I just handed all my 2008 tax paperwork to my CPA and it doesn't look pretty.
Surprisingly though, sales of my own artwork reached an all time high for me. I had not realized this until this week.
In 2008 I had one solo show (of my paintings) and participated in about half a dozen art fairs and about half a dozen group shows.
I seem to do really well in art fairs, where my work has always and consistently sold well in art fairs (although 2009 started with a bummer art fair).
Bottom line: in 2008 I managed to sell nearly 80 drawings! Nearly a third of these were sold in one New York fair.
Most of these were recent drawings, but I also sold a few older pieces to a collector and even several art school works.
2009 started roughly, but I've got some more art fairs already lined up, have work hanging currently in two shows, but I still need to work on a few gallery shows.
Friday, March 27, 2009
With challenging economic times persisting, people are spending more time at home and are looking for affordable luxuries. Portraiture, especially portraits of children is "The New Status Symbol", according to Boston Home MagazineAbsolutearts.com report here and Boston Home Mag's portraits here.
Representatives of the arts industries told the House Education and Labor Committee hearing Thursday that the repercussions of the recession go well beyond musicians having to put down their guitars and get "real" jobs. The nonprofit art and cultural industry alone supports 5.7 million jobs and generates $166 billion in economic activity every year, they said.Read the AP report by Jim Abrams here.
And your art for free
Forbes estimates the personal wealth of Theodore N. Lerner at $2.5 billion, but why spend your own money on art when the taxpayers will commission it for you? The DC Government dead-panned that the baseball art belongs to DC and is only on loan to the Lerners, an assertion worthy of a Larry Neal Award for fiction. The sculpture is site-specific, so saying the art is on loan is like saying you don’t own the fillings in your teeth, you only rent them.Read Licht on "DC Buys Bronze Bobbleheads for Billionaires" here.