Business of Art
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
Paperback ISBN: 0230620590
Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock’s drip painting No. 5, 1948 sell for $140 million? Intriguing and entertaining, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark is a Freakonomics approach to the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world. Why were record prices achieved at auction for works by 131 contemporary artists in 2006 alone, with astonishing new heights reached in 2007? Don Thompson explores the money, lust, and self-aggrandizement of the art world in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work valuable while others are ignored. This book is the first to look at the economics and the marketing strategies that enable the modern art market to generate such astronomical prices. Drawing on interviews with past and present executives of auction houses and art dealerships, artists, and the buyers who move the market, Thompson launches the reader on a journey of discovery through the peculiar world of modern art. Surprising, passionate, gossipy, revelatory, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark reveals a great deal that even experienced auction purchasers do not know.
33 Artists in 3 Acts
Hardcover ISBN: 0393240975
The best-selling author of Seven Days in the Art World now tells the story of the artists themselves—how they move through the world, create successful works, and command credibility.With Sarah Thornton as our expert guide, readers gain unprecedented access to a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers. With a clever structure of richly linked, cinematic scenes, 33 Artists in 3 Acts investigates artists’ psyches, personas, politics, and social networks. Thornton rummages through artists’ bank accounts and bedrooms, exploring their studios as ideas germinate and major works take shape. Witnessing their crises and triumphs, Thornton turns a wry, analytical eye on the different answers—and nonanswers—she receives to the question “What is an artist?
33 Artists in 3 Acts
Paperback ISBN: 039335167x
A narrative assessment of today's most influential living artists seeks to humanize and demystify contemporary art by illuminating the process of its creation as a reflection of artist psyches, politics and social networks. 75,000 first printing.
The A-Z of the International Art Market
The Essential Guide to Customs, Conventions and Practice
Paperback ISBN: 1472936337
In 2014 there were over 300,000 companies involved in the world's art market, employing around 2.8 million people, and applications to undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses are at an all-time high. But the language used by market insiders can be alienating and confusing to those new to the art market. The A-Z of the International Art Market not only clarifies useful terms and definitions, but also represents a significant contribution to the fast-developing processes of transparency and democratisation in the global art business. Written as an alphabetical glossary comprising art market terms and core concepts - both historical and contemporary - the book contains a number of extended introductory essays outlining the development of larger core themes, such as auctions, art fairs and art investment. A long-awaited reference source, the book provides an accessible introduction to the art world's core concepts, as well as a thorough explanation of, and insight into, critical areas that anyone involved in the art market will find useful and enlightening.
Africa at the Tropenmuseum
Paperback ISBN: 946022119x
Africa at the Tropenmuseum is not meant to be a general book on art from Africa, but rather a treatise on the formation and development of a specific Africa collection, which started at the beginning of the 20th cetnury with the fusion of the collections of the Colonial Museum in Haarlem, and the ethnographic collection of Artis, The Amsterdam Zoo. Many early objects were lost before Africa was formally integrated in the Tropenmuseum's policy in 1950, when the colonial phase of the museum was concluded. The following decades saw several changing objectives, from an emphasis on development cooperation toward an orientation on art and culture. Collection policies followed, focusing on daily household objects, popular art and contemporary art and design. The result is a fragmented but vivid collection that gives access to many forms of African art and culture as well as to the mindset of European collectors, researchers, and museum workers. This richly illustrated book emphasizes this historical context and the way the objects were collected and presented to the public to this day.
Art & Fear
Observations on the Perils (And Rewards) of Artmaking
Paperback ISBN: 0961454733
"This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren't any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius." —-from the Introduction Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves. This is not your typical self-help book. This is a book written by artists, for artists -— it's about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. First published in 1994, Art & Fear quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone—now enhanced by internet posting—has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally. Art & Fear has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from beginning to accomplished artists in every medium, and including an exceptional concentration among students and teachers. The original Capra Press edition of Art & Fear sold 80,000 copies. An excerpt: Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. On so many different fronts. For so little external reward. Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues. You have to find your work...
Art / Work
Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career
Paperback ISBN: 1501146165
The definitive, must-have guide to pursuing an art career—the fully revised and updated edition of Art/Work, now in its fourteenth printing, shares the tools artists of all levels need to make it in this highly competitive field. Originally published in 2009, Art/Work was the first practical guide to address how artists can navigate the crucial business and legal aspects of a fine art career. But the rules have changed since then, due to the proliferation of social media, increasing sophistication of online platforms, and ever more affordable digital technology. Artists have never had to work so hard to distinguish themselves—including by making savvy decisions and forging their own paths. Now Heather Bhandari, with over fifteen years of experience as a director of the popular Chelsea gallery Mixed Greens, and Jonathan Melber, a former arts/entertainment lawyer and director of an art e-commerce startup, advise a new generation of artists on how to make it in the art world. In this revised and updated edition, Bhandari and Melber show artists how to tackle a host of new challenges. How do you diversify income streams to sustain a healthy art practice? How can you find an alternative to the gallery system? How do you review a license agreement? What are digital marketing best practices? Also included are new quotes from over thirty arts professionals, updated commission legal templates, organizational tips, tax information, and advice for artists who don’t make objects. An important resource for gallerists, dealers, art consultants, artist-oriented organizations, and artists alike, Art/Work is the resource that all creative entrepreneurs in the art world turn to for advice.