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Horse Blood

New tools this week for the advancement of your art as it makes its way into the world. This is your weekly newsletter. This collection of free resources can realize your potential or simply plant an idea. This week we enter into a perspective so radical that it does not fall within the human...

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Plant an Idea

For the budding artisan or the seasoned practitioner, this collection of free resources can realize your potential or simply plant an idea. This week we are recommending a worthwhile and competitive curatorial residency program through the Omaha-based Bemis Center for Contemporary Artists, the...

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Computers & Nightmares for Artists

Applying to exhibition calls, grants, public competitions, and residencies, requires that you usually do a multitude of banal tasks like resizing this and that to particular dpi specs, none of which is standardized! It's enough to make a lot of artists not want to apply for another grant or...

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Hans Ulrich Obrist

I just interviewed Hans Ulrich Obrist - who is the Artistic Director of the Serpentine Gallery in London - and also a powerful and well-known European curator at large. In 2009, ArtReview magazine named him #1 of the most powerful people in the art world in their annual listing. ( I included...

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Does art have a purpose?

Recently I got a text from a friend that said "What is the purpose of art?" I wrote back quickly and said that I thought it did not have a purpose. Then two things happened. I read about Christo's new massive installation in Italy and how he once said, "I will not do any piece of art that has...

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Residencies, Worldwide and Near You

Traveling to a new, unfamiliar place awakens something in us. It allows us to open ourselves to new experiences in entirely new environments - and for artists, that can strongly influence work at the time of travel or in the future, from the impressions of travel. I just spoke to an artist who...

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​Galleries - Check them out first - you're interviewing them.

For mid-career artists as well as emerging and late-career artists, the idea of asking a gallery for a show or even to look at work, is almost beneath them, and perhaps it should be. After all, why show your best work to a gallery if it turns out they are insensitive clods or worse? I am...

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Mind Games & Chewing off your own leg

Recently, while teaching a class on getting patrons and sponsors for artists, I have seen artists struggle in different ways and then accomplish what they are after (getting funds). The reason some artists don't get funds or support in the class, is usually because they have not written a...

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What to do with all that art?

One of the most difficult decisions facing artists is what to do with all the art that is not sold, and also how to plan for what happens to the art after the artist dies. As lawyer Amy Goldrich says in the interview I did that I am linking to, "no one wants to think about dying, but we have to...

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How to Receive Everything

Today I ask that you perhaps do this one thing to make it easier to have people support your studio practice or projects. I have been lecturing a lot lately on fund raising for artists in multiple forms; direct hand-written letters, emails, applications, and with kickstarter or other...

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