What Is an "Emerging Artist"?
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?