I don't want to show any art online because I think people will steal the images. How do I protect myself?

January 30th, 2009

Buy a cave; live there for the rest of your life. Allow no one to see your art– ever. In your will, leave directions to where your art is hidden, so that someone somewhere can show and sell it once you've transitioned to the great beyond.

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Is it best to let my art speak for itself?

January 30th, 2009

Yes, but only if you make talking art. Otherwise, you have to speak (or write) for it– contextualize it– so that viewers can better understand and appreciate what you're doing. It's like the difference between watching a play with actors dressed in street clothes on a stage with no set, and then watching the same play with actors in full costume and the stage completely set. The script is identical in both cases, but your depth of understanding and immersion in the experience is far greater with one than the other.

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Should I buy mailing lists of galleries and then send out introductory information about my art?

January 30th, 2009

This is a complete total utter consummate waste of money– and the art world's version of spam. You have no idea how the mailing list was assembled, what kinds of galleries these are, what kinds of art they deal in, whether your art is even remotely right for them, etc. etc. etc. Would you walk up to a total stranger and ask him to buy your art? That's basically what you're doing with galleries when you buy mailing lists. Galleries get these kinds of random intergalactic inquiries all the time. What makes you think they're going to look at yours when they throw all the others in the trash?

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I donated a painting to a charity auction and it sold really high. So I raised all my prices. Now I can't sell anything. What's the deal?

January 30th, 2009

The money went to charity, not to your art. Charity auction selling prices generally have little to do with the value of what's being sold– items sell way too low and way too high all the time. Many people who bid at charity auctions see it like this– they donate money they intend to donate anyway, except when they donate it at an auction, they get free stuff in return (aka your art).

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