Rubbish of Francis Bacon Sold at Auction

The Francis Bacon rubbish that I mentioned earlier has sold at auction for almost 1 million pounds. The studio waste from the artist was kept for nearly 30 years by an electrician (Mac Robertson) that did some work for Bacon.Continue Reading

The Scream Thieves Jailed

The gang that stole paintings by the Norwegian master, Edvard Munch have been put behind bars. The three art thieves that were convicted received sentences that ranged from 5 and half, through to 9 and a half years each.

Petter Tharaldsen was the driver behind the theft. He received 9 and half years, but was also involved in another unrelated robbery. Bjoern Hoen planned the theft. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison. Stian Skjold was one of the masked gunmen that entered the museum (the other gunman died from a drug overdose last year). He received 5 years for his efforts.Continue Reading

Art News and Views

Here’s some art news, reviews, and stuff happening around the world. Submit your art news or exhibition and I might post it next week. Remember, I’m a one man army though, so I won’t post everything!Continue Reading

Earth Day 2007

I know the environment doesn’t have much to do with art, but you can’t create art without an earth. So here’s a poem for Earth Day (April 22) by John McConnell.Continue Reading

Brett Whiteley Studio Free

Entry into the studio/museum of one Australia’s most famous artists will now be free. A partnership with JPMorgan and the Art Gallery of NSW has allowed the door fee to be taken away from the Brett Whiteley Studio in Sydney.Continue Reading

Running an Art Gallery

Last year I made a post about starting an art gallery, where I mentioned that I have a lot of respect for gallery owners and the hard work that they do. Here’s part of what I said..

“I used to have romantic ideas of what it would be like to own an art gallery. To be surrounded with great art everyday, to work with artists I love, and to sell art to people that love art as much as me. But it’s not as easy as it sounds.I haven’t owned an art gallery or worked at one, but I have had an exhibition at an artist run gallery. Which took all of the romanticism out of the idea.
There’s marketing, hanging, organizing the opening, smooching, and when it’s all up and running, it’s just like looking after a shop. I know an artist run gallery is a bit different to a commercial gallery, but setting up and looking after my own exhibition gave me a lot more respect for what gallery owners do. It almost justified the large percentage of the sale price they take from artists.”

Anyway, occasionally a gallery owner or an artist makes a comment on the post, so I thought I would share a few interesting ones..

Paula says “I am a small art gallery owner in Columbia, SC – I am going on my 2nd year in business and it has been a “roller coaster ride” thus far! It does take more money than I ever dreamed – I can say, that without determination and a drive to survive in this business, it (the stress) can gobble you up. I am often quite surprised at the attitudes of artists that come in and think that what I do is so “easy” – their thoughts are that I am surrounded by art on the walls, I get to meet people (different artists), and I get to make all this money off of their art,,, that is not the way it goes! The business of it all is quite stressful if you let it get to you – how do you pay your bills month to month, taxes, advertising, etc, etc….I do not have a “financial backer”, just my own savings – and as an artist myself, those savings were almost non-existant! All artists should have this experience at least once to know both sides of the gallery. It is not easy and it is definitley not cheap! Be kind to your gallery owners, especially if they have been good to you – it can be a thankless job with no paycheck for a long while!

Anonymous says “I am an artist that also runs my own studio and gallery. Because I am in the business of “selling” art, I do have to appeal to the masses if I want to make a sale. That is not to say that I don’t do work that I have fun making. I sell a lot of the traditional “over the sofa” type stuff, but I sell quite a bit of the edgier stuff as well. It is just a matter of finding that niche. I have a client list that shows a picture of what that person has bought in the past. If another piece is completed that I think may appeal to that client, (based on their past purchase) I give them a call or drop them a note. Sometimes (more than not) it pays off. To be an artist for art’s sake is one thing, but being an artist to make a living takes flexibility and smart tactics in marketing and salesmanship.”

Arthur Browning says “Yes, it’s tough to sell art to people that have no taste or no money. It takes a lot of money to do the real thing, and connections with wealthy buyers who also have taste. For the poor and the tasteless we have poster stores with “archival matting and framing” shticks. Online art, or the neighborhood artists’ league are the only hope for people without real money. But, if it’s any consolation, many of our museums show atrocities that will only be remembered in their own archives (blessed be the “deaccessioning”).”

KJ says “My experience as a part time assistant in a commercial gallery many years ago really opened my eyes to what goes on behind the scenes. I even began to understand why artists checks were sometimes late (I understand, not approved.) All artists should strive for some little bit of experience like this… it’s a real education not obtained elsewhere.”

Art News Mondays

In an attempt to do less work than I should, I thought I might just link to others that are doing work. I’m thinking of something like an art news round up each Monday.

I’ll link to posts on art blogs and articles from art publications, so feel free to send me any interesting stories. I probably won’t link to you if you are just trying to sell something, unless it’s a VERY interesting product and you are prepared to send me two truckloads of it (so that I can send them out to readers of ArtNewsBlog of course!! ;-) Continue Reading

Damien Hirst Slaughterhouse

Neighbors of a proposed Damien Hirst studio in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK are not happy about the artist’s plans. He has already been given permission to build an “art gallery, workshop and center of excellence”.

The problem is that he also plans to build an “abattoir rail” and “fish preparation area”. So his neighbors are petitioning to have his plans stopped.Continue Reading

Conceptual Artist Sol LeWitt Dies at 78

The American conceptional artist Sol LeWitt recently passed away at the age of 78. The artist died after a long struggle with cancer.

“He reduced art to a few of the most basic shapes (quadrilaterals, spheres, triangles), colors (red, yellow, blue, black) and types of lines, and organized them by guidelines he felt in the end free to bend. Much of what he devised came down to specific ideas or instructions: a thought you were meant to contemplate, or plans for drawings or actions that could be carried out by you, or not.” NY TimesContinue Reading

Bank of America Pays for Museum Entry

I usually delete any emails that have “Bank of America” in the subject as they’re usually just scammers phishing for my details (and I don’t have a Bank of America account anyway!). But I opened one today (as it seemed legitimate) and found an interesting story.

Bank of America will be paying for your entry into 86 different museums throughout America during the month of May. The only catch is that you have to have a Bank of America credit or check card or MBNA credit card. According to the bank, there are potentially 74 million customers eligible to take advantage of this offer.Continue Reading