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12 Mistakes to Avoid

Every successful artist must be doing something right. But knowing where one has gone wrong is equally important. As you map out your own creative milestones, be conscious of the missteps that many artists make—and how to avoid them. 1. Signing your art with just your initials • When you sign your art with just […]

To License or Not to License? That Is the Question…

To license or not to license?” It seems to be one of the eternal questions of emerging and established artists alike, as well as agents, consultants, gallery owners and art dealers. The licensing industry is by no means new, and there have been a number of artists—Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jim Shore, Paul Brent, Mary […]

Seven Things a Gallery Owner Doesn’t Want to Tell You

You’re an artist. You’ve created a body of work and you’re ready to see it acquired (read: It’s time to make some money). In most cases, this process begins with finding a gallery willing to dedicate wall space to your art. Even with the proliferation of Websites and social media opportunities for artists, there’s still […]

10 Creative Marketing Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Over the 20 years that I’ve been an art dealer, consultant and custom framer, I’ve tried many techniques to attract new customers. Here are the most effective ways to increase awareness and sales and brand your business as your area’s premier art destination. 1. Establish your image Your Website, brochures, business cards and invitations should […]

Comic Relief

Museums. Collectors. Art shows. They’re all staples of the art world. And while comic books might not be the first medium that springs to mind when someone says “fine arts,” the stigma of comics as being the sole province of sci-fi fanboys and the under-12 set has been dissolving for years. The fact that comics […]

The Art of Self-Promotion

For many artists, the idea of self-promotion is something to dread, comparable to public speaking on the list of tasks they’d rather avoid. Many artists fear that too much self-promotion could cause them to lose credibility as a serious artist. Those artists couldn’t be more wrong. An artist’s success is directly related to actively getting […]

Wyland Galleries Hops Aboard the GE Luxury Financing Train

When it comes to a secret formula for art gallery success, it’s not just about location, location, location. At least not if the folks at GE Capital have anything to say about it. A behemoth in the consumer financing sector for more than seven decades now, if you’ve ever opted to pay for a big-ticket […]

Daria Bagrintseva—Rebel Without a Pause

Daria Bagrintseva—Rebel Without a Pause

They don’t make a business card large enough to list all of Daria Bagrintseva’s accomplishments. Though she’s best known as a painter, she’s gained acclaim as a photographer, graphic designer and interior designer, too. In the past few years alone, Bagrintseva has shown her work everywhere from her native Russia to Spain, Germany, Italy and […]

The Ins and Outs of How To Sell a Banksy

In 2007, when London-based moviemakers Christopher Thompson and Alper Cagatay made the decision to “acquire” a piece of art by legendary street artist Banksy—whose Space Girl and Bird sold for $575,000 at Bonham’s auction house in 2007—and find a buyer for it, neither of them knew exactly what they were getting into. Having no prior […]

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Masterpiece

“Sustainability.” A beautiful buzz word that has been floating around arts and crafts communities for decades, it refers to environmentally-conscious artwork created using material that, to the average observer, may just look like junk. Whether created with scrap metal, old furniture or discarded paint, sustainable art has environmental, economic and social implications—even if, for the […]