Tuesday, April 1, 2008

ART Success vs. ART Respect Pt. 1

My BFF Gilda sent me a newsletter today. The newsletter is published by GYST, an artist run business selling software for artists (Click photo below to be directed to the newsletter website). I skimmed this issue and it is fantastic! I immediately went to their website and downloaded all five existing issues. I even checked out the artist’s software. That is COOL too!
The fact that she sent me this newsletter is so synchronous. The topic of this issue is FAME. For those who have read my blah blahs here know I have danced around the topic of fame. I don’t mention it specifically because I don’t have personal experiences to relate. I am not a famous artist. If you are, please tell me your secrets!! LOL Another reason I don’t delve into this topic is because I am confused by it. To be truly honest, I want art respect more than I want art fame. I will explain this in part 2 of this post. I am old and experienced enough to have seen the workings of the art biz. I have been acquainted with a few “famousish” artists. I have seen some artists rise to be included in important exhibitions. I have met a few artists on the covers of art magazines. I have watched videos of celebrated artists who still live rather meager lives except for the golden spotlight shining on them. Yes, I am confused. What is art fame? What is art success? What do either really look like? Are famous artists more important than unfamous artists?
I took a closer look at the current “Artists At Work” newsletter. One article worth reading is Karen Atkinson’s “Fame: The Good, Bad, and Ugly”.
This quote stood out:

“Unfortunately, for a long time now, a single trajectory has become the ideal for a lot of students. It goes like this: go to art school, get a gallery before you graduate, sell out your show, get as many reviews as possible and network your way to fame, or else forsake your career.”

Oh boy!! Do I understand this! I don’t want to repeat all her thoughts. She explains them very well in the article. I think the article tells it like it is and I agree wholeheartedly. Read the article. It is worth the time.
Meanwhile, I am going to cut this short and write a part 2 to this entry. I have so much more to say. LOL

P.S. THANK YOU GILDA!!! This newsletter is a great resource and a very fun read!!

Click to go to GYST
You will find the newsletters there.


Anonymous said...

Sheree, I am so glad you liked it! I took some time out from my Concepts class to read them the most pertinent points, then I emailed the entire article to them. They shook their heads in agreement and some of them breathed a sigh of relief, because they have been feeling the pressure of "having to make it", whatever THAT means!

It is all about living a great life...I will always believe that!


Sheree Rensel said...

Gilda, Thanks again for sending me this newsletter. I really love it!! Your students feel the "pressure"? Oh my. To be honest, I still feel the PRESSURE even after all these years. I have bouts of feeling like a failure because those things mentioned in the article didn't happen to me. It is just plain stupid. I think it is particularly ironic since I have a great "art" life. It just doesn't comform to the NY, big time, art scene standards of art stardom. There are thousands and thousands of artists out there who feel the same way. I am sure of this.

Tucker Neel said...

This is Tucker Neel from GYST-Ink. Thanks for your glowing post about our newsletter. We have transferred the newsletter over to a blog at gyst-ink.com/blog. I think you and your readers might enjoy the blog. Thanks and keep up the great work!
-Tucker Neel
Marketing Director