Politics and the Art Market

The virulent anger that this Presidential campaigning has bred is so divisive and brings up questions that are broader reaching then politics should normally touch.
 
I am extremely left wing politically and have many very right wing fans of my work. Should they not love my work because they disagree with my politics? Should I not sell to them because I disagree with theirs? Of course not. The politics should not affect the art, unless the art is about politics.
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Seeking Gallery Representation?

Here are a few pointers I can offer for those who want to have their work considered for gallery representation…..any gallery. Save yourself some frustration and do your due diligence.

– Make sure you either visit the gallery or the gallery website. Try to make an honest assessment about whether your work may fit in there. For example, if you are a portrait painter, and they don’t carry any figurative work, it might not be a good fit.

– Contact the gallery to ask if they are open to considering new artists and if they have a submission policy. Nearly every gallery will.

Do you buy Art?

An interesting question from a fellow artist…Do you buy art and what do you use to judge whether the work you are buying is worth what you are paying for it?

I do, and as long as I can afford it, I buy what speaks to me. But as a gallery owner, I also know that others don’t always feel they can trust their instincts about art and it’s value. They judge monetary value by the judgement of others. And often, that is the value for an artist being in a gallery. Buyers use gallery representation and prices as a measure of of legitimacy. As if someone else has vetted it first, so it must be good. Judgement via the marketplace. Has it ever really been otherwise in the general population? I think that most people feel inadequate in the face of ART. Don’t understand that if they love it and can afford it…that is all that really counts in the purchase equation. I carry work in the Equis Art Gallery, that I love. The artists set the price based upon what it has been selling for in the marketplace. And I feel strongly that for collectors and art lovers…..buy what you love. Don’t concern yourself over perceived value. Does it touch you? Can you afford to own it? When you fall in love with artwork, the value is that it has touched your heart, your mind and maybe even your soul. And I know it sounds trite, but that is priceless.

Tiny Steps Forward

I keep taking these wonderful tiny steps forward, but feel like I also keep getting stuck in limbo after each step. Waiting on the big break to open up in front of me. And each tiny step forward…is excruciatingly hard work.

Every bump in the road takes so much fucking work to get past…I sometimes wonder where I am going to get the energy to surmount the next one. And then…a tiny upswing and wouldn’t you know….I get proactive all over again. Glutton that I am for tiny happinesses.

More on Social Media and Artmaking

In the old days, an artist worked in solitude. They built a portfolio of finished work long before the public had a chance to see any of it. Works in progress were kept under wraps and lesser works were often destroyed by the artist who understood that not everything was a masterpiece meant to be seen. That much of what they created were practice pieces meant only for the sake of self-exploration and artistic evolution.

In this day of social media and the ability to instantly show everything that we are doing, many artists are “posting” everything. In my mind that could be doing the artist, art collector and art world in general, a huge disservice. Not only are we being invited in to see work that is not as strong perhaps as what someone might do if they let it develop in private – but because the public is by virtue of the medium, invited to comment immediately on the work, the masses might be having a huge influence on the development of art.

Is this phenomenon inevitably going to affect the direction of artwork? Because we, as artists, are also of course, wanting to sell our work – will we be impacted negatively by the direction that comments or preemptive sales might lead us? Is there still a value to keeping work in private? In not showing works in progress? In building bodies of work and not just throwing every individual piece out there? I have several friends who are working on series/bodies of work that they wish to be seen in their entirety. It is an interesting thing. If they show these pieces in social media, they may find that they are saying no to sales so that they can “finish” the work first. Risky, right?

What are your thoughts on all if this. Is it a good thing to show WIPs or not? Can it be a problem when you show everything that you are working on? Could this keep you from evolving? Should we be sitting on work and letting ourselves reflect more privately on what we are doing before we show the public? I ask this because I have been asking it of myself. I love showing work right away. I am not only proud of what I have doing, excited by it – but let’s face it, I could use the money that might come from a sale. Any sale. Then again, I miss the days of working on my own and slowly percolating ideas. What to do……?

Business and the Media

In this day and age, it is quite difficult to get a business off the ground. And yet, the growth of new business, large and small, is of key importance in our economy. It is what keeps our county and communities vital and fiscally healthy. Here in the US, we are seeing a sudden resurgence of interest in micro-businesses. A return to the Mom&Pop small town business model.

Question – What role, if any, can and does the media play in the growth and support of a new business? Is there an successful model of partnership between business and media being developed or already in use out there?