The Art Edge with Brian Sherwin

Further Thoughts about Art and Tragedy - Part 1

It appears that some artists are choosing to use the death of Michael Brown as a marketing tool for their art. It is despicable! You know that old saying about lawyers chasing ambulances? I'm starting to think that it can be applied to some artists. A lot of what I've observed over the years concerning art and tragedy is simply distasteful. There is no other way to put it. [...]

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Art and Tragedy: Is it unethical for an artist (or art gallery) to profit from tragedy?

Tragedies -- specifically those fueled by mass media coverage and public interest -- have become a staple for a number of artists and art galleries. For example, it is not difficult to discover artists who have dedicated an entire series to the events on 9/11. Additionally, one can easily find examples of artwork exploring the death of Trayvon Martin (a collage depicting Trayvon Martin by artist Shepard Fairey can be found here) - and more recently, the James Holmes 'Joker' massacre. Artwork of this nature exists in mass... often with a price attached. I can't help but question the motivation behind these images. [...]

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Letís Have an Ar(t)gument: Is gallery loyalty important?

As noted in a previous article on The Art Edge, gallery owner Edward Winkleman is currently writing his second book about the contemporary art market. Winkleman has mentioned that his upcoming book, titled Selling Contemporary Art: How to Navigate the Evolving Market, will draw heavily on survey data that he has received from anonymous artists and other art world sources. He offered a comment on his blog pertaining to some of the data he has received concerning gallery loyalty. I think the topic of Ďgallery loyaltyí is perfect for an ar(t)gument. [...]

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Art Market History Lessons: A lesson in perseverance from Andy Warhol

The doors donít open automatically within the art world / market... you must force them open with hard work and determination. Even at that point you will likely face setbacks as Warhol did. That is why you must adhere to the spirit of perseverance. The key is to keep an eye on the horizon. Donít allow a failed art exhibit to defeat you! [...]

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The Trail of Waste: The Problem with Artist Business Cards

False courtesy dominates our society. Thus, false courtesy is no stranger to the art world. Gallery / art fair visitors tend to act as if they are glad to meet and greet artists and gallery staff... they will receive business cards with a smile. Most visitors will act interested... even when they are not. I've found that people rarely refuse accepting a business card Ė they want to appear polite. All of that 'courtesy' results in a trail of unwanted, discarded business cards. It creates a trail of waste. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Carole Belliveau


As mentioned by Informed Collector, artist Carole Belliveau creates beautiful works of art that are marked by a strong sense of symbolism and detail. Her extraordinary style of painting is a joy to observe. I recently caught up with Carole in order to learn more about her art, studio process and art marketing efforts. [...]

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Are You Satisfied With Your Art?

Artist Walter Paul Bebirian recently offered the following statement in response to a post on FineArtViews: "I am the one that my art must satisfy," -- in other words, Walter does not burden himself with being worried about pleasing others with his art. The art making process must be pleasing to him - the images that result from his studio work must bring him joy. Personal satisfaction is the foundation of Walterís work. We should all take heed of Walterís mentality concerning the process of art making. [...]

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How clay sculpting techniques informed my oil painting techniques

I'll admit it... I was a painting snob during those early college years. However, my attitude changed once I had to take a clay sculpting class as one of the requirements for my art major. I went into it thinking that it would be the old 'ashtray' a-go-go once again. After all, "Painting is the only serious form of art", right? Instead I was instructed to work on portraits in clay -- and to make meaningful works in general. The sculpting techniques that I learned introduced me to another world of art -- one that is just as "serious" as painting. That said, I eventually discovered that the sculpting techniques informed my oil painting techniques. [...]

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The Art Fair Explosion

Art dealer Edward Winkleman is currently working on his second book about the contemporary art market. Winkleman has stated this upcoming book, titled Selling Contemporary Art: How to Navigate the Evolving Market, will draw heavily on survey data that he has received from anonymous artists and dealers. He recently revealed some of his research for the book Ė research that delves into the 'explosion of art fairs' and its effect on artists, art dealers and art collectors. [...]

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Artists: Donít Quit Your Day Job. Learn from it!

I was reminded recently of a FineArtViews post by artist Elizabeth Lane. Elizabethís article, titled Art, Business and the Job-holder World, explored the fact that many artists hold jobs outside of their art studio. Her article -- in addition to the comments it received -- reveals that an artist can learn useful skills outside of the business realm of art... skills that can be useful even if the vehicle for developing said skills has little to do with the art world. [...]

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