Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Crain's article "How to make it as an artist in New York"

I thought this article was worth sharing as there are many insightful observations on life as an artist in New York to be found here. Having been at it for over 40 years, I can attest first-hand to the difficulties faced by those wishing to live the creative life. Making art is not the challenge most artists face, it's the BUSINESS of art, the finding affordable live/work spaces, finding opportunities to exhibit and finally selling the work in order to keep doing it. Ah, the life of an artist.

1 comment:

SJF said...

A respected artist friend sent this message to me in response to the article. As a long time working artist she makes some very valid points which I share below...

Thanks for sending this article. Makes one want to throw up at the stupidity and crassness of people with money. But then what should one expect expressed in a newspaper devoted to money. Throwing artists in the trough either of pity or crassness seems justified in the context of money. Using them up and tossing them out. What a game!

Most artists choose to make art because they love it and want to. Unfortunately, in their puny cultural context of the visual arts, the institutions and galleries are supporting the art market like a casino, just like Wall Street, and it corrupts everything. However, when I look at the backwaters of blogs, etc., online and everywhere else, I see wonderful art. Museums seem to have become the toadies of the gallery system, and we see the same old, same old too much of the time. They should open up their doors; they might be surprised at what’s out there.

Best, Elinore