P.C.: an economic biography

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P.C. was supported by his father for most of his adult life and eventually got in a large inheritance that set him completely free of the need to sell his work. 1861: is born in Provence; his father is the co-founder…

an 80:20 breakdown on earnings

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Blogger and gallerist Jason Horejs, who runs the  practical-minded art-marketing website RedDot, posted the image at left summing up a survey he ran polling 1200 artists on how much they make. Less than one-third of them actually responded, so this…

“I quit”

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Christian Viveros-Faune’s 2013 article in the Village Voice, “How Uptown Money Kills Downtown Art,” pungently covers the emergence—or, for those who were sentient in the 1980s, the re-emergence—of an art world in which nothing finally matters but the price for…

all art no pay

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The tumblog All Art No Pay seems to have set itself up as an exposé site, calling out the people who don’t or won’t pay artists for the work they do, especially those who are blatantly stealing from artists one…

T.L.: an economic biography

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Summary: T.L. was born into an aristocratic family and did not need to be self-supporting, though he earned a modest living from commissions. 1864: is born into a well-to-do, aristocratic French family, the son of a count. age 18: becomes…

E.D.: an economic biography

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Summary: E.D. was born well off but suffered a period of financial difficulties in mid life, after which he again became wealthy through sales of his work. 1834: is born into a well-to-do French family; his father is a banker…