The Art Edge with Brian Sherwin

Exploring the 'us vs. them' mentality of the art world

Artist David Hettinger recently posted an article that forced me to think about the 'us vs. them' mentality that is prevalent within specific circles of the art world. Iím sure you have all observed examples of this mentality -- the oil painter declaring that acrylic paintings are 'amateur works' due to choice of medium, the representational artist snubbing abstract paintings because Ďa child could do ití and so on. These opinions often boil down to one thing: Money. [...]

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What Every Artist Should Expect From Their Gallery

I recently made the unpleasant decision to end my relationship with a gallery I was with for the past few years. They started out with a bang, but in the last few months both sales and communication had stopped Ė when I finally heard from them, they reluctantly admitted they were considering closing their doors. This situation, along with a few other bad gallery experiences in the past, made me start thinking about what every working artists should expect from each gallery that represents Ė and profits from - their work. [...]

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Don't Knock Non-Buyers

Placing focus on art buyers is important. It is just as important to think about the role non-buyers play in your business as an artist. These groups clearly have differences -- BUT they both offer a productive route for your work. Donít knock non-buyers... they may end up being your most supportive 'word of mouth' or 'word of text' fans! [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Suchitra Bhosle


Artist Suchitra Bhosle is known for creating evocative figure and landscape paintings. Informed Collector has noted the rich skin tones of her figure paintings -- and her unique treatment of background elements. I reached out to Suchitra in order to learn more about her work. [...]

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Artists should strive to ward off debt

Don't forget that we still have freedom of movement in the United States. You don't have to feel 'stuck' in an area that is costly. What is the point of living in or near a major US art world hub if you can barely afford to survive? You wonít receive a ribbon for your suffering! Living elsewhere may not be your dream choiceÖ but it may be enough to keep your creativity 'fueled' financially and your studio doors open. [...]

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Art and Psychology: Social Conditioning and the Art World

You have a choice. You don't have to burden yourself with boundaries that are strengthened by art world rhetoric. You can choose to cast negative social conditioning aside. YOU can 'recondition' yourself -- and strive to 'recondition' fellow artists. [...]

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Art World Gold Rush?

I recently stumbled upon a rant posted by an artist who clearly loathes the industry surrounding the art world. He was referring to art supply companies, art competitions, online services for artists -- his list was LONG. He compared these artist-focused businesses to the outfitters that sold supplies to gold miners during the California Gold Rush. Iíve observed the same comparison used in the past. I, for one, feel that the comparison is misguided. Needless to say, Iíve decided to offer my thoughts concerning a few of his targets. [...]

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Let's Have an Ar(t)gument: Is specialization important?

I was recently involved in a debate that explored specialization within the world of visual art. Those involved in the debate were split between whether or not it is important for an artist to only focus on one form of expression. The debate boiled down to two conflicting points. [...]

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Letís Have an Ar(t)gument: A rant about vanity art galleries

Iím surprised by the number of vanity art galleries that are able to thrive in this day and age. We all know what they are -- we understand the downside of their pay-to-play business model. Yet they continue to prey on (and profit from) hopeful artists. I can't grasp why some artists choose to 'feed' them. There are other exhibit options 'out there'. You donít have to settle for vanity galleries if legitimate galleries have failed to take notice of your work! [...]

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Letís Have an Ar(t)gument: When a gallery refuses to sell art to a customer

The problem with this scenario is that the represented artist will likely not be aware of what happens behind closed doors at the gallery. He or she may not find out unless the buyer ends up making direct contact about the refusal -- or if gallery gossip travels down the vine. Granted, these issues are probably more of a problem for artists represented by high profile art galleries in major art world hubs -- such as some of the galleries in Chelsea... where social / financial status is King. Regardless, the issue should still be explored. [...]

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