Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Tradeoff

There's a trade off to have any kind of art life/career. One can read about artists in magazines and think how great it would be in their shoes. The problem with that kind of thinking is, while it looks good, it has it's downsides . Often those artists who lives seem to be terrific, have the same relative concerns as the rest of the art world. Art careers require a great deal of maintenance, the more successful the artist is, the more maintenance is required. The artist James Rosenquist recently lost his studio as a result of a wildfire in Florida. I don't know any one who would trade places with Mr. Rosenqiust. Those big studios that are shown in art magazines require a constant influx of cash, an artist has to be selling a lot of art to get that to happen. The trade off comes into play when one decides to be an artist, that's just the way it is.

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