Posts Tagged ‘career’

Help Desk: Selling Out

Installation view: Tony Conrad. Two Degrees of Separation, Kunsthalle Wien 2014, Photo: Stephan Wyckoff: Grommet Horn, ca. 1970, Replik 2014, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I am a painter who rarely makes any money directly from my work. Recently a design firm approached me about a project that involves artists painting on small refrigerators from which energy drinks will[…..]

From the Archive – Help Desk: Making a Statement

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, 1967. Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 feet

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Today we’re revisiting an oldie-but-goodie; this article was originally published on July 9, 2012.  I’m in the process of writing an artist statement for a gallery that has recently picked up my work. What makes for[…..]

Help Desk: The Vanishing Curator

Sanya Kantarovsky. You Were Welcome Here, 2013; oil, watercolor, ink, bleach, gesso on canvas; 55 x 40 in.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions and issues anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I’m a new MFA grad and I’m trying to break into the gallery system. Recently I had a great studio visit with a well-known curator. We talked for a long while about[…..]

Help Desk: Interviews & Expectations

Julia Wachtel. Bleep, 2014; 60 x 73" 152.4cm x 185.4cm oil, flashe, acrylic ink on canvas

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I have an interview with a critic who sent me his questions in advance, and I found them to be leading and directive. How can I approach this type of conversation in a way[…..]

Help Desk: The Ethics of Application Fees, part 2

Jean-Luc Moulene. Tronche / Avatar (Paris, April 2014), 2014; Polished concrete, blue blanket
15 x 10 5/8 x 11 in.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. What are your thoughts on application fees for residencies, fellowships, and exhibitions? Typically the odds of being selected are very long, and the vast majority of artists who apply for opportunities aren’t swimming in[…..]

From the Archives – Help Desk: On Being “Discovered”

Philippe Parreno, La Batalla de los Patos, a documentary project with Rirkrit Tiravanija, 2003, 2013. Screenprint, printed in phosphorescent ink, 39.5 x 55.5 inches, edition of 6

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I’m just about to finish my first really serious series of paintings, and I’m curious about which approach is the best for self-promotion. Is it better to go all out and[…..]

Help Desk: Friends with Benefits

Allora & Calzadilla. Body in Flight (Delta), 2012; Carved and stained wood; Dimensions variable.
Installation view: U.S. Pavilion, 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice, 2011. Photo: Andrew Bordwin

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. A few months ago I tried to collaborate with a good friend, but we didn’t complete any work. It’s not that we spent the time just hanging out—we worked, but it[…..]