Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Promoting Your Art Exhibit

This is great blog article (part 1 of 3) from Alyson B Stanfield on promoting your art exhibit. Here's the first paragraph.

"Artists often write to me just as they’re ramping up their promotional efforts a month or two out from their exhibit opening or special event. They’re looking for help. I can help, but they’ve really waited too long. If you know you have an event, exhibit, class, gallery talk, or workshop coming up, don’t put off your marketing. Start your promotions right now."


Image at left: Purple Mountains Majesty, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 34 inches, © Mary A. Gravelle, available at Tatiana Maria Gallery, 305 & 307 N. Bullard, Silver City, New Mexico. Call Tatiana at (575) 388-4426.Silver City, New Mexico (575) 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

I just watched this movie. Wow, how inspiring. Herbie Hancock is the guru of creativity and human spirit ambassador. This is a must see for all creatives. So, I wonder how a visual artist can find collaboration like musicians do? Herbie seeks out talent of all kinds and works with them. They all grow from the experience. He treasures creativity in the moment. I loved what he said in Japan that he used to think he was a musician, now he thinks he is a human being serving humankind through his music. Just the best inspiration! Let me know your thoughts.

Movie Description from Netflix:

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

2005NR 90 minutes
Cameras take you behind the scenes with Grammy Award-winning keyboardist Herbie Hancock as he collaborates with a diverse array of modern artists. Tracks include "A Song for You" featuring Christina Aguilera, "Sister Moon" featuring Sting, "Hush, Hush, Hush" featuring Annie Lennox, "I Do It for Your Love" featuring Paul Simon, "Safiatou" featuring Santana, "Don't Explain" featuring Damien Rice and "Stitched Up" featuring John Mayer.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Where does art belong?

I just watched this movie, The Art of the Steal, on netflix.


The Art of the Steal

2009NR 101 minutes
A gripping tale of intrigue and mystery in the art world, this film traces the history of the Barnes collection of Post-Impressionist paintings, which was worth billions and became the subject of a power struggle after the 1951 death of the owner. Dr. Albert Barnes collected 181 Renoirs, 69 C├ęzannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and many other valuable paintings. But the political wrangling over the collection eventually led to its division.
Questions: Where does art belong? Does it belong in a museum or in private collections or both? Should an art collector's wishes be granted after death and according to the will? Or should the art, especially in the case of great art as was the Barnes Collection, belong to the public after the death of the collector? Should the art collection become the property of the rich and powerful and even that of charitable organizations?