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The Art World Demystified - The Book

How Artists Define and Achieve Their Goals
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The Art World Demystified unfolds the confusing and often treacherous terrain of the art world, revealing the inner workings of a system that has few rules but many opportunities. In this volume, artists will find their own questions reflected and addressed, including:

•How does an artist penetrate the inner circle of the art world?
•How do museums choose exhibits?
•How can an artist reach critics and get feedback?
•How do artists make a living, and how much can they expect to make?
•What are the “rules” of the art world?
•Why is it all so mysterious?

Author and successful artist Brainard Carey explores these queries and more, giving concise answers and guidance on such issues as talking to curators, navigating suitable promotion, and maintaining motivation, alongside profiles of well-known artists. He enables, and encourages, readers to not only navigate the mysteries of the artist’s career, but also to create their own mythologies by presenting their work in a way that generates interest, questions, and an invitation to the inner circle.

Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press (April 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621534847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621534846
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches

Your Instructor


Brainard Carey
Brainard Carey

Brainard Carey has written three books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, and The Art World Demystified.

Carey interviews major and minor figures from all over the art world for Yale University radio. He is an educator and also an artist that has had major shows like The Whitney Museum Biennial and many others.


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