SAVANNAH, Georgia — The primary goal of any creative practitioner is to make good work — visual artists must make great art. But producing work is only the most visible part of an entire career, encompassing everything from getting your name out there to that eternal bugbear, making a living from art. An artist panel on “professional practice” at Savannah College of Art and Design’s 2013 deFINE Art conference tackled this topic with useful advice.
As part of the Festival of Ideas For the New City anchored by the New Museum, a group of major artists have sprinkled the Bowery with murals. In collaboration with the Art Production Fund, painters including Mary Heilmann, Richard Prince and Jacqueline Humphries created murals for the roll-down metal gates of restaurant supply stores on the historic street. The trick is that these murals are only visible at night, after the stores close. Over the course of one evening’s sunset, I went on a scouting mission to photograph the works in their native habitat. Click through for the photo essay.