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Business of Art

Basic Rules for an Artist's Web Site

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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.

When (and If) Artists Should Waive Their Rights

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.23.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The law in Missouri is quite clear: If an art dealer sells an artist's work, the dealer must pay the artist what is owed and not use the money for any...

Photographers Forage Through Old Negatives to Find More to Sell

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Having a long and successful career as an artist sounds pretty good to those who are young and struggling, but there can be downsides.

Artists Need to Learn How to Deal With Backbiting

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

One evening in June at the Cedar Tavern in 1956, a drunken Jackson Pollock pulled Franz Kline by the hair off his bar stool, and Kline responded by punching Pollock in the stomach, doubling him over. Just another night in the art world.

Certificates of Authenticity Give Art Collectors Extra (and Legal) Assurance

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.28.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The word "integrity" frequently comes up when artists describe their certificates of authenticity, meaning a variety of things, such as the prints "were done by the artist whose name is on the piece," according to Washington, D.C. painter Jenne Glover.

Artists: Welcome to the Commission Agreement

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The process of applying and being accepted for a public or private art commission is long and involved but, once it is over, the artist can concentrate totally on his or her artwork, right? Unfortunately, the end of one stage simply means the beginning of another.

Should Artists Pay for Their Own Exhibition Catalogues?

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Artists are told that they must take an active role in the development of their careers, this brings up the question of whether or not self-pay garners the same art world esteem as when someone else is the underwriter.

What Are You Willing to Pay to Exhibit Your Artwork?

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.30.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Artists and dealers aren't adversaries, but they both need money and when collectors aren't in abundance they tend to look to each other for it. Increasingly, artists are being asked to pay for more and more of the expenses that galleries used to cover automatically.

Are Prizes and Awards Important to Fine Artists?

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Receiving a Grumbacher medal does not assure a visual artist that a line of patrons will appear at his or her door the next day, or making the cover of People magazine, or being ranked among the top artists of one's time.

Artists Find It Pays to 'Demonstrate' Their Art

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.17.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Opportunities to hold a demonstration are abundant at art galleries, arts and community centers, and at many art museums. Chalk the modest expense of setting up a demonstration, and time spent doing it, to the cost of marketing.

In 2012's Art World, More Lawsuits Than Art

Daniel Grant | Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

It was big money that drove the lawsuits over the most recent art season, but the cases are notable because they ask basic questions, from what is art to who decides where and how it will be sold and displayed.

When the Business of Art Gets Too Much, Artists Get Themselves a Manager

Daniel Grant | Posted 02.09.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

To prosper as an artist, career counselors to visual artists continually advise that one has to devote as much serious attention to the business aspects of this work as creating it. To some people, the business part of art may take precedence over anything else.