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Business of Art

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 02.22.2016 | 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 01.25.2016 | 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 08.21.2016 | 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 08.10.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 06.24.2016 | 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 06.08.2016 | 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.