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The entrepreneurial life of an artist requires continuous learning and experimenting and we need to stay on top of what else is going on out there in the arts and put our own careers in perspective.

My friend, Richard Rothbard, just sent me this link to Fine Art Magazine. Want to know what the BIG "real" art fairs are doing? Who is buying art and what kind of art is being celebrated?

This amazing website opens up like a magazine and you can page through it and read the articles about high society and who is buying what and see the work of up and coming artists, as well as establishment figures.

Really worth a look:

Plus, there is an article about Richard and Joanna Rothbard, their galleries and their shows and how they have developed markets for people who do the street art fairs.

Has anyone here attended these big glossy events or participated in them? Do you see them as a goal or inspiration to market/work/innovate/grow?

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Comment by Melanie Rolfes on December 7, 2012 at 12:44pm

Michelle, I wish I had enough educated art friends in my area to have a good old fashion wine night to debate this film.   I've picked it apart in my head so many times. 


Connie, if you get Netflix then you can watch all the seasons of Breaking Bad too :)  Hmmm, maybe you should add it to your secret santa. 

Comment by Michael Zavison on December 8, 2012 at 11:05am

Mr. Brainwash = everything I hate about the art world

Rolfes is right about the movie though, great energy!

Comment by Michael Zavison on December 8, 2012 at 11:12am

Please give me directions to the "vapid hell hole of investment-crazed pretentious"

Comment by Michael Zavison on December 8, 2012 at 11:20am

Rolfes can ride along and help with gas. 

If she can tolerate an uneducated art friend like me.

Comment by Michael Zavison on December 8, 2012 at 11:25am

Connie I read the magazine and really enjoyed the Carson article.  They covered him brilliantly.

Comment by Melanie Rolfes on December 8, 2012 at 1:03pm

@ Zavison, I would allow you into the wine/whiskey/vodka discussion ;)  

Comment by Connie Mettler on December 8, 2012 at 3:20pm

I have watched quite a few of the Breaking Bad episodes (to leave this topic altogether) and went from loving it to watching the ethical disintegration of the main character, also known as following one bad choice after another until ??? Such a moral quandary ...

Comment by Michael Zavison on December 8, 2012 at 4:40pm

I'll be checking my mail for the invitation Ms. Rolfes

I thought Breaking Bad might be a bit caustic for Connie

Comment by Connie Mettler on December 10, 2012 at 9:01am

So we think Ann Arbor is overcrowded with art fairs -- well honey, if you do it right, the stars turn out for 17 Art Fairs in Miami! Sales in the $1,000,000's also.

Here's a quote I like: "When you think of Miami, you think of this merger of culture and commerce," he says. Looking around this festival of high-price, high-end art, it's hard to disagree.

Culture and commerce you say? Imagine that?

Here the latest article:

Comment by Michael Zavison on December 10, 2012 at 9:48am

Yes but Miami is the 12th weathiest city in the world.  Ann Arbor the 321,448th weathiest


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