“Why is it a terrible battle scene like Picasso’s Guernica can be beautiful, while a painting of two unicorns kissing in a flower garden can look like crap. Does anybody really know why they like anything?” Quote of the day from the book: Diary – a Novel” I’m currently re-reading by Chuck Palahniuk.
And while I ponder this question, I know what I like and I know what some collectors like, but I don’t know why…maybe it is because of HOW it was documented? Should an artist worry about it, because our business is to create right?
What I do know and only realized later in my career is that one should take proper photographs of one’s work. (the above picture is a good example of how NOT to document your work circa 2014)- but at least I have some sort of documentation. I was always under the impression that a gallery does that for you, but since all the galleries I worked with in the past ask the artist for high res images of an artwork, I realized that I should up my game 😉
“The best practice is when the paper trail of an artwork can be traced from its current home back to the artist’s studio.” as quoted form the article below:
You can read more here: https://www.familyofficemag.com/artmuseum
So I am grateful to be working with a professional photographer since 2018. I can highly recommend working with one if you are unable to take good photographs by yourself of your work.
I am very excited that Kleinjan will be visiting my studio this coming weekend to document my latest series for an upcoming exhibition. And in anticipation I have been rearranging my studio:
I can not wait to share with you the results….
in the meantime you can find me reading more about “Why it is more important than ever to document your artwork” here