An Artist's Guide

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For artists who want to move temporarily or permanently to the art capital of the world, here’s the ultimate guide to getting started in New York! Covering everything from the challenges of getting around town and finding affordable studio space to landing an art related job and getting exhibited, readers will discover proven solutions to every problem a newcomer to the New York art world may encounter. Here are dozens of insider success tips for finding a creative niche; interacting successfully with art ...

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Overview

For artists who want to move temporarily or permanently to the art capital of the world, here’s the ultimate guide to getting started in New York! Covering everything from the challenges of getting around town and finding affordable studio space to landing an art related job and getting exhibited, readers will discover proven solutions to every problem a newcomer to the New York art world may encounter. Here are dozens of insider success tips for finding a creative niche; interacting successfully with art dealers, gallery owners, and publicists; seeking financial, marketing, and personal support; and much more. Meticulously researched and very detailed, this valuable guide offers a realistic yet encouraging perspective on the thrills and pitfalls of finding success in this competitive art haven. With this meticulously researched and detailed companion, aspiring artists will ultimately spend more time making art and less time getting organized.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For those looking to produce world-class art rather than sell it, and to produce it in a world-class city, there's An Artist's Guide Making It in New York City by Daniel Grant (The Artist's Resource Handbook). Optimistic but realistic, Grant knowingly takes novices through all the steps of emigration, from "Testing the Waters by Visiting First" to "Looking for Lofts in All the Wrong Places" and "The Art World's Cutthroat Competition" with plenty of addresses, Web sites, case studies, money-making schemes and some horror stories, such as when critic Clement Greenberg called Jules Olitsky "the best painter living," leading to a serious Olitsky backlash. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This book is based on the dubious but popular supposition that an aspiring artist has to live in New York to achieve success. Taking a nuts-and-bolts approach to enlightening the Gotham bound, Grant devotes chapters to understanding the neighborhoods of New York, the vagaries of the real estate market, the realities of job hunting, the ins and outs of getting health insurance, and the perilous business of establishing contact with a reputable gallery. There are also helpful lists of art world resources such as granting agencies, governmental programs, materials suppliers, and art schools. The clearly written and well-organized chapters are larded with anecdotes from artists both successful and frustrated, illustrating the various strategies that Grant feels will help the aspiring artist establish a toehold. Optimism is the flavor of the day here, with the darker tales of sleeping one's way to the top or stealing ideas left to the darker corners of artists' bars. Reading this book would be a good first step for artists unfamiliar with New York who contemplate moving to the center of the world art market. David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581151954
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/11/2001
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,009,634
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Grant is a contributing editor of American Artist magazine. A former art critic for Newsday (Long Island, New York) and The Commercial-Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), he was editor of Art & Artists from 1978 to 1984. His articles and essays have appeared in such publications as ARTnews, Art in America, New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, The Nation, New York, Art & Auction, and Art & Antiques.

Grant has also taught courses, and lectured on, career issues for visual artists. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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