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spiritual painting of green sinuous trees under a cotton-ball blue sky protecting spirit-figures by Michelle Hinebrook forest spirit landscape | on Art Biz Success

How to Be More Successful and Lucky

Luck has had little to do with the success of your art career regardless of whether you feel lucky, were born into luck, or are convinced you are unlucky.

I’m fond of quoting Thomas Jefferson on this subject: I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. When you work hard and make progress every day, you put yourself in a better position for luck to find you. Chances are good that the artists you admire worked hard for the luck they seem to have.

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Painting of a crow with hands by artist Philip Hartigan | on Art Biz Success

The Art Biz ep. 117: A Dual Path as an Artist and Art Reviewer with Philip Hartigan

Artists need writers. They are a critical part of the art ecosystem. Look back on any art movement from the past century in the U.S. and you’ll find a writer behind its day in the spotlight.

In this episode of The Art Biz I talk with Philip Hartigan about his writing life, the role that blogging has had for him, and how he came to be a correspondent for Hyperallergic online art magazine. You’ll also hear about how writing has helped him make inroads into the art world.

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Artist Victoria Veedell San Francisco studio | on Art Biz Success

Your Primary Job Is In the Studio

Without the art, you are not the artist. It’s as simple of that. By definition, an artist is someone who makes art.

Too many artists put marketing before making. If you aren’t making art, you have no business prospects and certainly no need to worry about attracting more Instagram followers or growing an email list.

If you don’t make art, you have nothing to share. Your gifts remain hidden. Your dreams unfulfilled.

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Art of the State Arvada Center 2022 | on Art Biz Success

The Art Biz ep. 116: How One Curator Works with Artists at a Regional Art Center with Collin Parson

Most people enjoy their visits to art centers and museums without much thought as to how the art got into those spaces in the first place.

Who decides on what to show and when to show it?
Who selects which works of art are next to one another and where to put the labels on the wall or a pedestal on the floor?
Who is the lucky dog who has the the ultimate say on the color to paint the walls?

All of these decisions, and more, fall under the purview of curators in those non-profit spaces.

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Installation of paintings by Sonya Kelliher-Combs at the Denver Art Museum | on Art Biz Success

Curating the Art on Your Artist Website

It's difficult to curate a show of your own work—to separate your complex feelings following the creative process. It might be helpful when necessary to think about your art like a museum thinks about its collections.

Museums have permanent collections that they own, but they don't keep the work in one place. They present fresh viewpoints, mixing up the pieces to give new perspectives. They also approach curating as an additive process. You start with the best and add only what will strengthen the curatorial thesis.

A museum would never try to cram as much as possible into one show.

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“Freshly Squeezed” exhibit at Pirate: Contemporary Art. Work by Matthew Doubek and Samuel Mobley.

How to Write an Art Review

Writing an art review doesn't have to be difficult. Start by gathering as much information as possible about the exhibit you’ll see before visiting. Plan on spending a lot of time in the space, making lots of notes, and taking plenty of photos to help you remember and perhaps illustrate your article. There will be people at the venue happy to help for the free publicity.

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