Understanding and practicing fair business standards is in the best interests of artists individually and our profession as a whole. The following guidelines are here to help artists recognize standards of common ways of doing business and for the arts community to be aware of accepted recommendations for dealing with artists.
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Sales & Compensation
Suggestions for pricing your artwork for gallery display, corporate buyers, interior designers, and art fairs.
The gallery/artist relationship is a business relationship. Each party has responsibilities that need to be clearly defined and understood. Issues include:
What are alternative spaces and how should artists go about utilizing them to their advantage?
It is up to emerging artists and established artists to think through the wisdom of donating artwork to raise money for not-for-profits. There are mutually beneficial options. Donations of art are not tax deductible for the artist – only the cost of materials.
It is recommended that terms for commissions be agreed upon in writing in the form of a contract. Sample contracts will be made available. Several points to consider for inclusion are included here.
National Artists Equity is unalterably opposed to artists bearing the cost of exhibitions in the form of entry fees. Furthermore, Equity expects exhibiting sponsors will provide insurance and adequate security while juried work is in sponsors’ possession.
Several good web sources are listed. Summaries of topics covered here include:
Declaration of Artists’ Rights from The National Artists Equity Association
“…the following nine problems have been selected and a line of solution has been indicated for each. National Artists Equity realizes that many of those proposed solutions can become accepted only if the artists work together in their own behalf.”
Art Succession Planning
An insightful article by Paul Klein:
“…I’ve been thinking about collectors and their relationships to their collections, and by extension, artists and the art they have and keep. Ars longa, vita breva (Art is long, life is short). The simple fact that our art outlives us suggests some real responsibilities and corresponding opportunities.
So I wrote a new ArtLetter <http://www.artletter.com/html/artletter_4_15_09.html> about what I’m seeing and thinking.”