Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Business of Art Book Reviews: Already in Action/Mid-Career Resources

The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You LoveThe Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love
Jackie Battenfield
Liz Roth: Good for the mid-career artist. Thoughtful and specific. Might be information overload if you are just getting your feet wet in selling your work.
Julia Kirt: Presents excellent overview of proactive career growth from artist & teacher, not NYC-centric

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of ArtmakingArt and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
David Bayles and Ted Orland
Julia Kirt: For when you've hit major creative blocks, gotten burned out and/or aren't sure if you'll keep making art, this book is for you

Seven Days in the Art WorldSeven Days in the Art World
Sarah Thornton
Liz Roth: Wondering why your art isn’t selling for millions of bucks? This clarifies. Puts galleries, dealers, famous museum artists into context

The volume of books about art businesses is pretty overwhelming with many titles and concentrations. I have read close more than a dozen business books targeting artists and sometimes get confused which is which, not to mention which ones to recommend for whom.
This is part of a series of feature brief reviews and recommendations of business of art books by several knowledgeable artists. I hope the reviews will help artists know which books are most useful for which topics and career stages.

Feel free to add your own reviews and/or book ideas!


Alyson B. Stanfield said...

I LOVE Jackie Battenfield's book. Though I haven't read it in depth, it seems to be so spot on.

As for 7 Days, did it make you want to be more part of THE artworld or glad you were in Oklahoma?

Julia Kirt said...

Agreed: 7 Days (and "How to Get Hung" reviewed earlier) definitely make me glad to be outside the major art areas.

We have such great collegiality and resource sharing (not to mention lack of pressure which has advantages & disadvantages) in OK.