Your Life’s Work: The Artist's Retrospective

Virginia Folkestad discovers insights into her life’s work by using a visual timeline.

A retrospective is an exhibition that shows off the entire oeuvre of an artist’s career. Typically arranged chronologically and later in an artist’s life, retrospectives treat art viewers to the progression of the work in a single space.

I try to visit as many retrospectives as I can for artists I admire, which sometimes involves traveling and going out of my way as necessary. You never know when they will happen again since it’s difficult to borrow or gather the work in one place.

Retrospectives aren’t just for viewers. They provide an excellent opportunity for artists to examine their accomplishments.

Even without an art venue for your retrospective, you can take stock of your life’s work by creating a virtual retrospective.

Virginia Folkestad discovers insights into her life’s work by using a

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Are You Decorating A Space?

Deep Thought

I’m throwing you a curve ball . . . a Deep Thought on a Monday. Who knows where this unorthodox behavior might lead? When you loan images directly to a workplace, are you decorating it?

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Provide a Resource Guide for Local Artists

OVAC Resource Guide & Member Directory

Attention arts councils, arts organizations, and anyone else serving local artists . . . Here’s a plea to put together a resource guide and member directory like the one I received from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC). In addition to the staff and member directory, the OVAC publication includes local and national resources to help artists build their businesses, enter exhibits, apply for funding, or join a local artist organization. (Thanks, OVAC, for including Art Biz Coach!)

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Enlist Help Promoting Your Art

Non-art venues like restaurants, coffee shops, and bank lobbies can be challenging for sales, but there are plenty of people willing to help you promote your art. Here are 5 ways you can nurture a quiet army of fans on your behalf.

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An Idea for a Gallery or Studio Entrance

Gallery C Stairway

If you have a space that is open to the public, do they know they’re invited? Check out this photo and you’ll understand why I just had to walk up the stairs to the gallery.

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Starter Venues for Beginning Artists

Art doesn’t go from studio to museum overnight. Nor is art by beginners usually ready for fine galleries. So what are your options when you’re just starting out? It can be daunting to take the first steps to selling your art. You want to grow, but you also know you need to just get your feet wet. Think about these starting points.

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Stop Handling Your Art Like It’s Homeless

There’s much to learn in is video of Polly Apfelbaum installing her work at the Museum of Modern Art. In particular, pay attention to how she cares for the individual components. You have to start treating your art like it belongs in a museum. If you don’t, no one else will.

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Paying extra for viewing a single masterpiece

What’s it worth to you to view a masterpiece? Should art be for the masses and available to view free of charge? This is a follow-up to last week’s Deep Thought Thursday.

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Take over a vacant storefront–legally

Vacant commercial spaces make attractive exhibit venues for your art and benefit the landlords, the city or town, and the artists involved.

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Podcast: Appraise an online gallery

Every day there are new opportunities to show your art online, but how do you know which online galleries are legitimate? Appraise an online gallery by asking questions and assessing its components. Asking questions is not a sign of distrust, but a hallmark of a responsible professional.

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