It's time to reflect on the past twelve months and make resolutions for the New Year. 2007, was a good year for the artworld, and 2008, will hopefully be just as strong.
Art collector and author, Michael Corbin has some good ideas on how to make the New Year better for those involved in art. Here're a few of his ideas on how to best enter the New Year, they came from an article that he wrote for absolutearts.com.
1. Art gallery operators: Please smile occasionally and TRY to be welcoming to visitors. This may actually help you sell art on that VERY day. Of course, many galleries are warm and inviting, but many are not.
2. Artists: Please stop slamming art fairs. We know that they present all sorts of hazards and issues, but they ARE indeed legitimate venues for LIVING art. Ultimately, let's be glad that they exist. If they vanish, that would NOT be a good thing. I don't know. I guess I've stayed too long at the fair.
3. Art museums: PLEASE get your cities to create more highway markers/signs that direct visitors straight to your location. It's so easy for people to get lost in an unfamiliar city. Don't GIVE visitors reasons to go to the movies instead.
4. Art collectors: Let's do MORE to promote the work of emerging artists. We should actually create more art collectors. Yes, in a way this is a dumb move because we're creating our own competition, but emerging art is a VAST ocean that will never run dry. Artists are born every day. It's the most exciting sector of the art market.
You'll find six other good ideas for the artworld in Michael's article "The New Art Year" by Michael Corbin at Absolutearts.com. I enjoyed it and it's worth reading.
Best Wishes for the New Year!