Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Little Help From My Friends...

As you may know, I am the author of the book How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery. My publisher, Allworth Press, has asked for a follow-up book (tentatively titled Selling Contemporary Art: How to Navigate the Evolving Market), which is designed to explore how art sellers are strategizing through a range of shifts in the contemporary art market since the first book was written (back in 2008). Some of these developments include: The Rise of the Mega-Gallery; The Rise of the Art Fair; Selling Art via Online Channels; The Increasing Globalization of the Art Market, etc.

The bulk of the book is based on interviews with other dealers, art fair directors, and collectors. It is organized into three sections: outside factors (things beyond any dealer's control); inside factors (things dealers can individually do in response to the developments); and a section written in conjunction with an attorney on how changes to existing (or new) contract models might help address some of these challenges. It is important to me, though, to have the book reflect the needs and goals of all parties involved in the art market.

Toward that end, I am reaching out to artists, collectors and gallerists, and asking if you would please consider completing a quick survey about specific topics that relate to themes in the book. None of these surveys is comprehensive, nor designed to be...they're designed to hopefully provide some insights into some stubbornly hazy concepts within the shifting art market. In short, there's a method to my madness in how each is formulated.

  Your participation in the quick survey below that applies to you will be entirely anonymous. I cannot tell who submitted which answers. Even if I can guess, no names will be recorded or published.
Feel free to browse any of the surveys below if you like, but I ask (please) only submit your answers if you are actively engaged as an artist, or a collector of contemporary art, or a dealer of contemporary art, respectively. And only submit your answers once, please.

Because of this open call, we will of course need to cull through the submissions and delete any that feel mischievous. I would like to include your opinions on these matters, though, so I'll encourage you to be frank, but don't vent so colorfully that we'd need to exclude your answers. Again, your responses will be entirely anonymous.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration! I truly appreciate it.



Artists Survey

Collectors Survey

Gallerists Survey

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