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    Re: Levels of Success - High End Art

    that is a fantastic website !
    about halfway down there is a link to an animated timeline
    https://www.understandingduchamp.com/index.html
    and the bride stripped by her bachelors, bare explanation ..
    great stuff !

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    Re: Levels of Success - High End Art

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kasaian View Post
    When I was a kid I was sent cross country on a Greyhound bus. I insisted on taking my SLR along.
    My dad asked me if I knew how to make money photographing on my trip.
    I didn't have the foggiest idea.
    He told me to take pictures of the worst public lavatories I could find at the bus stations and send them to Greyhound,
    then see how much they'd pay for the negatives

    John, how did it work out?
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    Extreme/incessant promotion, geographic location, politics, luck.

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    Re: Levels of Success - High End Art

    The luck of the well-prepared.
    "Landscapes exist in the material world yet soar in the realms of the spirit..." Tsung Ping, 5th Century China

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    Re: Levels of Success - High End Art

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    The luck of the well-prepared.
    Which begs the question: How does one become well prepared?

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    Re: Levels of Success - High End Art

    Sometimes I think the two main attributes for selling photographs for big bucks are print size and scarcity, as in, make it big, make only a few. I also agree with previous posts about the importance of the fine art market internal network. Say you are rich and want some big bold beautiful pictures for your walls, you may not care if they are paintings, prints or photographs but to find them you go shopping in the part of town where the fine art dealers hang out. They take you round their galleries and talk about pictures, they find out how much you want to spend, they make enquiries and keep in touch. Rich people like being pursued by hungry dealers
    The point is that dealers need a supply of pictures, and quite possibly they deal mostly not with the artist but with the artist's agent and/or manager. So perhaps some of the people who are successful selling big-buck prints are those with the better agents and managers.

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    It's self-comforting to think that one's failure has been at the hands of gatekeepers and anonymous snobs, but the brutal fact is that he that tooteth not his own horn, that same horn it shall not be tooted.
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
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    You want digital, color, etc?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stradofear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    So I think if there were a simple answer that the art market would be a predictable investment. It is not unless maybe you are buying Da Vinci's. And also grand prices today do not guarantee grand prices in the future. Soth's work From Sleeping by the Mississippi was going for nearly 40k (I think I saw that in 2005 at Christies) in the early 2000's but now goes for 6 to 10k.
    The French painter Bouguereau's work was highly prized in the 1880's and then academic painters fell out of favor and his prices never came back.
    His work is still valued but not near it's apex.

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    Re: Levels of Success - High End Art

    Quote Originally Posted by mdarnton View Post
    It's self-comforting to think that one's failure has been at the hands of gatekeepers and anonymous snobs, but the brutal fact is that he that tooteth not his own horn, that same horn it shall not be tooted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Dick View Post
    John, how did it work out?
    Sort of like the frozen turkey pinhole camera, it began to stink terribly.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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