social classes of the Art world

Slim Aarons. Pop and Society: Marianne Faithfull, Desmond Guinness, and Mick Jagger at Leixlip Castle, Ireland, 1968 Staley-Wise Gallery

“I didn’t need a sociology degree to know who were the generals, the majors, and the lieutenants. Norman Podhoretz, the relentless spectator of New York society, used to say that the generals stay away from those of lesser rank, for fear of being aggressed against, while lieutenants avoid their superiors, for fear of being patronized or made to feel uncomfortably humble.”

how to be an artist

Louise Bourgeois in 1975. Photo: Mark Setteducati, © The Easton Foundation/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS ), NY

These days, an artist might exhibit an all-brown painting with a long wall text informing us that the artist took the canvas to Kosovo near the site of a 1990s Serbian massacre and rubbed dirt on the canvas for two hours while blindfolded to commemorate the killing. Recently, while I was looking at boring black-and-white photographs of clouds in the sky, a gallerist sidled up to me and seriously opined, “These are pictures of clouds over Ferguson, Missouri, in protest of police violence.” I started yelling, “No! These are just dumb pictures of clouds and have nothing to do with anything.”

friends will make you famous

Study Finds Artists Become Famous through Their Friends, Not the Originality of Their Work

Andy Warhol, Photograph of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bryan Ferry, Julian Schnabel, Jacqueline Beaurang, Paige Powell, and Others at a Party at Julian Schnabel’s Apartment, 1985, 1985
c. Hedges Projects

artists who behave terribly

“It’s diabolically hard to sell a cultural product on its merits alone. Look around: Nearly all arts publicity is backstory. About the maker. About a work’s origin. About anything except that which was intended to speak for itself. “

Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), French painter born in Paris (France). Ca. 1885. (Photo by adoc-photos/Corbis via Getty Images)