What it Means to Be An Artist in New York City

Molly Crabapple is a relentlessly prolific artist, writer and activist.

Her murals adorn the walls of famous night clubs in New York and London, and her writing has been published in Vanity Fair, the Paris Review, VICE and the New York Times.

Through illustration, Molly has documented some of the most pivotal political moments of the last decade, from the 2008 recession to Occupy Wall Street, to life inside Guantanamo Bay, the Syria’s civil war.

Most recently, Molly published a memoir, “Drawing Blood,” that tells the story of her eclectic life and career.

I wanted to understand what it really means to call yourself an artist in this crazy city and how she has managed to seamlessly blend her art with journalism, so I accepted her offer of drawing lessons at her live-in studio in Manhattan’s financial district.

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