The Wise Fool

The Wise Fool

Learning how the contemporary visual art world works, one conversation at a time. How does the visual art world work? I don’t know either, so I will ask the people that work in the industry and try to learn how the contemporary visual art world functions and hopefully be able to take their insight and experiences and learn how we can make a living from our artwork. Hosted by Matthew Dols... Show More

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March 4, 2021 74 min
We discussed: - the desire to have something noteworthy to contribute to the world - form above all else - sadly, merit does not drive success - the joke that artist should marry a rich person - wood always tries to remember it is a tree - speaking the loudest through your work - the strength of a community when in school - fail spectacularly while in school - Artist residencies - the importance of building a network - remove the s...
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We discuss: - Arts Education - teaching art online - grant writing - creating a body of work - being a selling artist - the luxury of being a full time teacher - criticism vs social media likes - how she finds new creative ideas - how to make projects unique - analog versus digital photography - how to connect with book publishers   People + Places mentioned: Rachel Boillot - http://rachelboillot.com/ D2L - https://www.d2l.co...
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We discuss: - being a white woman from rural USA curating African art - elitism in the art world - co-curatorial practices - the barriers to entry in the curatorial field - the global north - Masquerade - Diaspora throughout the art world - appropriate uses of the term Tribe - restitutions - reparations - the desire for equitable access to art throughout the world - the need for more global circulation among museums - colonializati...
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We discussed: - the nature of Wabi Sabi - you do not publish photo art books for the money - the disconnect within the photography industry - the need to be challenged - the problems with contemporary art education - the gamification of the art world - focusing on being an artist not a brand - tertiary forms of income - the importance of relationship building - business models of photo book publishing - contemporary printing techno...
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We discussed: - Her uncompromising position - Changes in the Art scene in Australia over the past 30 years - Artists should be protagonists - Her role of making artist she represents marketable - Art Fairs - it is all about relationships - the importance of family - Art academia - Gallery exchanges - Art as a Cultural representative - Artist are not show ponies - the importance of trust and confidence between gallery and their arti...
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We discussed: - paper as a cultural touchstone - find something you like to do and figure out how to make a living at it - paper as an artistic medium - the definition of paper - pulp paint - paper making residency - Fellowships - being safe in the studio during covid - concerns about post covid art funding - the benefits of webinars - how to float paper works in a frame - paper as a sculptural medium - rubber molds and laminate ca...
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We discussed: - creating a visual artist talent agency - how they choose the artist to represent - the importance of believing in your product and people - the value of trust, how to be as knowledgeable as possible - her upcoming book on The Visual Diet - her desire to make an art career economically viable - the importance of being philanthropic - inequalities in the art industry - being a parent in the art world - public art - th...
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We discuss: what a museum technician does, younger artists are using older technology, the importance of being a problem solver, renting vs owning the newest technology, virtual tours, information is the easiest thing to give and the easiest thing to forget to give, hand held projectors, Museum maintenance and upkeep   People + Places mentioned: Studio Drift collective - https://www.studiodrift.com/ Nam June Paik - https://am...
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We discuss: working with touring bands, different generations define culture differently, her curatorial approach, essayist curating, commissioning artwork, the need for planning, surrounding yourself with experts, liability insurance, the relationship between text and art, virtual studio visits, competitiveness, learning to give and receive criticism, the importance of knowing how to rebound and recover, seminal exhibitions, the v...
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We discuss: the benefits of passion projects, building a community, how being a parent changes you perspective on your work, portfolio reviews, virtual portfolio reviews, relationships with galleries, selling unique photo works, selling photographic prints, working in editions, scarcity breeds desire, certificate of authenticity (COA), the desire for a darkroom chemical cologne, hand crafted art work, collaboration, the importance ...
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We discussed: the need to challenge artists failures are great learning experiences the importance of the process information is power the modern day tribe different types of art collectors the difference between collaboration and transaction Legacy development gentrification the importance of dialogues the power of Wasta   People + Places mentioned: ADMAF - Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation - https...
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We discussed: Active listening, Jim Stone is actually at University of New Mexico, I was wrong, art education, bardering, print trades, what an artistic director does, less bureaucracy and being able to act fast, the light kiss of a print, prints as protest, life long learning, why to collect art, value based consumerism, certificate of Authenticity, edition sizes, the importance of finding you tribe, limitations breed creativity, ...
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We discussed: being a twin defining an Icon how to write an icon symbolism in iconography icons should never be signed by the artist can modern icons be created Hagiography price your art so that you feel good about losing the work where an icon should be displayed what is the role of an icon the monetary value of a religious icon a gentlemans' C why learning should be more important then grades   P...
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We discussed: the importance of depth in artwork what attracts him to a work of art how to create a cohesive collection Art has stored value angst driven art part of the depth of artwork comes with age and wisdom collecting art is like collecting wine art patronage Legacy planning building relationships with collectors   People + Places mentioned: Guy Coheleach - https://www.guycoheleachart.com John ...
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While sitting around a fire we discussed: - balance of fine art versus commercial arts - being in a small town - the pressure of being a fine artist - choosing to not be an artist in New York City - the choice to be a commercial artist - working with clients - never put anything you do not love in front of a client - working through a creative rut - stock photography - technical skills are great but being able to express ideas is b...
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We discuss: - why she makes paint - Brand Ambassadors - running a business with a special needs child - how to choose what colors to produce - being a boutique paint - creating custom colors - how to name new colors - color standardisation / consistency - making colors vegan - the difficulties of being an art teacher - the relationships of art materials - calligraphy - stress and burnout - limited edition paints - integrity - using...
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We discuss: the power of your name, architects are problem solvers; artists are problem makers, the difficulty of translating art conversations to applications, bureaucracy, etc, artist residencies and networking, speculative projects, how a Venice Biennale project gets created, amusement parks, an artistic space program, how to be a cultural attaché, how to define quality in the art world, governmental support for the arts in Euro...
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We discussed: Exhibition and program timelines, writing grants, artist fees for exhibitions, issues with grant applications and reporting, why here and why now, how to write grant applications, how to present art in a pandemic   People + Places mentioned: Tania Candiani - https://taniacandiani.com The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts - https://warholfoundation.org The National Endowment for the Arts - https://www.ar...
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We discuss: Corporate sponsorships of museums, her love of archives, How she choses work to purchase, the importance of building relationships between artists and collectors, her definition of emerging artists, finding new artist during covid, artist patronage, the desire to see the artistic process through videos or live stream in the studio, why to collect art, buying edition artwork, collectors often collector more than one thin...
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We discussed: - The need to build a community - The closed circles within the art world - Why go to graduate school these days - Having a studio in NYC but living elsewhere - The need for regularity in the studio - Building relationships with art galleries - You cannot leverage one gallery to get a second gallery - Geographic exclusivity - Choices of scale of work - His choice to have something in human scale - How to price artwork...
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