Old City’s Last Friday Angst

 

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"The Rosenfeld Gallery on Arch Street was among the casualites as galleries in Old City took a devastating hit this year." | Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for The Inquirer

“The Rosenfeld Gallery on Arch Street was among the casualites as galleries in Old City took a devastating hit this year.” | Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for The Inquirer

  • In an Inquirer piece this weekend Stephen Salisbury considers the fading fortunes of the once robust Philadelphia art gallery scene, which has seen six of its Old City storefronts closed since last fall. “Is this just normal churn in a notoriously fickle and difficult business?,” he asks. “Or does it herald something more momentous?” Salisbury’s sources proffer various diagnoses: the Internet, itinerant art fairs, nonlinear thinking, rising rents, as well as an unresponsive city government.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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