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Breaking into the Art World: How to start making a living as an artist Paperback – July 21, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1589397620 ISBN-10: 1589397622

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (July 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589397622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589397620
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The book is full of wonderful tips and very sensible information.
Donna S. Houg
Mr. White really does want to help those artists like me who have the desires to earn a sustainable living by creating and selling our works.
Robert Britton
I highly recommend Mr. White's new book "Breaking Into The Art World" to any artist who wants to sell and market their creations.
M. K. Mccartney

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Goodell on February 26, 2007
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Alot of other artist how-to books give you cover to cover advice on how to write up an artist's statement and compile a portfolio for gallery submission, suggesting such things as go make a name for yourself in another country before trying to get into US galleries... win a grant... win a contest...- BEFORE submitting your portfolio.

This book is the most effective artist's guide out there for learning how to EARN AN INCOME, gallery or no gallery. Obviously all artists want gallery representation cuz that means they get to paint and forget about the pressure of promoting themselves... but anyone who has tried to get into a gallery without having been in one before will discover the catch22 that no gallery wants someone who is unknown...

What I love about Brian's approach is that in bypassing the gallery, as he himself experienced, he got galleries to come to him!

TOO COOL!

He gets into guide-for-dummies detail, offers all the phone numbers of his personal suppliers (very helpful especially since I live his town!)

and stimulates one to think off the page, meaning I got so many more ideas from his suggestions that aren't even in the book... it's just that kind of book- it gets you motivated and thinking creatively AND realistically (something we artists can have trouble with).

I wanna go thru the phone book and take this guy out to lunch- he's my new hero!
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Robert Britton on March 16, 2006
As an artist who wants to be a SELLING artist, I read White's book. Simply put, I found that it was an excellent source of ideas on how to not only begin the process of selling your work, but also the pragmatic aspects as well.

As an artist, I paint not to express any soulful meaning, but to make paintings that answer the question: Would I want it hanging on a wall in my house?

So after a few years of painting, my confidence has grown and I believe my art is sellable. but how do you get started selling it?

White's book is a densely packed little tome of ideas that stem from his experiences in starting off his career as an artist earning a living at it. The book has gems of ideas on how to get started selling, and how to handle the pragmatic issues of displaying, printing, advertising, packaging your works.

For example: I loved chapter 5 because it included a simple apporach to be a Street Artist that many of us artists can surely do. He tells you how to identify a good location to paint to draw attention of passer's by and how it can help you increase the market's awareness of you and your art. (he also mentions how this approach can benefit local businesses because you become the ADVERTISEMENT that helps pull people into the stores/restaraunts that you are standing in front of...a nice win/win situation).

White also instructs you on how to to limited edition prints, pricing, care and packaging, etc.

If you are an artist who desires to 'come out of the closet' but doesn't know how, make the little investment here (it costs less than a couple of lattes!). Mr. White really does want to help those artists like me who have the desires to earn a sustainable living by creating and selling our works. He wants to share his knowledge with you so that you can experience the joy of earning a living as an artist.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By S. morisse on July 21, 2008
This is not at all a book that will give you hints or help you to Break into the Real Art World ( I am talking: real galleries and the Real Art world out there: The Contemporary art world). This is only a book to help you sell your stuff in the streets which is what you should avoid at all costs if you want to break into the real thing. Not a helpful book at all. Its about selling Epson prints for $30 in the streets. Great if it is what you want to do but not great if you have a bit more ambition than that. Some people are fine with it, great art does not sell in the streets. Sorry, but its true.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Mccartney on November 12, 2005
I highly recommend Mr. White's new book "Breaking Into The Art World" to any artist who wants to sell and market their creations. I have read many books on the subject of marketing and the art world, and each book provided some useful knowledge and information, but they never really got down to some very important basics. Brian Marshall White's book cuts straight to the chase. It is easy to read and comprehend. His advice and ideas are straight forward. His recommendations invaluable. This books is a great investment. I only wish he had written this book before I had gotten started. I would have saved myself a lot of valuable time and money. The information in his book will be very useful to someone starting out and I also believe it can provide new ideas to artists who are already established. He writes honestly and offers encouragement to the reader-artist.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Donna S. Houg on December 6, 2005
I am so pleased to have this book. Marshall White has done a terrific job of presenting a little book filled with oodles of pearls on how to jump-start your art career. He clearly is living what he writes and how fortunate we are that he is willing to share his knowledge and experience with us. This book is very readable, is easy to follow and packed full of so much detail. I see many uses for this resource on my shelf, beyond art (although I have always wanted to have a go at it)...I am going utilize this book to market my little antique/curiosity business that we plan on opening soon. The book is full of wonderful tips and very sensible information. I just cannot say enough...it's great! Mahalo, Marshall.....and please keep painting those Kona sunsets.
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