Category Archives: What’s News?

A variety of articles from around the internet that are found interesting and of use to other creative professionals.

Online Art Galleries to consider

(Shared from Art World )

I believe that all art has an audience, it’s just a matter of finding the places that work for your art.

I spent years selling in Southern California at the “white tent” out door art shows back when people bought more art. But it doesn’t seem like the pricing ever increased. However there are plenty of artists that do very well and do a circuit across the country.

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For an artist just starting out, the art market can be a fairly daunting place. Dealers and collectors are often impossible to reach—and even if you do manage to connect, they might not be interested in engaging unless you’re an artist they already know. Plus, there’s an entire foreign lexicon that includes words like “primary market” (and, even more intimidating, “secondary market”), not to mention the commission structure and consignment agreements that can be especially knotty for the uninitiated to decode.

Online, things aren’t much easier. There are more than a dozen websites that claim to offer artists the opportunity to sell their works directly to buyers (as opposed to art e-commerce sites that source the work from an intermediary, like a gallery or publisher). A lot of them look similar—collections organized according to seasons and color schemes, or simply by medium and size—and they usually profess to make art accessible to all. But, as an artist, how do you know which site is worth your time (and, in cases when there’s a profit share, your money)?

It turns out that “democratizing the art world” is easier said than done. To tease out some of the issues, we’ve rounded up——

(Shared from Art World )

Fun Debate between The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum UK

Shared from the Newstatesman article

I must say, this has made my day as I’ve read it over and over and am now planning to go to twitter, which I seldom do, and follow both these institutions… just for the rhetoric… the fun, the insights the learning the smiles and laughs that are coming out of my mouth and stimulating my thinking… now all that’s needed is one of the Museums of Art to chime RA or the British Museum  in with The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum  — here…! OR how about the US getting in on this… LACMA or MOCA

OPENING STATEMENT: “2017 is undoubtedly the year of the feud. As celebrities and corporations alike take to Twitter to hash things out, two of the UK’s most respected scientific institutions, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum have got in on the action.

It all started with this rather innocous tweet, during The Natural History Museum’s Ask a Curator event on Twitter, where users could tweet in questions to The Natural History Museum’s twitter account. The resulting back and forth is… continued here at Newstatesman article

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Writing Grants… things to watch out for

(Shared from Praxis Center for Aesthetics article)

I don’t know about you but writing grants seem to put me in a mood of fear… of not knowing, or being “correct” or will my idea be good enough. This article shares some insights as to moving forward with what needs to be done and offers helpful suggestions.

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“It’s no secret that the grant writing world is a competitive place. When there are countless applicants and only one prize, the majority will, unfortunately, not receive the news they hope for. There is much to be said for being at the right grant at the right time and simply connecting with the panel on some level that maybe isn’t quantifiable. But there are also some very concrete things that contribute to the success of some grant applications over others. Having a compelling project is only one piece of the puzzle. There is a lot of fascinating art being made out in the world. Knowing some of the keys to submitting a winning grant proposal can give you the leg up you need to land the grants you want.

Have a solid plan

Before you even begin searching for grants, you need to know what your plans are. If you don’t have a specific project you want to be funded, you might need to hold off on applying for a grant. While there are some grants that are more generalized in nature, emergency grants, those for cost of living or supplies, many…(Shared from Praxis Center for Aesthetics article)”

 

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Puppets… I love Puppets

(Shared from VPR.net article link )

This article is from 2013 but such a good story…

“This is the fiftieth (2013) anniversary of Bread and Puppet Theater, an arts institution with a political message based in the Northeast Kingdom. The group’s name stems from its belief that sharing bread with its audiences helps create community, and that art is as basic to life as bread.

An anniversary performance at the Haybarn Theater at Goddard College in Plainfield was packed in early June as Bread and Puppet performed a revival of an old show, “The Birdcatcher in Hell.” A giant face depicting the King of Hell is on stage and ten foot-tall demon puppets pound on drums. Much of the music and speech is grating, and everyone but the birdcatcher is wearing shades of red. This original play was a response to the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, however, this revival has drones and depicts the War on Terror.

Bread and Puppet is the creation of Peter Schumann, who looms large as the dominating personality and arbiter of aesthetics for the puppet theater he founded five decades ago.

Schumann’s puppetry career began with…” (continue to full story  article link )

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Burning Man Happens All Year — Plans!

(Shared from DesignYouTrust article link)

Although I’ve never been, I am fascinated by the concept and have been for many years. My interests lean to community, like minded people coming together for a short period and the “what happens”. I am a child of the 1960s so “Happenings” hold a deep longing space in my soul. Burning Man, does, or once did seem to have this gift.

There are lots of photos out there each year, but I would suggest that after the images from this linked page excites you that you move over to the official Burningman.org site for all the best information on the who, what, why, when, how and plan your next adventure… maybe?

The thing most might not understand is that Burning Man is an all year plan… not only the “what your art sharing will look like” BUT the tips on how to survive it and the community you’ll bring with you or create.

(Shared from DesignYouTrust article link)

 

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Habits of Creative Involvement…For Artists

(Shared from Artnet.com )

First I was drawn in by the authors title, the use of a new term from the tech world. Upon reading, the author suggests 12 different interesting ways artists might consider to create “the space” for creativity. 

I have a tendency to do a lot of sleeping, blanking out the conscious and go to the subconsicous… then I find myself organizing (ha!) my studio, then my house, all kinds of nervous energy until I finally have cleared the space, both physical and mentally to approach a canvas or paper.

The authors list is below but I encourage you to click through to the article and read their descriptions. I like #’s 2, 5, 7, 11.

“What makes some artists more successful than others? Talent, luck, and hard work certainly play a part, but there are other, subtler habits that many of the greats seem to have in common. We asked 11 artists about their work routines and the way they structure their lives to see how these everyday rituals, big and small, make them tick. Below, see the 12 habits that help these artists create their best work.” …. click through to read more at Artnet.com

  1. Live in Airplane Mode
  2. Pretend You’re “Out of Office”
  3. Embrace Background Noise
  4. Follow the News—Even When It’s Bad
  5. Do Your Admin in the A.M.
  6. Exercise Creatively
  7. Be Self-Reliant—and Consistent
  8. Stop Making Art
  9. Marry the Right Person
  10. Read Books—a Lot of Them
  11. Embrace Odd Hours
  12. Trust Your Instincts

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Sotheby’s Speaking Curator…

Shared from the article “Speaking Curator”

“Taking a critical approach to the ideologies behind the development of these [optical] instruments of guidance and surveillance, the artists consider how imperial gestures of discovery, revelation and possession are embedded in associations between seeing and understanding, light projection and enlightenment.”

Dr. Martin Waldmeier peers into the crowd searching for someone who can draw solid meaning from the above excerpt he just recited. The crowd giggles, confirming his theory that art terminology and speech has developed into a language that can be confusing and foreign to those who have not been trained as curators and gallerists.

As a consultant lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London, Waldmeier often considers questions surrounding the language of curation: Who is the reader of today’s curating language? What assumptions are made about this reader? How did this language develop into what is seen in museums, galleries, and art fairs today? Waldmeier spoke about his varied hypotheses to these questions during in a panel discussion at the Bedford Square Festival. Here is a quick guide to some of his insights from that talk about why this new language developed:

It is about building technical terminology Continue reading

Usonia Architect Kaneji Domoto Reviewed

Shared from Hyperallergic article here

The Japanese American Architect Who Was a Disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright

Kaneji Domoto, a little-known architect from the Bay Area, designed five houses for the famous planned community of Usonia.

When a Columbia University architecture professor signed the contract for her new house in Usonia — the historic community near Pleasantville, New York, that was planned by Frank Lloyd Wright — its previous owner handed her four of its original blueprints. They’d been drawn up by the late Kaneji Domoto, a little-known Japanese-American architect from the Bay Area. Having inherited one of his homes, Lynnette Widder decided to learn more about Domoto and his practice. Her journey led her to rediscover one of Wright’s students through oral histories from his family members, who’d also saved his sketches, photographs, and blueprints.

The culmination of her research is a small exhibition she curated at the Center for Architecture that celebrates the career of the only Japanese American to leave a mark on the famed Usonia. Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia examines Domoto’s contribution to Wright’s suburban community, where…”

Read full article at Hyperallergic  here

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Collectors and Buying Art: ArtBusiness.com

Shared from Art Business.com full article here

“…Take any of these approaches and you won’t be seeing any deluge of responses anytime soon. But wait; there’s more. Do you even know what they collect? Why they collect it? Who their favorite artists are? What those artists’ resumes look like? What price ranges they typically buy in? Whether your art fits with their agenda? This is essential information to have BEFORE you even think about making any kind of contact at all. But even if you know everything, crafting the perfect introduction is still not easy.

The leads to the another great myth– that collectors collect everything. If they’re art collectors, that means they collect all art, right? No, it doesn’t. The overwhelming majority collect very specific types of art. They do not buy randomly or arbitrarily wander the vast expanses of artland ever prepared to whip out the credit cards or write big checks. Nor do they give every artist or gallery on the planet equal consideration. They are on missions to augment their collections entirely with art that fits their (often strict) acquisition parameters.

Collectors– especially more experienced ones– do not buy art simply …”

Shared from Art Business.com full article here

 

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A “take” on getting Gallery Representation

Shared from the article at Artsy

For young artists, securing gallery representation can seem like an unobtainable goal. But it doesn’t have to be a pipe dream.

While it’s possible to go it alone, it’s hard to understate the importance of a supportive, dedicated gallery to your career. The right gallerist doubles as a sounding board while you develop your work, a public platform for your practice, and a source of income.

But whether you’re entering the art world as a self-taught creative or an MFA graduate, the road to finding representation can be perplexing. It’s no longer appropriate to stride into a gallery wielding your portfolio, expecting to be discovered—so how do you land on the radar of the galleries you already admire and respect?

First off, it helps to be honest: Blue-chip institutions like Gagosian or David Zwirner are not exactly on the hunt for unknown talent. But plenty of vital and exciting galleries on a smaller scale are. Below, we speak with a group of progressive dealers across the United States—from Catinca Tabacaru of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery on New York’s Lower East Side to Haynes Riley of Good Weather in North Little Rock, Arkansas—who primarily represent emerging artists. They weigh in on the most effective ways to get yourself on the radar.

and the author Alexxa Gotthardt goes on to list several sections to watch.

  1. The importance of Education
  2. Applying to Residencies
  3. Find a job that’s adjacent to the art world
  4. Maintain an online presence
  5. Introduce yourself to galleries—tactfully
  6. Connect with your community
  7. Open your studio
  8. Learn to speak confidently about your work
  9. Then sums it all up.

 

See complete article here https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artists-gallery-representation

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Some Ways Respecting Your Self Might Shows Up

Shared from the article at Thought Catalog

1. Not accepting apologies if they’re not followed by action.

2. Placing self-care on the top of your priority list; being more ambitious about your wellbeing than making other people money.

3. No longer playing peacemaker. No longer being a martyr for other people’s wars. No longer feeling the need to be the person who has to smooth over any situation that gets out of hand; becoming someone who can stay in their own peace while other people act foolish. Continue reading

Follow your dreams… The Tarot Garden,Italy

(shared from artsy.net)

“Upon driving into the historic Italian village of Capalbio in Tuscany, glimmers of light begin to appear against the lush countryside in the distance. Soon, as you draw closer, it becomes clear that the sun’s rays are bouncing off of a series of large, otherworldly objects. This means one thing: You have arrived at Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden. An elaborate, 14-acre sculpture park, it’s filled with 22 sculptural tarot cards—works by the late French-American artist that take shape as fantastical goddesses.

Saint Phalle first hatched the plan to build her own public sculpture park in 1955, after venturing to Antoni Gaudí’s famed Park Güell in Barcelona. “I met both my master and my destiny,” she once said of encountering Gaudí’s sprawling outdoor…”

 

see complete article here http://tinyurl.com/y7xh8sdm

 

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