Tuesday, April 11, 2006

What Is an "Emerging Artist"?

I was talking with some other contemporary dealers and an art consultant yesterday when I was happy to learn that they shared my annoyance with collectors whose first question about an artist is "how old is he/she"? We all found ourselves continuously surprised at the importance placed on that bit of data and at the disappointment we've encountered when an artist wasn't considered young enough. One dealer suggested the cut-off was 31 years old (meaning anyone older than that was sure to disappoint this type of collector). I felt my heart just sink at that, but mostly because I feared she was right.

Now mind you, all of us there represented organizations that proudly promote "emerging artists" so our conversation turned to what exactly makes an artist "emerging" versus, I guess, established or some other nebulous measure. In the end, I'm not sure we came up with a satisfactory answer, so I'll turn to you. I know that's not entirely fair (i.e., if dealers representing "emerging" artists can't define what the term means, why should anyone else be expected to), but who said life is fair, eh?

What is an "emerging artist"? Is it solely a matter of age? Exhibition experience? Name recognition? Can someone in their seventies be an emerging artist? Or is it time to take that term out behind the barn and shoot it?

72 Comments:

Blogger Chris Rywalt said...

I find the term "emerging artist" amusingly stupid. I have a friend who is now a curator at Seton Hall. For a bit while she was between jobs I did some Web searches to see if I could find her something; I found a listing for an organization which supports "emerging curators."

As soon as you start putting other job titles into the phrase you can see how asinine it is: We don't talk about emerging accountants or emerging auto mechanics. Are artists in some kind of cocoon or cave or something and they come out blinking into the light of fame and fortune?

And if artists are too old after 31, then I guess I missed the cutoff. Crap. I'm a 35-year-old, overweight, hairy white male. In theory I'm supposed to own the world already, but it looks more to me like I'm totally screwed. Remember, Ed, your post on Joan Linder?


...Joan was branching out beyond her family and making fiercely in-your-face paintings that exploded the myths of male sexual attractiveness, turning her fearless gaze onto the pot-bellies and bare buttocks of the sorts of men who, fully dressed, would assume a position of superiority in relation to Joan's small frame and gender.


That's me! Thanks for the vote of confidence!

4/11/2006 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger carla said...

It's a great way to characterize the ebbs and floes of artistic output...Artists experience multiple and varied 'art emergences' throughout their life. I've never heard the term applied this way, but this IS what REALLY happens.

The imposition of the "emerging artist" label as a point on a predetermined and rigid timeline of artistic achievement is artificial and dehumanizing. But it is easy to market.

4/11/2006 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

artforum tells us an emerging artist is someone who is emerging, who hasn't, though quite possibly, after the print, may be in a situation where dear collectors may rethink the concept of emerging. It does make one think it has to do with age. I personally think emerge has to do with how idea meets demand. Another side is today's collectors would not have devoted their time to Paul Gauguin, WOULD HAVE PICASSO, NOT KNOW WHO VAN GOGH WAS, but wouldn't have lost on the odds. Preference kind of rules! Perhaps the odds tells us to collect this Picasso persona too!

4/11/2006 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If 31 is the "cutoff", and 26 is definitely "too young" - that's a pretty small window....

4/11/2006 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger James Wolanin said...

Shouldn't an Artist be judged by the quality of work he is producing at a particular time? Age shouldn't even matter. If an artist was 50 years of age and started to produce extraordinary ground breaking work, what difference does age make. Unless from a collectors point of view, they are looking at longevity, the length of an artists career. With a promising young artist who is say 21 years of age, maybe the collector thinks that the younger artist will have a longer career in the spotlight. Here is one example of a late blooming artist - DeKooning, he didn't become a successful known artist until he was well into his fifties.

4/11/2006 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Chris makes a good point about how comical the term is when applied to different occupations.

I have been in the awkward position of being described as an emerging artist at the age of 40, after having delayed a career to have and raise kids. Personally I do consider "emerging" to refer to young, just out of school, newly exhibiting artists, but that may be because I still have delusions that I am 25, not 41. However, it is a term that is incomplete and rather condescending to those who don't go in that particular order. "Emerging" has such an optimistic tone though, so I doubt if anyone could actually shoot it. Maybe we just need another term to describe new artists over 31. . . .

4/11/2006 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

51 and happily emerging, merging, growing, learning, ok, back to work.

4/11/2006 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous onesock said...

related:
http://www.miamiartexchange.com/?option=com_awesom&task=viewitem&listid=1&item=76&asin=0691121095&Itemid=106

and

http://www.publicradio.org/tools/media/player/start/00:00:07:35.0/end/00:00:11:50.0/marketplace/2006/03/21_mpp.ram


I am with Mark and Carla, emerge your whole dang life.

4/11/2006 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

breaks ones heart to go to an art fair, say, and see a collector stand in front of your beautiful painting, and hear them ask the dealer how old is the artist, and you can see on their face, no interest after being told, over 40, or 40 ish. and then go watch them buy some insipid piece of trash from an "emerging" or "still in grad school", (the new market friendly phrase)...

4/11/2006 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have emerged many times in my 50 odd years, and still plan to emerge, stupid meaningless term, should be banished from curators and dealers lingo.

4/11/2006 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Nancy Baker, aka Rebel Belle said...

Actually, I'm not an emerging artist. I am a southern outsider artist who only first started wearing shoes when I came to NYC for my opening this Spring.

Tell the collectors that I didn't do any work for 20 years because I was in a psychiatric institute.
Okay. Now that I've got that off my chest.... The obsession we have with youth in this culture is revolting, immoral, and absurd. But I guess it's really all about the glamour and power of the young. I wish that this whole issue could be reframed in a different way, but nothing will change because people are suckers for style over substance.

4/11/2006 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger James Wolanin said...

whatever your age, if asked, just say you are 28! :-)

4/11/2006 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous rotten_day said...

hmmm.....let's think about how collectors think and what they want. i've observed that for some collectors, part of the enjoyment of the whole endeavor is having proximity to artists. and, surely proximity to younger, more attractive artists is preferable....everyone likes nice packaging. younger artists are also perhaps, well, more exploiatable, or at least less likely to interfere with the collector's sense of superiority or entitlement....the pleasure of the fulfilled colonial ambition.

pardon my bile. there might be something here, though.

4/11/2006 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous pc said...

The label seems kind flexible, a hedge. It's really a euphemism for "not famous," with the latent optimism of "but will be famous soon." It also has the unwanted connotation of "coming out" as in a dank cave, like a hibernating bear or Saddam. Ed, my advice is not to take the term too seriously. It's marketing lingo. The idea of supporting new, innovative work doesn't have anything to do with the age of the artist. I think there's nothing wrong with today's emaphsis on youth as long as people are also willing to recognize older artists if they are doing something new. (Okay, you got me. I'm 51. I emerged once when I was under thirty and am working on crawling out of my spider hole again.)

4/11/2006 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous onesocked said...

Are not dealers implicated in this when they goto MFA studios scoopin' up artist kids? Or is that just good bizness sense?

4/11/2006 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous paul said...

I always thought it just referred to exhibition experience, name recognition, and the prediction that their best work is ahead of them.

I guess from a collector's view, if an artist is doing something cool AND they're young, they have more time left to hit the jackpot. But I could care less.

It sounds silly when applied the mechanics and accountants because "emerging" suggests coming into the public's view, or fame. It sounds reasonable when applied to an actor or writer.

4/11/2006 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous J.T. Kirkland said...

Hold on... I'm 27.5 years old. When will my golden chariot arrive?

I'm waiting...

4/11/2006 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous lou gagnon said...

Perhaps some collectors chase youth to avoid the vary thing that haunts them? Life experience. Is this not Dorian Gray in reverse?

4/11/2006 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous rotten day influenced said...

Younger artists make better pets?

4/11/2006 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Are not dealers implicated in this when they goto MFA studios scoopin' up artist kids?

To some degree, if that's all they show, yes. There's nothing wrong with keeping your eye on what's happening in the MFA programs and offering a show to someone who really knocks your socks off, but I would hope that person can hold their own against the other artists in that gallery. In other words, it's not the age but the work of the artist that counts. There are prodigies out there...it's just unlikely everyone one of them attends the same fashionable school.

4/11/2006 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark Dixon said...

The first time I heard the term "emerging artist" was when I went to apply for an art grant. Here in Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts is one such institution that offers grants to artists. I remember going through the different grants and seeing that there was one that only emerging artists could apply for. This is how they describe the term (from their web site www.canadacouncil.ca) :

emerging artist
An artist who has specialized training in his or her field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), who is at an early stage in his or her career, and who has created a modest independent body of work.

4/11/2006 12:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agnes Martin did not sell until she was 50.

4/11/2006 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

it goes along with the 'early adopter' meme. The implication that the viewer is so hip that yesterday's art just bores to death. It also goes well with a generation of attention deficit disorder sufferers who need to be made to feel as if they are making an informed choice when they get bored with yesterday's art.

oh, ennui, you have served me so well . . .

4/11/2006 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newman had to wait even longer.

4/11/2006 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Rywalt said...

Tim, as a sufferer of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, I am insulted that you would use a clinical term describing a psychiatric illness as an insult, and I hereby....

Oh, screw it. I don't actually care and I can't pretend I do for very long. I just don't have the patience.

[this message closed smilied for the humor impaired]

4/11/2006 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Ron Diorio said...

It seems that dead artists generate the most resale value so I would think those of us closer to death would be more attactive to collectors.

4/11/2006 02:22:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Rywalt said...

New idea:

Van Gogh only sold one painting while he was alive.

Artists would all like to be like Van Gogh.

Therefore, collectors, dealers, and curators are only helping to make artists feel more like Van Gogh.

4/11/2006 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Franklin said...

Shoot it.

4/11/2006 03:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

once I received a call from a writer who wanted to do a piece on my work for a magazine, but she quickly changed her tune within the first three minutes--her initial questions to me were did I have any formal training or "" higher education"" --and she was so disappointed that although I was born in rural Maine I have an MFA--because of the way I put together materials scavenged from the local dump out here in the sticks she assumed I was an OUTSIDER ARTIST--it''s similar limited and unimaginative thinking.

4/11/2006 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger carla said...

anon at 6:11 - I happened upon an outsider art web site which appeared to represent the listed artists. What a surprise to see my work there! They knew my background but chose to ignore it.

4/11/2006 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Gusky said...

Collectors only willing to buy emerging artists?
Fine by me, since I only sell to emerging collectors.

In contrast to the seasoned, mature variety, emerging collectors are highly suggestible, impetuous, their sense of judgment has sometimes been permanently impaired by drug use, and they have no sense of the value of money and consequently will drop titanic wads on anything I can convince them is fashionable, desired by MOMA, or 'the next big thing.'

4/11/2006 07:31:00 PM  
Anonymous perpetual revolutionary said...

Youth is wasted on the young.

4/11/2006 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Newman had to wait even longer.

Yes, But he had Seinfeld to fall back on.

4/11/2006 08:27:00 PM  
Blogger crionna said...

What is an "emerging artist"?

One whose prices are finally going up? ;)

Sorry, that's surely been said, but I'm too lazy today to read all the comments.

4/11/2006 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger Porcupine said...

I hope the guy who’s doing my taxes has fully “emerged.”

I think the term “emerging,” when applied to artists, is simply a way to hype their potential as investments, much like the stocks of small, unproven companies. An older artist, even if they are doing the best work of their lives, may not offer the same compelling investment story.

4/12/2006 07:40:00 AM  
Blogger fisher6000 said...

Bile, schmile. I favor the Artists as Pets theory. Collectors are buying an experience/lifestyle as much as they are buying an object.

"Emergence", which used to connote a complex set of circumstances related to maturity, dues paying and recognition, flattens into "young". And it so happens that young artists, like puppies, are cuter and more fun. Did I miss anyone talking about how long these artists' careers are? Or is there some shelter full of awkward, adolescent dog-artists whose collectors got tired of them shitting on the rug and jumping all over people at the door and biting?

4/12/2006 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous blackdog said...

as a dealer i am charged with talking about and contextualizing art work made by others in a way that collectors (both emerging and seasoned) can grasp easily.

these terms are often used.
painter, sculptor etc.....
abstact, figurative etc...
and yes-
emerging, mid career,esablished, and occasionally blue chip.

i loosely define an emerging artist as having been a professional artist for less than 10 years- regardless of age - however these folks are often young. generally at the beginning of their careers.

i will leave other definitions for another day.

i might also mention i have heard the term "EMERGING DEALER" and "EMERGING GALLERY/IST"

4/12/2006 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous james leonard said...

I'm with Franklin. Let's take the beast out back and give two barrels of the ol' Dick Cheney.


Anonymous wrote:

no interest after being told, over 40, or 40 ish. and then go watch them buy some insipid piece of trash from an "emerging" [artist]

Stuff like this then leads (potentially) less developed younger artists to have a brush fire careers. If they get enough positive feedback in the form of shows and sales, the young artist might lose any motivation to grow and mature aesthetically or creatively. They then graduate into the role of an established "mid-career" artist despite their mediocre bodies of work. This is the main reason I increasingly dislike this term "emerging."

I'm developed to the point of a real mid-career artist: I know what I'm doing, I know what I am interested in, and I know what avenues I'm gonna avoid. Don't expect to mold me like some 24 year old right out of grad school. But my resume looks more like that of an "emerging" artist. At the end of the day, I think "emerging artist" has become a pejorative marketing term that often misleads at best. Just another excuse for people to not look and listen carefully.

Oh, and by the way, this August I'll be coming up on two years past the cut-off. The opposed realities of a youth obsessed dilitante culture versus my greying mane has me growing bitter.

Okie--back to work with my grumpy arse.

4/12/2006 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger Art Soldier said...

What interests me is who uses the term "emerging" and why. It makes sense that the term is probably a commercial construct useful for sellers of art (as Blackdog and others have noted) and indicative of the unique situation of selling art, but has little meaningful significance for makers of art (as nearly every artist who has commented here has agreed).

The fact that the use of "emerging" is so prevalent in art criticism points to the latter's close association with the mindset of the market. If artists want to "shoot it," they should just stop using the word. It would be nice if those interested in meaningful discussions of artists would follow suit.

4/12/2006 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous anne said...

A recent book by David Galenson, 'Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity', deals with some of the issues discussed on this thread. I hope that Galenson's ideas will become more widely known in the art world - namely that some creative professionals tend to be innovators and put forth their most notable works early in their careers, while others tend to have a more even/sustained output due to a more experimental approach to their practice. Recognizing the two methodologies isn't about making a judgemnet call between them - amazing work is produced in both cases - but if understanding of this idea was more widespread, perhaps art market speculation might diminish somewhat, and collectors might return to acquiring art because they find it meaningful to their lives instead of viewing a purchase mostly as an appreciable asset.

4/12/2006 06:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be sure to check out todays Opportunity section on NYFA.ORG.
The Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn is accepting proposals from Emerging Curators. Presumably for organizing an exhibition of Emerging Artists.

4/12/2006 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous eva said...

The term followed me around as I moved from city to city. Then suddenly I was in my 40s and it just didn't sound right. When someone said: "She's an emerging artist, " I said : "No - You just don't know me yet."

Maybe 'emerging' it is a term best used by those surfacing in the art scene, whatever their function it may be (artist, dealer, collector)! Later on, they'll get sick of it alright.

4/12/2006 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger Susan Constanse said...

At the ripe age of forty, I decided to re-focus my life in the arts. I left my corporate design-type job and am happily starving in Pittsburgh. I have been working as an arts worker here for the last several years because this affords me some flexibility in my scheduling and I only work part-time.

So, with that said, I would have considered myself emerging because because, even though I was exhbiting and producing for twenty years, it was not my main focus.

Well, I'm not emerging by the current definitions. The emphasis in Pittsburgh is focused exclusively on the under-40 crowd or the late-career established artist. The definition for emerging that I have heard here is an artist who is within ten years of achieving their degree. At least, that is the criteria the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts uses as the cut-off for their emerging artist of the year selection.

There have been a lot of good points raised in the comments section for this post. I think that the appeal of young artists began as an interest in fresh work by naive artists. It seems to me that it has achieved a juggernaut impetus that has nothing to do with the quality of the work and everything to do with following a trend.

I have seen a lot of work by young artists over the last several years. At first, I thought that the resurgence of the figurative that was emerging in these young artists was a good indication that the public was losing interest in conceptual work. But lately, this work seems self-referential and obtuse.

Sorry, this went on a little longer than I had intended.

4/13/2006 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The emphasis on twenty-something artists just out of grad school doesn't allow for those who have had unconventional life paths. Some people don't develop the strength and confidence to take big risks in their work until they are older. Some people are forced to develop their work more slowly, because they don't have the family financial support to work continuously (not to mention afford graduate school). Also, how much knowledge of the world does a person in their early twenties who has spent their entire life in school really have, anyway? Doesn't it take years of living to develop a more nuanced understanding of the world, of culture, of history, etc, and wouldn't this make an artists work more substantial?

4/13/2006 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger fisher6000 said...

Depends on what you want, I guess...

4/13/2006 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The art world is going through a young people fad and fads never last. Reminds me of the way East Village art was hot, then it was like it smelled. That shows my age-49 and I'm not famous but making the best paintings of my life. People age differently, and over a lifetime, most artist's work ebbs and flows-the artists who keep reinventing themselves often become more interesting as they age.

4/13/2006 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa Hunter said...

It's going to be like Hollywood soon. Collectors will be barking, producer-style, "Get me a young Damien Hirst."

4/14/2006 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous ec said...

I agree with the person who said, emerging is when idea meets work. But, the ten-year rule is also reasonable. I chafe at the restriction though.
There isn't much consideration for art, what it means and takes to develop, makes it sad.
The cultural, personal, psychological reflection of art gets fogged in the lens of marketing.
I see this discussion as well as the Salts and Johnson reviews of Judith Linhares' show at Thorpe, as a desire to discuss what artists really do, are about.
At least I hope so.
Because today's Times article about Columbia students perpetuates the market pheonomenon.
It is all interesting.

4/15/2006 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous ec said...

Saltz. Excuse me.

4/15/2006 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous mr.jones said...

Hey still doing new tricks at the ripe old age of 46. Nope I'm not emerging anymore. Fuck the categories that curators, dealers, collectors and the like try to put you in. Its all about marketing, sales pitches or bragging to that bunch. Most of 'em don't care about the art anyway. Alos, ask yourself how many of those young, emerging artists are still working after five or ten years down the pike. Persistence and perseverance make the artist.

4/15/2006 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous mr.jones said...

Has anyone had any success with adapting an emerging persona, no matter their real age? I thought this would be an interesting trope on the art/commercialization process. Maybe even hire a surrogate, youthful, emerging 'me' to run around to galleries and sell myself.

4/15/2006 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr jones, re: "emerging persona".... i once witnessed an odd spectacle: a female artist, "of a certain age" (probably late 40s), attended her own opening in a bizarre teen-raver-anime-chick costume: lots of silver + stripes, glitter, and a florescent pink wig. 'twas very odd -- it had nothing to do with her true personality or her work. it didn't seem like a "critcal statement", it was more like she was just displaying her anxieties about her age in a kind of pathetic way. (sorry if this sounds harsh....in fact, i like this woman and her work very much.)

4/16/2006 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous mr.jones said...

Anon, sounds as though she couldn't see the absurdity of it all and took her situation much too seriously.

4/16/2006 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous mr.jones said...

I hate to be beating the proverbial dead horse but this topic has got me going. Van Gogh or Dekooning did not have the jauggernaut of marketing at their disposal, for that matter to deal with when they were 'emerging' or at any time as they were trying to be recognized in their career.

The exact marketing can make something from nothing. Remember Beanie Babies or Pet Rocks? The art world is no different. It is saturated with marketing skills utilized to its fullest advantage. Collectors, curators, museums, galleries are all linked by power.

4/17/2006 05:58:00 PM  
Blogger Elise Tomlinson said...

Fear of getting too old to be "marketable" is the same for artists as for single people looking to hook up. We worry, will he/she still find me sexy once they see these crows’ feet and chin whiskers? I used to obsess about my age every time I read an article about another hot artist 10 years my junior...there will always be someone with better, newer packaging.

Then I had a revelation. I don't need to "hook up". The idea of a “biological clock” even as an analogy for our creative cycle as artists, is somewhat manufactured. I’ve realized that I no more need a spouse/brood than I need gallery representation. All I really need in life (and this isn’t sour grapes talking) is food, heat, and the ability to keep producing art.

I have to believe that if I work hard and produce compelling art, then those who buy for love will find me...they are the only ones I ultimately give a damn about.

THE ENCORE OF AGE

The cacophony of youth
badgers for an encore,

tries to impose brown hairs
through an all grey head.

But perpetual dreams have given way
to unmet desires and blighted visions.

Grey is softer and more forgiving.
Maturity is an acquired taste.

- Judith Pordon

4/21/2006 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you rather be called an"unknown" artist! I think that emerging is diplomatic and saleable. As an Art dealer I like "emerging" and so do my clients. I welcome all ages,

10/11/2007 12:51:00 AM  
Blogger Kelly Thompson said...

Is "Up and Coming" the same as emerging? Or is that so last, last year. I can't keep up...

untitled54.blogspot.com

12/08/2007 12:32:00 AM  
Blogger Casey Klahn said...

As a 49 year-old Baby Boomer artist, I do sometimes wonder about this. Then, I realize the age of many who bloom in their mature years. And, that in many different pursuits, not just art.
Maturity has it's benefits, you know. Also, I am mindful of the enormous size of my own generation. The younger artist may well complain about the power we Boomers have by virtue of our mass.
Lastly, I started my professional art career less than ten years ago, yet I have drawn over 100,000 drawings in my long life. Something for the mature among us to think about. We have "gravitas".

1/09/2008 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Dima said...

I believe "emerging" is a complicated term.

In the best case scenario it is someone who does need nurturing, an artist who has not built up contact network yet. So it's kind of a "free pass" to the club :) It is a way to bring in fresh faces onto the scene.

When people think about this term in a very one-dimensional way you get bizarre youth-cult scenarios.

I had a very interesting experience talking to a dealer recently and trying to convince him that he was sitting on a goldmine of older artists. This gentleman essentially inherited a gallery that has been around for 30 years. I started looking at the archives of the place while I had a show there and found some great older artists.

Now I am still in the "emerging" definition (at least by a year :) but I found myself having a marketing talk with the guy that went something like this.

All of the other galleries in the area (Seoul) can outspend you and already have Beijing spaces. The one point of difference that you have is the fact that you have an amazing history in the area. Use it! Bring in art historians, get them to curate shows from your archive. This is a way to talk about the history of the scene. This will get you critical attention that younger "puppies" can benefit from.

I don't believe my advice was followed.

I think the difference here is that while one side sees art as a process, the other sees it as a product ...and "emerging" means "fresh", or is it "sell by the date indicated on the package" :)

1/10/2008 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous melissa markowitz said...

im young, out of undergrad. I just received my BFA. I understand it has only been 4 or so months into the real world and i do intend to persist, but approximately 12 applications sent to grad schools, residencies, juried shows, every thing have come back with negtive responses. I know my work is good and different and has potential. These no's arent going to knock 'my' confience but do start to lower my faith in the baby boomers who are currently in control of who sees what and what gets seen.

basically what im saying,, is apprently i am at the point where i am 'too' young and not quite mature enough, who knows

but what im saying is,, i have experienced the oposite,,,,gallerists and dealers seem to have a large interest in the older to mid croud, the youngins are dismissed,,,,,,, i dunno

under construction www.melissamarkowitz.net

my stuff pokes fun and negativity at the retarded social constructs in this country

5/05/2008 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We welcome all types of emerging artists at our site EmergingArtists.com
-Ed

1/20/2009 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Towanna Miller said...

I don't believe age has anything to do with it. Yes creativity comes in waves. For me I only began emerging with my art for the past three years. I'm forty. My art is being sold faster than I can make it. People are requesting me for posters. I was married for ten years and didn't touch a paint brush. After my divorce I picked up my brushes again. So I believe an artist can decide to emerge at any point in life. I've already had my work displayed in New York, Chicago, and Toronto. Now I'm setting bigger goals for myself and go international. The only advice that I can give to any emerging artist. "Get out there in the world with your work." It can't sell if nobody see's it. Don't let anyone tell you your not consider an emerging artist because of an age number.

7/05/2009 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger Anna Vosburgh said...

I'm considering applying for membership at a museum. There are two levels, one for the emerging artist and one for the established artist. For the emerging artist, they are seeking artists who wish to gain exposure, grow and improve his/her artistic talent. That applies to me. The next level for established artists, are artists established ("known" artists), who have exhibited extensively, with solo shows, and has gotten lots of press. Also that they teach in their medium. All these also apply to me. So, if the question is whether or not I'm done experimenting and am a landscape artist with my only interest being to improve my landscape techniques, then no, that absolutely does not apply to me. I don't plan on ever settling into one little comfortable area of painting and stay there. I do collage, I paint, I experiment A LOT and that's actually what I plan to do for the rest of my career. So, yeah, not sure which one to apply for.

Another thought. I'm established in South Jersey, and have been for many years. I'm emerging at the shore towns. I'm emerging in Philly. I'm emerging as a muralist. I'm well established as a painter. I am becoming well established with collage and mixed media. I am emerging with my 3-d works. I am well established as a teacher. See what I mean? These labels are confusing and if there's no realistic set of "rules" to describe these terms, to me, they don't really mean anything.

And yes, one can absolutely be an emerging artist in their 60s and beyond as far as I'm concerned.

11/06/2009 02:29:00 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Ok so now I see I can't describe myself as emerging because I'm way past the cut off age. I always thought of an "emerging" artist as an artist developing their portfolio and age had absolutely nothing to do with it. I only started to study art making several years ago and I'm on the other side of my career age wise enjoying mid-life. I still consider myself as "emerging" due to the fact it's challening for me to embrace one style. I continue to explore different subjects and genre. Until I can find a place artistically to fully identify, I guess I'm emerging.

11/26/2009 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger Reneé Decator said...

I am so glad I wandered onto this blog...I am putting together a prospectus for what I was going to call an "emerging artist group show" at the gallery I am with. Now...I feel compelled to describe it with some other moniker. I think of emerging as experience and limited exhibition...but as soon as I mentioned what I was working on to another artists, they said "oh, young...students", so, I will think on this a little more. Great comments by the way!
thank you...

1/20/2010 02:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Clare Shepherd said...

At what age did Grandma Moses emerge? was it 80?

5/13/2010 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous victorlb40@hotmail.com said...

I looked up the term emerging artist and came to this site what a sad revelation art is about life and the experiences one has and how one tells that story on paper or other mediums, lets also keep in mind that artist such as Keith Herring and Jean Michael Basquiat's talent not to mention life was cut short. so where is the longevity in that? emerging artist should mean talent that is catching on in the art world not how young one is because if that is the case William Dekooning and Dale Chihuly Should be obsolete at this time in their artisty.

6/23/2011 03:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've read art collector magazine and international artist magazine every new issue for 5 years and have never thought emerging artist meant young. just new to the business....

8/07/2011 02:48:00 PM  
Blogger Jsun Laliberte said...

It simply means that they have to have a second job as a cater-waiter or as an artist assistant.

11/14/2011 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Kerry said...

Primarily a visual art term, "emerging" generally has the denotation of someone new to the scene, and the somewhat thought not always acknowledged connotation of 'young.' Most - though not all - of the artists from past ages (200 years, approx) considered significant did make their stylistic breakthroughs, insights, best visual work, etc. when they were in their 20s or 30s. Some of that was just age slowing one down physically (and life expectancy was not always what it is today). I know that the insights I have now, compared to those of my younger years, are fewer, less intense, and tend not to challenge the status quo as they might have before. Those three factors are much of what attract collectors to artists to begin with. The collectors of today are not those of the 20th century, and they like youth and speed.

1/08/2012 01:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Kanshasa Leshinasi said...

I consider myself an emerging artist, I am 21 years old, unemployed and out of school because of financial
instability, but still I feel the fire of creativity. I keep myself productively occupied with pencil and ink renderings mostly of conceptual architecture and landscapes. My work is quite detailed and is meticulously created, but I feel compelled to express a vision I have had in mind for a long time. It never fades, only becoming more intricate as time passes and my mind wanders to ponder throughout every single day. Nevertheless, aspects of my technique need refinement, and working representationally is exceedingly difficult sometimes.

I believe in art. I believe everyone wants to create and for whatever reason they decide. Every artist puts time and energy into a piece, parts of themselves into each and every one, intelligent and emotional experiences that brings satisfaction to even the most tormented souls.

I want to know more about art. Art is everywhere in our world and I consider my view of the world to be from an artistic perspective. I love art, I hate art, I don't understand art, I totally get art, sometimes, art understands me, better than I knew myself...

5/20/2012 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Douceline de la Hay said...

"emerging" artist... I've been to some of these type of shows and have observed some creative ideas, but oddly enough never hear of these "artists" again. You would think collectors would seek some level of commitment by an artist prior to spending money on someone "passing through". None the less, I suppose a younger pic on a bio might not be a bad idea "wink wink nudge nudge"

11/11/2012 03:20:00 PM  

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