Big Changes In Today’s Art World:  Crisis or Opportunity?

Big Changes In Today’s Art World: Crisis or Opportunity?

“How the Widening Income Gap Is Affecting the Art World” is a recent Nonprofit Quarterly article describing how small and mid-sized galleries are closing in New York (as reported in the New York Times).  Both articles focus on how “mega-galleries” and art fairs or biennials like Art Basel and Art Miami are shutting out smaller dealers and, of course, squeezing artists’ sales as well.  ART at the top of the food chain is increasingly viewed and treated as an equity investment that’s held by collectors who then flip the art (like real estate) to the highest bidder for a big

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ARTISTS FIRST!

ARTISTS FIRST!

Across the breakfast table at an Oakland cafe, my friend and colleague’s eyes fill with tears.  “I’ve been so worried about my films.  I haven’t been able to finish the last one… I miss it so much.” My own eyes blur with tears. You see, we are both founders of start-ups in the arts (no, this is not an oxymoron), and we are continually up to our eyeballs with what it takes to build profitable businesses with scalable futures while staying true to vibrant social missions. I’m the CEO and founder of ArtSpark, and Holly Million is the founder and

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ArtSpark Manifesto

ArtSpark Manifesto

The word manifesto traces its roots to the Latin manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous.  A manifesto is a public declaration of beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. It is often a document that organizations develop and share with constituents, declaring what is most important. A manifesto is a statement of principles and a bold call to action. Manifestos encourage people to evaluate the gap between principles and their current reality, and it challenges assumptions, fosters commitment, and provokes change. ArtSpark’s Manifesto champions artists and creators to keep the creative spark alive while making choices about participating in the marketplace.  The Manifesto

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WHERE did the Artist Business Canvas come from?

WHERE did the Artist Business Canvas come from?

Where did the Artist Business Canvas come from? At ArtSpark, we get asked this question all the time. So here’s the story…. A couple of years ago at a Start Up Weekend in ABQ, I pitched an idea that was voted on and selected by the weekend’s participants. Very quickly, a team was assembled and we dove in to the amazing and arduous process of building out a mere business idea over 36 hours and then pitching it at the end of the weekend in front of an assembled mass of people, including judges and potential investors. That weekend I

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Business for Artists 101: Protecting Your Assets

Business for Artists 101: Protecting Your Assets

(Thanks to guest blogger, Marlo Spieth from Avvo.com, for this blog post!) Salvador Dalí was an artist unsatisfied to be famous posthumously. Breaking with tradition, it was his priority to be recognized and compensated for his work during his lifetime. How did Dalí achieve financial success? It has been said that Dalí was revolutionary in the sense that he was both an artist and a businessman. History remembers him as an eccentric but, in fact, his peculiarities were the result of a fierce commitment to his brand. In 1924, Andre Breton defined surrealism as “the actual functioning of thought…. in

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