Today, we’re talking about selling your work.
Specifically, How do you price your art?
Show notes and links:
The Paradox of Art as Work (The New York Times)
Art and Money: an irreverent history (Google Books)
Full episode text
There is a long standing tradition of the “starving artist” – someone who is in it purely for the expression with has no interest in money.
Yet art and money have always been deeply intertwined. As “Art and Money: an Irreverent History” outlines, even those old master artists we all know had a very intimate relationship with the price of their art.
In March of 2014, the National Endowment for the arts released a report stating that two million Americans listed “artist” as their employment.
And employment it is. For millions of self defined artists – or anyone making a living off creative work – the act of putting a price on their work can be deeply conflicting. So how to balance the expression of creativity with the need to eat and pay rent?