The Art Edge with Brian Sherwin

Some Thoughts About Art Activism and Fear

Art activism walks hand-in-hand with art history. Several key art movements were 'fueled' by social or political activism (Dada is a prime example). One can easily think back on socially / politically charged works of art -- Picasso's Guernica, Norman Carlberg's Vietnam war-era work, Wafaa Bilal's examination of oppression, Susan Crile's exploration of Abu Ghraib and torture. The work I speak of is often a key element of social protest. Unfortunately, many artists are afraid to pursue work they feel must be created. Art that may have helped to spur change is hidden away out of fear. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Jacob Dhein


Artist Jacob Dhein is known for creating beautifully expressive paintings. There is a rawness about his work that is truly captivating. Informed Collector described Jacob's brushwork as as "meticulous"-- adding that his brushstrokes, "express the energy, motion and life in everyday moments." I recently caught up with Jacob to learn more about his art and process. [...]

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Art Journals and Mental Health

I stumbled upon LisaDiana Delaney's blog while researching art therapy. Her blog explores creative ways to handle mental illness through keeping an art journal. A visual journal can 'open the door' for self-discovery and healing. This is important to remember when you consider that nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffers from mental illness each year. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Jonathan McPhillips


Artist Jonathan McPhillips graduated from Connecticut College in 1993 with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. Jonathan's artwork has evolved into a celebration of coastal New England. Working equally in the studio and on location, his work includes the harbors, beaches, vessels, and architecture of our coastal marine environment. I recently caught up with Jonathan in order to learn more about his life and work. [...]

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The Art of Saving Money - Part 2

Your work may be highly marketable today. It may continue to be a marketable powerhouse 5 years from now. You might even be lucky enough to experience consecutive sold out shows over the span of a decade. Just remember that it may not last forever. Where will you obtain funding during stages of sparse art sales? Saving money today is the answer. [...]

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The Art of Saving Money - Part 1

I've worked with artists professionally since 2005. Over the last 9 years I have interviewed 500+ artists, art dealers and other art world insiders. The stories I've been told serve as the foundation of the thousands of articles I've written about art marketing. I've observed the struggles that many artists have experienced concerning money. Sadly, I've witnessed the financial rise and fall of hundreds of artists in the process. [...]

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A Tough Choice

A tough choice: Jane must decide if the need to show her controversial series outweighs the need to secure the market for her work as a whole. It is a tough call... one that only she can make -- because at the end of the day she must live with it. The series -- if made public -- may devastate all that she has worked for over the years... it may also open new doors. She is caught in a market / creative quagmire. [...]

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Find a Space - Be a Face

Artist Patricia J. Finley recently shared her experience on the FASO art marketing forum. She noted the importance of establishing a gallery presence (being a 'face' at the gallery) when seeking representation. Her story is a great example of how being a gallery 'face' may lead to representation - Learn from Patricia's experience: [...]

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Art Market Transparency - Part 1

I recently read a fascinating article by Kathryn Tully on Forbes. Kathryn's article, titled 'How Much For This Art?', was a response to a New York Times article that focused on concerns about oversights within various levels of the art market. She holds the same position that most of the writers here at FineArtViews have expressed over the years -- that being... art dealers AND artists should clearly list prices. [...]

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Misconceptions about Art Education

We are all influenced in some way. We all learn from what we observe others doing -- OR from observing the fruits of their labor. You, dear artist, were not the first to pick up a brush or lump of clay... and I'm willing to bet that you have all heard of Picasso. Influence, influence, influence! We are surrounded by influences. In a sense, we are all taught... just as we all adhere to a level of self-learning in the process. [...]

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