Artists are flocking from New York and heading west—but despite cheaper rents and more space, LA isn't the Xanadu it's touted as

Take a quick survey of any major art capital over the last 100 years and it won’t be long before a basic recipe begins to emerge. Whether it’s Picasso’s Paris, De Kooning or Basquiat’s New York, Hirst’s London or Christian Jankowski’s Berlin, at their artistic zenith each city boasted a perfect confluence of wealth, ideological cross-pollination, a robust media, a deep pool of artistic talent and, of course, relatively cheap spaces to rent. But as traditional art capitals have become prohibitively expensive in recent years, the topic that has increasingly bubbled to the surface for the creatively inclined is: where to next?

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