretched over to neighboring Ridgewood, too, where an anonymous collective called Poissonblanc presented works involving flip phones and potato chips atop pedestals from the Guggenheim's Peter Fischli and Eric Weiss retrospective, while a spooky, dimly lit performance took place in the basement underneath. See the best moments from it all, here.