When you show your art at any venue, you will be asked to provide a detailed list of works included. Here are 6 categories to include on that list.
1. Title of the Work
Want to make a gallerist, arts writer, and curator happy? Title your art!
Be specific here. List the medium and the support. Is it oil on canvas? Oil on panel? Oil on linen? And, don’t just call it “mixed media,” but list the various media involved. If applicable, identify the techniques you used.
If you make multiples, include the edition numbers.
The size of works of art are listed as height x width x depth in inches or centimeters. If the image is framed, you will also provide the frame size: Image size: 12 x 16 inches; Frame: 18 x 22 inches.
The year you completed the work.
For most venues, you will provide a retail price – the price at which it is offered for sale. Museums will ask for an “insurance value” rather than a price.
You may be asked by some venues to provide a wholesale price instead of a retail price. I caution against that if you want to remain in control of your pricing.
If you provide only a wholesale price, the venue can sell it at whatever price they choose. A compromise would be providing both wholesale and retail prices.
Providing venues with objects lists is much easier when you have your inventory database in place. Just check of the works to include and run a printout.