Poor things. They’re barely three years old and they’re already considered past their prime.
I’m not talking about the horses running the Triple Crown races this year.
I’m talking about your art.
Keep Older Art Images Out of . . .
- Portfolio presentations – in general. Galleries and patrons commissioning work probably want to see recent work only, but a museum curator would want to see your life’s work. ALWAYS keep out any work (old or new) that isn’t up to par or that looks like it is a student piece.
- Exhibit proposals. If you want to show your newest work, keep the old stuff out of sight. See below for retrospectives.
- Juried show entries. Most juried shows state the time frame in which the art should have been produced. Newer art is favored here.
Where You Can Show Older Art
- In the archived work on your website. As I explain in I’d Rather Be in the Studio your newest work should be front and center. Older work can be archived in deeper (not main) links.Do not call work “Older” on your website! Use the term “archived” or use dates to categorize. Like it or not, “older” doesn’t incite enthusiasm.
- Retrospective exhibitions. Retrospectives are my favorite exhibitions because an artist’s entire oeuvre can be studied at once. Why not have your own retrospective? Or dare you have a show of only older work?
- In blog posts. Don’t hesitate to feature older work in blog posts in order to tell stories and compare to newer work.
- On your Facebook Timeline. Use older work to beef up your business page Timeline and provide a virtual retrospective.
I think I’ve just hit the basics here. What else might be in question?