During the last a number of weeks I’ve had two folks method me, both within the gallery or by way of e mail, asking what they need to do with a big stock of unsold work. In a single case, the query got here from an artist in her nineties:
I used to be by no means a enterprise particular person of any form, by no means having the ability to promote my artwork or pursue galleries in hopes of getting them to symbolize me. The exhibitions I had each within the U.S. and overseas ( I had reveals in Austria, Germany and Belgium) took place both by my successful first prize in juried artwork reveals (which meant one-person reveals) or by being “found” by somebody who believed in my artwork and organized an exhibition for me. Now it’s too late for me along with your assist to attempt to overcome my shyness and/or aversion to the enterprise a part of artwork and begin afresh. Being nicely into my nineties my drawback has turn out to be one which so far I by no means discovered addressed anyplace: What does one do with a big physique of labor on the finish of 1’s life aside from gifting away free of charge one’s most treasured work to associates who would take pleasure in them? What to do with the majority of the remaining work? What are your ideas on this?
In one other case a person who misplaced his spouse to sickness final 12 months approached me asking how he may share his spouse’s unsold work with artwork lovers.
Within the first case I might say that it’s by no means too late to start selling and promoting your work, grandma moses was promoting artwork proper up till her passing on the age of 101. Having stated that although, we’ve got to acknowledge that not all of us are Grandma Moses, and that there might come a time the place it’s not the artist’s want to chase after gross sales, or it could merely not be potential to attain success in that pursuit.
The second case, when the artist has handed away, poses an much more tough problem. There’s a basic misperception among the many public that after an artist dies, his or her work turns into immediately extra beneficial and sellable. Except the artist was well-known and well-established, this sometimes just isn’t the case.
So what’s an artist to do when advertising not appears fascinating or possible? What’s an artist’s household to do when the artist passes away?
I’m afraid that I’ve solely had middling responses to those questions. I see the knowledge in passing as a lot of the work on to the individuals who will recognize it probably the most – associates or household – however it’s typically the case that this is able to solely care for the disposition of a small quantity of the whole obtainable work. What to do with the rest?
Ebay? An public sale? A neighborhood sale? Donation? Bonfire?
What Would You Counsel?
What have you ever seen artists do when they’re retiring from the skilled pursuit of their artwork? What have you ever noticed artists’ households doing to disperse extra stock? Share your observations, experiences and concepts within the feedback under.