There were many times I've unexpectedly uncovered layers upon layers, over the course of my 15 years, in the art business. It wasn't that I wasn't asking the right questions, it was more like I didn't know how to breach the business side with the creative aspect, and what direction I should take that was relevant to me. What is an art consultant, and why do they matter? What is the difference between an art consultant, a curator, a gallerist, and an entrepreneur? How does one make it in the art world, as an artist, gallery owner, museum professional, or consultant? Who is to say what is and isn't art, and the value that lies in it? Why would one want to spend "all that money" on something that has no function? When an artist says they had to learn to "see", what does that even mean? Why should businesses care about art? How is it an investment in your future? And my personal favorite- "How is that art, my kid could do that!?".
You can look up some of these definitions, and be surprised at the variations, and never feel closer to it's meaning, and how it can relate to your situation. So, I'm here to give my personal accounts as someone who has: been an art broker, owned an art gallery, ran different genres of galleries, worked in an art museum, and current owner of the art design agency, IPSEITY. It's eye opening what wearing multiple hats has taught me over the years, and what I wish others knew.
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