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Money in Art

by AnnieSteiner , February 1, 2014—12:00 AM

Topics: Blog, Cottage Street Studios

Money in Art - An article that was really written about the Art World and the way it is developing in NYC made me reflect on a few points that we should all consider as artists. Art is now directly linked to Money, and Museums as well as Art galleries are money-hungry. This is nothing new. Money has dominated the Art world for a long time. Critics have almost disappeared because the Museums and Art galleries are deciding what is good and what art collectors should buy. "The reality is that, directly or indirectly, in large ways and small, the current market system is shaping every aspect of art in the city: not just how artists live, but also what kind of art is made, and how art is presented in the media and in museums… Continue reading… 2 comments

I never really believed that she was going to leave us, even when I saw her body giving up to the cancer. The sparkle in her eyes was gone, her cheeks were getting hollow. She used to have a smile that illuminated her whole face! Her laugh was so communicative that you could not help but laugh hysterically with her! I could not accept the idea that she was going, and was almost surprised when I got the call telling me that she was gone. I had not been able to paint anything satisfying for months while my friend was sick and I felt quite desperate after she passed away. Another friend of hers told me she had been going through the same thing. She would not have been happy with us: she was always bursting with new ideas and creativity… Continue reading… 8 comments

I do not often follow the impulses generated by ads that appear on the front page of magazines, or the home page of websites, but I am glad that I did for once. I tried Signature Canvas, that offers a special discount to ArtId members, and the result I got was very satisfying. This canvas is really strong, smooth, with just he right "tooth". It is perfectly gessoed, and ready to be painted on when it is delivered. The frame is thick, the spine is well conceived, and the canvas stapled with a generous edge. I ordered some canvas stapled, and some spline-fastened. I found that the spline-fastened looked neater, and allowed the painting to hang flat on the wall… Continue reading… 0 comments

When things go wrong and Palette knife painting. I took me a long time to start dealing with anything that was artistic after my children were born. There was always something else to do. I seemed to have lost the ability to concentrate on anything but my family for a while. Even reading was impossible, as I could never relax enough to grab a book for at least 15 minutes. When my kids both started going to school (relief!) I investigated the local Community Arts Center, and discovered that they were offering a colored pencil drawing class. As when I was in Art school, attention to details was de rigueur, I decided that colored pencils were going to be for me. And indeed, for several years, they were. I relished in the meditation that the most tedious details drive you to… Continue reading… 1 comment