Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How to Make It in the Art World

A lot of fun reading here, and some good demystifying of the New York art world.  Can you imagine becoming part of this?  Do you plan to try?



  1. What a wonderful way of looking at the current art world, I like their notion of trying to be something undesirable versus being in the center of the world. Being an artist today it's difficult to create something new or interesting when the artists being noticed are somewhat simplistic and like the article said, "art that seems to be getting smaller rather than bigger, intimate rather than corporate, and intangible and performative rather than industrial and perfectly resolved—the stranger and more mercurial, the better. It’s a moment of weird equipoise, as the Art Death Star and the Rebel Forces are battling to the quick." I'm very excited to see what the art world begins to do. I personally would love to be in New York trying these new ways of practicing art and see where this approach would take me.

    1. Being anti-establishment and anti-money is part of being an artist and the fact that we are living through a worldly financial crisis should give new and interesting ways to create art in response to the world around us.

  2. I agree with Jenny that as an artist, it's hard to ignore what's happening around us and not include some purpose of what we do and create in effect to the economy and worldly financial crisis influencing our global perspective. I am planning a trip to New York next month so I will get a feel of how artists digest and respond to their environment and culture from the people. Looking at the list of rules, I'd probably would be interested to try a few of them! If only I can travel, it can make all the difference to broaden my horizon and how self aware I can become.

  3. Great article. I like rule 3, it just makes sense. I might just might end up trying this

  4. Imagine, yes...I am actively working on several items on the list. I think studying contemporary topics in art and contemporary artists is a major first step in consideration of taking oneself serious as an artist.

    Right now the most significant of those things is No. 7, "know these 100 people'. I intend to invite everyone of them to my MFA thesis. The list made it so much easier for me to complete the list I had already begun to compile.

    The second is my willingness to "outsource to China", and I would add, and/or any other nation moving up to western socio-economic standards.

  5. I was surprised that of the chosen art heirs listed in Rule #12: Get Born Into It, just two of twelve were the product of a parental unit of one artist and one collector, being Carlton and Kyle De Woody (who are also brother and sister).
    Upon googling Kyle De Woody, I found her online art retail shop Grey Area to be full of interesting, unusual and pricey items. https://www.shopgreyarea.com/

  6. I can't really imagine being a part of this. I do like rule 15, but i feel like it only works if you're already established. And I like rule 5. and this quote, "Weak people are corrupted by money. If you’re strong, you’re after something else."

  7. I also find it hard to imagine being part of this. I would think that it seems overwhelming at times. I also took note of the quote Karin did. I think to myself that i just love painting and creating art. I have not thought too much into how I would pursue really making it into the art world.