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Art Addiction: 100 Contemporary Artists (Masters of Today) Hardcover – January 1, 2003
Art Addiction is an on-line virtual gallery artaddiction.net By utilizing the Internet as a viewing space and virtual environment, Art Addiction has become the definitive Art-Creator to Art-Consumer arena. The Art Addiction enterprise is owned and operated exclusively by Petru Russu, an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist. Petru is also proprietor of conventional modern art galleries in Stockholm, Sweden, and Venice, Italy, and publisher-editor of the international contemporary global art magazine, World of Art. Petru realized expeditiously that the traditional notion of viewing and buying art through galleries and exhibitions could be simplified by appropriating the Internet to redefine the traditional modus operandi concerning the display and purchase of art and he developed Art Addiction, a virtual gallery project that quickly evolved into an efficacious on-line art marketing entity, an endeavour that has grown and flourished throughout the last ten years. By formalizing an on-line business-of-art model, expenditures and overhead attributed to the sale of art have been slashed, commensurate with increased profitability for the associated artists. Being an artist, and understanding the requirements of people involved in creative activities, Petru Russu has worked closely with his artists to engender several unique on-line expositions that have, over the last decade, come to be recognized worldwide by the Internet community. During this process Petru has established cogent liaisons within the global art-market network and has compiled an impressive database of artist clients. More than twelve thousand artists actively participate in his virtual gallery undertaking, providing artworks for exhibition and potential sale on the Art Addiction Website. By virtue of the exceptional success of his on-line gallery, Petru Russu has indicated that forthwith he will augment his burgeoning enterprise with the production of preeminently high-quality publications, making the works of Art Addiction artist-clients available in print by way of Masters of Art albums, a series of art books dedicated to contemporary artists. (Chris Manning, Manning Publishing Ltd) --Art Addiction Gallery, artaddiction.net
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Much like the "vanity" galleries that exist worldwide, these books are basically pay-for-show situations, wherein the artist pays a considerable sum, (upwards of over 1500 dollars US) to be published on their pages. Basically, they would not exist if it were not for the artists paying for the entire enterprise with their entry fees. This situation leaves out all of those "genius" artists whose works may outshine those published, but sadly cannot come up with the funds necessary to enter into the "juried" selection. It would be interesting to see the jury process from the inside.
In a way, it simply reflects the standard gallery practices in most large cities. If you know the right people, have enough influence, can guarantee a following and some sales, ANY gallery will end up showing your work regardless what it looks like.
If you search the internet you'll see that there are dozens of those "publishers" out there.
Andrea Pagnes, art critic