Art Business

Art and business combine to affect all artists differently. For those selling art, an understanding of the art world and the ways of art business at galleries, auctions, and museums comes into play. But marketing art is more and more something artists can and do pursue individually, selling art online and creating websites that are essentially online galleries. No matter how an artist chooses to pursue selling paintings or drawings, it is essentially to present oneself professionally, photographing artwork that accurately represents the work, and maintaining organized inventories and records of one’s output. Here you will find an index of all things art business on Artist Daily. Read through the informative blogs, articles, and tips you find to make yourself the savviest artist in the biz.

Art Business: Working as an Artists Assistant

It is not uncommon for successful artists to have assistants, but there is no uniform job description for them. An artist’s art business involves billing, bookkeeping, photographic documentation, recordkeeping, sales, promotion and marketing, shipping, inventory, website development, grant writing, purchasing office and art supplies, as well as the design and production of items to be…

Art Business: Sell Art Online & the Internet Art Market

Today, there are many online means of promoting your art business and selling artwork, and many collectors go online before they head to their nearest gallery. by Daniel Grant A decade ago people questioned whether anyone would buy art that they had only seen over the internet—not in person. Now there are many online means…

Art Business: Christian Art Market

Numerous artists have found success selling art to the Christian market, a large segment of the population consisting partly of art collectors but mainly of people who are looking to purchase prints and posters that reflect their beliefs and values. by Daniel Grant The Lord’s Blessingby Kathy Lawrence, 2005, oil, 16 x 12. Collection the…

Art Business: Warm-Up Exercises for Artists

Warm-up exercises are as important for artists as they are for musicians and athletes. by Daniel Grant Warm-ups for artists often involve being spontaneous, loosening up your muscles, and letting go. But jogging might work too! Athletes stretch before a game. Prior to performing, opera singers sing scales, and actors practice their lines. Warm-up time…

Art Business: Putting a Positive Spin on Rejection

Nothing is more frustrating than rejection, and many times artists inject a rejection letter—often merely a form letter—with more meaning than was intended: The art is bad; the artist is an idiot for submitting it; the letter writer is biased or expressed the opinion of the entire world. by Daniel Grant Nothing is more frustrating…

Art Business: Disaster Relief For Artists

When disaster strikes, people often lend a helping hand, and Hurricane Katrina brought forward an outpouring of assistance from around the country for many artists and their art business careers. by Daniel Grant When disaster strikes, people often lend a helping hand, and Hurricane Katrina brought forward an outpouring of assistance from around the country…

Art Business: Ending a Gallery Relationship

Two New York City galleries recently stopped representing a number of artists, who were then forced to take charge of their own art business careers of selling art–their own. In 2006 the Andrea Rosen Gallery dropped nine artists. “I have the reputation of being pretty loyal to my artists, regardless of whether they sell or…

Art Business: Building Your Own Printing Press

Painter John Himmelfarb had been making prints for almost 40 years, but it wasn’t until Hudson Hills Press produced a catalogue raisonné of those prints in 2006 that the artist realized prints were an essential part of his career, generating 10 percent of his income selling art. A year after the catalogue was published, Himmelfarb…

Art Business: Artists and Apprentices

Today, aspiring professional artists have many ways of gaining hands-on experience while gaining insight into the art business field in which they will eventually be working. by Daniel Grant Today, aspiring professional artists have many ways of gaining hands-on experience while gaining insight into the art business field in which they will eventually be working.…

Art Business: Authenticating & Archiving Your Artwork

Most artists know the pitfalls of using fugitive materials that cause their artwork to deteriorate, but they are often less cognizant of other threats to the future quality and value of their art. Chief among those is the lack of documentation about what they created, how they executed their work, and how they pursued their…

Art Business: Assistance for Artists in Need

Numerous accolades can be heaped upon an artist during his or her lifetime, including awards, sold-out gallery exhibitions, a museum retrospective, or rave reviews in an art magazine. Unfortunately, an artist may also experience certain setbacks, including illness or injury, which may prevent him or her from working. by Daniel Grant Marian Anderson20" x 24…