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Art & Licensing News

  • What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week
    Posted by ROBERTA SMITH, MARTHA SCHWENDENER and WILL HEINRICH on February 24, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    The year in art, distilled under one roof; practicing reverse psychoanalysis; and photographs that speak the language of paintings. […]

  • Boyle Heights Art Space Closes After Repeated Protests from Anti-Gentrification Activists
    Posted by Sam on February 24, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    The LA Times reports on the closure of PSSST, a non-profit arts space in Boyle Heights that shuttered after repeated protests from local anti-gentrification activists.  While our closure might be applauded by some, it is not a victory for civil discourse and coalition building,” the gallery said in a statement. Read more at LA Times&nbs […]

  • Francis Bacon’s George Dyer Triptych Goes to Christie’s New York for its Auction Debut
    Posted by Sam on February 24, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Francis Bacon’s triptych portrait of his lover George Dyer is set to go to auction for the first time at Christie’s in New York this May, carrying an estimate of $50m.  “George Dyer is to Bacon what Dora Maar was to Picasso,” Loic Gouzer says of the artist’s longtime muse.  “He is arguably the most important model […]

  • Perez Museum Receives $200,000 Matching Grant for African-American Art Fund
    Posted by Sam on February 24, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has established a $200,000 matching grant to the Perez Art Museum in Miami, intended to benefit the museum’s already existent fund for work made by African American artists.  “We are proud to be a museum with a collection that is reflective of our diverse Miami community,” said director Franklin Sirmans.  Read […]

  • Bloomberg Reports on Sales Losses in Collection of Dmitriy Rybolovlev
    Posted by Sam on February 24, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Bloomberg has a piece on Dmitriy Rybolovlev’s art collection this week, after the collector lost a reported $100 million on sales in the past months.  The piece notes Rybolovlev’s aggressive buying as a cause of these losses, as he seeks to unload a number of works acquired at record prices, while the collector points to the […]

  • Marlborough Chelsea Couples with Marlborough Contemporary to Consolidate Galleries’ Contemporary Program
    Posted by Sam on February 24, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Marlborough Chelsea has renamed itself as Marlborough Contemporary, consolidating with another London gallery in the network of family exhibition spaces to become a transatlantic project.  “This expansion opens up an exciting opportunity for connecting with new artists and expanding our audience,” says Director Max Levai. Read more at Art News &nbs […]

  • Venice Biennale Spotlighting Artists in 2017 Edition Each Day
    Posted by Sam on February 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    The Venice Biennale is posting videos each day to its website, profiling the 120 artists showing in its exhibition this summer through their work and interviews.   Read more at Venice Bienna […]

  • Marciano Art Foundation Sets May 25th for Opening Day
    Posted by Sam on February 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    The Marciano Art Foundation has set May 25th as its official opening day, the LA Times reports.  “We could not be more excited to welcome the public into our new art space, and to share our love, obsession and curiosity of contemporary art with visitors,” founder Maurice Marciano says. “We hope you will be just […]

  • Collective to Levitate Concrete Block for Armory Show Installation
    Posted by Sam on February 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Art News spotlights artist collective Studio Drift, which will levitate a concrete block at the Armory Show next week in New York.  “It’s straightforward, but of course, it’s not simple,” the group says. “Concrete is something we completely rely on. The whole world is built on concrete, and the concrete block symbolizes the main building […]

  • Should you license or self-publish your designs?
    Posted by noreply@blogger.com (Kate Harper) on February 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    A lot of card designers ask me this question.  Based on my experience of self-publishing for 15 years and licensing for about 5 years, I can say they are completely different ways of working in the greeting card industry. Here are the main differences I've found between the two. My opinion comes from running a full-time, self-supporting business in both industries.Studio SpaceThe amount of space you need to run your own self-publishing business is dramatically larger than licensing.  When you manufacture cards you need a large space for storage, packing, shipping and possible staffing. In licensing, at bare minimum, all you really need is a computer for sending digital images. Decisions Over What Gets PublishedWhen you self-publish, you have complete control over what gets published. If you want to create edgy, bohemian cards, you can do it. It is easy to design, print and sell a new design in as little as 2 weeks.  If you try to license those same designs, you might not be able to get a publisher to take a chance them, especially if the topics are controversial. Also it might be 18 months before the card ends up on store shelves.CostsWhen you manufacture cards you take a financial risk.  It’s possible you could spend several thousand dollars printing your own designs and not be able to sell them (that’s why you should start small with local stores), whereas in licensing there are very few costs other than buying a computer and a graphics program (which you probably already have).  I do not count trade shows and advertising as an expense because I have not found them to be a very significant factor for success in either businesses.Time InvestmentManufacturing cards is very time consuming.  If you are successful, you will find most of your days involve the movement of card stock and packing boxes.  In the evenings you will probably be doing paperwork, paying reps, tracking orders and other details. Also, employees, sales reps and stores depend on you, so you can’t just stop working and take a spontaneous vacation. In Licensing, you can work as much or little as you want, but the less you work, the less you will make. Also, when you submit cards for licensing, you don't know how many will be selected, so you may spend time creating several designs that are never published.IncomeI found self-publishing to be a more profitable and reliable income, mostly because I could respond to trends and steer the direction of my business. For example, the odds of my cards selling good one day in 2,000 stores, and then suddenly failing the next day was pretty slim. I could rely on those accounts, and I could add sales reps slowly as my business expanded. In licensing, an artists does not have control over what gets published or how long cards will stay on store shelves. Therefore, it is hard to predict income.  The upside is that it is satisfying to create one piece of art and continue to get royalties from it several months or years later.What is your experience licensing or self-publishing? Share your comments below or on the Greeting Card Designer Facebook Group.Books on Art Licensing   Here are some book on licensing. Some were published years ago, but still relevant in how to create designs for licensing, royalty percentages, contracts, etc.                ~Sign up for monthly free coloring pages: http://kateharperblog.blogspot.com/2016/01/coloring-books-do-you-like-to-color.htm […]

  • The Posters of ‘La La Land’
    Posted by MEKADO MURPHY on February 24, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    From classic jazz to golden-age Hollywood, the film’s posters offer a stylish visual tease. Here’s a look at some of them. […]

  • An Iraqi-Born Artist Who Speaks Through Arcs of Calligraphy
    Posted by ROBIN POGREBIN on February 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    A first New York show for Hassan Massoudy, at Sundaram Tagore Chelsea: “Words, Breath, Gesture.&rdquo […]

  • London Sales Will Gauge Art Market’s Health in Trump Era
    Posted by SCOTT REYBURN on February 24, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Auctions of Impressionist, modern and Surrealist art at Sotheby’s and Christie’s will be the first major test of buoyancy since the inauguration in the U.S. […]

  • The Intimate Lens of Ed van der Elsken
    Posted by NINA SIEGAL on February 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Two European museums are presenting a major retrospective of this Dutch photographer, considered one of the best street photographers of the 20th century. […]

  • How Ed van der Elsken Influenced Other Artists
    Posted by NINA SIEGAL on February 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Twenty-seven years after his death, van der Elsken is still gathering acolytes. […]