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

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.25.2016 | 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 01.13.2016 | 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 12.28.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

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

Applying for Grants vs. Earning Money

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.16.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The first and last thing artists need to keep in mind about applying for a grant is that they may not get it. Rejection leads some artists to bitterness and dejection, an I-won't-get-burned-twice attitude that cuts off future options and attempts.

You Aren't Done When the Picture Is Painted -- You Have to Photograph It

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

As any experienced artist knows, no one becomes rich and famous simply by creating superlative art. The artwork has to be put out into the world for people to see, and this requires the artist to gain expertise in marketing, promotion and sales.

Artists Need to Protect Their Work From Theft

Daniel Grant | Posted 10.19.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

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

Artists Need to Make Peace With the Academic Life

Daniel Grant | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

It is said that when the Italian Renaissance artist Verrocchio saw the work of his student, Leonardo da Vinci, he decided to quit painting since he knew that his work had certainly been surpassed.

Tips From Sculptors When Shipping Models to Foundries

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.21.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Artwork may get panned by critics, defaced by vandals and crazy people or just ignored by everyone, but sometimes the worst thing that can happen to a work of art is moving it.

Art Consultants Help Advance Artists' Careers

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.07.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Some artists are great at promoting themselves, finding buyers and generating attention to their careers. Hats off to them. For many other artists, however, having a middleman speak on behalf of their work is vital to their careers.

Besides the Sales Pitch, Artists Should Offer Care Instructions

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Too often, artists shy away from questions of care, because they themselves may not know much about the materials they are using and how their pieces weather over time and because they worry that such talk might cause prospective buyers to back out of a purchase.

Artists' Support Groups May Bolster Confidence

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

When she first moved to New York City from Alexandria, Virginia in 1997, Barbara Ratchko was "lonely and wanted to be part of a group of other artists...

A Short Art Law Primer for Buyers and Sellers

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.08.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

There is no "lemon law" in the art world, no requirement for dealers to take back artworks that don't perform -- that is, gain in value over time -- or that result in people laughing at your for having poor taste. Pay your money and take your chances.

Climate Change Is Effecting Outdoor Arts and Crafts Shows

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Every Monday morning, the phones are ringing at the Flourish Company in St. Paul, Arizona, and they will be ringing all day and into the next day or two as well. Artists are calling.

Memorializing Your Pet in Oils and Bronze

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.08.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Every male tennis star seems to have a beautiful girlfriend or wife cheering him on from the visitor's box, and the Scot Andy Murray is no different. Kimberly Sears looks pleased when Murray hits a winner and hang-dog when he shanks a ball, and she is beautiful. One more thing about her, she also paints portraits of dogs and cats.

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 06.23.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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.