494. February 18th…“What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.”…

“Utsukushiki ayamchi” 2011

“What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable.” – Louise Nevelson

I recall he went through the windshield at around 40mph…cut his throat from ear to ear…he survived…and returned to school that year….although his head hung down a bit…his chin was stitched to his upper chest…when he played ball with us…we all had to put our chins on our chests….to play…I remember I thought…he wasn’t much of a bully….anymore…

an art gallery is an incredible entity…in theory…we have the opportunity to see some great examples of the art world…neatly meeting those with the money to perpetuate the art world…a sort of bird in the hippo’s mouth or the hippo type symbiosis…we as artists need them as buyers to continue the process…so we as artists can continually create art….and that’s about where the relationship should end…with the exception of art and money exchanging hands…and a common place to do it in…if art and money exchanging hands is part of your deal….

galleries were once nothing more than a consulting firm  for rich people to help spread their money out and collect art…and the up and coming artists…of course based on the hype created about those who were hyping the up and coming artists…and making them collectible…

there are a myriad of “Galleries”…as well as a myriad of reasons to open a gallery…individualized as those who take on the endeavor each gallery has its “Golden Brick”….when I say gallery in this sense…I mean those who have been trained in curatorial arts/museum studies/art history…legitametly know that everything that is not landscape or figurative is….not called…”Abstract”…galleries are like psychiatrists or lawyers…there are a million choices…but if you want the best service…well…you go to the best guy doing the work….I mean we all want the person who graduated #1 in their class cutting our head open and doing the exploratory surgery….right????…..I know I do….and I also want to work with a gallery that sells fine art…and doesn’t having drawing classes on Saturday for the owners son’s soccer team….or doesn’t sell ear wax candles from a couple living off of the grid..(but they’re helping them out is all)…or buy at “gift shows”….or sell postcards or clothes…or hats…or coffee some rodent in Indonesia…passed through his digestive system….just art…art and art…and art

Galleries and artists are unique in that these 2 professions are the only self-proclaimed professions on the planet…anyone can rent a building…pay for a sign…hang some art work…have a few bottles of wine and 3 varieties of cheese…some fruit…wear mostly black…and open on the first Friday of every month…from 6-8…and show what they consider to be art….based on their ability to discern art from…non-art….whatever that might mean…

I was recently invited to a seminar from a “prominent” gallery owner on how to be successful as an artist…he had been a “Gallerist”…(that is what he called himself)…for a few decades and felt he needed to share his knowledge to the art world…I opted against attending…as I quickly saw for as fickle and uncertain as artists… and hairdressers are….many “Gallerists” have the fickle gene as well…for a mere $150.00….I could learn how to get into his gallery…and what HE was looking for in artists…the candle quickly burned right out….

the face of galleries in this economy has changed…now artists must rely on themselves more and less on those who are going to “Help” them get where they want to be…traditional galleries are closing faster than paint can dry….and that should certainly be an indication of what the provincial mentality has done not only to the art world but to the artists as well…there is no denying art has been dumbed down to a point…that….spit…on canvas….is called art…too bad…

I met Elaine Horwitz…in the mid 1970’s she was doing well …representing Fritz Scholder…among others in her gallery in Santa Fe…she said something about galleries and their intention that I always remembered…a gallery will do one of two things sell your work or sell you and your career….

I am reluctant to show in galleries right now….and when I am ready to approach them again…I have developed criteria they must meet…after all…we are kind of getting married….at least for a while….

“I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth.” – Lewis H. Lapham


 

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