Why Do So Many Art Galleries Lose Money?

On Tuesday, the highly respected Wallspace gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood announced it would close its doors permanently on Aug. 7. The lease was up, and “it necessitated a reevaluation,” said Jane Hait, who co-founded the space with Janine Foeller. “It’s a particularly tough climate for people doing work that’s not necessarily super commercial.” The closure of such a celebrated fixture of the New York art scene underscores the fact that—despite the unprecedented avalanche of money blanketing the contemporary art world—it’s surprisingly difficult for galleries to make money.

The news of Wallspace’s closing comes just weeks before the English release of Management of Art Galleries, a slim, Day-Glo orange book that caused a furor when it was published in Germany last year. Written by a 31-year-old German entrepreneur/professor/art adviser named Magnus Resch, the book argues that most galleries are undercapitalized and inefficient, and moreover, that with McKinsey-like business strategies (Resch went to the London School of Economics and the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland), the entire art market could be turned into a profit-generating machine. “I could have just said, ‘The revenue numbers are terrible,’ but rather than being so negative I’m actually offering solutions,” Resch says in an interview. “It’s based on the analysis that I did.”

Under different circumstances, Resch’s claims would probably have been waved away, but in what’s close to a first for the gallery world, he has the data to back them up.

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Cincinnati’s 10 Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit

Miller Gallery

Established in 1960, Miller Gallery is Cincinnati’s oldest gallery. It specialises in visual art and showcases the best from local, national and internationally recognised artists, shown in 2000 square feet of exhibition space in the heart of Cincinnati’s historic Hyde Park Square. The mission of the gallery is to present and support the visual arts in the Midwest and globally, through exhibitions and live artist demonstrations. Visitors can see contemporary realism as well as abstract and traditional two and three-dimensional art. Miller Gallery is well known and acclaimed for its long-standing reputation of quality among artists, collectors and museums, and represents a must-stop on a tour to town.

Are You a Guest at a Gallery Opening?

Want to make as bad an impression as possible at an art gallery opening you’ve been invited to? Here’s all you have to do to irritate and offend not only the artist and the gallery owner, but also anyone else in attendance who’s seriously interested in seeing, learning about or buying the art that’s on exhibit. Sad to say, these are all actual behaviors that I have either seen myself or have been told about by others (mainly artists, gallery owners and gallery personnel)…

Behavioral blunders for artists:

* Without asking anyone for permission, pass out your business cards, brochures, artist book or announcements to your upcoming shows to as many people as possible, especially the artist and the gallery owner… and then leave. Do this repeatedly at every gallery opening and art event you attend.

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4 Essential Skills Every Painter Should Have

If you want to paint, do you need talent or can it be learned? Painting is a skill, and like any skill, it can be learned and developed over time. Talent is always a good thing, of course, but it alone won’t make you a new Picasso. The only proven way to improve a skill, and remember – painting is a skill, is through practice. In this article we will take a look at the essential skills that every painter should have.

#1 Colors – Understanding color and color combinations is a basic step in becoming a good painter. Mixing colors can be quite challenging, especially if you’re a beginner. You should understand the basic color relationships and learn how to mix them properly. With only ten to twelve basic colors you can actually mix virtually any color you wish.

#2 Brushwork techniques – for every beginner painter, it’s absolutely essential to master the basic brushwork techniques. You should learn how to hold the brush (and also how not to hold it), how to load the paint correctly, various stroke techniques, how to use different techniques for different effects, and more. This is very important.

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How to Make a Successful Acrylic Painting

Before the Barbizon School and the Impressionists promoted the idea of painting on location or ‘En plein air’ most artists would work in the studio. While initial sketches and even some painting was done outside, the majority of the work was completed in-doors. Using acrylics in a hot climate necessitates a return to this method of working, and thanks to the technology that is now at our disposal contemporary artists can avoid prolonged spells in an inhospitable climate and work in the relative comfort of the studio.

While some purists may argue that an artist should only work from their own sketches and drawings, those who are willing to embrace the digital camera will find that the opportunities to capture scenes and images are limitless. Spending seconds rather than long minutes making detailed sketches, a 21st century artist can capture the essence of the scene before them and return to the studio with an album of photographs upon which they can base their next painting. If necessary these photographs can be manipulated with appropriate software until exactly the right image is found, and at this point you are ready to make a painting.

1. Measure your stretched canvas and square it up. You will not want too many lines across your work so it is probably advisable to limit the squares to about 6cm (about 2.5 inches).

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