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Edie Everette

Edie Everette (www.everettecartoons.com) was a fine artist for years until, impassioned by culture and politics, she became a full-time cartoonist. Her recently...

7 replies on “How Do I Get Into a Gallery?”

  1. Nice idea but – no – the work has to get seen outside the studio. Also, dealers are never without a shortage of artists asking for their attention. If not this, they see hundreds of artists’ work at fairs and in magazines that already have a track record of success, and are therefore more bankable, or at least less risky. Galleries are businesses. This means established dealers don’t go to random open studios looking for some hidden genius, which they don’t have time or interest in doing. Getting and working with galleries is like dating. You have to be out there willing to hit on people and get rejected as well. Then, maybe something works out, probably over time.

  2. Yep I meant that art needs to be seen outside the studio in a group show or some such. Or, like my high school pal Charles LeDray who went to NYC and installed his miniature sidewalk sale on the sidewalk and, well, we know the rest of the story! Thanks for writing!

  3. Yep, that’s right. And unfortunately, it’s a catch 22 with dealers – they broker what they have already sold because it’s safe.

  4. Everyone’s so ornery to galleries lately. And yeah, some of the big-name ones are very elitist, but for the vast majority of galleries… call them up and ask them what their process is for reviewing new artists. They’ll usually be honest. Follow their instructions to a T. If your work is good and also sellable, they’ll want you (because they want to make money too). If it isn’t, it wouldn’t matter if you got in the gallery because people wouldn’t buy your art there anyway. The gallerist usually knows his clientele pretty well. But really, back to my point, not all gallerists are out to get you. They’re just trying to sell art (like you are!) and don’t want to be bothered by art that’s a bad fit for their gallery, art that doesn’t fit their guidelines, art that is shown to them when they’re working on something else (don’t you hate being interrupted when you’re doing something important!), or art that is shown to them without the details they need to properly assess it. Make a good first impression by following their preferences for showing your work and you’ll do fine IF your work is good for that gallery. If not, move on to the next one.

  5. Fuck the galleries. Buy real estate and build yourself a personal trust fund and create art you want to create.

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