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Art/Work: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) as You Pursue Your Art Careerby Heather Darcy Bhandari
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andlt;bandgt; Find Out What They Didn't Teach You in Art School andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; The most comprehensive guide of its kind, Art/Work gives artists of every level the tools they need to make it in an art world so competitive one dealer likens it to "The Sopranos, except nobody gets killed." Whether you're an art school grad looking for a gallery, a mid-career artist managing a busy studio, or someone just thinking about becoming a professional artist, this indispensable resource will help you build your career and protect yourself along the way. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Unlike other creative professionals, visual artists don't have agents or managers. You have to do it all yourself, at least until you find gallery representation — and even then, there are important business and legal issues you need to understand to stay in control of your career and ensure you're being treated fairly. Heather Darcy Bhandari, a gallery director, and Jonathan Melber, an arts lawyer, walk you through these issues so that you can essentially act as your own manager and agent. They show you, for example, how to tackle business basics such as tracking inventory and preparing invoices; how to take legal precautions like registering a copyright and drafting consignment forms; how to use promotional tools like websites and business cards; and how to approach career decisions such as choosing the right venue to show your work. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; In addition to drawing on their own experiences, Bhandari and Melber interviewed nearly one hundred curators, dealers, and other arts professionals, in cities across the country, about what they expect from and look for in artists. The authors also talked to a host of artists about their careers and the lessons they've learned navigating the art world. The book is full of their entertaining anecdotes and candid advice. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; No matter what kind of artist you are — or want to be — this book will help you. Art/Work covers everything you need to know to succeed, saving you from having to learn it all the hard way — and letting you spend more time making art.
The Art Rules provides a practical, operational guide for visual artists, which demystifies the art world and enables artists to find success on their terms.
While visual artists are gifted at creating their own art, they are typically ill-prepared to create and perpetuate a successful career.
Rather than simply providing the authorand#8217;s advice this book delivers wisdom and guidelines from acknowledged art world experts.and#160; Paul Klein, the author, has interviewed hundreds of major art world leaders who share their expertise and knowledge, while demonstrating their accessibility. They discuss how they achieved their success, how they stay on top of their game, how artists get on their radar and their passion for contemporary art and artists.
The book provides readers with many and#8220;Eureka!and#8221; moments as they realize success is within their reach.and#160; Success is not particularly complicated. Itand#8217;s just that the route to that success is invariably not taught, shared or demonstrated for the visual artist.and#160; This book does precisely that.and#160;
A well-known advocate and proponent of art in Chicago, Paul Klein is a longtime gallerist whose friendships with artists, dealers, collectors, and curators have afforded him a rare vantage point on the vagaries and victories of the art world. Since closing his gallery in 2004, he has parlayed his insider knowledge into a cottage industry that addresses the imbalance between visual artistsand#8217; gifts for creation and their frequent unfamiliarity with the work of managing successful careers. Advising artists as they navigate the commercial aspects of their work, Klein teaches courses and seminars that explore what museum curators are looking for in contemporary artists, how galleries select their artists, how to sell to corporate art consultants, how to price art, and many other subjects.
Based on his many years in both the art world as a gallery owner and educator, The Art Rules is a practical, operational guide for visual artists that demystifies the art world and empowers practitioners to find success on their own terms. Bringing together the personal experiences of hundreds of major art world leaders, Klein chronicles their success, their staying power, their interests, and their passions. Filling a major void, The Art Rules gives practitioners the tools they need to realize their potential. Ultimately, Klein shows, success is not particularly complicated, but it is rarely taught, shared, or demonstrated for the visual artist. This book does precisely that.
In this day and age, when art has become more of a commodity and art school graduates are convinced that they can only make a living from their work by attaining gallery representation, it is more important than ever to show the reality of how a professional, contemporary artist sustains a creative practice over time. The forty essays collected in Living and Sustaining a Creative Life are written in the artistsandrsquo; own voices and take the form of narratives, statements, and interviews. Each story is different and unique, but the common thread is an ongoing commitment to creativity, inside and outside the studio. Both day-to-day and big picture details are revealed, showing how it is possible to sustain a creative practice that contributes to the ongoing dialogue in contemporary art. These stories will inform and inspire any student, young artist, and art enthusiast and will help redefine what andquot;successandquot; means to a professional artist.
About the Author
Sharon Louden is a practicing, professional artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Neuberger Museum, and the Weisman Art Museum, among other venues, and it is held in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and National Gallery of Art.
Table of Contents
Prefaceand#160; Sharon Loudon
Introduction and#160;Carter E. Foster
Blane De St. Croix
Maggie Michael and Dan Steinhilber
Sharon L. Butler
The Art Guys
Ed Winkleman and Bill Carol
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