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Artists Share Their Rituals for Dealing with Stress

It was late 2016, and New York-based painter Sofia Leiby was anxious. She’d just been notified that the building housing her studio had been sold—and she’d be evicted from her workspace just five days before she needed to ship canvases to Berlin for her first solo exhibition there.

“I had to finish work for the show in a temporary space, after begging the new landlord to give me a room on a different floor as they bulldozed my studio,” Leiby tells me from Frankfurt, where she’s now in grad school. “He agreed, but I had to move everything. The last few days [before a deadline] are always crucial for me, so it was very necessary to de-stress.”

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New lease of life for life drawing classes?

Decades after life drawing classes were systematically dropped from the curriculum for British art colleges, ending a 200-year tradition of rigorous learning from prints, casts, and life models, the practice is being “gradually reinvigorated” and reintroduced in some teaching institutions.

The Arts University of Bournemouth is to offer a BA (Hons) Drawing from September 2018, promising prospective students that “drawing is at the very heart of contemporary creative thinking”, a development cited by those who see a minor renaissance in drawing and life drawing.  The course specification adds that “drawing can be handmade, manufactured or digital.”

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Qatar's dynamic young artists showcased in major Berlin exhibition

The largest ever exhibition of contemporary Qatari art has gone on display in Berlin, showcasing a dynamic generation of young artists, at least half of them women, presenting a society in a rapid state of flux.

Housed in Kraftwerk, a former East German electrical power plant better known nowadays as a techno palace, Contemporary Art Qatar includes almost 300 works by 73 artists.

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How to Start Collecting Art in Your 20s

For many people in their twenties, art collecting can seem like a far-off pipe dream, the preserve of the older and wealthy. Millennials, after all, don’t typically make oodles of money: The average income for college graduates was just under $50,000 in 2017. While that’s a 3% increase from the prior year, student debt levels and the cost of living in job-creating urban centers are continuing to rise as well.

But the art market isn’t all $450 million Leonardo da Vinci paintings and snooty evening auctions, and many in the industry are taking steps to lower barriers to entry and bring in newer collectors, including young people.

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A New Study Shows That Most Artists Make Very Little Money, With Women Faring the Worst

The struggle is real. A just-released survey of international artists yields some dismal findings: In the US, a full three quarters of artists made $10,000 or less per year from their art. Close to half (48.7 percent) made no more than $5,000.

The report, titled The Artfinder Independent Art Market Report: 2017, was commissioned by Artfinder, and doubles as a pitch for that company’s online marketplace for independent artists. It was conducted by a-n, an artist information company which did a similar study specific to UK artists in 2013.

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Artificial Intelligence Can Now Spot Art Forgeries by Comparing Brush Strokes

Could artificial intelligence be the end of the dubious science of connoisseurship? According to a new study, a form of AI called a recurrent neural network may now be able to identify forged paintings.

Researchers from New Jersey’s Rutgers University and the Atelier for Restoration & Research of Paintings in the Netherlands have published their findings in a paper, titled “Picasso, Matisse, or a Fake?

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Is this Painting an Investment?

When it comes to auction on 13th November, this Monet will have been sold seven times since it was painted in 1880. We track whether its owners have made a significant return.

When it is offered at Christie’s New York on 13 November, Claude Monet’s Coucher de soleil à Lavacourt will have been sold seven times since it was painted in 1880 from a spot looking West across the Seine, just beyond the artist’s garden gate.

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Why Make Art in Series?

If you make art for yourself and no one else, then make whatever you want. If you make art for the rest of us and you're interested in having us appreciate and understand what you're up to, you better make it in ways that give us a fighting chance to figure it out. You understand your art perfectly because you're the one making it, and you know yourself, and your inspirations and motivations exceptionally well. The rest of us, on the other hand, either don't know you that well or don't know you at all, which means we need help deciphering what your art is about. So help us.

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Are Art Galleries Still Relevant in the Internet Age?

An awful lot has changed for artists since the inception of the Internet. Most notably, artists now have far more options than ever for presenting themselves and their art to the world. Though the traditional gallery system is still in place, galleries no longer control the show the way they once did and for the first time in forever, having gallery representation is not necessarily the best and only way to go for all artists.

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Mina Cheon Is Sending Contemporary Art Lessons into North Korea

How might the works of Marcel Duchamp, Ai Weiwei, or Barbara Kruger be received in North Korea, a country notorious for the tight grip its ruling regime keeps on information? Would the images of and ideas behind their work spark new ways of thinking amongst a population reared on a steady diet of state propaganda?

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5 Worthy Artist-Run Spaces That Have Learned to Thrive Outside of Art-Market Capitals

Living in major art cities like New York, Los Angeles, or even Chicago certainly has its benefits. Things move more quickly, opportunities are more regular, and the concentration of people with similar interests and politics makes community-building that much easier. Unfortunately, it’s also expensive to live in those place and hard to make a splash with so much competition. It makes good sense that younger artists are deeply ambivalent about choosing between moving to Brooklyn or doubling-down in Denver.

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How Artists Are Bypassing Their Dealers and Selling Directly to Collectors

In 2008, Damien Hirst dodged his long-time dealers and took a complete exhibition of his work straight to Sotheby’s. The unprecedented sale surpassed all estimates, bringing in roughly $200 million (of which his galleries at the time, Gagosian and White Cube, did not partake), and raising a major question: Do artists need galleries to sell their work?

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Should Artists Have to Talk About Their Work?

Several years ago, a well-known international artist gave a talk at at a major Dallas museum about his work. It was in a big auditorium and well-attended, and it seemed that the people in the first four or five rows were there to be dazzled. Others of us in the audience, especially some artists in the group, were a harder sell—not entirely convinced about his work—but there to hear his side of it.

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How to Be an Artist, According to Paul Klee

One of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, Paul Klee was also a prolific teacher, serving as a faculty member of the Bauhaus school between 1921 and 1931. Promoting a theoretical approach to artmaking, the painter taught a variety of courses across disciplines, from bookbinding to basic design, and left behind over 3,900 pages in lecture notes.

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