How Does an Artist Get a Gallery, Anyway? Here Are 11 Practical Steps That Could Lead to Bona Fide R

This is a comprehensive how-to piece, written for artists who are navigating the gallery circuit in the age of social media. It is also anchored by some timeless advice. 👍🏼👍🏼💪🏼🙌🏼💪🏼

“As the art world has become more professionalized, it might be hard for a young artist not to feel impatient about finding representation. But in the end, it’s important to remind yourself that early success is more the exception than the rule, and that a lack of representation now certainly doesn’t rule out recognition later on....

‘Some artists feel that if they haven’t made it by forty, then they haven’t made it,’ says Hank Willis Thomas. ‘But there are so many artists just getting recognized in their sixties and seventies.’ He rattles off a list of artists from Howardena Pindell and Lynn Hershman Leeson to Jack Whitten and MacArthur Binion, as well as his own mother, photographer Deborah Willis.”

1. Don’t Show Up on the Doorstep

2. Know Your Worth

3. Figure Out What Your Scene Is

4. Be a Presence

5. Pick a Specific Target

6. Yes, Do Instagram. But Do It Right.

7. Learn the Delicate Art of the Studio Visit

8. Don’t Get Ground Down

9. Remember You Can Always Take the Side Door

10. Make Your Own Opportunity

11. Keep It All in Perspective

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