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passion, sage advice, and a host of enlightening anecdotes, Dorrell
keeps you engaged through each chapter. Whether instructing on how to
photograph your work and get it into a gallery; or whether discussing
subjects such as inspiration and self-doubt, Dorrell knows his ground.
He also relates the rigors of his own gallerys shaky start, his
failures, his successes, and his dealings with New York agents and
publishers, Dorrell being a novelist as well as an art dealer.
Regardless of your discipline, you will benefit from the real-life
guidance of this work.
Jan 20, 2013This was assigned to me as a text book in college but I kept it after the class was over. If you are an artist you need to read a book like this once in a while to keep your spirits up. Being an artist is a tough way to make a living Dorrell give some good advice as well as sharing his journey.
May 12, 2015This book has some good examples regarding forms, contracts, resumes, but for the most part it's a bit slim on truly moving forward with an art career. The author tells you what you should do, but (except for gallery representation - keep in mind he owns a gallery) doesn't give much of an explanation about how to do it. It's a good book to skim over, but not one that will provide concrete knowledge for your art career. Also, the author states early on that the book is intended for artists of all This book has some good examples regarding forms, contracts, resumes, but for the most part it's a bit slim on truly moving forward with an art career. The author tells you what you should do, but (except for gallery representation - keep in mind he owns a gallery) doesn't give much of an explanation about how to do it. It's a good book to skim over, but not one that will provide concrete knowledge for your art career. Also, the author states early on that the book is intended for artists of all types - writers, musicians, illustrators, etc - but the entire book is focused on fine art. This was fine since that's why I picked it up, but if I had read it hoping he would fulfill his mission of showing ALL artists how to get their careers off the ground I'd have been very disappointed. All and all, if you can get it from the library, give it a read, but I wouldn't put out cash for the book. ...more
Nov 05, 2013Although there were some helpful tips about doing business as an artist, this was mostly memoir. Entertaining memoir, but not what I expected. As well, I found it much less inspirational than others have: I would not read this book if you are wondering whether the artists' life is for you.
Nov 21, 2012I really appreciated the parts that directly applied to artists and working with galleries. He gets into editorial comments - offers his opinions about world affairs in ways that don't seem to fit with the intent of the book.
Aug 02, 2007I find these books inspirational in my continual persuit for artist merit. They keep me from feeling rejected or that sucess will never pervail. If you want to live the life of a wandering, independent, modest living I say pick up a copy- quick read.
Oct 22, 2008One of the best books ... wait ... the BEST book I have ever read about the issues facing a person who wants to make a living as an artist in America.
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