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01/25/2006: "Give the people what they want???"
I started spot reading that Business of Being an Artist book last night and got pretty disgusted early on. I mean, I'm sure there are some excellent nuggets in there but they had some quotes from artists who admitted that their art dealers would actually tell them specific things to change in their work in order to make the pieces sell better...AND THEY WOULD! Another artist said that she finds out what's selling and then that's what she paints...her theory was that people who buy art know what they want more than the people who make it and artists can't foist their work onto people who want something else (paraphrased).
I think I'm done reading these marketing tomes for awhile, they just depress me and seem to have the ultimate attitude that if your work isn't selling it's because you aren't working hard enough or willing to compromise enough or aren't being manipulative enough or working the system enough.
Blah, I feel like I need a shower.