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Business of Art

What Impresses a Collector?

Daniel Grant | Posted 02.14.2017 | Arts
Daniel Grant

There are ways in which meeting a new collector is similar to applying for a job: An artist wants to show expertise and an agreeable personality; pres...

Assuming There Remains a National Endowment for the Arts...

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.30.2017 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Every new presidential administration offers a fresh opportunity to rethink the purpose, value and budget of the National Endowment for the Arts, the ...

Many Ways for Artists to Find New Sources of Inspiration

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.16.2017 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The mythical view of artists has placed them in their studios or garrets, waiting for the Muse to inspire some great new idea or image. Were that the ...

Is That an Insult?

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.04.2017 | Arts
Daniel Grant

It sometimes seems as though being an artist gives the rest of the world a license to be insulting, if unintentionally. Can you really make a living f...

Some Caveats for Those Attending Cruise Ship Art Sales

Daniel Grant | Posted 12.21.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

It is often said that the art market has become truly global, meaning that people all over the planet are vying for (sometimes) the same work of art, ...

Artists May Think Twice about Accepting Commissions

Daniel Grant | Posted 12.05.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

At exhibition openings, by mail and over the telephone, art collectors regularly ask Northampton, Massachusetts painter Scott Prior to produce works j...

Memorializing Your Pets In Bronze Or Oil Paint

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.21.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Let's talk about pet portraiture, a memorial in paint or metal of that other member of the family. The most common subject is a horse, followed closel...

Artwork Gets Thrown into the Mix When Artists Divorce

Daniel Grant | Posted 10.24.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

How much more enjoyable it is to speak of love and marriage than of splitting up, but divorce happens, and it happens to artists at probably the same ...

Do Signature Letters Impress Art Collectors?

Daniel Grant | Posted 10.10.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

There are ways in which meeting a new collector is similar to applying for a job: An artist wants to show expertise and an agreeable personality; pres...

Artists Increasingly Use Social Media to Increase Exposure

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.26.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Perhaps, you associate social media with Kim and Kanye, with beer pong videos and thumbs-at-the-ready politicians and gossip that comes with a hashtag...

A Career Guide for Artists Starting with the Basics

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.12.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

By way of justifying his art college's lack of business of art courses, the former chair of the fine arts department at Ringling School of Art & Desig...

Does Advertising Make Sense for Artists?

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.22.2016 | 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...

What Artists Need to Understand about Privacy

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.01.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

It seemed creepy. Photographer Arne Swenson aimed his camera with its telephoto lens towards the windows of adjacent apartment buildings in New York C...

A Book for Art Dealers Also Has Advice for Artists

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.04.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

When one refers to the business of art, certainly in the context of artists, the focus is on artists as businesspeople, not only creating artworks for...

The Nuisance of Thefts at Arts and Crafts Fairs

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.13.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Unzipping her booth tent the second morning of an arts fair, mixed-media artist Patricia Hecker of Bloomington, Indiana knew that someone had been the...

Commercial Artists Who Dream of Fine Art Careers

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.30.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"You can't dabble in illustration," Vicki Morgan, the illustrators' rep, said. "You have to be committed to this work and not just do it when you need some money.

Artists Find Reason to Buy Back Their Own Work

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.16.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"When I was very young, I sold my work just to make a living," but as the artist Arman got older - he died in 2005 at the age of 76 - he wished he sti...

Should Artists Pay Referral Fees?

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.03.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Favor pools, mutual aid, scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-yours - we all get the idea of reciprocity. However, what about referral fees? If someone me...

Would You Like Some Art With That Latte?

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.18.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Restaurants and cafes are probably the largest sponsors of informal art shows in the United States.

Artists Looking to Buy 'Green' Paints Have Trouble Finding Safe Products

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Artists, too, strive to be good stewards of the environment through the purchases they make, but it is not easy as switching to a hybrid car or using recycled materials.

No Gallery Will Show Your Work? Try Curating Your Own Exhibition

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.07.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"If an artist can't show his work to the public, then he doesn't exist. How long can you go without existing?" said Philip Sherrod, a New York painter...

What's in a Name? Plenty for Artists

Daniel Grant | Posted 02.22.2017 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Titles of works of art seem to matter, but it is not clear why. A seascape titled "Seascape" seems redundant; announcing the location of the seascape ("Penobscot Bay at Nightfall") seems to comfort people.

Artists' Rejection Letters Add Up -- Should They Hold Onto Them?

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.25.2017 | Arts
Daniel Grant

A lot of meaning is imputed to what is often a form letter: the art isn't good; the artist is a bad artist; the artist is an idiot for having submitted artwork in the first place; the person who sent the letter is stupid and biased; that person expressed the considered opinion of the entire world.

New York Dealers Cannot Afford to Represent Emerging Artists

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.13.2017 | Arts
Daniel Grant

It is easy, and perhaps traditional, for artists to blame dealers for their woes, but the high cost of operating a gallery in New York is neither the dealer's nor the artist's fault.

A Changing Relationship Between Sculptors and Foundries

Daniel Grant | Posted 12.28.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The relationship between sculptor and foundry would seem a relatively uncomplicated affair.