While recovering from a minor but debilitating ear infection, I have had the chance to catch up on some night table reading. One I must share with all you aspiring fine artists is a recent publication called: Art/Work: Everything You Need to Know(And Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber. This well-written book covers all the groundwork: submission materials, cv’s, artist statements, residencies, packing your work, gallery courtship, representation, agreements, AND it is even entertaining thanks to quotes by the likes of Ed Winkelman, Washington Project for the Arts’ own Kim Ward, Andrea Rosen and more. For less than the price of three lattes you can figure out how to package that 3-d installation affordably (with only three peices of tape, please! always thinking about the guy/gal on the other end!) while making Larry Gagosian want you more than life itself. Ok, perhaps I embellish on the latter.
No, I am not a paid flack for the book. It is just very readable and informative. I particularly enjoy the chapter on the gallery relationship (it is not only acceptable it is required to be polygamous! and noone will call you an s-l-u-t). If you are interested in a serious art career, do yourself a favor and get yourself this book. Because if I must service multiple gallerists, I really need to be on top of my game.