Monday, July 27, 2009


It's no surprise that with this economy we've got going on that record numbers of people are applying to head back to school. When the going gets rough, why not retreat into academia, right? Seems like a good idea to me!

I have met quite a few people over the years who have attended school at one of the auction houses...

The Sotheby's Institute has locations in London, New York, and Singapore - and offers quite a few of different options, depending on the commitment you want to make:

Master's Degrees - get an MA in Art Business, Contemporary Art, etc. in 3 semesters

Summer Study - intensive courses designed to immerse you into the world of auction houses and more

Short Courses - take one day seminars or weekly classes

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

3rd Ward

If you live in New York, or more specifically North Brooklyn, 3rd Ward may be an excellent resource for you. With studios, classes, and more, it's a really great place to further your education and get involved in a dialogue (other than the one inside your head).

From their website:
3rd Ward is a member-based design center for creative professionals in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We are committed to providing resources, opportunities and a dynamic-creative network to our members and the community at large. Our 20,000 sq. ft. space houses four gorgeous photo studios, a professional wood & metal shop, a fully loaded digital media lab, shared & private office space and a large interdisciplinary art education program. Throughout the year we also offer exciting events and opportunities for artists.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Best cities for artists

I came across a BusinessWeek article this week with a list of the top 10 U.S. cities for artists. They frame the article in terms of real estate - wherever the artists go, real estate booms follow. It has long been known that artists seek cheap rents, make a neighborhood hip, and eventually, they make it too expensive for themselves to live in. Although the article is from 2007, it seems pretty legit for today, as picks were chosen based on a strict set of guidelines and indexes - The Arts & Culture Index, Diversity Index, Cost of Living Index, and more. Although there are the obvious choices of Los Angeles, New York, and Santa Fe, a few surprises are in there.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Printed Matter

Located in Chelsea, NYC, Printed Matter is "the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists." Currently run by artist AA Bronson, Printed Matter is a bookstore of sorts - artists' books (and artists' writings, etc.). No, this isn't where you want to go to get the exhibition catalogue of your favorite Monet show, but if you're looking for a small-edition artist publication or a rare artist book by artists like Liam Gillick or Seth Price, this may be the place for you.

Also, they have an open submission policy - if you're looking for a place to sell your artist book... but they won't just take anything.

Check out their "research room" to search for publications

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Real artists???

It seems like it's actually going to happen... rumors have been floating around for a couple of years now that a competition-based reality TV show about artists was in the works...

Bravo TV is holding auditions for their untitled show (which is the "brainchild" of Sarah Jessica Parker), looking for emerging or mid-career artists who "believe in their art and want the world to know."

I must admit that this show has me troubled - I always thought that artists were beyond the grips of the commercial TV world. However, as artists are using new media more and more, and fashion and art seem inextricably intertwined, this result seems inevitable. So, if you are willing to put yourself out there - really out there - in front of the whole world (and a different audience) - go ahead and apply... just count me out.