Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art. The visual arts includes the creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media. Architecture is often included as one of the visual arts; however, like the decorative arts, it involves the creation of objects where the practical considerations of use are essential—in a way that they usually are not in a painting, for example. Music, theatre, film, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature and other media such as interactive media, are included in a broader definition of art or the arts.
Commercial galleries typically sell artists’ works at a commission. The typical commission that galleries take is somewhere between 40% and 50% of the sale of the work. This is determined by the contract. Whether you submit your work for sale by consignment or enter into an ongoing relationship with a gallery, the parameters should all be written down in a contract.
Nonprofit galleries typically show work that is young, edgier, and cutting edge. Depending on the gallery, they will take a commission – usually not more than 30%. Nonprofit galleries typically do not “represent” artists or enter into contractual relationships with them.
What Is Art? This question pops up often, and with many answers. Many argue that art cannot be defined. We could go about this in several ways. Art is often considered the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations and ways of expression, including music, literature, film, sculpture and paintings. The meaning of art is explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.
Art is generally understood as any activity or product done by people with a communicative or aesthetic purpose—something that expresses an idea, an emotion or, more generally, a world view.
It is a component of culture, reflecting economic and social substrates in its design. It transmits ideas and values inherent in every culture across space and time. Its role changes through time, acquiring more of an aesthetic component here and a socio-educational function there.
For decades, Western culture has been reluctant to assign an inherent value or a purpose to art—even as it continues to hold art in high esteem. Though we no longer seem comfortable saying so, our reverence for art must be founded on a timeless premise: that art is good for us. If we don’t believe this, then our commitment—in money, time, and study—makes little sense. In what way might art be good for us? The answer, I believe, is that art is a therapeutic instrument: its value lies in its capacity to exhort, console, and guide us toward better versions of ourselves and to help us live more flourishing lives, individually and collectively.
To be an artist is not to be a member of a secret society; it is not an activity inscrutably forbidden to the majority of mankind. Even the clumsiest, ugliest and most ignorant lovers make love; and what is important is the oneness of man in making artefacts, not the abyss said to exist between a Leonardo and the average of mankind. We are not all to be Leonardos; but of the same kind as Leonardo, for genius is only one end of the scale. I climbed Parnassus once, and between the mundane village of Arachova at the foot and the lonely summit, quite as lovely as the poets have always had it to be, there is nothing but a slope; no abyss, no gulf, no place where wings are necessary.
Most artists struggle with getting sales. The key to more sales, of course, is to get your art seen and known by more people. That's easy to say, but how can you do that without spending a fortune?
The secret is simple, and yet most artist's don't do it. There is a key to incredibly effective art marketing, and it's also one of secrets behind "Search Engine Optimization". And by doing this one simple step, you will dramatically increase your art sales. The secret is, write a short art-related article, sharing some helpful knowledge with the art community, and post it to your gallery. It really is that simple.
Etsy.com – Etsy is a website for people who make and sell handcrafted items. You’ll find everything from handmade jewelry to paintings to stationery, clothing, sculptures – almost anything you can imagine. For each item you list you pay a small listing fee but you control your own pricing and you handle your own shipping.
Ebay.com – Ebay is the famous online auction site and you can list anything you want there. You can also list items with a Buy It Now Price instead of the traditional auction format. Again, you’ll have a small listing fee for each item and you’ll be responsible for shipping and handling. With both Etsy and Ebay, popular sellers can develop quite a following and make very good money.
iStockPhoto.com – If you’re into photography or graphics you can list your photos or drawings at iStockPhoto.com. Like the name says, this is a stock photo website where people from all over the world come to buy stock images and artwork to use for promotional purposes.
Cafepress.com – Cafepress.com is another site that would be suitable for some type of image or graphics work. You can set up your own little Cafepress online store and sell coffe mugs, T-shirt, mousepads, water bottles and all sorts of items that you customize with your own artwork. (This is my personal favorite. I’ve even taken the header from my blog and used it to create custom coffee mugs. It’s a great way to promote your website and it doesn’t cost you a cent!)
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