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Business of Art

Artists Find Full- and Part-Time Jobs at the US Mint

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

For most people, coins are just things that jingle in one's pocket, accumulate in jars or feed parking meters. They are occasionally counted after a purchase but rarely the subject of close examination. Try telling that to Joel Iskowitz, an artist at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia since 2006.

Should Art Dealers Charge Lower Commissions for Sculptors Than for Painters?

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Few enough artists think that dealers are fully justified in charging a 50 percent commission on gallery sales, but most accept it as just the way things are done. Still, the commission may strike some artists as less fair than others.

Artists Know -- or Should Know -- the Difference Between a Series and an Edition

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.23.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

A quirky question, but let's ask it anyway: If an artist decided to paint the same picture more than once -- say, Andrew Wyeth chose to do another "Christina's World" -- would that be legal? Paintings are supposed to be unique works of art, after all.

As Important as the Intended Artwork Is Selecting the Right Print Studio or Foundry

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Art is often a solitary pursuit but, sometimes, even the most reclusive artists must seek out the help and services of others.

Getting the Word Out in a Post-Critic World

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

We are living in the great age of opinion-writing, of critiques and commentaries, so why have so many of the art critics disappeared from major metropolitan newspapers? Perhaps more importantly, what does this mean for artists looking to advance their careers?

Artists Have a Variety of Funding Sources

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Art is expensive to buy, but it also may be costly to make. Artists make objects that they hope others will appreciate enough to purchase, and sometimes the making of those artworks can run into the thousands of dollars.

For Artists, Divorce Means Splitting Up the (Art) Assets

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

For the artist, but just as much for the spouse -- particularly if there are ongoing financial interests between the two or children who will need to be supported -- the goal must be to maintain the art career with as little interruption as possible.

Artist-Dealer Relationships Often Seem Like Marriages (for Better and Worse)

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Relationships are what bring artists and dealers together, and relationships (artist-collector or dealer-collector) sell works of art.

Thefts Are an Ever-Present Problem at Arts and Crafts Fairs

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Opening her booth the second morning of an art fair, mixed-media artist Patricia Hecker of Bloomington, Ind., knew someone had been there the night be...

Rising Costs of Rare Earth Materials Driving Up Paint Prices

Daniel Grant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

In the face of higher food prices, consumers are apt to alter their menus and switch to less expensive store brands. So, it shouldn't be at all surprising that artists are making changes in what they are buying as the cost of materials they use in their work has been rising.

Important Lesson for Artists: How to Introduce Themselves

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Artists, like everyone else meet people all the time, and it makes sense to reach out to people you don't know or don't know well, finding opportunities to mix with people who might become buyers.

Basic Rules for an Artist's Web Site

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

As art brings out a lack of confidence in many people, who fear that they will be making a mistake if they buy something, the website should answer as many of the questions as a visitor to an art gallery might ask.

Despite Tax Drawbacks, Artists Find Reasons to Donate Their Work

Daniel Grant | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

As opposed to art collectors who are entitled to deduct on their tax returns the full market value of any object they might donate, the Internal Revenue Service only permits artists to deduct the cost of the materials used in creating their own artwork that they contribute.

Art World Plagued by Sculpture Knock-Offs

Daniel Grant | Posted 12.14.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

An epidemic of sculpture knock-offs is plaguing the art world, and just like the sale and production of counterfeit designer handbags and shoes, law enforcement is having a difficult time keeping up.

These Days, Artists Assume Their Primary Dealers Will Work for Them on the Secondary Market, Too

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

When artists agree to be represented by a gallery, they usually work out with the gallery owner -- formally or informally -- the terms of their understanding. One expectation, which may or may not be stated explicitly, is that the dealer will keep track of the artist's work even after it has been sold.

Artists Rediscover the Value of Making Their Own Paints

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

There are many reasons for and against making one's own paints. On the pro side, the cost of purchasing the components in artists' paints add up to considerably less money than the price of buying commercially available tubes, plus the fact that those who make their own usually buy in bulk, which increases the savings.

What Happens When an Artist's Own Work Is Stolen

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.14.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Purchasing insurance for one's own artwork tends to be an investment few artists make.

A Cautionary (Print Studio) Tale for Artists

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.01.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Lawsuits can be messy affairs, and the one filed in 2013 by financial investor Edward Houillion against a print studio (Seikilos FX Studios) in Dallas, Texas, is a mess that has sucked in a number of artists.

Does It Make Sense for Artists to Advertise?

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.27.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Investing in one's career is often touted as a sound business move, an act of confidence in the future, the cost of doing business, taking responsibil...

White Lies? Fibs? Tall Tales? Just Tell the Truth

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.26.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth," Pablo Picasso told an interviewer in 1923, but artists also need to adhere to a less lofty form of truthfulness.

Do You Know How to Read a Tube of Paint?

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Presumably, prospective buyers would want to read about what is inside the tube, such as the pigment, medium (oil or acrylic, for instance), other admixtures (additives, binders, coarse particle content, extenders, preservatives) and the durability (or lightfastness) of the product.

Artists: All the Prints You Produce Should Be Sold With a Certificate of Authenticity

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.26.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

This fear is never far from the minds of collectors in the art multiples field: Do copies of an original image have any intrinsic value? (Does the print itself have value, or are buyers only paying for the expense of operating a printer?) Does limiting the number of prints in an edition actually increase that value?

Etiquette Rules at Arts & Crafts Shows

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Arts and crafts fairs tend to have fairly similar rules, and participants can get a bit fussy about them: Everything in the booth must have been desig...

Like Some Fries With That Art?

Daniel Grant | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Like love and marriage, art and art galleries seem to go together, but sometimes it is not an easy pairing.

Have Artists Learned? Marketing and Selling During a Recession

Daniel Grant | Posted 12.28.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Some full-time artists may find that they need to get a part-time job, while others will put renewed effort into strengthening ties with current collectors and establishing awareness among prospective ones.