Be Smart About Art


Getting bigger bang for your (art) buck Post

There’s something I’ve noticed about many buyers of art - not to mention human beings in general: there’s a notion that if it’s big and seemingly at a reasonable price, that you’re getting a good deal. This notion showed itself loud and clear at a recent solo exhibition presenting works of art by this very blog series’ photographer, Chris E. King. ...

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Poor customer service? Stand up for yourself (and your business) Post

“You get what you pay for,” is a frequently quoted saying. Yet, what happens when you’re paying for a service and have a poor experience? This is a reality of business, no matter the intentions. Consider this real-life experience of my own, as a customer: I received an email from my hosting provider, notifying us of an upcoming change to our email server. ...

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What are your Art World Superpowers? Post

Have you ever noticed yourself avoiding doing a certain something by working on every single other item on the to-do list, including those that aren’t urgent at all? Well you’re only human, and everyone must be guilty of doing this. Think about it this way: such avoidance is a natural way of playing to your strengths, and when you notice this ...

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Peeling back the... vinyl? Getting insights from experts (to make everyone's life easier) Post

When you do an activity time and time again, you learn what works and what doesn’t. This results in taking experiences and understanding for granted, which can result in frustration if you bring in collaborators who don’t share the same understanding or expectations. Consider the example of independent curators who work with different groups of artists from show to show. I ...

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You have to start somewhere... Post

Whether you want to use a new social media platform or take up public speaking, you have to start somewhere. As much as you prepare ahead of putting yourself in front of people, the best way to become a pro is by doing the activity - a lot of it. It’s understandable that you’ll see a professional make an activity look ...

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Is your career flying or are you a fraud? Post

If you, like many other human beings, sometimes have a voice in your head doubting that you were correctly chosen for an opportunity (examples: show, commission, talk, job, etc), you are likely experiencing the Impostor Syndrome. Here’s a quick summary of Impostor Syndrome from Wikipedia*: “Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern ...

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'Art Is Your Life. Make It Your Living. - a book for creative professionals Post

Lift the veil of the art world today in this one of a kind book which gives a unique insight into how to establish yourself as an art world professional. The first two years’ worth of stories from a popular, entertaining and visually compelling blog have been compiled into a book that will entertain and inform industry insiders at all ...

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Entrepreneur versus business owner: Does the difference matter? Post

When starting out as an art dealer, I set up shop as a business owner. Years later, I uncovered my entrepreneurial nature and ultimately followed where it  lead me. So then, what’s the difference between business owner and entrepreneur? And do you have to be entrepreneurial to be a business owner today? The answers are not black & white, and I’m going ...

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How to be smart about GDPR and PECR... for (micro and small) art world businesses Post

Prefer to listen instead of read? Play the podcast version of this blog post:  ----------As a social enterprise that was set up with enduring passion to support creative folks do what they love, profitable and sustainably alike, we’ve put together a checklist with explanations for artists, gallerists and other micro business owners in the art world.While we don’t profess to ...

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PODCAST: You needn't take every opinion on your art to heart Post

[SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST ON ITUNES]About this episode: This week's episode tells the story of an artist who started doubting himself when a curator informed him that his painting’s weren’t ‘art.’ It ends on a happy note. Hint: believe in yourself.-----------    Press 'Play' and enjoy:               

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